The Office: Episode 22 – Valentine’s Day

  • The Writer – Michael Schur
  • Director – Greg Daniels
  • A brief synopsis – It’s Valentine’s Day at the office, and Phyllis is inundated with many lavish gifts from Bob Vance, of Vance Refrigeration.  Pam, under the illusion that Roy won’t get her something too big, sees her hopes erode throughout the day.  Kelly and Ryan, hooking up the previous night, now have all the awkwardness compounding with the pressure of the lover’s holiday.  Dwight and Angela give each other some significant gifts.  Jim…just watches Pam in misery.  Michael, meanwhile, has been called to New York to give a financial presentation to new CFO David Wallace.  In the trip, he manages to insinuate that he is going out with Jan to the other managers, and when this is revealed, he has some backpedaling to do.  Backpedaling done, Jan gives him another seductive kiss and then notices the camera.
  • The best line – Kelly: It’s frustrating, because we’d be so perfect together.
    Jim: You know what? Here’s the deal, Kelly. It would be really nice if he was in to you, right? It’d be great, but he isn’t.
    Kelly: Yeah, it would be so great if he was.
    Jim: Well, he’s not, though. So you just gotta suck it up. You just gotta move on. Try to have some fun. Come to my poker game tonight.
    Kelly: Okay, cool. Is it okay if I invite Ryan? [Jim leaves]
  • The best moment – Michael thinking he’d run across Tina Fey, mistaken of course, while the camera follows Conan O’Brien.
  • The best storyline – Phyllis’ endless supply of gifts from Bob Vance, of Vance Refrigeration
  • Notable guest appearances – Several.  This is the first time we see David Wallace, so nicely played by Andy Buckley.  Craig Anton makes a memorable appearance as Craig, Manager of the doomed Albany branch.  Charles Esten plays the subtly smug Josh Porter, manager of the Stamford region.  Then there is Conan.
  • Grade – A+

Clearly on a roll now, the staff is almost fully integrated into the national psyche.  Second only to the Christmas Episode, this shows a redemption of sorts for the perennial bridesmaid Phyllis to take center stage.  Kelly is becoming a force of nature as well, as she begins to inundate the rest of the office with her romantic life.  Michael’s New York visit is very believably done, showing his strengths, weaknesses and his OMG moments in the same breath.  Pam and Jim, so miserable apart, find new ways to forge on.  Tremendous effort, all around.

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