In Michael's office, Dwight waves his job offer around in a horribly misguided effort to get a raise. Of course, Michael would love it if Dwight quit, because he wouldn't have to fire anyone, so all Michael is now is miserable. Dwight keeps not listening and trying to leverage the offer, but Michael is solely pissed that Dwight didn't take it and wants to know if he can take back his "refusal" of the offer. Dwight is forced to admit that there was no offer, and Michael yells, "Huuuuuh, why are you torturing me?" Jim THs that he doesn't think Michael has even chosen a victim yet. He figures that Michael is hoping someone will either offer to quit or be hit by a bus, and that Michael will ultimately be forced to simply pick the first person to "give him a dirty look." Jim pauses. "And therein lies the true essence of [Michael's] charisma," he explains.
Michael busts into the TH and asks to see Jim. Uh-oh! Michael removes PMH as he walks into his office -- this is a serious discussion, apparently -- and Jim gives Pam a nervous look, which she returns. Menacingly, Dwight stares at Pam, pulls his hood over his head, and draws a finger across his throat. Pam worries and frowns.
But it turns out that what Michael wants is for Jim to role-play the upcoming firing. Jim will play Michael, and Michael will play Creed. "Oh, you're firing Creed?" Jim says. Michael, of course, claims not to know yet. The role-play consists of Jim gently firing Michael/Creed, and Michael/Creed threatening loudly to kill himself. Huh. That took a turn. As Michael/Creed freaks out, Jim answers Michael's ringing phone, telling "Creed" he really needs to take the call. Returning to reality, Michael finally retakes his desk. As Jim leaves Michael's office, Pam grabs his hand to ask what happened, and Jim explains that he wasn't fired. She's very relieved. Still stung from earlier, he's polite, but draws his hand away. No handsies when you're being all detached, Beesly.
Michael emerges from his office and calls Creed in. Creed removes his vampire teeth. As you do. In the office, Michael says he thinks Creed wants more than this job and wants to "spread his wings." Creed insists that this is entirely incorrect. He wants to stay. Michael disagrees. Creed insists. Michael finally chokes his way into doing as he must, and he tells Creed that he has to let someone go, and it's going to be Creed. Creed isn't going to take this lying down (in his coffin, har har!), and he immediately tells Michael they'll "fight this thing together like the old days." He insists that Michael can "undo it." Everyone out in the office is suffering silently through the unavoidable overhearing of Creed yelling at Michael not to do this and Michael resisting. A rare unrelated but pointed TH is inserted in which Michael explains that he once went hunting, shot a deer in the leg, and wound up killing it with a shovel over the course of an hour. Hee hee. Back in the office, Creed The Slow-Dying Buck says Michael should fire Devon. Michael says he can't -- Creed will already think of Michael as someone who almost fired him. Creed insists that he won't think that. No, he'll consider Michael his "savior." Without really letting Michael answer, Creed scurries out of the room. Michael comes out of the office and calls for Devon. It's shocking how right-on Jim was about the fact that Michael would ultimately choose the path of least resistance, firing the first person who made it easy for him.