Janet "Jan" Levenson (formerly Jan Levenson-Gould), is a fictional character played by Melora Hardin in the television series The Office. She was VP of Northeastern Sales but is now the director of office purchasing for a Scranton area hospital.
According to NBC, Jan's last name is Levenson (with an "e"), but it is almost universally misspelled as Levinson (with an "i").
During the first season Jan and Michael have a traditional boss-employee relationship. Jan is frustrated with Michael's immaturity; Michael in return dislikes Jan because she is demanding and humorless.
Michael refers to her as "Hillary Rodham Clinton", not to her face but quickly stating that he is not afraid of her. During their meeting in "Pilot" a phone call from Todd Packer reveals another nickname - "Godzillary".
Jan appears in "Health Care" where she tells Michael to choose a health care plan for the office, and later berates him for putting Dwight in charge.
In "The Client", Jan reveals that she dropped Gould from her last name due to her recent divorce. Michael's sales skills secure an important client, which causes Jan to view him in a different light. In a moment of celebration (certain of his inevitable failure, she drank constantly during the meeting and therefore was quite intoxicated by the time Michael closed the deal), the two share a kiss in the parking lot of the Chili's, and Jan suggests, "Let's go." The two spend the night together, although exactly what happened remains unclear. Michael's initial description, which is most credible, is that they "made out for a little while", talked for five hours, and then Jan fell asleep on Michael's arm. This version of the evening matches Jan's description in a later episode. ("Valentine's Day")
Over time, Michael overstates the nature of their relationship, saying at various points that he "made it to second base" ("Boys and Girls") and then brags that she is "my girlfriend." ("Blood Drive")
Michael's second exaggeration lands him in trouble with David Wallace, but he successfully defuses the situation by claiming that it was merely a joke in poor taste and "apologizes" to Jan. Afterward, relieved that the situation has been resolved, Jan gives him a quick kiss, only to realize her mistake when she sees that it was captured by the documentary crew.
Throughout, Jan is very clear with Michael that the two are not in a relationship, but Michael never seems to understand this. She also shows interest in Michael when she drives to Scranton for Casino Night.
Season 3:At the beginning of the third season, Jan often gets angry at Michael, such as when she yells at Michael for holding Movie Monday (The Coup). As Dwight puts it, 'ever since Michael dumped Jan, she's been bitching out on him.' After Carol breaks up with Michael in A Benihana Christmas, Jan is invited by him to go with him to Sandals, Jamaica, which she agrees to. In Back From Vacation, it is revealed that the two had sex several times. In Cocktails, the two become an official couple. However, the two break up in Women's Appreciation, after the women of the office discover that he is unhappy when he is with her. In The Job, Jan got a breast augmentation, which led Michael to get back together with her, in spite of the fact that the women were urging him not to get back together. She was fired for being extremely unstable. Her boss said she would smoke in her office all day, took too many days off without explanation, and took too many trips to Scranton. After Michael told her they were going to fire her, she cursed at her boss on the way out the door. She then moved in with Michael.
Season 4:Jan has moved in with Michael. Her insanity has grown, as she recklessly spends his money and sleeps at home all day. She has, however, started her own company, a candle business called Serenity by Jan. Michael and Jan break up in Dinner Party after a large argument culminating with Jan throwing one of Michael's Dundies at his television. Jan then presumably moves out of Michael's house, living somewhere else. It is implies in this episode, that Jan possibly has a thing for Jim. She tries to dance with him during a song called That One Night, sung by her former assistant Hunter (a song about losing your virginity.) In Chair Model, Michael accidentally calls Jan when trying to show a picture of her to his date. In Goodbye Toby, Jan reveals to Michael that she is pregnant, but Michael is not the father: She got inseminated at a local sperm bank.
Jan's only appearances in Season 5 are during episode 3 "Baby Shower" and episode 1, "Weight Loss". She makes a trip into the office for her new baby Astrid's baby shower. Michael and all the other office employees are surprised that Jan has already had the baby without anyone knowing. Most of the baby shower's games are based around the idea that Astrid was not born yet. She says to Kevin that her candle company is 'kicking ass and taking names,' although this statement is debatable due to the apparently terrible smell of her candles (Dinner Party). In a deleted scene in Stress Relief, she tells Michael that he ruined her life and goes on to belittle him (in a pretty cruel manner) over a phone, but it is still not known where she "is." Also, in Employee Transfer, Michael tells Holly that he hates Jan.
Melora Hardin confirmed that she will be back for season 7 on Twitter. Jan appeared in the episode Sex Ed, in which she had returned to work as the director of office purchasing for a local hospital. She also released an album in which she sings Doris Day songs.
Jan delivered a baby girl, Astrid, shortly before the season five episode "Baby Shower." Astrid's father is an unknown sperm donor. (A deleted scene implies that, to Jan's horror, the donor might well be Kevin.) Jan's nickname for her daughter is "Assy".
- Married (Pilot - The Client) 13 Episodes
- Divorced/Single (The Client - A Benihana Christmas) 26 Episodes
- Dating Michael (A Benihana Christmas - Women's Appreciation) 11 Episodes
- Single (Women's Appreciation - The Job) 3 Episodes
- Dating Michael (The Job - Dinner Party) 9 Episodes
- Single (Dinner Party - ) ? Episodes
- Michael-Jan Relationship
- Jan worked for corporate until season 4.
- After leaving Dunder-Mifflin, Jan took up Candlemaking, and launched a line of homemade candles called "Serenity by Jan", which reportedly smell awful.
- Health Care
- Hot Girl (voice)
- The Dundies (voice)
- Sexual Harassment
- Halloween (voice, deleted scene)
- The Client
- Performance Review
- Booze Cruise (deleted scene)
- Boys and Girls
- Valentine's Day
- Drug Testing (voice, deleted scene)
- Casino Night
- Gay Witch Hunt
- The Convention
- The Coup
- Grief Counseling (voice)
- Diwali (voice, deleted scene)
- Branch Closing
- The Merger (voice)
- The Convict (voice)
- Back From Vacation
- Traveling Salesmen (voice)
- Ben Franklin (voice)
- The Negotiation
- Women's Appreciation
- The Job
- Fun Run
- Dunder Mifflin Infinity
- Launch Party (voice)
- The Deposition
- Dinner Party
- Chair Model (voice)
- Goodbye, Toby
- "Weight Loss"
- Baby Shower
- "Stress Relief" (voice, deleted scene)
- Sex Ed
- Threat Level Midnight
* deleted scene.
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