10. Bring Back Roy — If Jim is working in another city, there’s no better time to bring back Pam’s old fiance, Roy. With Jim out of the office, he may think he has a chance with Pam. After a long stretch of absence, and after a few drinks, a regretful kiss between a newly matured Roy and Pam would inject friction in Jim and Pam’s relationship.
11. Bring Back Danny — What the hell happened to Timothy Olyphant’s character? He was great, not just because he was Timothy Olyphant, but because he provided some actual competition for Jim and Dwight. Also, he’s Timothy Olyphant. When Jim leaves to take another position in another city, Danny could fill his post for several episodes and provide some beefcake fodder for Pam, Jan, and the rest of the office to drool over.
12. End the Show After the Season — Announce at upfronts next week that this will be the last season of “The Office.” With an end date in sight, some of the plotlines described above will carry more weight. For instance, if the office is fighting for its survival, there’s be a legitimate concern that it will shut down for good at the end of the season (although, my preference would be that they turn the office around and make it so profitable that it’s bought out by a much larger corporate entity that outsources all of their jobs, ending the show on a bittersweet note). Moreover, the long-distance relationship between Jim and Pam could be resolved with one huge romantic gesture in the series finale.