Angela Martin

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Angela Noelle Martin
The Office character
Angela Martin.jpg
Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin.
First appearance"Pilot" (2005)
Last appearance"Finale" (2013)
Created byGreg Daniels
Portrayed byAngela Kinsey
In-universe information
NicknamesMonkey (by Dwight)
Occupation
  • Head Accountant, Dunder Mifflin, Scranton PA
  • Head of the Party Planning Committee, Dunder Mifflin, Scranton PA
  • Safety Officer, Dunder Mifflin, Scranton PA
FamilyRachael Martin (sister)
SpouseDwight Schrute (m. 2014)
Robert Lipton (m. 2011; div. 2013)
Significant otherAndy Bernard (ex-fiancé)
ChildrenPhillip Halsted Schrute
ReligionProtestant
NationalityAmerican
Based onSheila

Angela Noelle Schrute[1] (née Martin; formerly Lipton) is a fictional character in the U.S. version of the television sitcom The Office, portrayed by actress Angela Kinsey. The character is based on Sheila from the original version of The Office. She is introduced as the senior accountant, head of the Party Planning Committee, and safety officer at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin. Her character serves as the stuck-up and more professional face of the branch. She begins a relationship with co-worker Dwight Schrute, whom she begins secretly dating in the second season, has a child in the eighth, and marries in the ninth. This relationship continues during the fourth season while she is engaged to salesman Andy Bernard. She also has a short-lived marriage with Pennsylvania State Senator, Robert Lipton, who is initially believed to be the father of her child, Phillip. Dwight often referred to her as "Monkey" to keep their relationship a secret.

Casting[edit]

Kinsey initially auditioned for the role of Pam Beesly, which eventually went to Jenna Fischer. The casting director for the show, Allison Jones, said that Kinsey's portrayal of Pam was "too feisty."[2] Sometime later, the casting team offered Kinsey a role written for her named Angela Martin.

Character Biography[edit]

Angela Martin was born on November 11, 1974 in Dayton, Ohio. She has one sister named Rachael who is her best friend. In the series finale, she and her sister speak in a secret language they created when they were little. During a talking head in the episode "Performance Review," she says that she "enjoys being judged" and that she participated in beauty pageants as a child. In "A Benihana Christmas," Martin tells the documentary crew that she has a sister who she hasn't spoken to in sixteen years due to a small argument, but it is unknown whether this sister was Rachael. Angela has 12 cats over the course of the series, her favorites being Sprinkles (who is killed by Dwight Schrute in "Fun Run"), Princess Lady, and Garbage (who is gifted to her by Dwight as an apology). The other names of her cats are Ember, Milky Way, Diane, Lumpy, Petals, Mr. Ash, Phillip (the inspiration for her son's name), Bandit, and Comstock (who she gives away when she realizes her son is allergic to in "New Guys"). Over the series, she is seen to be very close to her cats. During "Lecture Circuit: Part 2," fellow accountants Oscar Martinez and Kevin Malone see her communicating with her pets at her home via nanny cam.

Angela is very petite and is constantly mocked by regional manager Michael Scott for it. During the episode "Women's Appreciation," she tells the documentarian that she'll sometimes buy clothes for large, colonial dolls from the American Girl Doll store because "the clothes at the GAP Kids are too flashy." She later reveals that she is 5'1" at her tallest. In the season one episode "Health Care," Dwight confirms that she has dermatitis. At the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, she is the senior accountant and was the head of the party planning committee (P.P.C.). She was replaced by Phyllis Vance in the fourth season finale as a use of blackmail. She was also the branch's safety officer until Dwight takes over sometime in the second season. Also in the second season, she begins a secret relationship with Dwight. This is first suspected by Pam Beesly in the episode "Email Surveillance," where Angela is seen buying two candy bars, one for Dwight. It is also noticed by Jim Halpert in the episode "The Negotiation." When at work, Angela and Dwight hook up in a supply closet in the branch's warehouse. She is also engaged to salesman Andy Bernard in the fifth season and married to Pennsylvania State Senator Robert Lipton in the eighth and ninth seasons.

Throughout the series, Angela is shown to have very picky taste. While playing a game of Desert Island in the episode "The Fire," she states that the books she would bring to a deserted island would be the Bible, The Purpose Driven Life, and The Da Vinci Code (just so that she could burn it). She is also seen to be a fan of Will & Grace (only the scenes with Harry Connick Jr.), the song "The Little Drummer Boy," and posters of young children doing adult-like activities. She also notes that her famous male crush is Boris Becker. During the episode "Office Olympics," she tells the documentarian that she likes playing games with her cats and singing. She dislikes the colors green and orange, apologizing, and Kevin. She is seen driving a first-generation Ford Focus Sedan in the second season and a second-generation Saturn S-Series in the sixth. During the fourth season, Andy offers several locations for their wedding including EPCOT Center, a Marriot Ballroom, and hot air balloon rides. She turns these all down and eventually requests to be married at Schrute Farms, Dwight's beet farm. However, when Andy suggests a retirement in Celebration, Florida, she happily agrees. Angela also states several times that she is vegetarian.

Character History[edit]

Seasons 1-3[edit]

Angela is first seen in the pilot episode in a corner of the office behind reception, where the accountants work, at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin Paper. She is later revealed to be the senior account, the head of the Party Planning Committee (first seen in "The Alliance"), and the safety officer (seen in "Basketball"). She is very stuck-up and is a "tight-ass" according to Michael ("The Dundies"). While she has respect for Oscar's intelligence, they often quarrel over who is right in a discussion. She is also disgusted by Kevin, who is constantly filling out worksheets wrong and eating. She also has a power struggle with Dwight, who thinks that he is the safety officer. In a deleted scene from the season two opener, she tells the documentary crew that she is also the branch's designated driver. In the episode "Halloween," she wears a white cat costume (she is seen wearing this same costume in a photo of her and Sprinkles).

During "Email Surveillance," Pam begins to suspect a relationship between Angela and Dwight. Her suspicion is proved to be correct when the two can be seen making out at Jim's party later that night, though Pam doesn't see them. In the next episode, "Christmas Party," Angela plans the branch's annual Christmas party and is given a poster of two toddlers playing jazz instruments by Toby Flenderson. Later that season, Angela and Dwight once again have an argument about who will plan the Michael's birthday party. During "Conflict Resolution," Michael finds that Angela has lodged several complaints against Dwight but that they were all removed six months prior, most likely because of their relationship. In the episode "The Fire", Pam's then fiancé Roy thoughtlessly states that he would "do" Angela while playing 'Who would you do?', and it is strongly hinted that Angela is attracted to Roy too, as not only is he the only character to whom Angela never demonstrates any disapproval, she is seemingly unable to restrain herself from describing him glowingly in private as "strong and capable" and possessing of "character".

In the second episode of the third season, Dwight and Michael travel to a convention with Dunder Mifflin corporate and Angela secretly follows to surprise Dwight. The next episode, Dwight confides to Angela that while he is fond of Michael, he would be a better regional manager. Angela agrees and Dwight meets with Jan Levinson-Gould secretly to discuss the matter. Micheal finds out and tricks Dwight into thinking that he is no longer regional manager. Not knowing it's a prank, Dwight promises Angela the position of his right hand man. At the branch's Christmas party, Angela invites transferred employee Karen Filippelli to join the P.P.C. but quickly removes her, claiming that she has no good ideas. This leads Pam and Karen to form The Committee to Plan Parties and they create a margarita-karaoke Christmas party. This causes some tension between Angela and Pam, and Angela reveals to the camera that she never likes to apologize. Eventually, they decide to merge the parties and Angela sings her favorite song, "The Little Drummer Boy," on the karaoke machine for the office. At Phyllis' wedding, Angela and Dwight slow-dance together outside the chapel. After Roy Anderson tries to attack Jim Halpart as revenge for kissing Pam on the office's casino night and Dwight saves Jim with a bottle of mace, Angela asks around the office to hear the story of Dwight's bravery. During "Product Recall," Angela is temporarily in charge of answering phone calls due to an inappropriate water mark on Dunder Mifflin's stationary. When the women of the Scranton branch go to the Steamtown Mall ("Women's Appreciation"), Angela shops at the American Girl Store for clothes for "large, colonial dolls," to fit her petite figure.

Seasons 4-5[edit]

In the season four opener, Dwight offers to feed Angela's cat, Sprinkles, but ends up killing the cat instead. Though he tries to replace sprinkles with a farm cat named Garbage (who she later names Bandit), Angela breaks up with him. In an attempt to win her back, Dwight holds a battle against Dunder Mifflin's new website by trying to make more sales than it within the first hour of being launched. He beats the website's sales but Angela is unimpressed. In the end of the episode, Andy Bernard asks Angela out by singing "Take a Chance on Me" by ABBA. She accepts, much to Dwight's sadness. In the episode "Dinner Party," Angela and Andy are invited to Michael's condo to have dinner with Pam, Jim and Jan. Tensions rise at the party and it only gets worse when Dwight shows up. In the season finale, Andy proposes to Angela in front of his parents and she reluctantly says yes. However, in the very end of the episode, Phyllis Vance catches Angela and Dwight hooking up in the office. Throughout season five, Angela continues her secret romance with Dwight while engaged with Andy. Meanwhile, Andy spends most of the season trying to find the perfect wedding location, but most of them are turned down by Angela. They eventually settle on Schrute Farms, Dwight's beet farm. In "The Surplus," Andy and Angela tour the farm and stage a fake wedding so Andy can see what the ceremony will look like. However, Dwight later reveals to her that he actually married them because they both said "I do." Angela reacts angrily to this and makes him cancel it. In the next episode, Phyllis hosts her first Christmas party as head of the P.P.C. Angela gets fed up with Phyllis' demands and allows her to spill the secret about her and Dwight, not thinking Phyllis has the guts. However, Phyllis announces it very to the whole office, besides Andy who was in the annex. Andy soon finds out in the following episode, "The Duel." Andy and Dwight plan a duel in the parking lot after work to decide who will get to keep Angela. In the end, they both realize that neither of them want Angela, and she is left single. Angela soon develops a crush on Charles Miner, a new employee at corporate, and battles with Kelly Kapoor for his attention.

Seasons 6-9[edit]

In "The Delivery," Dwight sees that Pam and Jim are using their unborn child as a selling point and decides that he would like to do the same. He suggests to Angela that they try to create a child together. Angela is excited by Dwight's sudden attention to her, but realizes that he just wants her to make a baby. In "Happy Hour," Dwight blows off Angela to meet with Pam's sister, Isabel, which angers Angela. Soon after, Angela hires a mediator to go over the contract she and Dwight signed and realizes that he could be forced to give her $30,000. Knowing he cannot pay this, Angela gives Dwight a "settlement" of attempting to procreate five separate times. He agrees to this and they use a punchcard to keep track. In the third episode of the seventh season, Dwight reveals that he is no longer interested in Angela. However, he still takes her to a play Andy is performing in that evening. After the show, Dwight offers to use one of their five attempts but Angela clips the punchcard, happy enough with a simple date. In the end of "WUPHF.com," Angela meets Pennsylvania State Senator, Robert Lipton, at Dwight's hay festival in the office parking lot. They hit it off and Angela decides to talk with the senator instead of meeting Dwight. In the season finale, Lipton proposes to Angela and she accepts. At the start of the eighth season, Angela is married to the senator and pregnant. While giving a speech at Andy's "Garden Party," Angela reveals the name of her son to be Phillip, named after her favorite cat. In "Jury Duty," Angela gives birth to her son and Dwight believes it to be his, though Angela denies this. In the eighth season finale, "Free Family Portrait Studio," Dwight steals a full diaper from Angela to test Phillip's DNA. During the ninth season, Angela suspects that Robert may be cheating on her and asks Oscar to help her find out, not knowing that Oscar is dating Robert. Oscar takes Angela to her husband's yoga class where they see him flirting with multiple young men. They see him dialing his phone and Oscar's phone rings. Angela finds out the truth and goes to break off her marriage. Several episodes later, Dwight invites Angela to come to his house, though she learns it is to help take care of his grandmother. However, this friendship is ended when Dwight begins to date a beet farmer, just to make her jealous. In "A.A.R.M.," Angela finally reveals to Dwight that he is indeed the father of Phillip and he proposes to her. She accepts and they are married in the series finale.

Reception[edit]

On FanSided, Patrick Schmidt describes Angela as "The cold-hearted head of accounting. A petite woman, she views her co-workers mostly as distractions. Angela is definitely not out to make friends. Often she shows open disdain for her co-workers, especially Kevin and Meredith."[3] Screen Rant said "While she'll always be known as the rudest one in the office, fans have to admit that she's a different woman by the series finale. She started joining the office shenanigans, made more small-talk with Pam, and dare we say smiled more."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ In "Happy Hour", the character appears with a court summons ordering Dwight to honor his contract with her, Angela Noelle Martin.
  2. ^ "'The Office' Actress Angela Kinsey Remembers Auditioning For Pam | TODAY Originals". The Today Show. March 6, 2020. Retrieved September 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "Ranking the 25 Best Characters on The Office". Netflix Life. 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  4. ^ "The Office: Angela's Slow Transformation Over The Years (In Pictures)". ScreenRant. 2020-09-16. Retrieved 2020-09-22.