Pamela Beesly was one of the main characters on The Office due to her long-term relationship with salesman Jim Halpert. As the receptionist, Pam helped Dunder Mifflin Scranton run smoothly while also being the unofficial official babysitter of her manager, Michael Scott.
Over the course of nine seasons, we've seen Pam's hopes and dreams sporadically through different instances. In the very first season, Pam explained to the camera crew, "I don't think it's many little girls' dream to be a receptionist," which tells us everything we need to know about Pam's career choice. She was clearly comfortable at Dunder Mifflin and only stayed as long as she did because of Jim.
As time went on, though, one thing became very clear about Pam. All of her hopes and dreams that we saw early on all of sudden no longer became hopes and dreams. She let go of many things she once really cared about. Today, we're taking a look at 10 times Pam simply gave up. Is she the biggest quitter at Dunder Mifflin?
10 HER NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION OF CUTTING BACK ON CAFFEINE
In Pam's new role as office administrator, she decides to get her co-workers driven in their personal lives, which will hopefully translate professionally.
Pam creates a Resolution Board where she asks everyone to list their New Year's resolutions. She decides to give up caffeine in hopes of being healthier. However, later in the episode we see Pam getting called out for drinking caffeine. In classic Pam logic, she explains that everyone is bound to crack and she's allowed to have a little, but it's a small insight into how Pam gives up so easily.
9 SHE GAVE UP ON ART SCHOOL
When Pam and Jim finally get together, she realizes she was accepted into the Pratt Institute's art program. After years of wanting to be an artist, she finally takes the plunge and decided to go to Pratt before she and Jim got too serious. But after Pam fails a class and realizes she'd have to take the whole thing over again, she gives up. She quits and heads back to Scranton where she continues her duties as a receptionist. For a dream she's had since she was a little girl, how could she give up so easily after almost making it a reality?
8 AND DIDN'T EVEN TRY WHEN IT CAME TO A DESIGN INTERNSHIP WITH DUNDER MIFFLIN
In one episode, Jan decides to head down to the Scranton branch to talk to the women in the office. It was an effort by her to see if there were any standouts who may make a good fit at corporate one day. But it's safe to say Jan isn't pleased with any women in the Scranton office.
She goes around to all the ladies and asks what their dreams are and all the women can talk about is the home they would own one day or the relationship they'd be in. Pam mentions her hopes of doing graphic design, which prompts Jan to invite her to do the company's design internship. Pam would spend some time in New York, complete the program, and continue doing work she'd actually be interested in. But after Roy tells her it's a bad idea, Pam folds and doesn't even attempt.
7 WHEN SHE BROKE OFF HER ENGAGEMENT TO ROY
To be fair, Pam and Roy were not meant to be. They were simply too comfortable with one another and thought getting married was the next step in their relationship. The truth was that they both grew apart and so did their relationship. Nevertheless, Pam breaks off her engagement to Roy and ends their relationship. While it is brave of Pam to do something so bold, it's just another thing to add to her list about bailing out of long-term commitments.
6 SHE QUIT HER JOB AS A RECEPTIONIST TO BECOME A SALESMAN
Being a receptionist was never Pam's dream job. She simply fell into it and kept it because it's what made sense. Dare we say she was even too lazy to go out and find another job. However, when Michael quits Dunder Mifflin, he goes on to create his own company: the Michael Scott Paper Company.
No one — absolutely no one — was willing to quit their stable jobs to join him... except for Pam. She quit her job as a receptionist with literally no thought and joined a start-up with one of the most unreliable men in the world.
5 ...ONLY TO QUIT HER JOB AS A SALESMAN AND TRY TO BE AN OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
When times were tough at the Michael Scott Paper Company, Pam tries quitting by getting her receptionist job back from Dunder Mifflin first. But when Charles Miner told her her job has been filled, Pam goes back to the Michael Scott Paper Company with her tail between her legs. But when Dunder Mifflin buys out the Michael Scott Paper Company, Pam decides to become a saleswoman for her former company.
There was only one problem — sales were hard. And Pam thinks she's the worst salesman in the world, so what does she do? She creates an entirely fake position, tells Gabe it's real and becomes a salaried office administrator.
4 SHE GAVE UP ON JIM BEFORE EVEN TRYING
When Pam and Roy broke up and Jim was transferred back to Scranton, everyone expected these two to finally get together. This was their chance! Unfortunately for Pam, Jim comes back with a girlfriend — his co-worker Karen. Instead of lying all her cards out on the table for Jim and telling him that she would be waiting for him whenever his relationship with Karen died out, Pam just sits back and tells him "we'll always be friends." No, Pam! If she told Jim from the start instead of giving up on their love time and time again, Jim wouldn't even be dating Karen!
3 SHE STOPPED GOING ON DAILY WALKS WITH ANGELA DURING THEIR PREGNANCIES
Pam got pregnant with her second baby when Angela got pregnant with her first (and presumably only child). In an effort to stay active and healthy while carrying, Angela (oddly) asks Pam if she would like to join her on morning and afternoon walks during the workday. Pam slowly agrees.
We later see the two on a walk where their conversation gets awkward — because let's be real, it's Pam and Angela — and we don't see Pam join Angela again.
2 WHEN SHE COULDN'T HANDLE THE PRESSURE ON HER WEDDING DAY
Are we the only one who were caught off guard when Pam calls Jim in to see her on the morning on their wedding day? She is in tears because she's pregnant and her veil ripped but is that enough to leave their wedding and essentially elope before doing the whole thing over again? If Pam didn't quit on their entire day, Jim would have gotten that "first look" moment so many people wish to have with their new spouse and their wedding would have begun on time.
1 SHE STOPS ATTENDING COUPLE'S COUNSELING (AND EVENTUALLY QUITS DUNDER MIFFLIN FOR GOOD)
As perfect as Jim and Pam are, they run into a ton of problems in the ninth season. In an effort to save their relationship, the two attend couples counseling. And while they liked to think it was working, viewers could easily see that it was driving the both of them crazy. Granted, it was a joint effort to stop counseling, but it's still another thing Pam pushes aside to focus on something else.
Towards the end of the season, we also find out that Pam sold their home to start a new life in Texas so Jim could have the job of his dreams, which means they both had to quit Dunder Mifflin. It was a smart move for Pam to leave Dunder Mifflin in the past but who knows what else Pam quit while she made a life for herself in Texas.