The Office

Season 2 Episode 19

Michael's Birthday

2
Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2006 on NBC
8.7
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As Kevin and the rest of the crew worry about Kevin's medical test results to see whether or not he has skin cancer, Michael gets angry because no one seems to have fun at the birthday party he threw for himself. Later, Michael takes everyone out to the skating rink to get their minds off of Kevin's possible complications, and Pam and Jim go to the supermarket to pick up some presents for Kevin.moreless

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  • Michael's birth moment

    9.0
    This was an episode that went back to basics a bit. It was good to see Jim and Pam goof around at the grocery store. It was sweet of what they did for Kevin. Two things happen in this episode. Michael's birthday and Kevin's situation. I like how the whole situation was played. It was never too dramatic. I did enjoy how the whole office was concerned with him. Michael's whole birthday was very funny. He acts like a teenager but due to the work of Steve Carell made it work. One of my favorite parts is when Jim was describing what happens on his birthday. I also like how Michael tries to make up for his comment on Kevin but still making about it himself. It was funny at the end when Kevin said what happened and Michael thought it was bad (Kevin was negative)moreless
  • 219

    8.0
    A very funny installment of The Office tonight, we've got Michael's birthday on the same day that Kevin might find out that he has cancer. We've got great delivery from Steve Carrel tonight and this episode might be one of his best on The Office. The whole situation was absolutely hysterical. Definitely a classic of The Office, if you will. That's the way I see it, it's definitely a memorable episode that has all the elements an Office episode is known for.



    We've got comedy, some Jim/Pam development, which is like every Office episode in the earlier seasons. And in this episode, Pam seems to be liking Jim, now the tables have turned, I'm interested to see how this will play out. Great job at incorporating Carol from the Michael's condo, I knew she was there for a reason.



    Great episode overall, with great delivery from all the characters, will remain an Office classic.moreless
  • It's michaels birtday but kevin might have skin cancer. ahha.

    10
    This was one of my favorite episodes ever. Okay so Michael sends himself a portrait of himself [or did was it dwight or michaels mom?] and wants every one to sign it but only dwight does. and than jim and pam sneak out at michael's "birth moment" and go shopping. jim is so freaking cute. he uses fabric softener. and they play with the speaker and the lady yells at her. so funny. and michael doesnt give toby a doughnut because he forgot it was michaels birthday. wow. amazing. i could watch it every day. so f u n n ymoreless
  • What a classic!

    9.6
    For anyone who is hooked on this show, this episode is a clear example of why you are… and why Steve Carell is so fantastic on this show.



    Let me say first that I have not watched the UK version of this show, but do intend to very soon. So please spare me on that. But Steve Carell’s character Michael Scott is so perfect at making the viewer feel so embarrassed as they watch him but at the same time laugh out loud. To me this is a very difficult thing to accomplish and it takes a true comic-genius to pull it off.



    Though out this episode watching Carell’s character struggle with not getting enough attention because it’s his birthday due to “Kevin’s” possible cancer is classic. The awkwardness that Carell puts out there when he tells Kevin “your driving everyone here crazy….” was so perfect that you couldn’t help but say to yourself “did he just say that”. And that is what takes place throughout The Office constantly.



    I love it!moreless
  • michael's birthday... of course!

    9.3
    wow, if you thought michael was bad ... wait until you see him on his birthday. of course, that annoying side is just wonderful. but the real story is that kevin may have cancer. not good. of course he doesn't. i think this is the first episode i saw, just a random note. but now i am a big fan, so its all good.

    i love the ice skating scene. i just went ice skating myself for the very first time recently, and damn, it is really really hard... i almost twisted my ankle. now if only i had jim there to ice skate with it would have been a lot more fun.moreless
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Delivery Man

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Carol Stills

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Paul Lieberstein

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Kelly Kapoor

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It's revealed that American Pie 2 is Kevin's favorite movie, but in a deleted scene from "The Fire", he mentions his five favorite movies, none of which is American Pie 2.

    • Since Michael claims to share his birthday with Eva Longoria, then this episode takes place on Wednesday, March 15th, 2006.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Kevin: If I go home now, I'll just drive myself crazy.
      Michael: Well, you're pretty much driving everybody else here crazy (catches himself). Crazy with worry.

    • Kevin: (after getting the results of his skin cancer test) It's negative!
      Michael: (ripping off his homemade Livestrong bracelet) God! We're gonna beat this, OK? C'mere...(hugs Kevin)
      [Later]
      Michael: Well apparently in the medicine community, negative means "good." Which makes absolutely no sense. In the real world community that would be chaos.

    • Michael: You know what the best medicine is?
      Kevin: The doctor said a combination of Interferon and Dacarbazine.
      Michael: And laughter.

    • Jim: So, we got Kev some stuff: Party pack of M&M's, (holds up M&M's) his favourite candy; DVD of American Pie 2, which is his favorite movie. And he lent it to Creed, so I can guarantee you that he won't get that back.
      Pam: 69 cups of noodles.
      Jim: Which we realized sounds crass, but it is his favorite number.
      Pam: And his favorite lunch.

    • Pam: If I knew that I had a week to live, I would proably go to Europe. And South America. And the Grand Canyon. And I would want to see the Pacific Ocean. It would be a pretty busy week.

    • Dwight: Why tip someone for a job I'm capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can and do cut my own hair. I did however tip my urologist, because, I am unable to pulverise my own kidney stones.

    • Dwight: Where have you been? And don't say the bathroom cause I kicked in all the stalls.

    • Jim: (Eyeing up the microphone on the counter) Oh, I dare you to make an announcement.
      Pam: You dare me? How old are you?
      Jim: Just quit stalling.
      Pam: (in deep voice) Luke, this is your father. Come set the table for dinner.
      Jim: Such a dork.
      Pam: Jim Halpert, price check on fabric softener, the kind that gives you--
      Shop Assistant: Ma'm. Please don't touch that. That is not a toy.
      Pam: I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
      Jim: How old are you?
      Pam: I hate you.

    • Toby: Who brought in donuts?
      Michael: Somebody got donuts for my birthday.
      Toby: Happy birthday.
      Michael: You didn't know it was my birthday.
      Toby: I guess I forgot.
      Michael: Well, I guess I forgot to give you a donut.

    • Michael: Oh, fun fact. I share my birthday with Eva Longoria. So I have a perfect icebreaker if I ever meet Teri Hatcher.

    • Dwight: Michael! Michael! Come here, come here! Listen up everyone. It is 11:23 exactly. The exact moment when you emerged from your mother's vaginal canal.

    • Michael: You know what, Toby? When the son of deposed king of Nigeria e-mails you directly asking for help, you help. His father ran the freaking country!

    • Pam: Michael's birthday was actually pretty cool. It was a good day. I don't know. It was a good day.

    • (Creed, Dwight, Ryan, and Oscar are hoisting Michael up on a chair on the sales floor while Jim and Pam look on from the break room.)
      Pam: I feel like we should go get Kevin something. Do you think we can sneak out of here?
      Jim: Maybe...but we're going to need somebody to create a diversion...

    • Toby: Honestly, is there any way you could get on your fiancée's plan? Our plan is... terrible.

    • Michael: Hey Pam, all this stuff with Kevin is pretty scary. I was thinking that next time you're in the shower you should check yourself out. Those things are ticking time bags.

    • Dwight: (whispered) This is the most important day of the year. I can't risk anything.
      Angela: (whispered) Fine.
      Dwight: What about that meeting later...to discuss finances?
      Angela: ...Yes. (whispered) But don't expect any cookie.
      Dwight: (whispered) But what if I'm hungry?
      Angela: (whispered) No cookie.

    • Dwight: Okay, that is not an 8 foot sub.
      Delivery Guy: We don't make an 8 foot sub. This is eight one foot subs.
      Dwight: F...

    • Dwight: Happy birth moment Michael.

    • Kelly: I never really thought about death until Princess Diana died. That was the saddest funeral ever. That and my sister's.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The French episode title is "L'Anniversaire de Michael", the Italian title is "Il compleanno di Michael", and the Spanish title is "El cumpleaños de Michael", all exact translations.

    • Music: "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas, performed by Steve Carell and Rainn Wilson; "For the Longest Time" by Billy Joel, performed by Rainn Wilson

    • Ken Whittingham won a 2007 Image Award in the Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series category for his work on this episode.

    • In the background at the ice rink you can see a sign for Pickwick Gardens and Pickwick Bowl. They are both part of an event center in Burbank, CA that also has its own ice rink.

    • During this episode, parodies of NBC's "The More You Know" segments were shown, featuring characters from The Office giving their own advice.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • In the pre-credit sequence Toby asks Michael about losing money in an investment from an email. Michael responds 'when the son of the depsosed king of Nigeria emails you directly, asking for help, you help. His father ran the freaking country ok". This is an allusion to the 'Nigerian Money Scam' which an extremely well known form of fraud dating back, in its email form, to the 80s and originating in Nigeria where someone claims to have access to stolen government money that they need to get out of the country via the intended target's bank account. This is one of the oldest "mail" cons on record as it dates back to the 1920's.

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