In the break room, Jim looks at us innocently before turning away to crunch a potato chip. Going out, he meets Dwight coming in, and then goes right back in when Dwight yells at him for putting all of Dwight's stuff in the vending machine. "A dollar for a stapler, that's pretty good," Jim points out. Dwight refuses to play along, until Pam comes in and buys Dwight's pencil cup right in front of him. "I love these," she grins. Dwight admits defeat, and reaches for his wallet, but it is of course in slot J1. Jim hands Dwight a bag of nickels, and leaves him to the project that's probably going to take up the rest of his morning. I am so unsurprised that Jim was an Undeclared fan.
Michael comes into the bullpen, and everyone quizzes him about the mysterious field trip that's apparently happening that afternoon. Michael stays mum. Well, mum for Michael. Dual TH of Pam and Jim, reading off the memo that Michael sent telling them what to bring: "A swimsuit, a toothbrush, rubber-soled shoes, and a ski mask." Jim figures the camaraderie event will involve robbing a bank and then escaping through the sewers. "And brush[ing] our teeth," Pam laughs, flashing a set of choppers that show she's way ahead of Michael. As usual.
Stanley comes into Michael's office and gets him to admit that they're going on a booze cruise on Lake Wallenpaupack, which apparently actually exists. "In January?" Stanley asks disgustedly. A bit of the joy goes out of Michael's eyes as he says, "It's cheaper." And not frozen over? I don't know about Pennsylvania, but if you want to go out on a lake this time of year in Minnesota, you'll have to do it in a bus.
In a TH, Michael claims that the cruise isn't just a party, but a leadership seminar blah-blah-blah. And then in the conference room, he reveals to everyone what the plan is. Only Dwight seems excited. "It's a booze cruise," Michael adds, and that's Meredith on board too, so to speak. Ryan asks if he can skip the cruise in favor of studying for a test, and is told no. Kelly complains about having bought a swimsuit, which Michael says isn't his fault. By the way, who is the unfamiliar woman sitting at Michael's right hand? He introduces her as "Brenda Something" from Corporate. She looks a lot more "corporate" than "something." Michael delivers some content-free blather about leadership containing the word "ship" and him being the captain (complete with a dopey skipper's hat that he's just whipped out and popped onto his head, where it turns out to be too small for him), but they're ultimately all in the same boat.