The Office: Valentine's Day
Love is in bloom at The Office as it is Valentine's Day. We first see Pam (with her new hairdo that makes her look even more attractive than ever) describing what is going on, and then Phyllis gets a huge bouquet of flowers from her boyfriend Bob. We then learn that Michael is set to leave for New York City for a big meeting with other branch managers and Dunder Mifflin's CFO. Plus, he mentions that his boss Jan, with whom he hooked up with a few months before, will be there, and he slyly mentions the fact that it is Valentine's Day.
Jim then discusses his plans for the evening--since he broke up with his girlfriend a few weeks back, he's looking to get a few guys together to play some poker. Meanwhile, Dwight gets a box that contains a bobblehead doll of himself. He is absolutely thrilled, and we see Angela, normally very tightly wound, smile. We then learn that office chatterbox Kelly hooked up with Ryan, and she can't stop talking about it to Jim, who seems uncomfortable with the whole situation.
Michael makes his way to NYC and hilariously describes some of the landmarks. He also spots someone that either is or looks very much like Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, who blows him off. In the meantime, Conan O'Brien saunters across the screen. Michael is upset he missed him. All the while, Michael is thrilled to be in the Big Apple, likening it to "Scranton on steroids."Back at the office, Phyllis gets more flowers as well as a huge teddy bear from her boyfriend. It seems sweet, but awfully creepy. Dwight asks to speak privately to Pam to ask what he should do about a Valentine's gift for someone, and Pam says it's not so much about the gift but more the gesture. He ends the conversation abruptly.
While making small talk at the meeting in NYC before the presentations, Michael blurts out that and Jan hooked up, much to everyone's surprise. It definitely looks like it's going to be an interesting meeting, for sure.
As Phyllis continues to receive more flowers and Kim professes her almost-obsessive feelings for Ryan, the presentations reviewing the financial strength of Dunder Mifflin from the branch managers begin. Jan looks extremely nervous with Michael in the room, but things seem to go along OK for the time being.
Then, we get to Michael's presentation. It's not PowerPoint, or even Excel--it's a video he produced on his Mac that profiles the office staff to the strains of U2's "With or Without You." At the end, a title slide appears with the note "A Michael Scott Joint." (Truly one of the funniest gags I've seen this season and a great spoof of Spike Lee.) The CFO is not impressed, and wants performance numbers.
In Scranton, Oscar gets flowers from his "mother" and Meredith ends up passing out on her desk after spiking her drink in the cafeteria. Jim also tells Kelly not to get too hung up on Ryan because he may not be that into her, but she keeps right on going.
In the meeting room, one of the other branch managers is unprepared, and lets out the secret that Michael and Jan slept together. Jan is totally shocked and embarrassed, and she fears that she will be fired.
All the while, Pam sees everyone getting some sort of gift for Valentine's Day, but nothing for her. (Even Angela gets a box with a key in it, and the idea of her and Dwight being together brings chills to the viewer.) Pam's fiancee Roy visits her and after he hears her say that it would have been nice if she got something, he says the day is not over and promises her great sex that evening. You can tell she's not exactly thrilled.
Back in NYC, Michael explains to the CFO that the revelation about him and Jan was nothing but a bad joke and he accepts full responsibility. The CFO lets them off the hook, and as we see Michael heading into the elevator to leave, Jan thanks him and kisses him on the lips, not realizing the documentary cameras have caught the entire scene. She is again shocked.
I know this sounds like a broken record, but The Office continues to deliver outstanding episodes week after week. This one was certainly one of their best, and it leaves you wanting more. With NBC's Olympic coverage set to pre-empt the show for the next couple of weeks, it'll be tough to go without The Office. Plus, the season for this show is set to end in mid-March, so you can bet some of the underlying storylines (Jim and Pam, Michael and Jan, Dwight and Angela) will come to some fruition.