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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Love Contracts, Revisited


Last year, on Valentine's Day, this Blog appropriately recognized the existence of "Love Contracts."  Unfortunately, due to the author's preference to wait until commercial television shows appear on DVD so that he can watch them without commercial interruption, he was unaware that the topic had already been treated in the American sitcom, "The Office."  This blog has little to add to the insights one can derive from that show pertaining to love and contracts.

600pxjan Michael_scott In the relevant episode, Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) and his supervisor, Jan Levinson (Melora Hardin), decide to go public with their sexual relationship.  In order to protect herself and the Dunder Mifflin paper company, Jan presents Michael with a document pursuant to which he agrees not to sue the company for sexual harassment in the event of an adverse employment decision.  Michael refers to the document as a "love contract."  Jan objects, but I think Michael's got it right for once.

And isn't it lovely that the writers' strike has ended so that we can see what will come next for the happy couple?  Now that's what a call a thoughtful Valentine's Day present.

[Jeremy Telman]

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