The Office

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Hot Michael/Holly Auction

At the bar, Jim and Roy are catching up, and Jim gives an update on Pam. She's in New York. "And she's engaged... to me." Jim tells her about the great time she apparently had last night with her friends, and Roy says this: "I thought you were her friend." Roy is not usually this efficient with words, because the next thing we see is Jim, in his car, on the way to New York. Jim Halpert: sometimes slow to reach a logical conclusion, but once he gets there he grabs on with both hands.

Michael's audience is getting impatient about the Bruce Springsteen tickets, and he can feel himself losing them. Which is appropriate, because he pats his pockets, and unconvincingly claims that they were lost...or stolen. People start getting up and leave, and it looks like the auction is over. There's not much left to auction off but a hug from Phyllis. Michael rudely shoots her down, but Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration calls out a hundred-dollar bet. "You're her husband, you idiot," Michael bitches, but the bidding is still going on. And Dwight sweeps in, loudly adding one penny to each multi-hundred-dollar figure that gets called out. "What the hell is going on?" asks Michael. Eventually it's just Dwight vs. Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration, and when Dwight bids $700.01, Bob Vance of Vance Refrigeration decisively yells, "One thousand dollars!" Dwight stops, considers it, says, "It's not worth it," and sits down. But the grateful smile that he and Phyllis share across the room tells us that his point is made.

Just before getting on I-80 to New York, Jim pulls a u-turn and tells the camera in his passenger seat, "No. Because, I am not that guy. And we are not that couple." Which was the point with him and Pam all along, really. I'm glad he remembered that before he had to try to find a parking spot in the city.

Back in the warehouse, Michael comes to Holly to make a confession: as to whether he ever had those tickets at all, it was kind of a "gray area." She's not mad, though. In fact, she THs, that the Springsteen tickets seemed to good to be true so she's not all that disappointed. On the other hand, she adds that a lot about Michael seems to good to be true, but it all seems to be true. Wow, it's so weird to see someone this smitten with Michael without having anything tragically wrong with her. Or I should say, anything else tragically wrong with her. Michael and Holly kiss, which David Wallace witnesses from across the room. The very last moment of the episode shows Wallace in the parking lot, saying, "No, I did not know Michael was dating Holly." Well, how could he possibly object, given how things turned out with Michael and... Jan...?

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