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2.16 Valentine's Day
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Feb 19th 2006 edited
  • Season 2 : Episode 16
  • First aired on February 9, 2006
  • Written by Michael Schur
  • Directed by Greg Daniels
  • Northern Attack Recap

I hooked up with her on February 13th.

Mar 2nd 2006

At the beginning of this episode, Pam says, "I really like Valentine's Day in this office. It's kinda like grade school...everybody gives out little presents and stuff. Like last year, Jim gave me this card with Dwight's head on it..."

Then, at the end of this episode, we see that Pam looks disappointed when Jim leaves for the day without giving her a card or anything.

What bothers me is this: What did Pam get for Jim? Didn't she give him a little token of friendship? If not, then why? She had said "everybody gives out little presents..." Valentine's Day is not just a time for women to receive gifts.

Okay, I think I am way too invested in this whole Pam/Jim thing. Nevermind.

Mar 2nd 2006

Lori, Jim is the giver, Pam is the receiver. That's been the nature of their entire relationship. Jim gave Pam a special teapot for Christmas. What did Pam give Jim??? Nothing.....

When Pam states "everybody" I don't think she's necessarily including herself.

Mar 2nd 2006

Lori, while this would appear to be something obvious, I didn't think about it till just now.

While it may have seemed awkward for Jim to get something for Pam, there would have been nothing awkward about Pam getting something for Jim.

Mar 2nd 2006 edited

Hmmm...interesting comments. Thank you.

Blake, That is true that Jim gave Pam a teapot for Christmas but it was also because he chose her name in "Secret Santa."

Mar 2nd 2006

I think it might have actually been a little akward if Pam had gone out of her way to get a present for Jim (other than the cliche children's gift, which may or may not have happened, as I doubt it would have had any bearing on the episode). Given the current situation between the two, I can't imagine that any extra-ordinary gift exchange between them being taken as simply platonic. Pam didn't get Jim a gift for the exact same reason that Jim didn't give Pam one; they didn't want to give the wrong impression.

Mar 2nd 2006

Kalon,

I guess what I meant was that Pam talked about everyone giving each other gifts and then her not giving anyone anything. I'll agree with you that getting a gift for Jim only would seem awkward, although I was thinking more along the lines of a silly little gift.

Mar 14th 2006 edited

Sorry to bump an old thread, but rewatching this episode, I just noticed that the only employee who didn't get any face time in Michael's video was... yes, Toby. Even Creed was on camera for two seconds, but Toby was nowhere to be seen. Is there such a thing as a reverse man-crush? Because I'm pretty sure that's what Michael has.

Mar 14th 2006

Pam is living her own advice.

Do you remember in Performance Review she told Michael that "Jan is conflicted. She has to be professional but she's fighting feelings for you."

Pam has to be professional in that she has to act like a woman engaged to Roy but at the same time she is fighting feelings for Jim. She was subconsciously talking about herself in Performance Review. She can't fawn too much over Jim when everyone knows she's engaged to Roy. Conflicted !!

Apr 11th 2006

Did anyone notice that for Michael's trip to New York, Dwight hands him his passport?

Where did he think he was going? From Scranton to NYC is a 4-5 hour drive. Why did Dwight think a passport was needed?

Apr 13th 2006

Something that went totally under my radar when I saw the episode but has been nagging me recently: when Michael was leaving he asked Pam if he could pick up anything for her from New York, prefacing it with "hey Pam, you heart NY, right?"

I thought of that as a throwaway line at first, but considering the implications of what New York means (the internship in graphic design, from the previous episode), I think it might have more meaning. Not that Michael necessarily knew that Jim and Pam had a fight over the internship, but maybe I'm reading way too much into it and should get some sleep ;-)

May 24th 2006

After rewatching parts of the episode to add to The Office Fan Dictionary thread, I noticed a peculiar scene, the last part of Michael's video, in fact. When he is saying goodbye to his audience, after Pam's clips, he is seen dipping a teabag into his drink, as if making tea. But, we can clearly see he has nothing in the cup, and just dipping the tea bag for show.

Just a tidbit. Or, dit for tit.

May 24th 2006

probably showing off.

anyway, I heard there was a scene cut out where Michael kisses Pam's hand for some reason? Not really sure what that was about.

Also, I remember Jenna Fischer making a big deal about the hair change for this episode, and how Pam would be a little different and take more chances. Unfortunately, nothing seemed to change after this ep. Was it what they planned to do, but then changed it when the show got a season 3? Just like how in the sides spoilers Jim was supposed to get Pam something for V-Day, but he ends up not doing anything at all end spoilers

I think it was because they got a season 3, and so they didnt want to shoot their wad this season. We need some sort of conflict, no? If there was no season 3, there may have been much more action this season. Oh well, you can't win them all. This is not a win win win.

Aug 3rd 2006

Michael really can be normal and charming for a whole 1-2 minutes at a time. It comes as such a welcome and surprising shock when it happens that the fact that Jan kisses him in this episode is not unrealistic. But one wonders: what happens in his brain for the other 58-59 minutes of each hour? It's like concussed Dwight...so pleasant, yet so fleeting...

Jul 25th 2008 edited

they didnt want to shoot their wad

???

There are only 14 comments in Valentine's Day.

Jul 25th 2008

This must have been the first or second episode thread to go up after the episode aired. I bet the thread got buried at a time when the board was still underpopulated. So talk it up.

I wonder if Pam really did have the best sex of her life that night. I mean, the bar might not have been set terribly high to that point.

Jul 25th 2008

Eek. From the look on her face after he said that, I think it's doubtful. Also, I wonder what he meant by "the best sex of your life". Like, was he going to actually shower and everything? Sorry, I know I'm hard on Royboy.

Jul 25th 2008

I mean, the bar might not have been set terribly high to that point.

How do we know Roy wasn't a sex machine? Maybe that's why she stayed with him for ten years.

Jul 25th 2008

Not really this episode related, but maybe sort of all episode related. It really freaked me out when I finally figured out that she'd never had a car when they were together. That she had to depend on him for basic transportation. I mean.....wow. That is barbaric. I always assumed she did, but never talked about it.

Jul 25th 2008

I wonder if Pam really did have the best sex of her life that night. I mean, the bar might not have been set terribly high to that point.

I wonder what he meant by "the best sex of your life". Like, was he going to actually shower and everything?

VG, this made me laugh. That's probably the bar.

Jul 25th 2008

She never had a car? She always had a Yaris I thought.

Jul 25th 2008

I just can't see Roy as a warm and considerate partner. He seemed a little neanderthal to me. And again, I apologize to those who liked him, but he just gave me the creeps.

Jul 25th 2008

That she had to depend on him for basic transportation.

Is that even possible though these days? I know that was implied on the show, but it seems like it would be nearly impossible to pull off the logistics of that especially with Roy's penchant for hanging out with the guys.

Jul 25th 2008

She never had a car? She always had a Yaris I thought.

No, I was under the impression that she bought the Yaris after she and Roy broke up, and she moved into her own place, and until then, they only had one vehicle. I may be wrong, though. lemon will know. She is all knowing.

Jul 25th 2008

How do we know Roy wasn't a sex machine? Maybe that's why she stayed with him for ten years.

I considered this but thought it cruel to throw out there.

She bought the Yaris after the split because she showed him the cupholders during Grief Counseling. Is there no other reference to her owning a car before? It makes sense a couple would go in one car to most places, even work if they work together. But she'd still have to own a car, right?

Jul 25th 2008

Is that even possible though these days? I know that was implied on the show, but it seems like it would be nearly impossible to pull off the logistics of that especially with Roy's penchant for hanging out with the guys.

Barely, but yeah, I think it's possible. It would be horrible though. She never talked of going anywhere, so I just assumed she stayed home when he went out.

Jul 25th 2008 edited

No, I was under the impression that she bought the Yaris after she and Roy broke up, and she moved into her own place, and until then, they only had one vehicle. I may be wrong, though. lemon will know. She is all knowing.

The Yaris was definitely post-breakup. In Grief Counseling Roy rescues (I just threw up a little in my mouth) from the conference with a bogus story about something wrong with her car and they have a discussion in the parking lot about her buying it.

ETA Brian wins

Jul 25th 2008

Is there no other reference to her owning a car before?

I don't think there is Brian. That's when it hit me, just how big a deal it was for her to leave Roy and move out on her own. I also get the feeling that Roy liked it that way. Having her that dependent on him. don't throw garbage at me.

Jul 25th 2008 edited

I remember now that they checked out the new car but it didn't occur to me that she never had one of her own before that.

I also get the feeling that Roy liked it that way. Having her that dependent on him.

That certainly made her decision not to marry him easier.

Jul 25th 2008

I also get the feeling that Roy liked it that way. Having her that dependent on him.

That would make sense, but what about times when Pam needs the truck? I'm sure she got stuck with the shopping which would leave Roy stranded. Or in E-mail Surveillance Pam drove to Jim's while Roy was hanging out at Darryl's (I think).

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