• Season 2 : Episode 16
  • First aired on February 9, 2006
  • Written by Michael Schur / Directed by Greg Daniels
  • Recap by James Fan
  • Discuss this episode at The Watercooler, and remember to submit your vote at OfficeTally.
  • Thanks to flotsette for providing a closed captioning transcript.

Love is in the air in Scranton, but mainly just around Phyllis’ desk. The flood of gifts from Vance Refrigeration puts the neglected women of the office in a foul mood, leading some to consume vast amounts of liquor and others to reconsider their choice of suitors. Meanwhile, Michael heads off to New York to deliver a financial presentation devoid of financial information and is rewarded for his efforts with a Valentine’s Day surprise.

The Michael Scott School of Hard Knocks

Music takes on a whole new meaning for me when it’s played to moving pictures. I can listen to a song dozens of times and think I have it all figured out, and then hear it in the context of a memorable scene and emerge with a completely different take on it. As you might expect, the best results are had when great music is combined with great television: Teardrop + House = Awesome.

With or Without You needs no introduction given its place in one of the greatest albums of all time. It’s poetic, it’s got a terrific bassline, and it will now forever be linked to the words “A Michael Scott Joint.” I’m not sure how I feel about that. Please, please stay away from Where the Streets Have No Name.

Michael [Voice-over] : Life moves a little slower in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and that’s the way we like it. ‘Cause at Dunder Mifflin, Scranton, we’re not just in the paper business, we’re in the people business.

Nothing like a little slow motion to up the kitsch factor. And by the way, the above statement… yeah, it doesn’t make any sense to me either.

Michael [Voice-over] : This is Stanley Hudson, one of our talented salesmen. An African-American father of two, Stanley’s dedication is no doubt one of the hallmarks of the foundation of the business we’re hoping to build our basis on.

Thanks to that fantastic close-up, I now know more about the physical complexion of Stanley’s head than I ever wanted to.

Michael [Voice-over] : And finally, Pam Beesly. Look at her. Look how cute. Not bad at all. As the receptionist, Pam is truly the gateway to our world.

As if the first couple minutes weren’t enough to send you into a squirming fit, this part was just plain weird and a little bit creepy. Ok, a whole lot of creepy.

Michael [Voice-over] : Well, I hope this gave you a little taste of what life is like here at Dunder Mifflin, Scranton. What it’s like to walk a mile in Oscar’s shoes. Or try on Phyllis’ pants. Next time you’re in town, give us a call. Stop on by. I’m sure you’ll be greeted by a big smile and a “How you doing, pal?” Maybe even one of Angela’s famous brownies. And you’ll know that you’re home.

I’m not sure where trying on Phyllis’ pants came from, but it sounds kind of inappropriate. And good luck scoring one of Angela’s famous brownies if your name isn’t Dwight.

Dwight Being Dwight

I question Dwight’s sanity every week, but the man produces results with the ladies in his life. Take Angela, for instance. I see her as a the human equivalent of a wood shredder: healthy men come in one end and pulverized souls exit through the other. And yet, Dwight has her in the palm of his hand.

Dwight : Women are like wolves. If you want a wolf, you have to trap it. You have to snare it. And then you have to tame it. Keep it happy. Care for it. Feed it. Lovingly, the way an animal deserves to be loved. And my animal deserves a lot of loving.

This is raising all sorts of strange imagery. I’m going to repress it before it gets out of hand.

The Many Faces of Jim

Those of you who were distressing over the possiblity of a Jim and Brenda pairing can now rest easy.

Jim : So I broke up with Katy and I haven’t been dating anybody else, so this year I don’t have to worry about Valentine’s Day. It’s gonna be good. I invited a couple friends over. We’re gonna play some cards, and I’ll end up winning a lot of money… because… they’re idiots. It’s gonna be great.

Being single isn’t so bad. It leaves you free to worry about other things, like how to best capitalize on your other single friends’ misfortunes.

Confessions of a Receptionist

Concussions and Valentine’s Day: the only two things capable of producing civil conversation between Dwight and Pam.

Pam : Ok, well, sometimes the gift is really about the gesture, you know, like what it means instead of what it is.
Dwight : You mean… like a ham?
Pam : No. Not like a ham. It’s about doing something so that the person knows that you really care about her. That you remember her.
Dwight : Ok, I get it. That’s great. Ok, shut up. I know exactly what to do.

A ham? Huh? Sorry, Dwight, but I don’t think you have the right to tell anyone to shut up after that demonstration of unspeakable weirdness.

The Jim/Pam Index

The interaction between Jim and Pam was pretty limited in Valentine’s Day. Surprising, perhaps, given the occasion, but not so much when you consider how things have been going over the past few episodes.

It didn’t occur to me until recently, but the two of them are spending significantly less time together. Obviously, there is a lot that goes on during the day that we don’t see, but I get the sense that Jim and Pam simply don’t hang out as much as they used to. There are no lunches in the breakroom, no secret conferences at the reception desk to plot against Dwight, no playful quips back and forth… there really isn’t much at all.

Pam : I really like Valentine’s Day in this office. It’s kind of like grade school. Everybody gives out little presents and stuff. Like last year, Jim gave me this card with Dwight’s head on it. It was horrifying and funny.

Nice setup, writers. Nothing tugs at heartstrings like revisiting fond memories. This is what you’re missing out on, Pam.

Kelly : It’s frustrating ’cause we’d be so perfect together.
Jim : You know what? Here’s the deal, Kelly. It would be really nice if he was into you, right? It would be great. But he isn’t.
Kelly : Yeah, but it would be so great if he was.
Jim : Well, he’s not though. So you just gotta suck it up. You just gotta move on. Try to have some fun. Come to my poker game tonight.
Kelly : Ok, cool. Is it ok if I invite Ryan?
Jim : [Sighs]

Opportunities for character development be damned, this is one case where I want to see a one-dimensional character. Everything Jim does should in some way be related to his eroding relationship with Pam. People get hung up on other people in real life; it consumes them, and although the more resilient ones are capable of moving on, it generally involves a considerable amount of sacrifice. We need to believe that the only thing keeping Jim here is a hope, however faint it might be, that Pam will eventually come around, simply because we haven’t been given any reason to think otherwise. Although it is possible that he enjoys his work to some extent, I cannot accept that he would be willing to remain at his current job after she’s tied the knot. It doesn’t make any sense, especially given his potential for a more fulfilling line of work. I recognize that there are other sides to Jim’s character, but in my opinion, they cannot be explored until Pam regains her eligible status.

Pam : Heading out?
Jim : Yeah. Alright, Beesly. Hey, happy Valentine’s Day.
Pam : Bye.

The way her goodbye trails off, I can feel her turning… but it’s not enough. This relationship is going to remain in limbo until words with real substance are exchanged. We have the luxury of the ever-observant camera on our side, catching all of those pensive looks, but Jim has nothing to work with. You all are absolutely correct: despite whatever reservations Pam might have towards this wedding, she’s been able to justify it on this implicit expectation that Jim would always be around to give her the attention that she wasn’t receiving from her marriage. And now, with her realizing that she may not even have that to count on after barely making it through a miserable Valentine’s Day, I’ve got to believe that she’s having doubts. Until she musters the courage to act on them, however, they’ll just be doubts and nothing else.

Even or Down, I could really go either way here. Jim is quickly becoming a non-factor; he still cares about her, but he’s not willing to fight for her anymore. I honestly believe that if the wedding were to happen right now, he would not object. Sure, he’d probably kick himself in a few months for letting it happen, but as of this very moment, I think he’s convinced himself that he has no chance with her. Knowing what’s in store for us in a few weeks, I’m especially tempted to rate it negatively, regardless of whatever regret or uncertainty I’m able to read in Pam’s eyes. She may be this close to speaking up, but to Jim, it’s all the same.

I’m going to stick to my guns, though, and maintain things at Even. Pam has at least suggested that she’s wavering, and as Nathan astutely pointed out, any misstep that Roy takes is a good thing for the Jim/Pam camp. Jim may be running on empty, but there’s still the possibility that Pam and Roy will self-destruct before vows are exchanged.

Supporting Nod

Watching Meredith get blitzed in the middle of a work day was more than enough to earn her a decisive victory here. So much for that New Year’s resolution.

The Superstar

Michael, who stuns us with an excruciatingly ill-conceived video montage, nearly gets his boss fired, and somehow manages to come out on top.

Transmissions from the Office

  • Dwight : Question. Will you be seeing Jan when you’re in New York?
    Michael : I probably will. Why do you ask?
    Dwight : Well, it’s Valentine’s Day, and you guys, you know…
    Michael : Yeah…
    Dwight : … screwed.
    Michael : What is your problem?

    Dwight lives in a magical place called Dwightland where silly things such as tact and common sense don’t exist.

  • Michael : This is a business trip. I would have to be a raving lunatic to try to talk to Jan about what happened between us. Her words, not mine. She sent me an e-mail this morning. But… it is Valentine’s Day. It’s New York, city of love.

    New York? City of love? We must be thinking of different New Yorks.

  • Dwight : What’s this? What is this?
    Jim : I don’t know. It’s on your desk.
    Dwight : Yeah, but who put it here and for what purpose?
    Jim : It was there when I sat down.
    Dwight : [Opens the package and reads the enclosed card]  Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s me. I’m the bobble-head. Yes!

    Most people would call this a bobble-head modeled after Dwight, but I say it’s a person modeled after a bobble-head.

  • Jim : Hey, Kelly. What’s up?
    Kelly : Nothing. Oh, except, oh my God, Jim. Last night, Ryan and I totally finally hooked up. It was awesome.
    Jim : Oh, that’s great. I’m really happy for you.
    Kelly : I know, and it was so funny, ’cause we were at this bar with his friends, and I was sitting next to him the whole night, and he wasn’t making a move, so in my head, I was like, Ryan, what’s taking you so long? And then he kissed me, and I didn’t know what to say, so I said, “Ryan, what took you so long?” I mean, I just said it to him. Can you believe that?
    Jim : Wow.
    Kelly : Oh my God, Jim. Is that embarrassing? I’m embarrassed.
    Jim : No, don’t be.
    Kelly : Oh, thank God.
    Jim : No. Alright–
    Kelly : Because I was nervous, Jim. You will not believe.
    Jim : I bet.
    Kelly : I was so nervous. But now–now I have a boyfriend.

    Kelly’s voice can kill the average human adult in three minutes. Children are lucky to make it past the half-minute mark.

  • Ryan : I hooked up with her on February 13th.

    This is the only lesson Ryan has learned since he started working here, and what a lesson it is.

  • Michael : This is the world-famous Rockefeller Center. Founded, of course, by Theodore Rockefeller. This is the skating rink. And I think the Rangers, uh, practice there sometimes.

    Not really sure who this Theodore guy is, but maybe John knows him.

  • Dwight : Hello, Angela. Did you hear? Somebody totally rocked the house and got me the best present I’ve ever gotten.
    Angela : Really? I wouldn’t know anything about that, but I’m glad you enjoyed it.
    Dwight : Oh, I did. I did.
    Angela : I didn’t get anything for Valentine’s Day.
    Dwight : Oh, I bet you will before the day is over.
    Angela : Really? Well, I hope I do.

    Several of you brought this up, and I agree wholeheartedly: Dwight plus Angela has proven to be a great and surprisingly healthy, as far as these two are concerned, combination.

  • Michael : Scranton is great, but… New York is like Scranton on acid. No, on speed. Nah. On… steroids.

    Hell, why not all three? New York is like Scranton on acid, speed, and steroids.

  • Michael : There is a lot of pressure on me right now. It’s like Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals, or… like Stormin’ Norman Schwarzkopf. And this presentation is Desert Storm. And as soon as it’s over, we will not have to deal with those Iraqis anymore. Let’s do it.

    Because, you know, running a paper office is just like running a war.

  • Kevin : Whoa, whoa.
    Delivery Man : Phyllis Lapin?
    Pam : Holy God.
    Delivery Man : It’s from Bob.
    Kevin : Man, that thing’s bigger than I am.
    Delivery Man : No, it’s not.
    Kevin : Oh, zip it.

    Jim better make a move on Kevin quick before the delivery man steals him away.

  • Jan : Nervous? No, I’m not nervous. Well, I mean, I guess I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little nervous. Um, the new CFO is judging me on this, too, and, well, it is Michael. So… yeah, I’m very nervous.

    What we didn’t see were the four packs of cigarettes Jan smoked prior to this interview.

  • Delivery Man : Can you sign?
    Pam : Yeah.  [Delivers flowers to Oscar]  Oscar.
    Angela : Nothing for me?
    Pam : Join the club.
    Kevin : Who’s it from?
    Oscar : My mom.

    Nice cover, Oscar, though receiving flowers from anyone (your mom included) is a strict no-no if you want to keep your secret under wraps.

  • Jan : Ok. Craig.
    Craig : Yeah, here’s the deal.  [Clears throat]  I did not understand this was supposed to be a full on, like, report or whatnot.
    Jan : I’m sorry, what did you think “financial presentation” meant?
    Craig : I was under the impression this was more of like a meet-and-greet type deal.
    David : So… does that mean that you don’t have the numbers on your branch?
    Craig : That is correct. Yes.

    Anytime someone whips out “whatnot” in a conversation, you can safely assume that they have no idea what they’re talking about.

  • Jan : Michael, it was months ago. It was once. It’s over. Do you understand?
    Michael : Yes. I’m sorry. I’ll… fix this. I’ll talk to him. I’ll talk to David.
    Jan : Surely, you cannot be serious.
    Michael : I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley. Airplane.

    I’m pretty sure that reference flew right over Jan’s head. That is the only pun you will ever see on Northern Attack, I promise.

  • Pam : I mean, I know that we said no big gifts, but I was kind of hoping you’d get me something for Valentine’s Day.
    Roy : Well, Valentine’s Day isn’t over. Let’s get you home, and you are gonna get the best sex of your life.
    Pam : [Looks awkwardly at the camera]

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Jan : Uh, Michael. Thank you again for that, really. It was very nice.
    Michael : Oh, no big deal. Really. Sorry again.
    Jan : Oh, no. It’s–it’s–it’s ok. So, uh… happy Valentine’s Day.
    Michael : Yeah, happy Valentine’s Day.
    Jan : [Kisses Michael]
    Michael : [Rendered speechless, looks towards the camera]
    Jan : [Follows Michael’s eyes to the camera]  Oh…

    Jan needs to come up with less incriminating ways of showing her gratitude.

Odds and Ends

  • Having Conan and his twelve-foot frame stride across our living rooms was a stroke of genius.
  • Finally, we meet Josh from the Stamford branch. I can definitely see him as the Neil equivalent from the BBC version.
  • Michael may have been horribly off the mark with The Faces of Scranton, but he still manages to provide the CFO with a copy of his office’s financial reports. I find this amazing.

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Any guesses on the suprises for Michael and Jan?
Here's mine.
Michael surprises Jan by showing up with some gifts or maybe serenading her, but Michael is suprised to learn she is back with her ex-husband, and could soon be Levinson-Gould again.

1Posted by Sarah on February 9, 2006

So, this is the last episode in February, with the Olympics taking place the next two weeks, right? Does anyone know how many new episodes will air in March? Actually, I guess I could count...22 minus 16 is 6...will the show air in April? I thought season two ended in March?

How obsessed am I???

James, love the site. Love the in-depth analysis and I love reading everyone's comments!

2Posted by Angie on February 9, 2006

I think I just realized my mistake-- did Jenna say that the crew stops filming in March? That would make more sense.

Sorry for the lack of memory...I haven't had my coffee yet.

3Posted by Angie on February 9, 2006

There will be 21 episodes this season. Tonight's show is #16.

2/16 - Olympics
2/23 - Olympics
3/2 - Episode #17
3/9 - #18
3/16 - #19
3/23 - #20
3/30 - #21 (Season Finale)

The cast will be done shooting at the end of February because Steve Carell is doing the Bruce Alimighty sequel.

4Posted by Blake on February 9, 2006

Hopefully it's a nice one hour long season finale.

5Posted by Sandy on February 9, 2006

I can't wait for tonight! I'm sad that the season is ending so soon though. Hopefully the third will last longer.

6Posted by lisa on February 9, 2006

Thanks Blake! That clears it up for me perfectly!

7Posted by Angie on February 9, 2006

Sarah wrote:
Michael surprises Jan by showing up with some gifts [...]

This'll win her over.

8Posted by Mick on February 9, 2006

who predicts a JAM almost-kiss tonight?

9Posted by tookie on February 9, 2006

I think this episode is gonna be big, just because they booked Krasinski on Leno tonight. I mean, I know NBC likes promoting its own stuff, but they'd only talk about The Office AFTER the episode if something cool happened.

10Posted by Graham on February 9, 2006

Two hours to go! Tookie, I agree with you - I think there's going to be an almost kiss. Key word being "almost".

11Posted by Nicole on February 9, 2006

Is tonight really the last episode for 2 weeks? I didn't know that. Now I am really sad! How am I going to live without my Office fix for a whole 2 weeks?? I have NO idea what I'm gonna do when the season is over.

12Posted by Chloe on February 9, 2006

anyone see Michael Scott's playlist on iTunes for Valentine's day?

tracklisting:
the police - every breath you take
paula abdul - opposites attract
u2 - pride (in the name of love)
a-ha - take on me
peter gabriel - in your eyes
jimmy buffet - why don't we get drunk?
black eyed peas - my humps
journey - faithfully
adam sandler - the chanukah song
lou bega - mambo no. 5
soft cell - tainted love
sir mixalot - baby got back
bobby mcferrin - don't worry be happy

13Posted by Patrick on February 9, 2006

Yes, Patrick, I saw those. The playlist is here (will open iTunes).

The song descriptions are pretty funny!

14Posted by Jennie on February 9, 2006

wow...that video was pretty amazing! GREAT SCOTT!

15Posted by Joe on February 9, 2006

Wow was I off. Oh well.

16Posted by Graham on February 9, 2006

Roy was the best tonight with his "Lets get you home for the best sex you ever had"

ROTFLMAO...the look on Pam's face....

Almost like when my uncle got my aunt garbage cans for Christmas and wondered why she was upset. (i am seriously not joking)

17Posted by Pat D. on February 9, 2006

Valentine's Day voting is now open at OfficeTally. :)

18Posted by Jennie on February 9, 2006

Great shot when Michael thinks he saw Tina Fey and then Conan O'Brian walked on by. Genius.

19Posted by B.A. on February 9, 2006

how was that "grade school style" celebration?

I mean, the Kelly/Ryan thing was kind've childish, and it was all about Pam's "Phyllis got more Valentines than I did", but I bet if she'd gotten some flowers, she'd be ok.

I gotta say, I was anticipating Jim pulling off getting her something for Valentine's Day. They had interaction of ZERO for this ep, so that Index should be chugging on down after this episode.

20Posted by Joe on February 9, 2006

Yeah, that was a bit of a bummer in the Jim/Pam anticipation. But I guess it would've been a bit too aggressive of a move for Jim to actually get something for Pam. Gotta love those side glaces between the 2 of them though, apparently that's all we get tonight...

Who else died on the floor laughing when Dwight opened his gift? then put his face next to it?

21Posted by Sandy on February 9, 2006

I loved Conan on the Office, should have been carrying a finnish flag.

Loved Jim walking out of his conversation with Kelly.

And did Dwight give Angela a key to his apartment? I was hoping it was a key to something silly, like his filing cabinet or desk, but since they never say, I suppose it is his apartment (though doesn't he live with Michael!?)

And Pam is lovely with her hair down :$.

22Posted by Patrick on February 9, 2006

i was hoping it would end up that he would tell Angela she had to figure out what it was a key to, and in the end, it would be a key to nothing...i don't know why, I think it was because he started talking about women being like wolves and needing to be hunted.

23Posted by Joe on February 9, 2006

Here's my idea on the key:

Dwight would not be smart enough to give her a key to his place...no, no...Dwight would make a copy of his copy of Michael's office key. Poor Dwigt.

24Posted by Graham on February 9, 2006

When Jim left for the day, I screamed at Pam to get up and go after him. She definitely looked like she wanted to. I wanted her to.

25Posted by Charlotte on February 9, 2006

I like the episodes where we get to see Michael at his normal level rather than his obnoxious and annoying self.

Also just realized that we have to wait two weeks for another episode. It's gonna be a long two weeks.

26Posted by B.A. on February 9, 2006

hopefully they prep something BIG for that episode. Seriously, I think the Pam/Roy thing is going to have to come to head in the next few episodes. This is the second week in a row that Roy has come off like a total tool. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

27Posted by Joe on February 9, 2006

Best scene: Ryan, "i hooked up with Kelly on February 13......" Attempts to pull hair out

28Posted by Sandy on February 9, 2006

I really liked Michael in this episode. Like in The Client episode where he miraculously pulls off the deal, or in the Halloween ep where we see he's good with kids, he really comes out of nowhere with his coolness and kindness in the CFO's office. His kiss from Jan was well-deserved.

There's no way the JPI has anywhere to go but down here. Even if Pam is warming up to Jim, he's seeming less and less interested in her, almost like he's getting tired of the chase. Fantastic comic relief with Phyllis carrying her bear out though...great writing!

29Posted by Matt on February 9, 2006

10$ James finds a way to make the JPI go up and not down! takers?

;)

30Posted by Patrick on February 9, 2006

Jim's whole speech to Kelly about having to get Ryan and just move because he wasn't interested in her -- total meta-speech. Poor Jim, lecturing himself on sucking it up and moving on.

31Posted by otahyoni on February 9, 2006

My favorite quote of the night:

"New York, New York, the city so nice they named it twice. Manhattan is the other name."

And I couldn't stop laughing when Michael's film ended with, "A Michael Scott Joint."

32Posted by Elkman on February 9, 2006

I agree that Jim's speech to Kelly was totally for his benefit, and sadly? I think he's starting to listen to his own advice.

I have a feeling that Pam was most disappointed about not getting even a card from Jim. He's the one she is used to relying on when she's feeling down. Although, in Jim's case, he most likely feels that would be crossing the line, at this point.

33Posted by Liv on February 9, 2006

“New York, New York, the city so nice they named it twice. Manhattan is the other name.”

Oh my goodness, I just got that joke. That's so funny.

34Posted by Brian on February 9, 2006

Loved where the Jim/Pam storyline went tonight. Jim showed signs of moving on and we finally see Pam "pining" for Jim.
Trust me, James will give the JPI no worse than an EVEN. He'll write a novel on the two Pam "looks" alone and convince us all that Jim/Pam's roles are slowly reversing.:)

35Posted by Blake on February 9, 2006

"And did Dwight give Angela a key to his apartment?"

Doesn't Dwight live on a beet farm? I would seriously pay money to see a scene of Angela at the beet farm.

36Posted by Steve in Houston on February 9, 2006

I say JPI goes up today, if only by virtue of RPI going down. Roy has always been the 800-pound gorilla (almost literally, ha) in the situation. As long as he's around, there is no chance for Jim. Thus, any movement by Pam away from Roy is good news, even if there was no corresponding movement towards Jim. And the long stares Pam was giving him show that there's something going on at her end.

I'm cool with Jim's "get over it" posturing; it's the healthy thing for him to do based on what he knows. The danger is that Jim really will get over it, or at least put up a convincing enough front of it that by the time Pam is ready to move, she won't sense that it's what he wants.

37Posted by Nathan on February 9, 2006

Very disappointed with tonight's lack of Jim/Pam interaction. But I guess that's how real life is, all the anticipation, leading up to nothing. :(

Did any of you guys see the promo for this episode, where Pam says something like "me so thorny?" while she's reading a card or something? Was that scene actually in the episode and I missed it?

38Posted by Jennie on February 9, 2006

Hey there Nathan, be nice to David.
Anyway, I'd say the JPI is definitely UP this week. Though there wasn't any interaction between the two, Pam was obviously pining for Jim. Awww.

39Posted by tookie on February 9, 2006

Omg. I can't believe we have to wait 3 weeks until the next episode. I just might die. :(

40Posted by Jane on February 9, 2006

Conan! Or is that Tarja? What a nice surprise.

As for the JPI (and RPI, good one Nathan), I will find some way to swing it upwards. Unless I don't. :)

41Posted by James on February 9, 2006

yeah i was just wondering the same thing! I didn't see any scenes with "me so thorny", it looked like a great scene though.
Poor Oscar has to hide his V Day card...
"Bob Vance - Vance Refrigeration" I love how they bring back little tidbits of hilarity from previous episode!
Ryan: "So what line of work are you in?" ~Christmas Ep
HILARIOUS!

42Posted by Sandy on February 9, 2006

I was disappointed at the lack of JAM action, but I guess something to happen between them on V-Day would be a little cliche. Its a shame though.

43Posted by Elrod on February 9, 2006

Whew, Sandy, good, it wasn't just me who saw that!

And I felt that Jan kissing Michael was totally out of character.

When she was kissing him, the first thing I thought was, "Michael is dreaming this, this is a fantasy sequence!"

44Posted by Jennie on February 9, 2006

While I think Jan might be something of a cold fish, I don't think it was out of character for her to lay one on Michael. She could've lost her job. And instead of letting that happen, Michael put his neck on the line for her, and lost some face in the process (yeah, he's always losing face, but he usually doesn't realize it). I bet she was so relieved. So, for me, Jan kissing Michael wasn't totally unnatural. Foolish, yes.

45Posted by Brenzes on February 9, 2006

Well said, Brenzes. :) Okay, you're right; Michael did show some responsibility.

Now where can we get a Dwight bobblehead? I WANT ONE!

46Posted by Jennie on February 9, 2006

::Sigh:: I was very disappointed in this episode, can't believe we won't see another one for three weeks (grumble!) and this ep is what we were left with. Off I go to the iTunes store to download me some Dundies and Booze Cruise! :)

Yes, I think the expectation was high for some JAM action, and I understand why they didn't go there. I was just hoping to see a tiny glimmer of hope ... Although the Dwight bobble head was brilliant! ::Grin::

47Posted by Jess on February 9, 2006

Oh, far be it from me to jab at David Denham. The 800-pound gorilla crack was directed strictly at "Roy," who is meant to come across as a hulking oaf. I don't really think of the actor himself that way, even in terms of physique.

48Posted by Nathan on February 9, 2006

There was a lot of Jim/Pam stuff...I thought so at least.

Remember how at the beginning Pam was talking about how Jim once gave her a funny Valentine with Dwight's face on it. You could tell she was expecting something cute from him this year. Alas, she got nothing.

And I liked how they didn't have Jim give her something cute. He always does the cute thing and this shows how he's getting over her perhaps. Like at the end he just calls her Beesly. I know he's called her that before, but this time it felt like just a buddytobuddy kind of thing.

I thought this was one of the best episodes but it's getting bad scores on OfficeTally.com.

I loved it all. The Jim/Pam stuff, Dwight/Angela, Oscar, Michael's tour of NYC, his video and Michael/Jan...awesome episode.

49Posted by Mike on February 9, 2006

Thanks, Jennie!

They could probably make some big money off those Dwight bobblehead dolls. I'd buy one, and I generally hate bobbleheads.

It would've been really awkward for Jim to have gotten Pam anything for Valentine's Day. It seemed to me that the breakroom fight was still lingering in the air between them, and besides that, she's getting married. And now that his crush is out in the open, it's not like he could give a valentine to Pam and have it appear platonic. So, I think it was the right move, agonizing as it may be for the viewers.

I loved that Bob Vance signed his card "Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration" too!

For the first time, I found myself thinking, "Man, Angela's a great girlfriend!" Even if her taste in men is sketchy at best. It WOULD be hilarious if the key was to Michael's office or something other than his farmhouse.

And I hope Roy taught men everywhere that an offer of the best sex of your life is NEVER a substitute for a present. :)

50Posted by Brenzes on February 9, 2006

I'm so happy that Jim didn't give her something. (I don't know who here reads the casting sides/spoilers, but they were way off this time). I'm sick of the little shipper bandage they throw on the end, like the 7 messages. Jim has done sweet, caring things for her for years, and it hasn't worked (teapot anyone?). This is the only thing that will get Pam thinking and taking chances!

51Posted by Kars on February 10, 2006

Although we didn't see a lot of JAM interaction in this episode, I think there is a lot going on. My take on why Jim was so very distant towards Pam, other than the breakroom spat, is NOT that he is moving on with his life, but because he is trying to make Pam see what it would be like without him.

At the beginning of the episode, we see Pam's excitement about last year's Valentine's card from Jim. She is expecting something similar this year but what does she get? Roy, only (and no gift or card.) I think Jim is trying to make her see what a lifetime with Roy is going to be like and how much she has really taken advantage of Jim's kindness over the years. He wants her to realize how much he brings to her life.

Sure, it's easy to stay in a "comfortable," albeit boring and stagnant, relationship as long as you have a great time with a wonderful man that you REALLY like, 40 hours a week. I think Jim is trying to make Pam see a very clear picture of what it means to live life being, "...fine with my choices," as she said in the breakroom last week. Jim hasn't given up on Pam, at all. He has just taken the only excitement she gets, out of her life and has turned the tables, hoping that she'll see how much he truly means to her. It's like Jim is thinking, "Oh okay, you're fine with your choices, fine with Roy and his unsupportive, insensitive ways? You want to live the rest of your life with someone who doesn't make you smile or laugh? Someone who won't let you grow and be happy like the flowers you want to nurture on the terrace you'll never have? Okay, here is your life without me. Here's what it looks like..."

Well, that's my impression on what this episode was trying to get across. God, I love this show!

52Posted by Lori on February 10, 2006

What I'm predicting for the future of Jim and Pam is that either:

A: Pam does indeed marry Roy and the relationship between Jim and Pam will take on a whole new meaning, where their friendship will keep the storyline going. Pam will have married life to talk about, albeit how boring it is with Roy, while Jim has moved on and starts dating again, but nothing really sticks. Unrequited love never dies. There is still hope for the both of them. For Jim, his flame was never extinguished just dimmed, he still believes deep down; For Pam, it may take awhile to finally come to the realization that Jim is the one.

B: Pam doesn't marry Roy, but she finally takes a chance and stands up for herself and postpones the wedding date. Probably with an excuse of, it's costing too much so they need more money. It would be a practical reason that she gives. Roy would be pretty much relieved that he's not gonna be married yet so he's fine about it. Jim would have that secret kind of joy that Pam is not totally going to be out of his reach.

For A it's a mix between delayed gratification and devil's advocate. It would seem plausible that she would eventually marry Roy. If The Office were to continue further past season three (God hoping it does), it would make a good extended storyline which would have Jim and Pam come full circle.

For B it's an optimistic approach (and one I hope the writers would do) you replace Jim/Pam getting together for character development of Pam. You make some sacrifices this way having Pam taking the initiative by not marrying Roy, but not getting together with Jim so quickly. _"You can have your cake, but you can't eat it yet_"

I believe in B, but I wouldn't be surprised if A occured.

This truly is the best show in television.

A Michael Scott Joint

53Posted by B.A. on February 10, 2006

Last night was bittersweet for me.

  • I hate Michael and Jan as a couple. Yuck to every plot point that builds on that.
  • Dwight and Angela were brilliant - key was a stroke of genius! Bobblehead can only be outdone by the revival of snowglobes.
  • Jim and Pam need some time off of center stage...
  • Where did they get that bear? MUCH PROPS TO PROPS!
  • Highlight for me: Ryan's hair when he talked about hooking up with Kelly. Brilliant. Ace, really...
54Posted by Holly Ivy-Baker on February 10, 2006

Ha, did I say Denham? I meant Denman. Geez. He's going to be after me if I keep this up...

55Posted by Nathan on February 10, 2006

...and Kevin won't get my back.

56Posted by Nathan on February 10, 2006

Loved this episode. Highlights: Ryan's lament about hooking up with Kelly on the 13th (bad Ryan!); Michael's video; Jim walking away from Kelly mid-conversation; Michael showing off his favourite pizza joint in NY (Sbarro!!!! Only one in every mall in America!); Roy's "romantic" offer of the best sex of Pam's life; the bobblehead; Dwight saying that Angela " totally rocked the house"; This exchange: "You mean like a ham?" "No, not like a ham" (A ham?! WTF???).

I too was glad that there was no cuteness on Jim's behalf - it would have been too obvious plus after last week, he really needs to let Pam see how her "choices" are going to affect her in the future. One thing I did notice though; at the very end, when Jim was leaving, he very simply wishes her a Happy Valentine's Day - a sweet gesture, but totally innocuous. However, this is more than Roy offered, and you can totally see it on her face that she really appreciated it. I would say that the JPI should at the worst, be neutral for this week, but could also be up. What are we going to do for two weeks?????

BTW, Jenna's blog on MySpace says that NBC just ordered an extra episode for this season - there will be 22 in total! That's pretty cool, no??

57Posted by Nicole on February 10, 2006

I love Michael Scott. He proved himself to be such a gentleman! Yay for Jan and Michael getting together. Should their nickname be Janichael?

Jim's line to Kelly was so harsh.. "Suck it up." I'd play poker with Jim. Poor Jim. I think Pam's starting to realize what a mistake she's making. "You're going to get the best sex of your life," what a Roy classic.

Cheers to Meredith getting so drunk she passed out!

Any news on whether or not the Michael Scott Joint is available online? I want to see the whole thing.

58Posted by Shanah on February 10, 2006

First of all, i can't believe that from when I went to bed last night until I checked this morning, that there were like 50 entries on here. Obsessed much? Not too much....MUCH too much :)
Anyway,...I was also way off on my prediction, but liked the way the episode went. As far as JPI, I'm hoping the whole thing doesn't become too Ross/Rachelesque...but remains cool. I thought it was classic..."Hey, we're cool, right?" and "that was a long time ago" but then it's clear that things are not cool. Also, very realistic, that Jim would give Pam the "silent treatment" but then appear to be having tons of fun with friends, and then also "lashing out" a bit at Kelly to "get with the program" nice touch.

59Posted by Sarah on February 10, 2006

Two more cents about Pam "waking up": When Dwight was asking about a Vday gift for Angela, Pam tells him it's the gesture that shows you care, and then she looked up -> I'm sure she looked up at her teapot, and thought about all the things Jim did to make that a special gift.

60Posted by Sandy on February 10, 2006

B.A I agree with the 2 possible scenarios that you suggest. I'm also more optimistic that we'll see Option B although I wouldn't be surprised if we see Option A. Personally, I don't want to see a situation where we have to witness a Roy/Pam failing marriage. That would force us to have to deal with serious issues such as separation/divorce.

My thoughts on the season finale and the future of Jim/Pam:

Most all shows end a season with a “cliffhanger”. If Pam marries Roy in the season finale that’s not really a cliffhanger. I see that more as closure (even if only temporary). I’m sure the writers #1 goal is to retain the current audience and also acquire new viewers for the next season. Pam marrying Roy combined with an incredible amount of Jim angst isn’t really going to do that. That would cause so much of the JAM tension and suspense to deteriorate. I say that acknowledging that this show is about much more than just JAM. Most people watch it because it’s a very funny show, but by now I’m sure the writers have a full understanding that this whole JAM thing has taken on a life of its own.

61Posted by Blake on February 10, 2006

At first I wasn't crazy about this episode, but I've decided to believe that this is exactly what the producers of the show wanted viewers to feel. It was a perfect picture of a "real" Valentine's Day: lots of build-up and anticipation, so the real deal can't help but be a quiet letdown (besides, how cheesy and cliche would it have been for Jim to make a grand gesture toward Pam on Valentine's Day of all days? And these characters are neither cheesy nor cliche).

I love how the writers have managed to avoid making Michael a one-dimensional boob. It would be easier to make him a stereotype, but instead they show us his human side just enough so we don't write him off as a total a** (his look of embarassment at the Dundies when he's hassled by the bar patrons, his talk with Jim on the booze cruise when he tells Jim to never give up on Pam, and tonight when he tries to rescue Jan's job are a few examples that come to mind).

I agree that Jim is trying to convince himself that he's over Pam by "moving on" and having fun, which is what adults do. But I also think a small part of him is trying to make a point to her - he will not always be around as the "nice guy" and Roy really is a jerk (this is becoming more and more obvious with each episode - I didn't know whether or laugh or cry when he told her he'd give her the best sex of her life as a Valentine's Day gift). I do think the JAM storyline is coming to a head, though. The tide is turning and Pam is coming to new conclusions about her career, her engagement and her life. I have to believe that Jim will be a part of the "new" Pam's life in a big way. It would be too disappointing to viewers if two people who so clearly belong together just let it slip away. Besides being too painful to watch, I think it would anger many people if Jim and Pam never got together. There's a ton of comedy gold to be mined from office romance, and these writers are clearly talented enough to pull it off in a way we've never seen before so I hope they don't shy away from it because they're afraid of the "Moonlighting" syndrome.

62Posted by Michelle on February 10, 2006

I've given up trying to figure spoilers on new episodes. Last night's just proved how much I fail at even a hint of where the genius writers will take us now. Having Jim play it so cool was pure magic. I dare say Pam was equally disappointed in him as in Roy, if not more so. (I'm voting for the more so!) As for Jan and Michael... (Jachael? Man?)... they were perfect tonight. I loved the kiss and then the tortured "oh crap" moment, and I can see where Jan was coming from since Michael is totally cute in his rare flashes of being... human. Dwight and Angela = adorable (something I never thought I would say!) and Ryan and Kelly = hilarious. I love this show more every week, and last night perfectly made my Valentine's when it went for depth instead of cutesy-ness. I can't wait to see where they go from here.

63Posted by Jamie on February 10, 2006
  • Mike, comment #49: Valentine's Day has finally moved ahead of the pilot (but not by much) in the OfficeTally ratings!
  • Brenzes, comment #50: I agree with everything you said. Especially your last paragraph, AMEN to that! :)
  • B.A., comment #53: I hope it's option B. I don't think my heart could take option A!
  • Nicole, comment #57: Yeah, that ham conversation was hysterical!
  • Michelle, comment #61: I agree with your take on Michael; if his character was written as a total boob, there would be no way he would be a regional manager! And your first paragraph really resonated with me; I was very upset after the end of the episode last night, thinking that we were "robbed" of any JAM interaction. But now I understand that that is how I'm supposed to feel. (But c'mon now, Jim could have mentioned that Pam looked cute in her headband....) ;)
64Posted by Jennie on February 10, 2006

#62

Michael + Jan = Man

LOL!!!

65Posted by Pat D. on February 10, 2006

Ok, so I was really disappointed in last night's episode, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized if we look at this episode as part of the whole series, we can see Pam's changing attitude/her realization regarding everything in her life. I was disappointed that Jim didn't do anything for Pam, but then I realized that it was probably best. I don't know if Jim is trying to get Pam to see how boring her life would be without him, but I definitely see Jim getting tired of chasing her around like someone pointed out earlier.

I don't know if we'll see a Roy/Pam wedding...if the show is going on hiatus for the summer, I imagine something like this happening: The show keeps to "real time" as much as possible, as if the filming crew in this documentary took a break from filming, and the first episode of season 3 starts out with an interview with any one of the characters, but perferably Michael or Jim, and we get a recap of the summer: "What when on this summer, you ask? Well, I guess the biggest news is that Pam and Roy did not get married this summer".
That's totally my imagination runnning wild, but I'm happy thinking it!
I love seeing Michael's normal/human side, and I love seeing Angela soften up a bit. This relationship with Dwight is really good for her.
I love the bobble-head, and two questions: 1) when can we get a Dwight bobble-head
and
2) Where in the world do you order a bobble-head of your significant other?????

66Posted by Angie on February 10, 2006

I'd like to add my 2 cents to last night ep. I too was a little disappointed that Jim and Pam didn't have a magical moment together. I totally understand that Jim had to put some distance between them, after all she's in love with an uncaring, unsympatic oaf. A big oaf that seems to have something Pam needs, wants or thinks she wants.
Did you all remember what Roy told Jim last week? Roy's glad Jim's in Pam's life so she has someone to talk to, so he doesn't have to. That right there would have clammed me up. Jim is in a position that has to be approached by Pam, and not that she has to chase him, but she has to show Jim he means more to her than just someone to talk to at the Office. As in thoughtful gifts, saying the right thing all the time...looking forward to getting back to the Office to see what they can talk about, or who will be their next victim. That's a lot of pressure for Jim...when all he gets is a post card from the Pocono's.
Michael...you are brilliant, and I'm glad we get to see a side of you from time to time that makes us love you too. What you did for Jan was a class act. Of course, bragging to your counter parts was typical guy talk, after a couple drinks.
I think the key Dwight gave to Angela was for the supply closet, and if any of you work in an office, you know, if the supply closet walls could talk...we'd have another show, but not on network TV.
So, to the entire cast and crew...Great job! But, I don't know what I'm going to do for three weeks, I guess I could watch the Olympics...LOL! See you all in a couple weeks.
P.S. Great line…New York is Scranton on acid…!

67Posted by Jim on February 10, 2006

I WANT A DWIGHT SCHRUTE BOBBLE HEAD!!!

Someone has to pass word on to NBC that several office fans want them.

I can't figure out why this episode is not on many people's favorites list. I really liked this episode. Great interaction between dwight and angela, michael being his normal self and I just love when other characters are shown more. One last thing, I love the flashbacks, like the Bob Vance thing and oscar's gift. The writers are brilliant.
I think its safe to say that Jim and Pam won't be getting together this season, but hopefully the wedding is at least postponed on the last show. James, awesome site, After I watch the office a dozen times after it airs I love coming on here and reading all the comments.

68Posted by Todd Packer on February 10, 2006

I love this show, but I am a bit disappointed in the develoment of Kelly's character. I hope that we see another side of her in future episodes; her "air-head teen" routine just doesn't ring true to me.

69Posted by Jean on February 10, 2006

James, you must be so happy that within the time you started up this site, the show has referenced the other great shows that you love: Conan and Lost. You either have a lot in common with the writers of The Office or they check out your site and respond in kind.

70Posted by Kenny on February 10, 2006

Jennie (comment #64) - Don't get me wrong - I would have loved to see a little bit of JAMming going on, too, especially since I truly believe that the characters belong together (sometimes my heart really breaks for Jim, especially when he shoots her one of his looks). I guess I'm just thinking of it as delayed gratification, since I'm sure that this temporary rift is just a bridge to something bigger and better for them. Besides, even one small compliment from Jim (i.e. the headband) would have calmed Pam into complacency again (as in, "Yeah, my boyfriend is a jerk, but at least I have good ole' reliable Jim here to make me feel better sometimes, so I'll just keep on this dead and dreadful course that is my life."). I'll sacrifice a little JAM now for some extra in the future ;-)

71Posted by Michelle on February 10, 2006

You are absolutely right, Michelle. I think I'm becoming way too emotional over this show, LOL! :)

The "anti-JAM" in this episode makes the situation far more compelling.

How on earth are we all gonna be able to wait three whole weeks for the next episode?! (The NBC Office page lists the next episode for March 2!)

72Posted by Jennie on February 10, 2006

72 comments in less than 24 hours! Great Scott, indeed!

  • #36 -- Yeah, I think Dwight did live on a beet farm, but didn't Michael agree to let him live in his condo thing? And sometimes he's sleeping in the office... so the question as to what (or where) the key goes is still open, I think? Where ever the key goes, I don't think Angela will expect it.
  • just watched the episode again. Loved it when Dwight told Pam to "shut up" after getting her advice.
  • also, i wonder if Pam really believes that Jim's crush only lasted a little while a long time ago. Last year she got a card from him... and this year nothing -- after she learns of his crush. why would he not get her something like that again if they were truly just friends (i.e. no crush)?
  • * are pretty cool, eh!
73Posted by Patrick on February 10, 2006

Dwight still lives on the beet farm, which teenagers use for sex.

Michael did invite dwight to live in his spare bedroom, but after dwight asked to bring his terarium and his furniture that his parents left him, michael said forget about it.

74Posted by Todd Packer on February 10, 2006

AHHHHH! Has anyone seen the synopsis for the next episode, Dwight's Speech (on the official NBC site)? It doesn't look good for JAM! All this angst is killing me!

75Posted by Teala373 on February 10, 2006

anyone know where i can get the intro song as a ringtone?!

76Posted by erica on February 10, 2006

On the contrary, Teala, I think it bodes well in the long run, even all but conforming that something will happen to doom the June wedding.

It shows that Jim has resolved to skip town once Pam goes off the market for good, right?

But the show is coming back next year, and Krasinski isn't going anywhere, so...

77Posted by Nathan on February 10, 2006

Guh. Confirming, not conforming.

78Posted by Nathan on February 10, 2006

Erica, go to http://www.lifeintheoffice.com/ and then click The Office Ringtones.

79Posted by Jennie on February 10, 2006

If you read the summary for the next episode, you see that Jim is planning on leaving Scranton. Hopefully this is a wake up call to Pam. Maybe this week and the next show will be enough for pam have a taste of life without Jim and come around...

The one thing i don't understand about the next show... Dwight definately does not have a fear of public speaking...

80Posted by Todd Packer on February 10, 2006

Just FYI: according to Angela on her myspace.com page,

"1. The key Dwight gave Angela was a key to his house. Ahhh. See even creepy love has it's sweet moments. I hope we get to see them at that beet farm someday."

81Posted by JP on February 10, 2006

I want a Dwight Schrute bobble head!!!!!!

Poor Pam ,I can't help but feeling more sorry for her every week.

I kinda knew the kiss at the elevator was coming. It seems as when Michael cannot get any more callous, he does something nice. Underneath the narcissism, there is a hint of humanity.

82Posted by Amber on February 10, 2006

I donno about this Dunder Mifflin company. Just when you thought Michael was the most incompatent office manager in the world (though I don't watch the BBC version) we discover there is an even more incompatent manager...in the same company...the bozo who thought that the financials meeting in New York was a meet and greet!

Also, franky I'm suprised Michael got his "Michael Scott Joint" video presentation to run. Quite the feat...

Finally, Jan, please affix the "kick me" sign to your ass now.

83Posted by Jeff on February 10, 2006

how great was it watching the angela super closeup as she found out her bobblehead gift scored with dwight. that was fantastic! my favorite angela moment so far.

these characters just get better and better! the more we learn about them, the more we get from the slightest, tiniest action or glance.

each show is so rich with little things like this that questions like choose a favorite episode seem too broad to me. it seems much more satisfying to think about best michael moment or the best pam moment.

i recently rewatched sexual harrasment and the show ends with michael talking about how family’s change and there comes a time when daddy cant take a bath with the kids anymore. and he says it wouldnt be appropriate, for example, for him to take a bath with pam... not matter how much he might want to. and then they cut to pam’s ‘he said what!?” and the show ends. that would probably be right up there in a best pam list. along with the scene where she falls off the bar stool at the dundies.

best kelly moment might be one of the silent ones.

84Posted by ferd farkel on February 10, 2006

is this site about to bust at the seams or what?

85Posted by ferd farkel on February 10, 2006

[first time poster, longer time reader]

First of all: great episode. I won't even start saying what I liked most about it because basically I would end up just retelling it. However reading the previous comments (admittedly I stopped at No. 66), I can't help but saying some stuff myself.

Of course I have to start with JAM.. There was simply no way Jim could have gotten Pam a present without making both of them (plus Roy) feel awkward. C'mon, guys, she is sitting there working on a guest list for her wedding with another man who just happens to work downstairs. How could he possibly have gotten her anything?
Now that is not some kind of "well, she'll see how much she misses me" thing, he just couldn't do it. He simply has to accept that she is about to marry another guy and move on on his own. That's really all there is to it. Somebody here suggested that in fact he is trying to make her miss him but after all he's a guy. And abstracting from my and the behaviour of other male persons I know, I can tell that those "power games" as I like to call them are not exactly a male thing. We usually don't deliberately try to make someone jealous, we don't sit there working out some kind of phone schedule in order to show her that - while we obviously are interested in her - we are not desperate blahblahblah. I mean, there might be such men around but I don't think Jim is written as such a person.

Staying with JAM: even while there was virtually no direct interaction between the two of them, I agree that current events kinda make her wonder if she would be better of with Jim. She most likely does that subconsciously (because after all she is thinking about who to invite to her wedding) but still I think there is some "disorientation". Now I won't make any predictions about how it will all work out with JAMR because potentially it could go in all directions.. (a) Jim simply moves on before Pam doubts her commitment to Roy enough to actually make a move (b) Roy gets cold feet just because he's Roy :) (c) Pam gets to think Jim would be the right guy but can't manage to blow the marriage off so she'll live unhappily ever after ;) (d) Jim dies in some freaky putting-dwights-stuff-in-jelly accident (e) ...

Moving on from JAM to RAM and especially the R: I don't see Roy as a jerk AT ALL. Basically he's a nice guy, he would never harm anyone. At least he wouldn't do that deliberately. I see him just as a big boyish and quite huggable bear ;) He is largely inconsiderate but he isn't aware of that. Offering Pam the greatest sex of her life neither is some macho "I'm the best in bed" bullshit nor a desperate try to make his need to fuc* her look like somehow altruistic, it's just Roy :p I could write up thousands of things he did in the show which were horribly inconsiderate but not mal-intended. And I think he very much does care about Pam. However he may be better off just hanging out with his pals, watching football and possibly porn. Or with some "guidance" as a person like Angela could provide. Pam however isn't such a person, so we'll see..

Now I've said a lot of stuff about JimPamRoy and in the previous comments much more is said. And that's exactly why I'm happy to see some kind of change of focus in this episode. JAMR is a really nice plotline and for obvious reasons people get kinda dragged into it (who has never longed for somebody being with another person who isn't good enough for your beloved in any way, hu? ;)) but the show has so much more to offer. Just seeing the few seconds in which Ryan pulled his hair made me realize again what a great cast this show has. I want to see more of Oscar, Kevin, Dwight, Ryan, Stanley, Meredith, Angela. Just thinking about Meredith's face whenever Phyllis got flowers and how she got incrementally drunk makes me laugh pretty hard. Michael's presentation? Priceless! Even the guest stars (the other DM managers) were right on.

And come on, isn't the DwightAngela relationship just the sweetest you have ever seen? Seeing him getting the bubblehead, him "covertly" thanking her, her receiving the mysterious key.. I mean.. Basically their relationship is as "scary" as both of their characters but they just sooooo belong together ;)

In the end it's just a great tv show and I'm kinda surprised about how much I wrote about it but I think some of you are off-track with your interpretations. So knowing about my civil duties, I stood up and said how it really is. It must be like that because otherwise I'm wrong and being me I know how unlikely that is. So eat it ;p What you say? All just interpretations.. Oh well, seems like you Sir are a douchebag!

- Phil.

PS: I sorry for me english. I'm a Kraut. Yeah, that's right: german.

Plus I'm a Linux user which lets the question arise if there is any way to purchase The Office episodes from iTunes running that os.

86Posted by Phil on February 10, 2006

Alright, I didn't mean that Dwight and Angela's relationship is scary, it's creepy. Angela said it best on myspace.com :)

Plus I totally agree with fred's post no. 84. I agree so much with you, I'm afraid you might just be an imaginary carbon copy of me existing only in my head. Oh well, I need some sleep..

87Posted by Phil on February 10, 2006

Phil ~

One need not intend to be a jerk in order to be a jerk. I think this is the case with Roy. I don't think he's malicious or nasty on purpose, but inconsiderate + self-absorbed = jerk. Heck, even if you like Roy's character, there's still room to admit that Pam and Jim are a better fit than Pam and Roy. (Plus, I think the writers are building him up to be a less-than-ideal boyfriend. He thinks talking to Pam is a chore, he once left her at a minor-league hockey game, he thinks good (?) sex is an appropriate Valentine's Day gift, and he admitted to a crowd he'd do the "tight-ass Christian chick," even when Pam was standing right there with him. He's not in contention for the Fiance of the Year Award).

P.S. I'm glad none of my huggable teddy bears sit around watching porn :-)

88Posted by Michelle on February 10, 2006

[geek]I think the latest crossover office lets you run itunes in linux.[/geek]

Not sure how well the video plays; i'm pretty sure their top priority was audio first.

http://www.codeweavers.com/compatibility/browse/name?app_id=134"

89Posted by Pat D. on February 10, 2006

Oh yeah, and for my Office-related post, John on Leno reminded me a lot of Kelly for some reason. :)

90Posted by Pat D. on February 10, 2006

Okies, so I've just finished reading everyone's comments and I'm starting to come around.

  • I think you're all absolutely right -- this episode was a brilliant slice of bittersweet reality. Valentine's Day almost always seems to disappoint, even if you're in a relationship! (Don't ask me how I know, haha!)
  • I'm glad that Jim didn't give in and get Pam a gift, it makes Roy's gaffe even harder for Pam to swallow.
  • I think I may grow to love Michael Scott yet. I had a dream about him last night, he was my college professor and I was all hot n' bothered to make out with him. And I thought Jim was my secret lover! Hmmm ...On a different subject, does anyone read the "Watch With Kristen" features and transcripts at E! Online? I'm almost positive that Kristen said Pam and Roy ultimately do not get married, according to what the producers have told her. Did anyone else read that as well? My fingers and toes are crossed!

    Have a good weekend, all!

91Posted by Jess on February 10, 2006

Jess Do you have a link where you read that info on Roy & Pam not getting married. I read Kristen's columns/forums frequently and I haven't seen anything that has confirmed the above. I also can't imagine that the producers would leak that information to anyone.

92Posted by Blake on February 10, 2006

Hey Blake!

It took me a while to find it, but it was in the "Spoiler" section of a chat transcript from January 9th. Scroll down the page, it's the second-to-last item:

http://www.eonline.com/Gossip/Kristin/Trans/Archive2006/060109c.html

Kristen also said in a more recent chat that she heard that "something-something" might be happening between Jim and Pam before the second season is over. That had better not be a tease, my heart can't take it! :)

93Posted by Jess on February 11, 2006

LOVED CONAN! Him plus the Office equals awesome. BTW: John was so funny and charming and hot on Leno! I hate Leno but JK made it such a pleasure to watch.

94Posted by pam on February 11, 2006

Thank you for the link Jess! I've always felt like they're going to hold off getting Jim/Pam together until the tail of the entire series in order to keep the tension going (and I'm fine with that). Like I've stated in a few of my previous comments I just prefer they don't go down the whole Roy/Pam failed marriage road. It would be real yet too depressing. At least Kristen's response is encouraging......

95Posted by Blake Hall on February 11, 2006

Here's my take on Micheal/Jan. It seems to me that every once in a great while, Micheal has the ability to be smooth, cool, calm, and collected, and his inner salesman shines (After all, how else could he have been promoted to regional manager from his salesman position). We've seen this side of him in "The Client" and the latest episode. In both of these episodes Jan and Micheal kiss (Jan blamed the booze but I never beleived she was so drunk she didnt know what she was doing). I mean if you go back and watch the look on Jan's face both when talking to the client and the CFO you can see her total demeanor change. I think a small part of her is attracted to Micheal, but the other, more rational and icy part of Jan is what usually guides her judgement. This is why she cringed when she realized the camera caught the twist- it documented a part of her that she knows is there and isnt that proud of.

96Posted by Dean on February 11, 2006

ok, here’s an idea for the next 2 weeks...

MASS REWATCH!

- everyone’s wondering what they’ll do for 2 weeks with no eps.
- everyone likes to watch the eps multiple times.
- everyone likes to comment on the eps.

so, next thursday at 9:30 everyone re-watches the same ep and james makes a page to discuss it beginning at 10:00ish.

since most of the people commenting now werent communicating in season 1, i would suggest something from then. diversity day. its the second ep (the pilot would be fine but there’s not a lot of love for that one). it can be downloaded from itunes, rewatched via tivo or a dvd, or if nothing else read a recap.

its like programming our own rerun.

97Posted by ferd farkel on February 11, 2006

For those interested in where they got the Dwight bobblehead, they got it from It's You Small. The guy that runs the site specializes in custom-made bobbleheads.

98Posted by Dave on February 11, 2006
  • ferd, not a bad idea. though, I think it should be some episode that James hasn't done a write up on yet. That way we get both a new write up and some comments on the episode.
99Posted by Patrick on February 11, 2006

I'm with you, Blake! I can take a few more years of the delicious P/J tension, just as long as they both stay in Scranton and neither one ties the knot (except with each-other, maybe? Hehe!) Take care!

100Posted by Jess on February 11, 2006

Way to hit the century mark, fellas. In response to a couple of your questions and comments:

Kenny (70), I don't expect that I've had any influence over the writers of the show, but you're right: they've managed to work in some great references. Now, all we need is for Dwight to go Jack Bauer on somebody.

ferd (97) and Patrick (99), that's a great idea. I've been eyeing Health Care and The Alliance for a while now. Truth be told, the Olympics are kind of arriving at a good time for me; I'm expecting a busier than usual couple of weeks, so more relaxed NA responsibilities probably wouldn't be a bad thing. However, if the interest is there, I'll see what I can do. What do you all think?

101Posted by James on February 11, 2006

Good idea, and put "Sexual Harassment" in there too. One of my favorite eps. We need a new Todd Packer ep soon too.

102Posted by Pat D. on February 11, 2006

I think my favorite part in this episode was when Dwight hands Michael his passport to go to New York...lmao. great show.

103Posted by kitty on February 11, 2006

James, Health Care or The Alliance sound great to me! That will force me to update those episode pages on OfficeTally as well.

Since you mentioned that you're going to be busy the next few weeks, maybe we can shoot on getting one of them done?

You have such a great group of writers here, it'll be fun to review an old episode all together!

104Posted by Jennie on February 11, 2006

Golly, it's a tough call between Health Care and The Alliance. On the one hand, we've got hot dog fingers and Count Choculitis, and on the other, there's Dwight in a box. It'll be fun to dissect either!

Am I the only one who interpreted Jim's plans to escape Scranton as just meaning for the wedding? I wonder if Pam will invite him.

105Posted by Brenzes on February 11, 2006

Wow my 2 favorite shows, 24 and The Office. They really should have Jack Bauer storm the office or something, and try to get information out of Dwight, and see what kind of off the mark retort Dwight will come up with. That would be a dream come true :)

I say yay to rewatching old episodes, as if I don't already do that regularly... I would love to see new summaries on old eps. Diversity Day is absolutely hilarious!

106Posted by Sandy on February 11, 2006

Doesn't really relate to the episode, but if you missed John on Leno Thursday night, the video can be seen here.

107Posted by Derek on February 12, 2006

Wonderful analysis, as usual - thanks! I don't agree, though, that Jim would necessarily leave Scranton if Pam got married (which I don't think she will, by the way). In reality, many of us have weathered unrequited love, and when it doesn't pan out we don't up and leave town to avoid our feelings. Since this show tends to reflect reality the vast majority of the time, perhaps Jim would stick around Scranton. Yes, on the surfact his interest in Pam seems to have waned, but maybe he's just being a grown-up and trying to move on in spite of his feelings. After all, Jim is a nice guy, and if he continued to pursue an engaged woman he'd quickly go from sweet guy to scary stalker, don't you think?

That all being said, I think this will all be a moot point soon, since I'm convinced that Pam will not marry Roy and she will eventually confess her feelings to Jim (by the way, I think Pam is very aware of Jim's feelings for her and her own feelings for him. She's not naive in that way. She may be in denial, trying to convince herself that she's in love with Roy, but that doesn't preclude the fact that she's in love with Jim and vice versa).

108Posted by Michelle on February 12, 2006

yes, good thinking, patrick. definitely make it one that james hasnt recapped. and it would make sense to do the next in that list, health care.

otherwise, my vote would go to, dwight! in! a box! dwight! in! a box!, dwight! in! a box!....

109Posted by ferd farkel on February 12, 2006

brenzes(105), good job. i think you figured out the real meaning of jim getting out of scranton. dundee for you.

110Posted by ferd farkel on February 12, 2006

It says on the new episode guide "Jim has plans of a different sort: an escape route out of Dunder-Mifflin and Scranton."

That sounds pretty "I'm taking my toys and going home," to me, not so much about a vacation.

111Posted by Katie on February 12, 2006

James, AWESOME recap. Is there anyway you can make that dwight picture with his bobble head into desktop wallpaper? At this point i'd pay anything for a dwight schrute bobble head doll.

112Posted by Todd Packer on February 12, 2006

Great comments, Michelle (108). I've updated the JPI portion of the recap to clarify a few things I botched up. When I said Scranton, I meant the Scranton office; I did not mean to suggest that he would leave town altogether, although I'm not sure what sorts of options a place like Scranton could offer to someone like Jim. I do agree that Jim is a nice guy and perfectly capable of putting this behind him. In fact, that's precisely the reason why I see him leaving the office if this wedding goes through: why stay if there's nothing (or no one, in his case) to stay for? I can't see any reason why he would remain when he clearly has potential for a more engaging line of work.

That said, I have also convinced myself that the wedding will not happen, because, well, let's face it: this show needs Jim. I don't know how they're going to break it off, but I expect Pam to be an unmarried woman when the new season rolls around.

Todd (112), send me an e-mail if you're still interested in that wallpaper. I don't think there's anything that I could do with it (short of blowing it up to wallpaper size), but I can send you the full-size screen capture if you'd like to experiment with it yourself.

113Posted by James on February 12, 2006

Ferd: Dundies, woo! I want to thank God for this Dundie. I really feel God in this website today. (Man, I hope Pam was kidding with that comment.)

I'm with Michelle on this one. I think moving because your crush gets married is kinda juvenile. It definitely is the equivalent of "taking your ball and going home." I think, because Jim's only had something officially platonic with her, his moving from Scranton would be even more rash. We all know that Jim comes to that job for Pam (and vice-versa, though she may not realize it), but you don't just go on unemployment because the girl you like got married.

I was thinking about how they're going to cap this season, and I guess I'm in the minority because I WANT the agony dragged out. I love the Jim/Pam pairing, but I also love the agony of the fact that there's these two people who're perfect for each other, but for whatever reason, it's not happening. So, that kinda rules out a "Jim interrupts the wedding" scenario. I guess what I'd like to see is for the wedding not to happen, and have it ending with Pam heading to NY to pursue that graphic arts program. It'd be ideal for the hiatus between seasons.

114Posted by Brenzes on February 12, 2006

Found this on Google video, thought everyone might like it. Made by some kid in California.

The Office Montage

Pretty good stuff.

115Posted by Andrew on February 12, 2006

I think everyone's said pretty much everything about every detail in this episode that I could ever think to say!

One thing that wasn't brought up though, was Michael's Desert Storm comment about not having to deal with the Iraqis anymore.. taking the comment in its context, does that mean that we haven't seen the last of the lay-offs and there might be more to come?

116Posted by Pam on February 12, 2006

I think that gives Michael WAY more credit than he deserves. I read that as yet another instance of Michael mangling a metaphor. I mean, I wouldn't be surprised to hear about more layoffs, but Michael does not have the capacity allude to that with subtlety and elegance. Period. This is the man who said "Stanley’s dedication is no doubt one of the hallmarks of the foundation of the business we’re hoping to build our basis on," in a voiceover in which he presumably had the option of do-overs. Michael is not the sort of guy who thinks before he speaks. Or after.

117Posted by Katie on February 12, 2006

Hey, James, ever think that you're being a bit too harsh on most of the characters? Most of the quotations seemed to be followed with a sarcastic and cynical remark.

118Posted by Eli on February 12, 2006

Gotta disagree with you there, Brenzes (114). You're right, you don't go on unemployment just because the girl you like got married, but you do owe it to yourself to look into other options if she was the only reason you were employed at your current job to begin with. It would be a completely different matter if Jim were at least somewhat interested in his work, but he's given me no indication that his job means enough to him to keep him here once Pam is off-limits. I can maybe imagine him sticking around out of loyalty to her, but that would be asking an awful lot of him.

As far as the rashness of the decision, he would have a good month or two to determine if he was doing the right thing. Not a ton of time, but enough for someone as qualified as him to find work elsewhere (see Halloween).

I guess what I'm trying to say here is that it wouldn't be an immature, sore-loser attitude that would be motivating him to leave; it would be the fact that he wants (and deserves) better for himself.

But, and I reiterate, I do not think that it's going to come to this, and according to that nice find from Jess (93), neither do the producers. Like you, I'm a fan of the tension between the two. I don't believe the wedding needs to be called off in dramatic fashion with one of them declaring their feelings for the other. I just think it needs to called off, period, in order to give Jim enough of a reason to hang around.

119Posted by James on February 12, 2006

Wow, Andrew, (119), that thing was really good. What was the song in the background in the beginning? That was perfect! The shot of Dwight going "Downsizing?" cracked me up! Are there any more of these kinds of thing out there? Really well done!

120Posted by Bill on February 13, 2006

Whoops, I meant 115, not 119. But everyone should still check it out. I still can't believe a kid made this. At the end it said made by Daren Sprawls. Any ideas on who he is?

121Posted by Bill on February 13, 2006

Though I think everyone agrees the wedding won't happen anyway, doesn't anyone think it's possible Jim would stick around for Pam's friendship? That's one thing I regret has been sacrificed a little in the show with all the emphasis on the "love story" between them. In the first season at least, it seemed like it's more about the fun they have together than just all those wistful looks between them.

It would be difficult for Jim, of course, but once Pam was married he might be able to move on and just enjoy being her friend again. (Some us have been through that and come out okay on the other side.)

122Posted by bp on February 13, 2006

@115 - that was AWESOME! Video quality aside, that would be a great commercial. Thanks for pointing us there.

123Posted by Allison on February 13, 2006

Yeah 115...I'd like to say thank you too for finding and sharing this site with everyone. I now have something tangible to pass around "my" office, and keep the fire fueled until the Olympics are over, and we can get back to reality...oops I mean fantasy!!!

124Posted by Jim on February 13, 2006

Are we definitely doing a rewatch of a previous episode for this week? I love the idea - it sounds just a little geeky, but totally perfect :-) I don't care which one we watch; I haven't seen some of them, and I'm always looking for a good excuse to re-watch one I have seen (as in, "Yes, I've already seen this, but no, I'm not really wasting time by watching it again because I have to see it again to participate in the discussion. Besides, I just cleaned the bathroom last month.").

125Posted by Michelle on February 13, 2006

Brenzes – Pam isn’t just Jim’s crush, he is in love with her. Jim has remained in Scranton for one reason alone – deep down inside he’s always hoped and imagined that one day Pam would reciprocate his feelings for her. Pam getting married will give Jim closure to put this dream to rest and move on.

If Pam gets married what’s left for Jim in Scranton? A) He doesn’t really like his job and we know he’s capable of pursuing a better career outside of the perceived “bleak” Scranton (I haven’t been there so I won’t speak on it’s behalf) B) Besides Pam there is no one in the office that Jim would even remotely consider as a potential love interest C) Family in Scranton? – I know Jim’s mother is his emergency contact, but I’m not sure where she resides D) Friends – he lives with his roommate who has a girlfriend (he might occasionally suffer from the 3rd wheel syndrome). We know Jim has some buddies he hangs out with, but I don’t think he’s close to any of them (he refers to them as “idiots” in this last episode).

Also, you are NOT in the minority because you want the Jim/Pam tension dragged out. I think just about everybody knows that what makes this relationship so appealing is the “unrequited love aspect” of it. Our hearts may want them to get together now, but our minds tell us it’s in the best interest of the show for them not too.

A short time ago I recall discussing with James possible future storylines resulting from a Roy/Pam marriage (and subsequent divorce). After long consideration, I would be shocked if the wedding takes place: Jim would leave Scranton = no more JAM tension and we’d probably see viewer uneasiness from witnessing Roy/Pam’s marriage fail.

I may be way off here, but I think one significant factor to think about concerning the wedding is the date itself, June 10th. So far The Office has been consistent in creating “real time” storylines (Christmas, V-Day, etc). In the last few episodes we’ve even heard it mentioned that the wedding is “5 months away” and “4 months away”, etc. The season finale is airing the last week in March or in the first week of April which means there would be a 2 month discrepancy from when the show ends and the wedding is supposed to take place. I know, I know, this is a TV show – the writers can jump to the future as they please. I just have a feeling they won’t. It would be too cliché for us to see a wedding (or almost wedding) in the last anyway. This show is too clever & imaginative to do that....

126Posted by Blake on February 13, 2006

Eli (118), I wouldn't take those remarks too seriously. I don't intend for them to be malicious in any way. I like this show. A lot. As a general rule of thumb, I try to avoid making snide comments in the JPI section, but I have to balance out all that serious talk with non-serious things.

Bill (120), the song at the beginning of the video is You are Chains by Secret Machines.

Michelle (125), it sounds like we've got enough interest to make this happen (Health Care is looking like the favorite at this point). Look for an update on the front page sometime in the next couple days, all you wonderful Office geeks out there.

127Posted by James on February 13, 2006

James, not that I don't like scrolling down a page with 125+ comments, but I really think you've got a serious need for a forum about now. The other ones you link to aren't active enough, and if you had one, I know it would be of pretty good quality. I mean, yikes. Lots and lots of comments.

128Posted by Graham on February 13, 2006

Yeah, more forum talk ;).

Maybe no forums, but is it possible that you could add pages to comments? (i.e. only show 25-30/comments at a time) That'd make it a bit more manageable.

129Posted by Patrick on February 13, 2006

Is it march 2nd yet?

130Posted by kitty on February 13, 2006

Y'all need to go check out James' MySpace page -- Angela added a comment to it!

WAY TO GO, JAMES! How totally awesome is that?!

131Posted by Jennie on February 13, 2006

Wow, Angela is so cool! James is the man.

Seriously, has there ever been a cast that is more open and friendly to it's fans?

132Posted by Blake Hall on February 14, 2006

I actually wonder how they will all feel when they all get too popular and busy with projects (which we all hope they do!) and have to stop/limit the myspace updates. Might alienate the less understanding fans.

Hopefully there arent too many of those.

133Posted by Pat D. on February 14, 2006

Y'know, something occurred to me. I don't watch The Apprentice, but could Michael's remark about the NY Rangers practicing at Rockefeller Center be a reference to that show? I thought last season, one of their "rewards" was time on the ice with some hockey team, and a girl wound up on crutches for like the whole rest of the show. Plus, it'd kinda figure if Michael thought something staged on The Apprentice was reality.

134Posted by Brenzes on February 14, 2006

NBC has finally released the bobble head!

www.nbcuniversalstore.com

135Posted by Stacy on April 18, 2006

Jim was supposed to get Pam something. The early script sides said so. But I think the show went in a new direction after it was renewed for a 3rd season. Cant go using up all the good storylines yet!

136Posted by John D'arc on May 6, 2006

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