The Office came back last night, finally and duh. There were plenty of LOL moments and more than a few predictable ones, but don’t you just want that show to go on for the rest of your life, like The Simpsons? The most notable development on last night’s show for fans of Mad Men was the revelation of Rich Sommer’s character arc. We knew he was guest-starring, but he couldn’t say anything about his character. Now we know it’s because he’s Pam’s “new friend” at the Pratt Institute in New York, where she’s in a 3-month program that improbably involves being an RA at a dorm. After the jump, here’s everything we know so far about Rich Sommer’s so-far-unnamed character and Pam’s budding friendship. (No spoilers, though.)
He draws, oh no! Why are they learning about fungus in a design class? But anyway, despite other things that happened in this episode, it doesn’t seem like this is a one-time stint. Something has to keep Jim and Pam apart (besides distance and her newfound interest in fashion), and it seems for now it’s going to be this guy. Only time will tell if when it comes to keeping The Office’s Ross and Rachel in conflict, Rich is the Emily or the Gunther.