Secretary's Day (The Office)
|The Office episode|
|Episode no.||Season 6
|Directed by||Steve Carell|
|Written by||Mindy Kaling|
|Original air date||April 22, 2010|
"Secretary's Day" is the 22nd episode of the sixth season of the U.S. comedy series The Office and the show's 122nd episode overall. It aired on April 22, 2010 on NBC. It was written by Mindy Kaling, who portrays Kelly Kapoor on the series, and is also the second episode directed by Steve Carell, who portrays Michael Scott.
The series—presented as if it were a real documentary—depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In the episode, Andy tries to make his girlfriend Erin's Secretary's Day a special day, but things don't turn out well when Erin learns of Andy's previous relationship with Angela. Meanwhile, Oscar circulates a video he made in which he compares Kevin's voice to the Cookie Monster's, causing Gabe to try to assert his authority in the office.
It is Secretary's Day, and Andy (Ed Helms) tries to make Erin's (Ellie Kemper) special holiday a memorable one. He convinces a reluctant Michael (Steve Carell) to take her to lunch at a place of her choosing. During lunch, Michael accidentally reveals to Erin that her boyfriend Andy was previously engaged to fellow office worker Angela (Angela Kinsey), a fact which Andy had concealed from Erin. Upon learning about the prior engagement, Erin becomes visually disturbed, but tries to stay as composed as possible. Back at the office, during the main party, Andy serenades Erin. However, she responds angrily by throwing a cake in his face during his performance. She reveals her knowledge of the prior engagement with Angela, and berates several female office workers. Despite numerous attempts from fellow office workers to help console her, Erin ultimately decides to take some time away from Andy. At the end of the day, Michael cheers her up with some jokes and Andy notes that at least someone has made her happy on Secretary's Day.
Meanwhile, Oscar circulates a video he made, which compares Kevin's voice to Cookie Monster's. Kevin doesn't think it is funny, and complains to Gabe about the video. At the Secretary's Day party, both Jim and Kelly mock the voice and make Cookie Monster impressions while Kevin looks on. In an effort to assert his fledgling and weak authority, Gabe bans the office from talking about the video and about Cookie Monster. When the jokes continue, Gabe retaliates aggressively, and suspends Pam without pay for contradicting his orders, then Jim for defending her, and then even Dwight for applauding Gabe's prior punishments. Gabe later calls corporate and discovers he lacks the power to suspend workers or even reprimand them. He returns to the office to craftily make everyone forget about the incident, but Toby tips off Pam to the mistake. Pam and Jim team up and reverse the situation, getting a 'two-day paid vacation', while Dwight apologizes and kisses Gabe's hand instead. After Jim and Pam leave, Gabe decides to save face and mock Kevin as well, but does a poor impression. Kevin finally retaliates by doing an impression of Gabe, and the rest of the office joins his mockery.
At the end of the episode, Kevin tries to get Oscar back by making his own parody video by using Oscar's voice and comparing him to The Count, but only Michael ends up finding it funny.
In its original American broadcast, "Secretary's Day" was watched by 6.30 million viewers, with a 3.2 rating and a 9 share in the 18-49 demographic. This episode got mostly positive review from critics.
Michael refers the movie Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire in his conversation with Erin which she re-refers in her conversation with Andy. Michael is listening to the audio book of the novelization of the movie based on the book, instead of the book itself. Michael also references When Harry Met Sally 's famous quote, "I'll have what she's having", when Erin screams in the restaurant, similarly to the scene in the movie.
- "The Office #622 "Secretary's Day"" (Press release). NBC. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
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