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Jim Cheated On Pam On 'The Office' And There's Plenty Of Evidence To Prove It

Updated January 31, 2020 316.6k votes 41.4k voters 1.2m views13 items

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For nine seasons, The Office delivered comic stories about life at a failing paper company. There were pranks, Dundies, and arguably above all else, the fairy-tale romance of prank-happy salesman Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and sweet receptionist-turned-office administrator Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer). But what if it was all a lie? Many people who buy into The Office fan theories are pretty sure Jim stepped out on Pam, all while he looked like America’s sweetheart. 

Cheating sitcom couples aren’t anything new, but for some ardent viewers of The Office, it’s hard to swallow the idea that Jim cheated on his super-crush after finally getting to be with her. Maybe after all those years of pining for Pam and a brief dalliance with Karen Filippelli (Rashida Jones), Jim grew bored and began having affairs. If hearing that Jim could've cheated on Pam is like getting an arrow through your heart, you may want to take a moment and sing some acapella to cheer yourself up between each of these depressing Jim and Pam fan theories.

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    Jim Is A Meticulous Planner

    Jim Is A Meticulous Planner
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    Beginning with the first episode, when Jim puts Dwight’s stapler in a Jell-O mold, it’s obvious the show’s floppy-haired protagonist puts his heart and soul into planning the pranks he plays on his co-worker.

    But what if all his calculated scheming doesn’t end there?

    If Jim can plan long-term pranks like gradually filling Dwight’s phone with nickels until he gets used to the weight or creating a fake family to convince Dwight he's been Asian the whole time, then Jim would have no problem working in a one-night stand or two while Pam is home with Cece.

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    Jim Is Impulsive And Probably Made A Mistake

    Jim Is Impulsive And Probably Made A Mistake
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    As the series goes on, Jim grows increasingly impulsive.

    In Season 1, he mostly pulls harmless pranks on Dwight. By the end of Season 2, he decides to move to Connecticut to work at a different branch of Dunder Mifflin. In the Season 7 episode "Classy Christmas," Jim smashes a snowball into Dwight's face just because of one comment and, later that season, he straight up walks out of a conversation with Erin (Ellie Kemper) because it "wasn't interesting."

    If this is the kind of thing Jim is doing on camera, it's not out of the question that he could randomly hook up with someone at a bar one night after work.

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    Jim Constantly Does Things Without Telling Pam

    Jim Constantly Does Things Without Telling Pam
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    During the course of The Office, Jim secretly purchases a house for Pam and invests a lot of money into his friend’s sports marketing company before checking with her.

    When Jim and Pam get married, he even plans a secret wedding on a boat in case their "real" wedding gets weird.

    Though none of those things mean Jim cheated on Pam, they do point to Jim’s habit of doing things without telling his wife. He obviously has no problem concocting and carrying out plans behind Pam’s back. So what’s to stop him from cheating on her?

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    Jim Is A Sociopath

    Jim Is A Sociopath
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    Is it possible there's a much darker side to Jim Halpert than anyone realizes? There's a theory he's actually a sociopath.

    From Redditor /u/furrrsurre:

    Let's first look at what a sociopath is. Most of you probably think of some horrible murderer or guy on death row. But really the scary thing about sociopaths is they often know how to APPEAR like nice normal people. Charming even. But if you look at the DSM-V (people that define things for psychiatrists/psychologists) they define a sociopath as someone who is "anti-social" in terms of "not conforming to social norms." They use "deceitfulness, using lies, cons, and etc for personal gain or pleasure." They have "reckless disregard for others." They have "impulsivity," "aggressiveness," and "lack of remorse for actions" based on being indifferent to what happens because of their actions.

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