With Dwight in tow, Michael heads to Philadelphia for an important office-supply convention. After meeting with Jan, Michael plans to spread brotherly love by having a party in his room for fellow conventioneers. Meanwhile, Ryan goes out on a double date---with none other than gabby Kelly.
An office power play ensues when ultraserious Angela, offended by Michael's various antics and his inefficient leadership, leans heavily on Dwight to make a push for Michael's job. Meanwhile, Pam puts on a lunchtime fashion show; and Jim's attempts to play a video game turn deadly---in a virtual sense.
Dwight takes new full-timer Ryan (B.J. Novak, who also wrote the episode) out on his first sales call, but he puts the novice through a series of demanding tests and challenges, not to mention an unnecessary excursion to the Schrute family beet farm. Meanwhile, Michael is ordered by corporate to log his work activity; and Jim tries to adapt to life at the Stamford branch.
Michael suggests that his desk jockeys support Kelly (Mindy Kaling, who also wrote the episode) by taking in Indian culture and flavors at the Hindu Festival of Lights celebration. Meanwhile, work becomes a drinking game at the Stamford branch. Andy: Ed Helms.
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, creators of the British version of “The Office,” penned this episode, in which Michael discovers that a new employee is an ex-con. Michael ultimately gets rattled when his staff begins equating the office with prison. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) receives tips on how to woo Pam from an unlikely source---Jim.
Conclusion. Party-planning tensions continue to spike, resulting in two rival Christmas bashes. Meanwhile, Michael's romantic problems escalate; and Michael goes out drinking with Jim and the equally power-hungry Dwight. Harold Ramis directed the holiday episode.
Michael returns from his Jamaican vacation a relaxed and revitalized man, but that quickly changes when a spicy vacation photograph makes its way around the office. Meanwhile, Jim and Karen have an argument---with Pam caught in the middle of it all.
Michael pushes his desk jockeys to pair up and hit the road for sales-call duty. Meanwhile, Angela misses a crucial deadline, so her secret boyfriend, Dwight, tries to cover for her; and surprising news comes Karen's way. Andy: Ed Helms. Karen: Rashida Jones.
Oscar (Oscar Nunez) returns from vacation pondering his future at the office. Meanwhile, power-hungry Andy (Ed Helms) exploits recent events to inch closer to Michael; and Jim colludes with Pam and Karen to trick someone in the office---but the target's not Dwight.
To celebrate Phyllis's wedding shower, Michael heeds the terrible advice of his boorish bud Todd Packer (David Koechner) and brings in two performers---Ben Franklin and a stripper. Meanwhile, Karen corners Pam about her romantic history with Jim.
The crew prepares for Phyllis' nuptials, but the blushing bride regrets appointing Michael to an important job at the event after various things go embarrassingly wrong. Meanwhile, Phyllis' decorations cause Pam to reflect on her own aborted wedding; and Dwight prowls for wedding crashers.
Michael is invited to be a guest speaker at Ryan's business school. Back at the office, Dwight goes batty trying to catch a bat, and Pam invites her colleagues to her first art exhibit. Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” directed the episode.
Michael and Jan attend a party at a Dunder Mifflin bigwig's home, where they finally go public with their heretofore hushed romance. While at the party, Jim meets Karen's ex. And the rest of the office dwellers are also in a partying mood, as they head out for a boozy happy hour.
For safety-training day at Dunder-Mifflin, Michael and Dwight attempt to expose all workplace dangers to the staff. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) returns to the office ranks after his anger-management training, intent on starting anew with his coworkers.
An office crisis ensues when a shipment of paper is distributed with an obscene watermark. Worse, a school has delivered prom invitations on the tainted batch. It's up to Michael to hold an off-the-cuff press conference to manage the media.
The staffers are shocked when a flasher victimizes Phyllis. In response, Michael takes the office ladies on a women's appreciation excursion. Meanwhile, Dwight and his nemesis, Andy (Ed Helms), team up to catch the deviant.
When Michael is considered for a corporate position, he squires his staffers to Lake Scranton, where he puts them through challenges on the beach à la “Survivor” to name his replacement at Dunder-Mifflin. Pam doesn't enter the competitions, but must bear witness to Jim and Karen enjoying the games together.
Part 1 of 2. The desk jockeys reflect on a day of beach competitions. Meanwhile, a corporate-job opening sparks competition at Dunder-Mifflin as Michael, Jim and Karen journey to New York for interviews. Back in Scranton, Dwight's reign of power results in extensive reforms.