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PDA
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Season
Episode

16
Production Code
7016
Airdate
February 10, 2011
Written by
Directed by

"PDA" is the sixteenth episode of the seventh season of the American television comedy series "The Office" and the show's 142nd overall. It was written by Robert Padnick and directed by Greg Daniels. It originally aired on February 10, 2011. It was viewed by 6.90 million people.

PlotEdit

In the cold open, Pam comes into Darryl's office and tries to comfort him because of the loss of his nearly 97 year old grandmother. She hands him a card and he opens it. He read aloud some notes from co-workers that tell him things like "days like this don't come often enough." Pam tells him some people might have thought it was his birthday. The suspicion is confirmed when Dwight and Andy come in and give Darryl birthday wishes. He turns to the camera as Andy gives him a playful punch, a tear rolling out of his eye. Michael and Holly have started dating again, and their public displays of affection start to make everyone in the office uncomfortable, despite the fact they are all happy for the couple. Gabe holds a meeting about PDA, saying that Sabre is tolerant of office relationships, but not PDA, pointing the finger at Michael and Holly (who are shocked that the PDA meeting is about them). They both agree to stop, but while Holly follows through, Michael can't help himself.

Michael then declares to the office that he genuinely loves Holly, who is at first taken aback, but then reciprocates. When Michael and Holly make a scene complaining about not being able to touch each other, Gabe reprimands them, suggesting that they are acting this way to have a full on relationship before Toby returns from jury duty, which would send Holly back to Nashua. Michael then becomes worried that they will have to break up again, but Holly assures him that they can make it work. Michael points out that they broke up the last time because of that and can't see Holly for the rest of the day.

Michael then confronts Holly to tell her that he is breaking up with her. Holly, however, says that they should decide for themselves and not let the company decide their future. They both resolve to move in together and announce it to the office.


Jim and Pam have too much champagne during lunch, causing complications when they have to return to work. During the PDA meeting, Dwight mentions a list of people who have had sex in the workplace, and Jim and Pam (along with Kevin) are not mentioned. Due to their intoxication, they both agree to give it a try, but they have a hard time finding a place to do it, from hidden places in the warehouse to Ryan's closet. They eventually return from an undisclosed location with ruffled hair and wrinkled clothing. The two tell the interviewers that they left for a walk, but Pam smirks at the camera as the scene ends.

Andy tags along on a romantic treasure hunt Gabe has made for Erin, despite the fact that he is dating a friend of Darryl's named Rachel, who was the only other Caucasian at one of Daryl's parties. Andy is at first reluctant but relents at Erin's friendly urging. The hunt starts with a puzzle picture, which leads to Gabe's stereo in Darryl's office, which leads to glow in the dark stars in Ryan's closet, leading to sparkling cider with Hank the security guard, and finally to a Valentine's cookie in the break room. When the cookie tells her to enjoy her Valentine's kiss, Erin thinks she's supposed to kiss Andy. Andy points out Gabe blowing a kiss through the window and leaves awkwardly.

Cultural referencesEdit

  • PDA stands for public displays of affection.
  • Michael calls Dunder Mifflin a "divison of Taliban enterprises". The Taliban is an Islamic fundamentalist political movement.
  • Michael also seems to think that there was a dragon that kept Romeo and Juliet apart. There were no dragons in this particular play by Shakespeare.
  • Gabe asks Michael and Holly if they're doing MDMA "The street name: Ecstacy".
  • Michael has a movie idea: "Boner Bomb: Starring Jason Statham or Jesse Eisenberg or Michael Cera".

Connections to previous episodesEdit

  • In the season 5 Valentine's Day episode Blood Drive, Phyllis and Bob had sex in a public restroom. This season it's Jim and Pam who have sex in a public place on Valentine's Day (in the warehouse). 
  • Michael says "Whispering and tickling have their place in business!" This could be a little reference to his negotiation tactics from Wikipedia in The Negotiation and the tickling method called "fluffy fingers" he learned from Darryl in Did I Stutter?.
  • Jim enthusiastically jumps into a big box in the warehouse, reminiscent of Dwight in The Alliance.

Trivia/ContinutiyEdit

  • Holly says that Michael can put both his legs behind his head. This contradicts Goodbye, Toby, where Michael tells Holly he can't even sit cross-legged, much less do yoga.

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