Rules of Engagement

Season 1 Episode 2

The Birthday Deal

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Feb 12, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When it's time to plan a party for Jeff's birthday, everyone gets involved. But Audrey is spending a little too much time on planning the party, which makes Jeff unhappy. Although Jeff won't reveal what he usually gets in the annual birthday deal, Adam brings up the subject with Jennifer and is then worried when Jennifer not only agrees to give him a birthday deal, but announces she wants to get one in return. Meanwhile, Russell is obsessed with trying to figure out what Jeff's birthday present really is.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • A Little Bit Worse than the Pilot

    This episode was not quite as good as the pilot. The birthday deal concept was funny, but it got stretched too far. Adam's worry was pretty funny but Russell was kind of annoying. What the birthday deal was was interesting, and it showed that there is more to Jeff than just sports and sex.
  • 102

    I was a bit skeptical about this show at first, but now I can finally say that this show is good. Well maybe I'm speaking too soon, but I really enjoyed this episode and it was loads better than the forgettable pilot episode. Most of the episode was still a bit devoid of laughter but we got some great heartwarming moments here. From Audrey & Jeff's fight in the kitchen to Jen's surprising birthday deal, we got some great moments on tonight's episode. I thin what this series lacks is chemistry between the characters. No one besides the married couples really look like they're friends. Plus Russel and Jen are easily the most annoying characters on this show and Patrick Warbuton is clearly the best. A good episode overall, but this show definitely needs some fine tuning, and a lot of it. The scene at the restaurant was surprising in every sense, I was actually interested in the "birthday deal."moreless
  • I didn't necessarily have high hopes for this show, but after this week - I don't think it will ever make a permanent spot on any network.

    Wow, just about sums this show up. After last week, we found that there were "birthday deals" in the making for a few characters. This show centered only around this theme and after their attempts to try to force comedy into this show, I think I laughed once or twice and wanted to fall asleep more than that. The birthday deal ended up being a review of the first date between the two, which in itself was cute, but the whole show mainly basis itself around sex and I think they would have been better off holding out telling us what the birthday deal was for another episode or so.moreless
  • fun, quick witted humour..

    This episode was better than the pilot.. again Warburton is the lead of this show.. Spade does a good job of clever and fun interaction between all the cast, a fun sitcom worth watching. The relationship between "the new couple" is always, the weak point, their chemistry isn't as good as I wished, but, that's not to say that each of these characters aren't entertaining when dealing with the rest of the crew.

    Again, a show in progress, very funny, and worth the watch, makes ya anticipate the coming episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Adam: I am now the proud owner of, not one, but two birthday deals.
      Jeff: (sarcastically) Two? No way!
      Adam: That's right. What's the matter? Is my two a little hard for you to swallow?
      (A passing sales attendant gives them a smile)

    • (Jeff is lounging on a couch in the home-goods store as a couple approaches)
      Jeff: If you're serious about buying, I'll get up,'s not very comfortable.

    • Jennifer: (speaking of her Birthday Deal) Okay, I'm gonna think about mine while I'm showering.
      Adam: Okay! Well, I'm gonna think about you showering while I'm thinking about mine. (chuckles) Two birthday deals. Suck on that, Jeff.

    • Adam: I'm getting the deal! And then every year when I'm doing it, I'm gonna think of you. (awkward pause) I-I didn't say that.
      Jeff: I didn't hear it.

    • Jeff: I've been married for 12 years. You basically threw a ring at a stranger.
      Adam: She's not a stranger, all right? We've been together for seven months. Plus, I didn't even get her a ring yet.
      Jeff: Why not?
      Adam: I don't know what she likes, we've only known each other for seven months!
      Jeff: clearly know what you're doing.

    • Jeff: Instead of worrying about my birthday deal, why don't you get one of your own?
      Adam: Well, because I don't need one. With Jennifer, every day is my birthday.
      Jeff: Yeah, every day used to be my birthday, too. Could I have been as stupid as you?

    • Jeff: Just wanted to return this. We borrowed it from your lovely fiancée.
      Adam: Aww, The Notebook.
      Jeff: (dryly) Yeah, The Notebook. Audrey made me watch it. If you don't mind, I'm gonna get a beer and pour it in my eyes.
      (Jennifer enters)
      Jennifer: Hey Jeff.
      Jeff: Hey Jennifer, just returning your movie.
      Jennifer: Aw, did it make you want to cry?
      Jeff: (dryly) Constantly.
      Jennifer: Oh, and tell Audrey we're saving the date for your birthday party.
      Jeff: Great, it should be fun. (Jennifer leaves)That party's gonna suck.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was included on the Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latinamerica: November 12, 2007 on CANAL SONY
      Slovakia: September 23, 2009 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: October 30, 2010 on Barrandov