“Boys and Girls”
Season 2 Episode 15
Air Date: February 2, 2006
Writer: BJ Novak
Summary: Not wanting to feel left out of Jan’s “Women in the Workplace” seminar, Michael leads his own “Men in the Workplace” meeting in the warehouse. Pam’s unsure what to do when a great opportunity for her arises.
2. Quick Recap
“Women in the Workplace”: Jan is in Scranton leading a seminar with the office women, and the men (especially Michael) are not allowed. Corporate’s goal with these seminars is to find standout women, but from their unambitious goals to their gossiping about Jan’s divorce and hook-up with Michael, Jan’s not confident any of the Scranton women would be an asset on a corporate level.
The Warehouse: The Bowels of the Office: Michael starts his own “Guys in the workplace” meeting, but Jan quickly sends Michael and the office men down to the warehouse. Michael has the office and warehouse guys sit down and and have a “guys gripe” session which turns into the warehouse workers talking about unionizing. Desperate to get the warehouse guys to like him, Michael says he’s on board with a union.
“Thanks for the Heads Up, Kev”: Since everyone knows about his crush on Pam, Jim feels awkward in the warehouse, but Roy talks to Jim, saying he knows the crush is over, and he’s actually glad Pam has a friend at work (so that Roy doesn’t have to talk to her so much at home). Kevin is just happy Roy doesn’t try to beat up Jim.
“The Problem is the Chicks”: When Michael nonchalantly tells Jan the warehouse wants to form a union, Jan goes and tells the warehouse that any attempts at unionizing will result in high legal costs and everyone getting fired. Michael is able to smooth things by painting Jan as the bad guy and buying everyone pizza (though he leaves the warehouse an absolute mess).
“Dreams are just that”: Jan tells Pam about a design training program the company is offering. Pam tells Jim, who without hesitation encourages her to do the program. However Roy quickly shoots the idea down and Pam decides not to do it. Jim is frustrated that Pam won’t even try but Pam forcefully tells him she’s fine with her decisions. In an interview, Pam compares the design program with a childhood dream of having a house with a terrace, calling it impractical. Her chin trembles and she’s unable to finish the interview.
Michael’s Words of Wisdom: “Is it good to be back? Yeah. I mean I love the guy stuff but to run an office you need men and women. You know why? Because you need to have that crazy sexual tension to keep things interesting.”
2A. Flonkerton Medal Ceremony
The “Quietly Heartbreaking” Medal: Watching Pam unable to stand up to Roy, then break down in her talking head still makes this Office flan cry. You gotta fight for your dreams, girl!
3. Flonkerton’s Favorite Quotes
Pam TH: Today’s a ‘women in the workplace’ thing. Jan’s coming in from Corporate to talk to all the women about, um, I don’t really know what. But Michael’s not allowed in. She said that about five times.
Jan: What are you doing?
Michael: Hold… Just hear me out. What is more important than Quality? E-Quality. Now studies show that today’s woman, the Ally McBeal woman, as I call her, is at a crossroads…
Michael: No, just uh… you have come a long way, baby.
Dwight: It’s a terrible idea.
Jim: What is?
Dwight: Them in there all together. If they stay in there too long they’re going to get on the same cycle. Wreak havoc on our plumbing.
Jan: Can you please do this somewhere else, Michael?
Michael: We have nowhere else Jan. This…
Dwight: We could do it in the warehouse.
Jan: Dwight, excellent idea. Go to the warehouse.
Michael: OK, OK, Fine. Yeah, actually, perfect. Perfect. You know what? There’s another side to this place, gentleman. And I know we all love our cushy jobs and our fun, exciting office. But do you realize that underneath us, there’s another world. The warehouse world. A world that is teeming with sweat and dirt and life. Life. The bowels of the office. These guys are down there, they are real men doing real man’s work. We are going to learn how a warehouse works.
Michael TH: Oh, I think it’s going to work out great. Because managing the warehouse is a very important part of my job. And I haven’t been there in months.
Michael: There’s Roy riding the big rig. So Roy is actually going to be marrying Pam sometime this summer. And… uh, she’s our receptionist. Sort of a Brangelina thing.
Michael: Brangelina is the Brad Pitt and Angelina… Roy…
Roy: I don’t understand.
Michael: Roy and Pam. It’s a Ram. It’s a Ram thing.
Kevin: [talking to Jim] I bet Roy heard about you liking Pam. I bet he’ll try to beat you up.
Jim: Thanks for the head’s up, Kev.
Kevin: I’ve got your back if he does. But try to stay out of it.
Michael: All right. Troops. This is an important day. Big day. Now you may look around and see two groups here. White collar. Blue collar. But I don’t see it that way. And you know why not? Because I am collar-blind.
Dwight: Michael wants us to bond so we need topics for conversation.
Ryan: How about rainbows?
Roy: I hate it when girls insist on taking them out to new restaurants every weekend night and then they’re like “When are we going to go on a date-date?”
Guy: I hate that too! [general clapping and agreement, Jim shakes his head]
Dwight: Yeah and then they make you drive them to Church the next morning. Like, gas ain’t free!
Michael: I wanted to say that the guys downstairs are thinking about forming a union. And they have some good points…
Jan: What? A union! What…
Michael: Don’t get hysterical.
Michael TH: Part of my job is knowing how to talk to women.
Michael: Let’s… be… rational… here. What are the pros? What are the cons?
Jan: The cons are that everyone will lose their job. Michael. Everyone. Office, Warehouse. What do you think… the… pros… are… here?
Michael: Don’t talk to me that way please.
Ryan: You know what, we could get this done a lot quicker if we formed a type of assembly line.
Stanley: This here is a run-out-the-clock situation. Just like upstairs.
Pam: How’s it going down there?
Jim: It’s a complete… well, actually it’s exactly what you’d expect, so… How are the girls?
Pam: Good. We watched a video about our changing bodies.
Jim: Did you really?
Pam: No, almost. Um… but hey, something kind of cool. There’s this internship in graphic design that Jan was telling us about. She made it sound, like, really great.
Jim: Nice. Well, what’s it all about?
Jim: I think you should do it. That’s great!
Pam: It’s really cool.
Angela: Are you married?
Jan: I’m divorced.
Phyllis: That must have been hard.
Jan: It was. Yes.
Kelly: You were probably feeling really depressed and sad and that’s why you did that thing with Michael.
Jan: I think you should all spend a little more time thinking about your careers and less time on personal stuff.
Phyllis: Mmmm, I think we’re all okay with the balance we’ve struck.
Angela: At least you don’t have kids. You have no kids, right? Thank God.
Jan: Okay. Let’s take five. I think we can all use five. [leaves room]
Kelly: How can someone so beautiful be so sad?
Jim: So you’re not doing it.
Pam: How did you know?
Jim: Why not?
Pam: Just like no big reason. Just a bunch of little reasons.
Jim: Come on.
Pam: Roy’s right. There’s no guarantee it’s going to lead to anything anyway.
Jim: Roy said that.
Pam: What? You have something you want to say?
Jim: You got to take a chance on something sometime, Pam.
- Darryl make an allusion to the bad plan Dwight selected in 103 “Health Care” by complaining about Dunder-Mifflin’s minimal health benefits.
- Jan’s threat to close the warehouse if the workers unionized is considered illegal by the National Labor Relations Act (though such threats are common).
- The blow-up doll in the warehouse first made it’s appearance in 202 “Sexual Harassment.”
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