The Office: Secretary’s Day, 6.22

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Secretary's Day

Writer: Mindy Kaling, Director: Steve Carell

Summary (NBC): Andy pulls out all the stops to give Erin a memorable Secretary’s Day. Michael reluctantly takes Erin out to lunch and lets slip about Andy’s relationship with Angela. Meanwhile, Oscar circulates a viral video he created that compares Kevin’s voice to Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.

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The Office Secretary’s Day rating

In a poll conducted April 22-26, Tallyheads rated this episode: 7.73/10

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The Office Secretary’s Day quotes

Dwight: Why is everyone clumped around accounting? Break it up, you clique!

Dwight: Is that the program where all those puppets live in the barrio?

Kevin: Angela, this is inappropriate.
Angela: This is my favorite day!

Andy: I sent an email blast, a text blast, a good old-fashioned talk blast.

Andy: People better step up and appreciate the crap out of Erin.

Andy: If it wasn’t for secretaries, I wouldn’t have a stepmom.

Pam: What was maternity leave like? Oh, how do I explain it. It rocked. It rocked my ass off!

Michael: She’s kind of a rube.

Erin: I got a picture of you asking me to lunch.

Darryl: That’s some stone-cold narcissism right there.

Kevin: They’re making fun of Cookie Monster. I get that. But in a strange way, it feels like they’re making fun of me.

Gabe: Some of them still think I’m the I.T. guy.

Gabe: Not to be scary, but yeah, I would listen to me.

Michael: Would you mind if I listen to my book on tape? I’m kind of a bookworm. This is a novelization of the movie Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

Erin: What decade would you have chosen to be a teenager?

Erin: I would have chosen the 1490s.

Erin: And then my last job was at a Taco Bell Express. But then it became a full Taco Bell and, I don’t know, I couldn’t keep up.

Erin: My favorite part about being a receptionist is that I get to have my own desk.

Erin: Did you have a favorite age? Or month?

Erin: I liked April when I was seven.

Michael: Erin is just weird.

Erin: How many pillows do you sleep on at night?

Michael: I don’t think he is the best dresser. Reminds me of Easter.

Waiter: Of course. I’ll get you a bowl of pickles.

Erin: In the foster home, my hair was my room.

Michael: I’ll have what she’s having.

Dwight: You gotta milk them. Or else they’ll moo like crazy.

Dwight: Fine, let your breasts explode. Three squeezes and I would drain you!

Meredith: This is like the Cadillac of pumps.

Ryan: That’s a little derivative.
Kelly: But parody is always derivative.
Ryan: It’s not organic.

Gabe: Why don’t we leave the parodies to the pros at MadTV?

Gabe: I think my energy is better spent on the Cookie Monster issue.

Dwight: I was just slow-clapping your no-nonsense decision-making.

Kevin: “C” is for suspension.

Michael: That’s like “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” crap.

Michael: I resent the implication that I would keep that secret. Everyone here knows that I can’t and won’t keep a secret.

Angela: You are throwing up for the wrong reasons!

Pam: It’s not about who you’ve been with. It’s about who you end up with.

Pam: Sometimes the heart doesn’t know what it wants until it finds what it wants.

Erin: I hope you find what you’re looking for.

Gabe: Guys, I would even take a contrite look as an apology.

Erin: What’s your real name? Lionel Frankenstein?

Andy: My chest is not naturally hairless and my parents pay my credit card bill.

Erin: I think I have to be on my own for a little bit, like that girl Precious from Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.

Kevin (as Gabe): I just want you to know I laugh like a crazy person.

Kevin (as Gabe): I say ciao because I’m fancy from Tallahassee.

Michael: She’s like three feet tall, and she wears pioneer women clothing, and I don’t think she’s ever pooped!

Andy: At least somebody made her happy on Secretary’s Day.

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  1. That was adorably heartwarming, dramatic, and HILARIOUS. Probably one the best episodes of the season. The impressions were gold (especially J.Kras impresssion! So glad they got to work that into another episode!) and I loved Gabe “in charge”, Awesome.

  2. Excellent episode! Loved all the Jam interaction (seeing little glimpses of their still rock-solid friendship, and Pam’s kiss to his forehead) and seeing Pam trying to comfort Erin, even if their conversation ended in confusion. Sometimes it’s easier to simply nod and walk away than correct the other person, lol! And Andy’s last line (“I’m glad someone made her happy on Secretary’s Day”) broke my heart. I hope those two crazy kids work it out. They’re not as realistic or magical as Jim and Pam but they’re still adorable in their own bizarro way.

  3. That Pam/Erin scene made me squee. Yes, I just made up a word. That’s how squeeful I feel.

  4. Oh and I forgot to remember Jim’s adorable face during his Cookie Monster impression! OMG, I was cracking up.

    Erin’s hair as her room was great, as well! But I felt so bad for Gabe at the end – I hate when the office gangs up one person, even if they do it often. But I can’t say I blame Jim and Pam for using the faux-punishment to their advantage, I would have too! lol

  5. What is the Saber guy’s job title? Why is he in the office? I thought he had replaced Toby in HR (since Toby was officially a DM corporate employee and DM is gone), but then Toby was still there sending a fax.

    I agree with #1, a little less Erin would be nice. She’s just so weird (and not in the funny “Office-like” way that the other characters are). She just seems out of place.

  6. @ #1 (C) – I completely agree with you. Office writers, just stop focusing on Erin. Please!

    In my opinion, there is nothing interesting about her. The relationship between Andy and Erin is just forced and contrived. Stop shoving this new character down our throat! There are so many other characters to focus on: Dwight/Angela, Oscar/warehouse guy, Kevin/Lynn or another person.

    Just…less Erin. Way, way less. Please!

    Being a foster kid, Erin probably got hurt and lied to a lot as a child, so it may explain her reaction, but still why on Earth did no one mention how crappy Andy’s relationship was with Angela even if you ignore the fact she cheated on him.
    I think that Erin may have a thing for Michael though. She’s not interested in dating him or anything, but she has a thing for him.
    And poor Andy, he really does give a lot. He just needs to be completely honest with Erin. I mean if he tells her the whole story, she’ll know that there’s no way he still has feelings for Angela.
    Gabe. I’ve had bosses like him. Didn’t really work their way up in a company so they don’t really understand day to day things. They’re too spineless to assert their authority on major things so they over assert themselves on trivial things. ah well, I still like gabe though.

  8. I really enjoyed this episode. I enjoyed seeing Gabe fitting into his new role at the Office and also seeing how Jim and Pam managed to team up to make the most out of their ‘punishment’. Dwight’s apology to Gabe was classic… can’t believe no one’s pointed that out yet!

    As for the Andy-Erin storyline… I think this break-up was necessary. I like them together, but I think they need more time to grow on viewers if the Office writers want to have another Jim-Pam dynamic. Their relationship’s just been going so fast up to this point, so it’ll be interesting to see what effect this snag has. Andy’s last line made me smile; in that moment I found myself really rooting for Andy, which just shows that the writers are doing a good job.

    What I didn’t like? The restaurant scene. I thought it was just super-awkward, especially the hair-as-room bit, and just not funny enough. Also, I thought Erin’s freak-out was implausible and an overreaction. Finally, I still don’t understand Michael’s inexplicable dislike for Erin. But all in all, it was a very good episode with only a few minor flaws. 8/10.

  9. Yet again, I loved this episode. I loved the Cookie Monster ordeal, along with Erin’s freak-out at the restaurant.

    Though, did Michael’s awkwardness around Erin remind anyone of the time Pam set Michael up with her landlord?


  10. This was SOOO great! Jim and Pam finally had some tension-free interaction and gamed the system, like the good ol’ days:)

  11. Gabe is “director of sales” for Sabre, or something like that.

    And I’m going to defend Erin. Her rambling conversation with Michael (you could tell he had no idea how to respond) and panic attack were hilarious.

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