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The Office: Michael's Birthday

Michael's birthday arrives, but everyone ignores his special day because they're more concerned about poor Kevin, who's anxiously awaiting his medical test results. Pam and Jim sneak out to the store to purchase some party supplies, and the staff takes a trip to the local ice skating rink.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x19
Production Number: 02019
Airdate: Thursday March 30th, 2006

Guest Stars
Nancy WallsNancy Walls
As Carol Stills
Eric La BarrEric La Barr
As The Cashier

Co-Guest Stars
Creed BrattonCreed Bratton
As Creed Bratton
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling
As Kelly Kapoor
Paul LiebersteinPaul Lieberstein
As Toby Flenderson
Justin MeloniJustin Meloni
As Delivery Man
Susan FoleySusan Foley
As Delivery Woman
Main Cast
Steve CarellSteve Carell
As Michael Scott
Rainn WilsonRainn Wilson
As Dwight Schrute
John KrasinskiJohn Krasinski
As Jim Halpert
Jenna FischerJenna Fischer
As Pam Beesly
B.J. NovakB.J. Novak
As Ryan Howard
Episode Notes
When the staff goes to the ice rink it would be assumed they went to The Ice Box, in Scranton. However, since they film in Los Angeles, that rink wouldn't be accessible. There is a visible sign for Pickwick Gardens and Pickwick Bowl in the background, both of which are part of an event center in Burbank, California, which also contains an ice skating rink.

During this episode NBC showed spoofs of its popular "The More You Know" segments. They featured The Office characters dispensing bits of wisdom. Dwight gives advice on how to survive a bear attack, while Kelly and Ryan each give their individual view on office romances.

This episode marks the second appearance of Steve Carell's real life wife, Nancy Walls, playing Carol.

Episode Quotes
Toby: Who brought in donuts?
Michael: Somebody got donuts for my birthday.
Toby: Happy birthday.
Michael: You didn't know it was my birthday.
Toby: I guess I forgot.
Michael: Well, I guess I forgot to give you a donut.

Dwight: Michael! Michael! Come here, come here! Listen up everyone. It is 11:23 exactly. The exact moment when you emerged from your mother's vaginal canal.

Michael: You know what, Toby? When the son of deposed king of Nigeria e-mails you directly asking for help, you help! His father ran the freaking country, okay?

Dwight: Why tip someone for a job I’m capable of doing myself? I can deliver food. I can drive a taxi. I can, and do, cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist. Because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones.

Episode Goofs
Jim takes the marker away from Michael and draws the triangle on the paper. Just after he does that, the marker ends up back in Michael's hand without Jim handing it back to him. We know, because we hear and somewhat see Michael put it down.

Cultural References
Michael: Oh, fun fact: I share my birthday with Eva Longoria. So I have a perfect icebreaker if I ever meet Teri Hatcher.

Eva Longoria and Teri Hatcher are two of the actresses from the show, Desperate Housewives.

Michael: (points to poster of James Dean) I bet Luke Perry's friends don't treat him like this.

Michael confuses the picture of 50's icon James Dean with that of 90's television star Luke Perry.

Pam: Luke, this is your father! Comes set the table for dinner!

This is a reference to Darth Vader from the Star Wars film franchise.

Visual: Michael's hockey jersey

Michael's jersey is from a minor league hockey team, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Baby Penguins. It is a local affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Audio: Dwight playing the recorder

The song Dwight plays is "The Longest Time" by singer/songwriter Billy Joel.

Audio: Michael and Dwight singing

The song they sing in Michael's office is "My Humps," by the Black Eyed Peas.

Kelly: Oh no. I was watching Grey’s Anatomy, and there was a lifeguard on it, and he had skin cancer, too...

Grey's Anatomy is one of the most popular evening dramas on ABC, starring Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey.

Michael: (points to poster of James Dean) I bet Luke Perry's friends don't treat him like this.

Michael confuses the picture of 50's icon James Dean with that of 90's television star Luke Perry.

Episode References
This is the second birthday party the staff has thrown on the show. The first time was Meredith's party, in the episode, "The Alliance."

Jim and Pam mention that Kevin's favorite number is 69, which was mentioned in the Season Two episode, "Dwight's Speech."

Toby talks to Kevin about their terrible health care plan, asking if he can try to get on his fiancée's plan instead. This is a reference to the Season One episode "Health Care."

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