Last week was a great one for passive-aggressive notes in primetime.*
Pam Beesly was outed as a notewriter on The Office, in a series of scenes that demonstrate and reinforce my non-scientific finding that passive-aggressive notes backfire on their writers 99% of the time. A deleted scene from the episode goes into even further detail to show why anonymous office notes like Pam's are as ineffective as they are irritating.
Passive-aggressive notes also had a brief guest appearance in the opening minutes of Summer Heights High on HBO, an Aussie import my roommate turned me onto (via YouTube) after she returned from six months of backpacking and beach bumming down under.
When it comes to fiction-based passive-aggressive notes, however, my all-time favorite is one submitted through my website by a dumpster-diving reader in California. What seems, at first glance, like a page from a particularly vicious junior-high slam-book is actually just a particularly, um, creative assignment for a junior-high English class. At least, I hope so.
*Since you asked: No, Passive-Aggressive Notes has yet to be optioned for television! Interested? Because I really am saving up for an automatic dishwasher.