There are clear battle lines in the meeting upstairs. Jim and Wallace on the window side of the table in blue shirts, and Charles and Dwight on the door side of the table in white shirts. The dialogue is less clear, with everyone talking at once until Dwight brings up his bee idea again. Finally Wallace says, "I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I think the cheapest option is to make Michael an offer." Charles agrees, saying he was about to say the same. "But you didn't," Jim points out. Charles mood isn't improved when Dwight laments Michael's lack of children. Wallace asks Jim if he thinks they'd be open to an offer. Jim lies that he doesn't know, but he's willing to go down and feel it out. Dwight offers to go instead, but Charles agrees that Jim should take this. And off he goes.
"We're not hiring, Jim," Michael tells him when he comes in downstairs. Jim announces that he's been sent down to se if they'd consider being bought out. "Jim, what you don't understand is that this company's worth--" "Oh!" Jim cuts him off. All but winking, Jim says he's there to learn as little as possible, and just wants to know about a buyout. Finally, they say yes (actually, Ryan says maybe), and Jim heads upstairs.
Some short time later, the three of them are heading for the elevator, as Ryan says, "You're not going to reveal in any way that we're broke." Michael's confident he can handle it, but by the end of the elevator ride, he's convinced he's gong to blow it. Well, at least he knows himself. And then the three of them present themselves to New Kelly at reception, as Michael officiously announces, "I believe we're expected." Charles and Wallace emerge from the conference room with their suit jackets on. "Well, well," Michael gloats. "How the turntables..." Yeah, that's all he's got.
Now it's Walace and Charles across the table from the MSPCo, as Michael rejects their first offer of "very generous." So then Wallace offers $12,000. "That is insultingly low," Michael protests. "I don't even want to hear what your first offer was."
Kelly and Angela are both trying to eavesdrop through the door with a coffee mug, but all Kelly's hearing is Charlie Brown adult-speak.