The Office

Season 2 Episode 15

Boys and Girls

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 02, 2006 on NBC
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Jan holds a "Women in the Workplace" seminar at Dunder Mifflin for the paper company's female employees. Michael, feeling more than a bit left out, decides to have his own "seminar" when he takes the male workers down to the warehouse.

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  • Michael and Jan have a gender appreciation day

    This was a very fine episode and shows how great season 2 was. I thought that this was a weaker episode when compared to the other episodes. However it's still very good. My only problems of this episode were that the organization could've been better and stuff that Jan was talking about seemed like something you watch on the first day you get hired. However maybe this happens at other offices. It didn't at mine.

    When Jan explained the reason why she was doing this and then said potential people for corporate, her silence was golden. One of the funnier moments at the women's seminar was with Meredith. Kelly was funny when she was asking Jan about her time with Michael. The producers have done this before. It's kind of like we were on a brake from Friends but on a smaller level.

    Michael's meeting was even better. One of my favorite Dwight moments happened in this episode when he said "Remember on Lost when they meet the others?" Any time Lost is mentioned, it's generally a good thing. I loved the cracks the warehouse staff put on Michael. My favorite moment is when Jan came down and said there was going to be no union and how he tried to hide from everyone. I also liked how Michael messed up the warehouse. Another good moment is when Roy was talking to Jim about Pam and how Kevin had Jim's back. Yet another awkward moment happened between Jim and Pam when he said she take a chance sometime.

    Despite some flaws here and there, this was a great episode.moreless
  • boys and girls

    A definite classic of The Office. From Michael destroying the warehouse, to Pam getting offered a graphic design internship. This episode is an Office episode worth watching.

    I can't grasp the fact that Pam stays with Roy, this show better show a soft side of Roy pretty soon because it's as if Pam comes off dumb for staying with him in the first place when all Roy does is act like a jerk. The Woman in the Workplace Seminar was absolutely hilarious, the women of the Office are always the funniest. From Meredith as an alcoholic to Angela calling Jan a wh*re. It was just great.

    As for the guys side, we've got the classic Michael, destroying the warehouse, but other than that, it wasn't very entertaining, the whole thing with the union. You can't help but feel bad for Pam, especially when she cries in the end, leaves a sense of wonder by the end. Good classic episode of The Office. Don't miss this onemoreless
  • On of the best

    "Corporate" forces the female Dunder-Mifflin employees to attend a "women in the workplace" seminar, conducted by Jan. Jan later confides to the camera that the real purpose of the seminar is for the company to be able to root out any promising employees for future advancement. Miffed by being excluded, Michael assembles all the men in the warehouse for a "men in the workplace" seminar in the warehouse. Roy approaches Jim under the belief that Jim used to like Pam. Darryl and his equally irritated crew are forced to participate in Michael's shenanigans, which culminates in Michael trying to drive one of their delivery machines.Michael's recklessness behind the controls causes the supply shelves to come crashing down, just as he attempts some more haphazard antics that turns the warehouse into a complete mess while jeopardizing the employees' safety and infuriates Darryl and his men. Michael's plans to hold his own seminar backfires when the warehouse workers decide to form a union. Jan quickly convinces them not to strike, citing mass firings if it were to occur. Jan urges Pam to take a corporate training program in graphic design in New York when Pam reveals that she wants to be a graphic designer, but Roy quashes the idea. Jim rebukes Pam for listening to Roy when he is clearly wrong and acting selfish, which creates some tension between them. As the day comes to a close, the warehouse is in complete disarray.moreless
  • A day of discontent, and a glimpse into Pam's motivations.

    Even though it's one of the funniest episodes of the season for sheer hilarity and Michael awkwardness (anytime he tries to interact with the warehouse guys, especially Daryl, Michael is at his incompetent best), this was also a tough installment to watch because of the reminder that so many of the Dunder-Mifflin characters are not quite happy with their lot in life. The Warehouse:

    When Daryl and Roy are reminded of the salary difference between themselves and the men upstairs (especially after Michael comes in and makes a big mess they have to clean up), despite the fact that they DO work harder, they try to lead the other warehouse workers in unionization. Michael leads them on, but their dreams are shot down by a cold, black-dressed Jan who has perched herself regally on the stairs without even bothering to descend into the warehouse. Meanwhile, their supposed advocate, Michael, is trying to make himself invisible (literally).


    We see from her speech and the interaction in the seminar that she's the only Dunder-Mifflin woman who dreams of something totally different, and doesn't think she quite fits in with her co-workers. She does have more in common with Jim than anyone else there, mostly because they're dreaming of something they're afraid to try for. For her, it's a career in graphic design. For him, it's her. Pam has settled into a routine that is okay, and she's not reminded that she once wanted something better until the seminar. Having been with Roy for so long, though, she doesn't know how to be alone, and now that they've finally set a date for the wedding, she doesn't want to screw anything up by going against his wishes and doing the graphic design internship in New York.

    In "Valentine's Day," when Jim told Kelly that it would be great if Ryan was into her, but maybe that's not the case, he was probably talking to himself as much as to her. But in this episode, when he tells Pam, "You have to take a chance on something sometime," he's mostly concerned with her. The conversation in the warehouse between Roy and Jim, and then between Roy and the guys, was a reminder that Jim just cares more about Pam as an individual than Roy does. Jim likes to listen to Pam and talk to Pam, and he wants the best for her. All that having been said, my favorite moment in this episode was probably Kevin offering to back Jim up if Roy tries to fight him. It was pretty sweet (especially since offering to help someone fight tough-looking Roy is a serious offer), and shows that Kevin is in tune with what's going on around the office, but that, unlike Michael, he's capable of being discreet and offering real support.moreless
  • "If they stay in there too long, they're gonna get on the same cycle. Wreak havoc on our plumbing."

    The corporate offices force the female employees to attend a "women in the workplace" seminar, conducted by Jan. Michael is not happy that he is excluded, and assembles a "men in the workplace" seminar. However, things don't exactly go as planned when the warehouse workers want to form a union. Meanwhile, Jan urges Pam to take a graphic design course in New York, but Roy isn't crazy about the idea. This episode was full of classic moments, such as when Michael crashes into the boxes, the inflatable doll with Michael's picture, and Dwight's quote about "the others." Overall, this episode is better than the last episode. It's very funny, and has a lot of character development.moreless
Patrice ONeal

Patrice ONeal

Lonnie Collins

Guest Star

Craig Robinson (I)

Craig Robinson (I)

Darryl Philbin

Recurring Role

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Kelly Kapoor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Michael: Is it good to be back? Yeah. I mean, I love the guy stuff, but to run an office you need men and women. You know why? Because you need to have that crazy sexual tension to keep things interesting.

    • Michael: You may look around and see two groups here; white collar, blue collar. But I don't see it that way, and you know why not? Because I am collar-blind.

    • Roy: I hate it when girls insist on taking them out to new restaurants every weekend night and then they're like, "When are we gonna go out on a DATE date?"

    • Jan: Sports metaphors are one of the ways women feel left out of the language of the office. Now, I know this might sound silly, but many women ask to go over it. Fumble means...
      Meredith: Slip.
      Jan: Right. Par for the course is a golf term; it means right on track. Below par means worse. Wait, that should mean better, that doesn't make sense...
      Kelly: What about second base? Like if Michael said he got to second base with you, does that mean you, like, closed a deal?
      Jan: Excuse me?
      Kelly: I mean, that's a baseball term, right?
      Jan: I don't know what Michael was talking about... (Kelly winks to camera)

    • Michael: We are going to learn how a warehouse works. Oh, I think this is going to work out great. Because managing the warehouse is a very important part of my job and I haven't been there in months.

    • (Conversation with Jim after Pam decided not to do the internship in New York)
      Jim: So you're not doing it.
      Pam: How did you know?
      Jim: Why not?
      Pam: Just, like, no big reason. Just a bunch of little reasons.
      Jim: Come on.
      Pam: Roy's right, there's no guarantee that it's going to lead to anything anyway.
      Jim: Roy said that.
      Pam: What? And you have something you wanna say?
      Jim: You gotta take a chance on something sometime, Pam. I mean, do you want to be a receptionist here, always?
      Pam: Oh, excuse me, I'm fine with my choices.
      Jim: You are?
      Pam: Yeah.

    • Dwight: Yeah and then they make you drive them to church the next morning, like gas ain't free.

    • Jim: How are the girls?
      Pam: Good. We watched a video about our changing bodies.
      Jim: Really?

    • (Conversation in the warehouse after Kevin had warned Jim that Roy probably knows about Jim's "old" crush on Pam)
      Roy: Jim...Halpert! Hey uh, I uh, you know, heard there was a rumor going around about you used to have a crush on Pam.
      Jim: Oh, no no no...
      Roy: No n-no, it's cool 'cause I know you're a good guy and I know that that crush ended a long time ago. So, you know, we're cool. Alright?
      Jim: Yeah. Nope, yeah. Definitely.
      Roy: You know, I'm- It's great with me, that way- I'm glad she has a friend at work she can get through the day with. That way she's not all, "Bah bah bah bah," you know, when she gets home.
      Jim: Yeah, I like talking to her too.

    • Dwight: It's a terrible idea.
      Jim: What is?
      Dwight: Them in there all together. They stay in there too long, they're gonna get on the same cycle. Wreak havoc on our plumbing.

    • Jan: Why don't we all go around the table and say something that we know we're good at? I'll will start, I am good at public speaking.
      Meredith: Hi, I'm Meredith, and I'm an alc-... good at supplier relations.
      Jan: Great, Phyllis.
      Phyllis: I'm good at computer stuff. E-mails, spreadsheets, all that.
      Angela: Really?
      Phyllis: I don't know? I thought that...

    • Michael: Everyone. Guys, circle up, please. Come on over. Bring your chairs. Toby? Come on over. You're a guy, too... sort of.

    • Dwight: Michael wants us to bond so we need topics for conversation.
      Jim: Ponies.
      Dwight: No.
      Ryan: How about rainbows?
      Dwight: No.
      Jim: Flowers.
      Dwight: No.
      Ryan: Makeup.

    • Kevin: I bet Roy heard about you liking Pam. I bet he'll try to beat you up.
      Jim: Thanks for the heads up, Kev.
      Kevin: I got your back if he does...but try to stay out of it.

    • Michael: What is more important than quality? Equality.

    • Michael: Pizza is the great equalizer. RIch people love pizza, poor people love pizza. White people love pizza, black people love pizza. .....Do black people love pizza?

    • (In a "Women in the Workplace" meeting, Jan told the ladies that they should dress for the job they want, not the job they have.)
      Angela: Apparently, from the way Jan dresses, she wants to be a whore.

    • Jan: I don't know what you're doing here, Michael.
      Michael: We're just having a little "Guys in the Workplace" thing. Why can't boys play with dolls? Why does society force us to use urinals when sitting down is far more comfortable?

    • Daryl: You don't feel us. How can you?
      Dwight: Not literally.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Dwight says, "There was this film that I saw when I was little. It was about a kid who goes on the most incredible adventure. And even though it was really great, and she had a great time, she ends up back home in Kansas and says 'there's no place like home.' And that's how I feel right now. There is no place... like home. What the hell was that movie called? Uh, it's gonna drive me crazy." The film Dwight is referring to is the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. In this movie Dorothy Gale takes a magical journey to the land of Oz only to realize there's no place like home.

    • Michael tells the women, "You've come a long way, baby," borrowing from the Virginia Slims ads of the '70s which were supposed to honor the "Women's Lib" generation with their very own empowering cigarette brand.

    • Michael writes a division problem on the chalk board in the warehouse and says "just in case there's somebody down here who shouldn't be. A little Good Will Hunting Situation." In the movie Good Will Hunting, Will Hunting's knowledge was figured out from him solving problems left on a chalk board in the halls of MIT.

    • Michael: ...the Ally McBeal woman, as I like to call her...

      A reference to quirky lawyer Ally McBeal and the show of the same name.