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The Office Episode: "Lecture Circuit"

Season 5, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: Part 1 of 2. With Pam as his driver, Michael goes on a speaking tour to other Dunder-Mifflin branches to share insight about Scranton's relative success. At the office, Dwight and Jim fumble as new party planners when they forget a birthday. And Andy looks for love in all the wrong places.
Original Air Date: Feb 5, 2009

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Season 5, Episode 16
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The Office Season 5, Episode 16

The Office returns after a longer-than-usual hiatus with a slightly misplaced Valentine's Day episode in March. Michael meets, loses and tries to find the cute girl he met at a blood drive by organizing a Valentine's Day lonely-hearts club meet-and-greet. Meanwhile Jim and Pam's lunch with Phyllis and Bob starts out innocent and sweet but then takes a horrifying, horrifying turn.

"Aaaaayyyy"
I liked the teamwork here. In these economic times, we need all the jobs we can get. A phone system is not going to pump money back into the economy, dammit! So I wholeheartedly agreed with Jim's decision to pretend he was Michael and get rid of the pushy salesman. When Michael came out and asked what was going on, Jim did his best Arthur Fonzarelli, prompting an in-on-it Pam and a not-so-in-on-it Michael and Dwight to shoo away the pesky phone guy with a chorus of "Aaaayyys."

And Pam's job was saved. Nice work, team — well done.

Michael's Mojo
Maybe Michael should donate blood more often, because while his vein was being tapped, he was slick, funny and charming. Type O-cean Spray. That was good. The blood donor girl he was flirting with even said he was cute. But alas, in this fairy tale, the charming prince faints and the maiden is replaced by a crusty old security guard. She leaves behind a solitary pink glove, however, giving our hero some hope.

The Lonely Hearts Club
This was just depressing. Michael asks everybody to give their worst relationship story, "just to blow through it" so they can get past it. Kelly realizes — with the help of Michael — that Ryan is having random sex in Thailand. Oscar admits that he once poured his heart out to a man who pretended he wasn't gay. And Kevin's fiancée broke up with him on a beautiful Sunday morning just as he realized the Eagles had a shot to win the NFC East. The nerve! 

Michael stops this disaster from continuing and proposes a different strategy: He'll organize an impromptu meet-and-greet with other residents of the office park.

... of Vance Refrigeration
While Jim and Pam are furtively stealing Bob's fries off his plate, Phyllis and Bob are banging each other in the handicapped bathroom, proving that Phyllis and Bob have a hotter, lustier relationship than stale ole Jam. Jim and Pam and the entire Office audience are mortified when the Vances return — disheveled — from their tryst. But I must say on further consideration (and despite my gag reflex), that at least they have a spark in their marriage. Good for them!

The Meet-and-Greet
The meet-and-greet goes well for the most part. There's a good turnout and Kevin even gets Lynn's email. The girl Michael met never showed , but, for once, Michael puts it really nicely: "Sometimes it's not about whether Cinderalla gets her slipper back, but it's about the fact that the Prince even picked up the slipper at all"

Nicely said, Michael. It looks like our hero is going to be OK.

Here are the best lines from the show:
• "You're only engaged once. Well, present company excluded."
• "I can retract my penis up into itself."
• "Those mines aren't going to sweep themselves."
• "I honestly don't know how you can work with that Jackass, that other Jackass and that new Jackass."
• "What did you do? Not that I approve of any of this."
• "There has to be a way to get all these lonely people together." "A Net?" "A giant net?"
• "You're in tool and dye repair? Meredith recently had a total hysterectomy — so that's sort of a repair."
• "Seriously, feel how sweaty my hand is."

So, what did you guys thing about "Blood Drive"?

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The Office returns after a longer-than-usual hiatus with a slightly misplaced Valentine's Day episode in March. Michael meets, loses and tries to find the cute girl he met at a blood drive by organizing a Valentine's Day lonely-hearts club meet-and-greet. Meanwhile Jim and Pam's lunch with Phyllis and Bob starts out innocent and sweet but then takes a horrifying, horrifying turn.

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Premiered: March 24, 2005, on NBC
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