Holly gives a corporate-required "Business Ethics" lecture that has a lot to do with Ryan's downfall last year and leads to bigger drama involving Meredith and a Hammermill paper salesman who was giving her a bulk discount for sexual favors. And Outback coupons. I'm not sure what's more pathetic -- that Meredith was giving it up for Outback coupons, or that the Hammermill guy was willing to give up Outback coupons for sex with Meredith. It really is an ethical dilemma. And it really was an excellent episode.
Pam appears via voice in the opening scene only, when she gets Jim to announce to the office that they are engaged. As Jim fears, this does not go as well as Pam hoped.
Dwight: She’s not a virgin, you know.
Everyone else already thought they were engaged, or could otherwise not care. Except of course, Michael, who comes in late and asks what's going on.
Creed: The tall guy got engaged.
Michael immediately tackles Jim as a way to hug him. And the intro credits roll...
Holly's ethics seminar comes next, and again, doesn't go as well as planned, mostly due to Michael's attempts to assist. Michael also explains to the cameraman how he's decided to be friends with Holly as a way to further their relationship, hoping the relationship just comes...um, naturally?
Michael: Ultimately my strategy is to sort of merge this into a relationship without her even knowing.
Michael thinks the seminar will be a chance for everyone to admit what they've done that's been bad for the office and then move on. He gives everyone immunity, which Holly interrupts to say doesn't exist, but Michael pushes forward and some of the employees tell some in which they've "stolen" from the company. Oscar takes a long lunch sometimes. Someone steals office supplies. Angela reported Oscar to INS ("just in case"). And Michael admits an Internet addiction.
Michael: When I discovered YouTube, I didn’t work for five days. I did nothing. I viewed ‘Cookie Monster sings Chocolate Rain’ about a thousand times.
Yes. Michael is the exact person who would be addicted to the stupid things on YouTube. He probably would also find no humor in the guys at the Mets game stacking hats on somebody. And he doesn't realize that Meredith's revelation is the major admission that Holly thinks it is. In fact, Holly doesn't see how she shouldn't be fired. Michael tries to defend her in a meeting between the three of them, but Meredith doesn't pick up on Michael's not-too-subtle clues and basically admits that she was a whore for Outback coupons (and free paper). Holly doesn't quite understand.
Meredith: Have you ever had sirloin steak, honey?
Meanwhile, in the most amusing storyline of a strong episode, Jim is busy timing Dwight to see if he in fact "never steals from the company" as he insists. Jim holds the stopwatch up while Dwight is at his desk.
Jim: Yawn. Four seconds.
Dwight tries to argue, but Jim logs their 20 second argument as "personal" time, so Dwight decides to prove him wrong and get back to work. Jim keeps talking and Dwight tries to correct him, but Jim clicks the stopwatch again and Dwight goes back to typing. "1 second," Jim says. But Dwight is an impressive opponent. He continues to work even as Jim tells Andy some specific plot points about Dwight's favorite show, Battlestar Galactica.
Jim: Story’s kind of bland. It’s about this guy named Dumbledore Calrissian, who needs to return the ring back to Mordor.
Alas, Jim is no match for Dwight's insane dedication (including pissing into a bottle at his desk to avoid going to the bathroom), and finally admits how hard it's been keeping track of Dwight's movement. He says he hasn't done a single piece of work all day.
Jim: It’s exhausting being this vigilant. I’ll probably have to go home early today.
I hear you, Jim. I feel that every day at my job.
In the end, Holly turns in her report fingering Meredith (I won't go there with the pun about the Hammermill paper guy and fingering Meredith -- oh wait, I just did), but Holly's boss doesn't see the ethical dilemma and admits that getting a discount on paper in this bad economy is not actually a bad thing. Holly is chastised, Michael is upset, and Meredith keeps her job. Michael's also a little vindicated, and isn't quite sure how to react.
Michael: How do you tell somebody, that you care about deeply, “I told you so”?
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