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The Office Episode: "New Leads"

Season 6, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: The sales staffers try to seal the deal with spiel when Sabre's newly minted "sales is king" policy energizes them but balloons their egos. Cut to Michael, who isn't above hiding all the new, well-regarded sales leads. Zach Woods guest stars.
Original Air Date: Mar 18, 2010

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Season 6, Episode 20
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Aired: 3/18/2010
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The Office Episode Recap: "Secretary's Day" Season 6, Episode 20

After a month of trying to find hilarity in our TV Guide office in New York City, watching a new episode of The Office finally relieved me of the gaping hole in my Thursday nights. The gang is back, and this week, they all having something to say. Where will Andy and Erin take their relationship? Will we ever see the return of Pam? Well, this week, all of our questions were answered.

The episode opens as the majority of the office crowds around Oscar's desk in order to see a video he made of Kevin's voiced to the tune of the various Sesame Street characters, including Cookie Monster. Kevin gets a bit insulted, and even Dwight gets in on the fun, especially since he loves the show where the characters live in the "barrio."

It is Secretary's day in the office, and it also happens to be the three-week Anniversary between Erin and Andy. He wants to make sure that his lady friend is treated right, and he adorns her desk with a giant poster, stuffed-bear holding a phone, flowers, and even sends many message "blasts" out to the rest of the office. Also, it happens to be the day that Pam returns from maternity leave. Even though it "rocked her ass off," she needed to return for monetary purposes.

In order to make Erin feel special, Andy convinces Michael to ask her out to a personal boss/secretary lunch. She is so excited that she even snaps a picture as Michael asks her. Erin immediately suggests Hayworth's, Michael doesn't want to go there, but he ends up going along with his employee's request.

The office still can't seem to get over the Cookie Monster video, and when Meredith and Darryl trick Kevin into eating a cookie (in order to mock him), he goes straight to HR for help and support. The new employee/HR rep/corporate slave notifies the workers that the video is now forbidden to be seen and sent around, and definitely puts scare into everyone.

As Michael and Erin drive to lunch, he though our favorite boss wants to listen to the novel Push on-tape, she decides it will be more fun to talk. He soon finds out how boring she is as she brings up topics such as her job at Taco Bell Express, her wish of being born in the 1400s, and the number of pillows she sleeps on a night. The discussion soon turns to Andy, and Michael notifies Erin that her boyfriend slept with and was once engaged to Angela, causing Erin to have a complete breakdown, throw her hair over her face, and cry. In order to cut the awkwardness, Michael exclaims, "I'll have what she's having!"

As Pam realizes it is time to use her breast pump, she can't find it, and before Dwight has the chance to "milk her" like one of his cows, she finds Meredith in the bathroom using it as a massager. Michael and Erin immediately return from lunch, and Erin uses a very uncomfortable tone when speaking to Angela and Andy, even lashing out at Oscar telling him to "keep his pants on!"

As the gang continues to mercilessly mock Kevin without end, Andy makes a speech thanking the planning committee as well as his girlfriend, Erin. He even writes her a song entitled "Secretary of Love." Before he can even begin to play, Erin throws cake in his face, and makes a scene in front of the entire office. Andy finally admits that all of what Michael said is true. She is devastated.

After Kevin tries to hit on Erin, Pam is caught joking about the Cookie Monster bit, and is suspended by the HR rep. After trying to defend his wife, Jim is suspended also. Even Dwight is suspended after "slow clapping at his no-nonsense decision making."

Andy confronts Michael about why he told Erin about his relationship with Angela, but even Michael says that the office knows he can't keep a secret. Angela reaches out to Erin, and as their awkward conversation is interrupted with Toby's lack of knowledge regarding the fax machine, Pam comes into the rescue. She tells Erin about her prior engagement to someone in the office, and tells her "it's not about who you have been with, it's about who you end up with." Pam immediately goes over to Jim, and gives him a kiss on the cheek. This happens to be one of my favorite moments this season.

The HR rep is scolded by corporate for making unlawful suspension, and even as he tries to re-instate the three hoodlum's penalties, Pam and Jim take the opportunity to go home and relax. Dwight on the other hand kneels before his fellow employee and kisses his hand in apology.

Andy and Erin finally talk in out, but Erin is still skeptical that her boyfriend isn't full of more secrets. She even compares her situation to the main character in the novel Push, which she obviously heard about through Michael. In hopes of getting the office to forget about Pam and Jim leaving, the HR rep tries to make them laugh, and even sinks low enough to do the Cookie Monster impression. To counter, Kevin does an impression of the HR rep, and this is an instant sensation with the workers. The actual corporate dog becomes upset and hurt, just as Kevin was originally.

In the end, Michael runs into Erin on the way out for the day, and he tries to give her a pep talk. He discusses how Angela is nothing compared to Erin, and tries to boost her confidence. They laugh his secretary's depression off, but Andy is still upset by himself. There is still a bit of tension between him and his girlfriend. Kevin makes a retaliation video against Oscar comparing him to The Count, but it is hard to understand and confusing. Let's just say, Kevin isn't a comedy genius.

After all was said in done, for me, this episode furthered character development significantly. Andy and Erin seem to be having their first fight as a couple, the HR rep is shown to be a complete doofus, and Pam seems to show even more of her love for Jim. Even though I wasn't hysterical, I was completely satisfied. Please, Michael, don't leave for me for a month again. I may end up having to have an affair with Angela to fill the void (just don't tell my girlfriend).

 

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After a month of trying to find hilarity in our TV Guide office in New York City, watching a new episode of The Office finally relieved me of the gaping hole in my Thursday nights. The gang is back, and this week, they all having something to say. Where will Andy and Erin take their relationship? Will we ever see the return of Pam? Well, this week, all of our questions were answered.

The episode opens as the majority of the office crowds around Oscar's desk in order to see a video he made of Kevin's voiced to the tune of the various Sesame Street characters, including Cookie Monster. Kevin gets a bit insulted, and even Dwight gets in on the fun, especially since he loves the show where the characters live in the "barrio."

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