The Office

Season 2 Episode 16

Valentine's Day

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 09, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The Dunder Mifflin staffers join in kindergarten-like festivities for Valentine's Day while Michael heads to New York City for a conference with the corporate heads. Pam becomes irked when she discovers that Roy hasn't gotten her anything for Valentine's Day, Dwight struggles to find a gift for Angela, and Kelly talks off Jim's ear about her rather desperate affections for Ryan, who is less than interested.moreless

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  • Valentine's day at the Office

    This was another wonderful episode. This was a great follow up from the last episode. The interaction (or lack thereof) between Pam and Jim was great. I like that there was not big fight between them or they tried to play unwanted pranks on each other. It was funny how uncomfortable Jim was around Kelly talking his ear off. Ryan of when he realized the time he hooked with Kelly. Another great scene was when Ryan got a soda and how much Jim didn't want to be there. Another great part is when Pam tried to help out Dwight with his gift. Maybe on some level Dwight knew that Pam knew or least know about something.

    The second part where Michael was at corporate was enjoyable too. I liked seeing all the different branch manages. Craig remained me of little bit of Todd Packer. Another great character is introduced, in David. Michael's presentation was pretty funny. I think it was a little bit of a callback from his sexual harassment video. After Craig said that Jan hooked up with Michael, his reaction was one of the best I have seen from him. It was nice of Michael to save Jan from her job. Just when you think that the door closed on Jan and Michael closed, she kissed him and his and Jan's reaction was priceless.moreless
  • 216

    Wow, one of the best episodes of season two. I had not realized this until now but the writers managed to set up a perfect dynamic with different interactions and stories and perspectives from all the characters within the 22 episodes that this show has had. This episode was very eventful and will remain as one of my favorite episodes of The Office episodes ever.

    Let me start off with the video that Michael made, absolutely hysterical. Then we've got everyone at corporate finding out that Michael and Jan spent the night together. Back at the office, we've got Pam expecting something for Valentine's Day from Roy. Meanwhile Phyllis gets a whole garden of presents. Angela gets Dwight a bobble head of himself which remains a running gag for the rest of the series and Dwight gives her a key to his place, which was one of the sweetest scenes on this show to be honest. Kelly & Ryan hook up, then we've got the big ending that I'm sure shocked everyone. Jan kisses Michael, an amazing ending to an amazing episode.moreless
  • I think the background love stories in this show really keep it going! I love it.

    I get a kick out of every episode of the office I watch... I have to admit that season 1 gave me a bad vibe but watching Jim and Pam do their little dance of love has been really incredible... I think I might be the only guy that watches this in awe of the love story going on in the background.

    I know I am lagging behind badly in watching the episodes, but I'm on an office marathon at work and loving every minute of it. Hopefully season 3 and season 4 will stay on par with season 2! Can't wait to watch the next episode.moreless
  • another great installmant

    Michael spends Valentine's Day at "Corporate" in New York City, which he describes as "Scranton on acid." Before the meeting with the new CFO begins, Michael spills the beans to the other branch managers that he and Jan "hooked up." The CFO and Jan arrive, and the presentation of Josh Porter goes well. Michael shows a video titled "The Faces of Scranton" before reluctantly providing the financial information of the Scranton branch. Craig from the Albany branch is completely unprepared and attempts to cover for it by suggesting that "maybe I should've slept with too."Meanwhile, Angela gives Dwight a "Dwight" bobblehead doll and he gives her a key, presumably to his beet ranch home. Phyllis is inundated with gifts from her boyfriend Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration, while Pam is irritated with Roy when the only thing he gives her for Valentine's Day is the promise of the "best sex of her life." Jim is forced to witness Ryan turning Kelly down for a date.In a private conversation with Michael, Jan is convinced that her career is over, but Michael assures her that he will "fix it." In an unusual moment of tact, Michael defuses the situation by explaining to the CFO that the whole thing was a bad joke and accepts responsibility for the situation. Jan plays along by accepting Michael's apology and agreeing to drop the matter. Before Michael leaves, Jan catches Michael by the elevator and kisses him, but groans when she realizes they were caught on camera.moreless
  • "It's me! I'm the bobblehead!"

    Michael goes to New York to meet with the other branch managers. Jan also attends, and Michael makes the mistake of telling everyone that he and Jan...had a relationship. Michael then says it was a stupid joke and accepts responsibility for it. Jan ends up kissing Michael. Meanwhile, in Scranton, Angela gives Dwight a 'Dwight Bobblehead' for Valentine's Day. Dwight tries to figure out what to get her and eventually gives her a key, probably to his house.

    This episode has many hilarious moments, such as Conan O'Brien's cameo, which Michael misses because he was looking at "the fake Tina Fey," Dwight's line about the ham, and of course, Michael's video.

    This is a series classic, and is one of my favorites - probably my fifth favorite episode. It is definitely worth seeing, it has so many hilarious moments.moreless
Miriam Tolan

Miriam Tolan

Fake Tina Fey

Guest Star

Dan Cole

Dan Cole

Dan Gore

Guest Star

Gene Stupnitsky

Gene Stupnitsky


Guest Star

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton

Recurring Role

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Kelly Kapoor

Recurring Role

Charles Esten

Charles Esten

Josh Porter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Dwight is talking to Angela about getting the best Valentine's Day present ever, the scene was cut when the camera angle changes. At one point Dwight was looking at a paper from a folder, holding it just outside of the folder with his right hand. The shot cuts to another angle and Dwight's hand is to his side and the paper is in the folder.

    • At the end of the deleted scenes for this episode Michael is chased down the street by Devin, who was fired by Michael in the episode "Halloween".

    • According to the DVD commentary, the boardroom scene in which Craig blows the whistle on Michael and Jan's hook-up, and Michael stays silent, is likely the only scene in the series so far in which Michael keeps his mouth shut the entire time.

    • When Jim is about to leave at the end of the day he is talking to Pam. From one angle Jim is holding his bag in his hand, but when the camera cuts to the next angle where Jim is leaving, he has the bag over his shoulder.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Michael: I would love to live in New York some day. It's a big dream of mine. Work corporate with Jan. It would be awesome. Go to Broadway shows, eat hot dogs. Scranton is great, but New York is like Scranton on acid. No, on speed. No, on steroids.

    • Michael: All right, Dwight, as you know I'm heading to New York today, doing a presentation on the branch to the new CFO.
      Dwight: And you want me to come with you.
      Michael: No. The opposite of that.

    • 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 email this morning. But, it is Valentine's Day. It's New York. City of Love.

    • Michael: I love ladies. Always have. And you know what I think is the most attractive part of a woman's body? The brains. Because I don't think a woman is beautiful unless she is smart. And also, the brains are where ladies get their best nasty ideas for bedroom stuff.

    • (Roy enters and approaches reception)
      Roy: Hey, babe. You uh...almost ready to go?
      Pam: I guess.
      Roy: What's wrong?
      Pam: Nothing. It's just, I had to sit here all day while Phyllis had, like, an entire garden delivered to her.
      Roy: What, you're mad at me?
      Pam: I mean, I know 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 going to get the best sex of your life. (Pam looks exasperated, while Roy smiles and nods with wide-eyes)

    • (Jim and Kelly are in the break room talking about Kelly's recent hook-up with Ryan)
      Kelly: I don't know what he's thinking, but I would be just so psyched if we dated forever.
      Jim: I'd take it slow, 'cause it seems like a lot of the time, things like that need- (Ryan enters)
      Ryan: (points at the machine) Soda.
      Kelly: Cool...Hey, so, do you want to do something tonight, or...
      Jim: (Looking away from Kelly and to his Cooler Ranch Dorito) Oh... no. Not while I'm here...

    • Dwight: Pam. Hi. How ya doin'? Good. Listen, uh, may I speak with you...privately?
      Pam: You can't fire me, Dwight, just 'cause Michael's not here.
      Dwight: No, Pam, just-um... Just! (he points to the conference room with his head)
      (In the conference room)
      Pam: You need to get something for your...
      Together: Girlfriend.
      Dwight: Yes. She's kind of...
      Pam: Tightly wound?
      Dwight: Exactly.
      Pam: You know, sometimes the gift is more about the gesture. Like, what it means, not what it is.
      Dwight: Like a ham?
      Pam: No...not like a ham.

    • Dwight: Question, will you be seeing Jan while you are in New York?
      Michael: I probably will, why do you ask?
      Dwight: Well, it's Valentines Day and you guys, you know…
      Michael: …you know…
      Dwight: Screwed.
      Michael: What is your problem!

    • Delivery Man: (carrying a life-sized stuffed bear) 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.

    • Michael: Everybody takes the subway in New York. It's fast, it's efficient, gets you there on time, it's a way to...ok. There's a guy pooping in a cardboard box down there.

    • Michael (in Times Square): Most people, when they come to New York, they go straight to the Empire State Building. That's pretty touristy. I come here.

    • Jim: So I broke up with Katie, 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.

    • Oscar: The best present would be you do a good job in front of the new CFO.
      Michael: Dude...I'm gonna nail it. Me in New York? Oh, I own that city. Fuggetaboutit!

    • Michael Life is just a little bit slower here in Scranton, Pennsylvania, which is how we like it. 'Cause here at Dunder Mifflin, Scranton, we're not just in the paper business, we're in the people business.

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

  • NOTES (5)

    • The French episode title is "La Saint-Valentin". The Italian title is "Buon San valentino", meaning "Happy Valentine's Day". The Spanish title is "Valentine's Day".

    • According to writer Greg Daniels, he included the scene in which Michael mistakenly believes that he's spotted Tina Fey in front of Rockefeller Center because when he was working at SNL, he found that every brown haired woman wearing glasses walking in front of Rockefeller Center was mistaken for Tina Fey. Interestingly enough, he said, whenever he and the real Tina Fey went for coffee, no one recognized her.

    • According to the DVD commentary, Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels are longtime friends who went to college and moved out to L.A. together. John Krasinski, Angela Kinsey, and Mindy Kaling were all interns on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Conan also makes a cameo in this episode.

    • The corporate offices of Dunder Mifflin Inc. are really some of the offices within NBC. They have been dressed up to look bad, and have been given the DM logo for detail.

    • The music playing in Michael's "The Faces of Scranton" video is "With or Without You" by U2.


    • Michael: Fuggetaboutit!

      A quick nod to the HBO show "The Sopranos". Which shows Michael's stupidity, since it takes place mostly in New Jersey.

    • At the end of Michael's film, there's a title card that says "A Michael Scott Joint". This is a reference to Spike Lee, who labels all of his films "A Spike Lee Joint".