Jim follows Bodnick down hallways and back alleys into his office, where he barks at his secretary, "Ginger, did you log those faxes like we talked about?" Ginger, who would be played by Wendie Malick were that actress not also busy during this exact timeslot, tells him that she did, but did not send any faxes on Tuesday, so "you must have sent the one that you got so upset about yourself." He locks himself in his office and continues ranting into the cell phone, "No, it's business as usual. And one more thing " He hangs up on the caller and laughs self-importantly. A card among cut cards, he is. I'll bet he ends a lot of important business meetings with the old buzzer in the hand handshake trick. Let's go see!
Surveillance cameras catch Jim walking into Bodnick's office, and after Ginger's utterly convincing and determined rendition of "no no wait don't go in there," Jim opens the door to Bodnick's interior office and finds the man fixing himself a drink. Bodnick does not offer his hand. Nor does he, to my surprise, suggest that Prufrock pull his finger or compromise it in any other way. They tussle verbally a moment, and Jim finally steps forward and does the formal introduction that should carry more dramatic weight than it does: "My name is Jim Prufrock. I work for the Internal Revenue Service." I'm sorry. That line just doesn't kill like it should. No matter what the subject matter of this particular investigation, there are some barn burners ("My name is Jim Prufrock. I am the comptroller!" or "My name is Jim Prufrock. I am the stacker in the frozen food aisle!") that just fail to burn. Nevertheless, it gets Ginger the secretary to take her leave, and Bodnick's attention is momentarily captivated. "So," he smiles, "this fax that I supposedly sent. If I sent it, I sent it to the IRS?" That's right. "Genius," he grumbles. Affleck's words, not mine. Bodnick sighs that he's not going to talk, and suggests that Jim "begin conducting whatever investigation you think you should conduct and I'll get cracking on my end and figure out what story we're going to go with." But this is a series about math, so that's not good enough for Jim Prufrock, President of the PTA. He closes them both in Bodnick's office and begins speechifying us straight into the next commercial: "I know you're crooked, Mr. Bodnick. I knew it the moment I first heard your voice. The money that's evaporated from those accounting statements. I bet you have it and you've cooked the books here to hide it and it's not the first time you've done it, either. But strangely, that's not what concerns me now." That's not what concerns me, either. What concerns me is that this is the first time in the show that we've gotten a straightforward shot of Jim Prufrock from a close enough range to determine that he has really, really, really nice eyes. What concerns Prufrock is, I'm guessing, something else really groovy about math. Yup. What concerns him is that "this kind of money could disappear and no one notices and/or cares." I mean, are they contacts? Do they even make a false shade called "sheer still ponds of verdant perfection"?