In Stamford, Karen is the one to tell Jim about the Scranton branch closing. Jim's kind of sorry to hear it. Overhearing, Andy turns around and gloats noisily at Jim like the Patriots just beat the Eagles or something.
Michael acts weird in front of Pam's desk, until she asks what Jan said. She seems satisfied with Michael's non-answer that Jan was just checking in, until Michael "whispers" "to himself," "What difference does it make? We'll all be gone in a few weeks anyway." Pam starts asking questions a little more urgently, and then Dwight joins in. "Was she mean to you?" he demands protectively. So Michael cracks. But before he does, he THs from his office, "All I can do right now is go out there and put on a brave face and be their leader." Back to the bullpen, where he announces, "It's over. We are screwed. Dunder Mifflin Scranton is being shut down." Everyone seems shocked. The first person to say anything is Toby, appearing out of nowhere to say they shouldn't be talking about it yet. Yes, it seems Jan stopped by to notify Toby right before telling Michael. Which is why Jan is (was) the boss; she knows (knew) that if you light Michael's fuse, you need to get out of there right away and you can't waste time checking in with the local HR guy. Michael sees it differently, calling Toby a traitor. While everyone else is looking to Michael for leadership, all he does is try not to cry. Steve Carell really does display an impressive range of "fighting tears" expressions in this episode. Finally he calls Toby into his office. Toby shambles after him like a doomed man, apparently forgetting that if Michael could do anything to him, he would have done it years ago. Dwight closes the door behind them and gives the camera his best bouncer glare.
Ryan THs that of course this happens today, because he just got a thousand business cards. Angela doesn't want to point fingers; she thinks everyone's to blame. A mascara-streaked Kelly weeps that she'll kill herself if Ryan is laid off. "Like Romeo and Juliet. The Claire Danes one," she clarifies. Color me impressed with Kelly for being aware of any other ones.