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Robert "Bob" Vance, Vance Refrigeration, is a fictional character played by Bobby Ray Shafer in the television series The Office.

Character Information Edit

  • He always introduces himself as, "Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration."

Season 2 Edit

Phyllis introduces Kevin, Stanley, and Ryan to Bob when he attends the office Christmas party. As he shakes their hands he introduces himself with "Vance Refrigeration" tacked on at the end of his name. An awkward silence then leads Ryan to ask, "So, what line of work are you in Bob?" (Christmas Party).

In Valentine's Day, Bob sends Phyllis an extreme amount Valentine gifts including two arrangements of flowers and a gigantic teddy bear.

Bob donated a mini refrigerator as the prize for most chips winner in Casino Night.

Season 3Edit

In the season opener, Phyllis announces she is engaged to Bob Vance. Later, when he hears of the impending shutdown of Dunder Mifflin Scranton, he offers to buyout their warehouse space, thus ensuring Darryl, Roy and the other warehouse workers remain employed.

In mid-season, Bob marries Phyllis. At the wedding he is introduced as Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration like usual.

Season 4Edit

Bob Vance was present at the Fun Run. In this episode, Phyllis mentions that Bob is Unitarian and she is Lutheran, so it "keeps things spicy".

In the episode Chair Model, W.B. Jones Heating & Air goes under renovations and their construction vehicles take up parking spaces. As a result of this, the leaders of the "Five Families" of the business park is called to discuss the parking problem. The problem is resolved quickly.

Season 5Edit

In the episode Blood Drive, Bob and Phyllis go on a double date with Pam and Jim on Valentines day, and engage in sexual intercourse in the bathroom.

Season 6Edit

Bob dresses up as Santa for Vance refrigeration.

Season 7Edit

Bob Vance was present at the office's Halloween Party and was dressed as Dirty Harry (Costume Contest).

Season 9Edit

Bob attends Roy Anderson's wedding along with Phyllis. When Roy reveals to his new bride that he got lessons on how to sing and play the piano he sings a song about his new wife while Bob and Phyllis begin to make out much to Pam and Jim's disgust (Roy's Wedding).

After the episode The Target aired, NBC put up several customer complaint cards that appeared in the episode. Bob Vance filed a complaint to Andy citing that he saw Dwight driving a bike across a wire citing the event that occurred in New Guys.

Bob is seen dancing with Phyllis in the background during Dwight and Angela's wedding. (Finale)


  • Bob Vance is one of two long-running characters who have never had a Talking head. The other is Hank Tate.
  • Bob Vance prefers to be called "Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration". He is even called that during his wedding ceremony.
  • He is a member of the "Five Families" or the 5 owners of the businesses in Scranton Business Park.
  • Phyllis tells stories about where she presents herself to other men, then Bob comes out and beats them up, showing him to be a bit combative. This was also present when Michael was ruining the Christmas Party where Phyllis was Santa, and he comes up looking to fight Michael.


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