The Office

Season 2 Episode 13

The Secret

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 19, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Michael slips some sly references about Pam in his conversations with Jim, Jim quickly tries to do damage control to make sure that no one else in the office finds about his crush on Pam, all while slamming himself with regret for ever telling Michael in the first place. Meanwhile, Dwight conducts an investigation about Oscar's mysterious absence from work.moreless

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Tom W. Chick

Tom W. Chick


Guest Star

Lindsey Stoddart

Lindsey Stoddart

Sally Smith

Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Paul Lieberstein

Paul Lieberstein

Toby Flenderson

Recurring Role

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Kelly Kapoor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Jim states he had a crush on Pam when she first started (implying Jim was there first). Pam later tells Michael that Jim had a crush on her when he first started (implying she was there first).

    • Michael explains that the office is doing spring cleaning in January, though the large white board calendar in the office could not possibly be showing the month of January for 2005 or 2006. The calendar either shows September or December (the last day of the month cannot be seen) though there is a note on the 4th about an "every first Monday meeting." The only months in 2005 with a Monday the 4th are April and July.

    • When Dwight stakes out Oscar's house it is still daytime. When we see him bust Oscar it is nighttime, yet we cut back to the office and it is still daytime. It is uncommon for the story to be show out of sequence except for the 'to-the-camera' interviews.

    • Michael takes Jim out to lunch at Hooters Restaurant. However, there is no Hooters Restaurant in Scranton, and the nearest one is 50 miles away in Binghamton, NY.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Dwight: Quick Oscar update—I have conducted interviews with everyone in the office.
      Michael: Just go to his house and see if he's sick. I could have done this investigation in, like, 20 minutes.
      Dwight: Including prep time?
      Michael: Just do it.

    • Dwight: As a volunteer Sheriff's Deputy I have been doing surveillance for years. One time I suspected an ex-girlfriend of mine of cheating on me. So I tailed her for six straight nights. Turns out she was, with a couple of guys actually so... mystery solved.

    • Jim: Umm, is it me or does it smell like up-dog in here?
      Michael: What's up-dog?
      Jim: Nothing much, what's up with you?
      Michael: Oh, oh, wow! I walked right into that. Oh, that's brilliant!

    • Dwight: Guess what I found out about Oscar tonight? He was lying about being sick!

    • Pam: What did you guys talk about?
      Jim: Oh, just you know, politics, literature... (holds up Hooter's T-shirt)
      Pam: I hate you.

    • Ryan: Creed? Did you organize the menu book?
      Creed: Oh, I thought that was more on a volunteer basis.
      Ryan: No, it was mandatory.
      Creed: Oh I thought it was a volunteer thing.

    • Ryan: If I had to, I could clean out my desk in five seconds, and nobody would ever know that I'd ever been here. And I'd forget, too.

    • Dwight: So how did Oscar sound when he called in?
      Pam: Sick. Like lots of sniffling, I don't know.
      Dwight: Sniffling how?
      Pam: Umm, how many ways are there to sniffle?
      Dwight: Three.
      Pam: Ok, it was the second one.
      Dwight: Ok. Good. Thank you, that wasn't so hard now was it.

    • Kevin: Jim has got it bad for Pam.
      Creed: Oh...which one is Pam?

    • Dwight: There are several different ways to tell if a perp is lying. The liar will avoid direct eye contact. The liar will cover part of his or her face with his hands, especially the mouth. The liar will perspire. Unfortunately, I spoke to Oscar on the phone so none of this is useful.

    • Michael: (ordering at Hooters) I will have a chicken breast, hold the chicken.
      Hooter's Girl:(looking annoyed) Is that what you really want?
      Michael:I'll have the gourmet hotdog.

    • (Dwight pulls into Oscar's driveway, where Oscar and his boyfriend are removing shopping bags from the trunk.)
      Dwight: Oh, man! You're so busted. Ice skates? Shopping bags? I think I know what's going on here. You weren't sick at all!
      Gil: Who's this?
      Dwight: This is Dwight Schrute! Who is this?
      Gil: Gil.
      Oscar: Are you going to tell Michael?
      Dwight: How about this? I don't tell Michael, and in exchange you owe me one great big giant favor redeemable by me at a time and place of my choosing.

    • Dwight: Listen, Temp. I am conducting a little investigation, so I am no longer going to be able to head up Spring Cleaning. Do you think you can handle it?
      Ryan: Yeah, I think I can handle it.
      Dwight: Do you think or do you know?
      Ryan: I think.
      Dwight: Oh god...

    • Michael: They say a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind. Well, I say an empty desk means an...
      Dwight: ...empty mind.

    • (To Jim as he's getting pop from the machine)
      Michael: What'chya getting there?
      Jim: Uh, grape!
      Michael: Good stuff, good stuff. So! Did you watch the game last night?
      Jim: What game?
      Michael: Any..of them?
      (Stanley walks in)
      Michael: So what's the down-low on the P. situation?
      Jim: I don't know what you're talking about.
      Michael: P. A.? P. A. M.?
      Jim: Ah.. uh..
      Michael: It's ok, we're talking in code.
      Jim: I'm going to leave now.
      Michael: Still choosing your drink, Stanley?
      (Michael pushes a button) Michael: Peach Iced Tea. You'll hate it!

    • (Talking to Jim in Hooters)
      Michael: You should order milk. Get it? Milk.

    • Michael: Jim and I are great friends. We hang out a ton..... mostly at work.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The French episode title is "Le Secret", and the Spanish title is "El secreto". The Italian title is "Segreto d'ufficio", meaning "Office Secret".

    • Beginning with this episode, Leslie David Baker, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, and Brian Baumgartner are bumped up to star status.

    • Music: Squeeze's "Tempted"

    • Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam Beesly, was so upset after filming the scene where Jim tells Pam that he no longer has a crush on her that Angela Kinsey, who plays Angela Martin, had to comfort her on the advice of John Krasinski, who plays Jim Halpert.

    • Greg Daniels, the executive producer of The Office, did not inform Oscar Nunez, who plays Oscar Martinez, of the fact that his character would be a homosexual. When Greg Daniels asked if the character development point was okay, Oscar agreed, since he did not want the writers to have to rewrite the entire script.

    • John Krasinski was not informed of the point in the script where the Hooters waitresses sing "Happy Birthday to You". The reaction Jim exhibits is actually a genuine reaction.

    • The show is filmed now in Southern California but Scranton has snowy winters. Oscar's house is covered in snow but when the camera pans around, you can notice the rest of the neighborhood is snow free.


    • Michael's statement, "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!" to the Hooters girl, is a reference to one of the catch phrases from the 1992 movie Wayne's World.