In the conference room, Michael has Deangelo working on banter with him for the show, in front of everyone who will be at the show. Because lame banter is even funnier the second time. Michael tries to bounce a joke off of Deangelo (referring to how Deangelo used to weigh an additional 200 pounds), but it's like bouncing a quarter off a bowl of pudding. At Michael's urging, Ryan takes Deangelo's place and throws a little Vilanch-lite, and now that Deangelo thinks he has the hang of it, he tries out a little audience participation on Jim: "Where were you on September 11th?" Deangelo says he's fine running a meeting, but thinking of it as a performance throws him into panic mode. Everyone but Michael suggests Deangelo think of it as a meeting instead, but that's not good enough for Michael, who reminds everyone this is his last Dundies. "If I want mind control over him, is that too much to ask?"
Michael has clearly seen The King's Speech, because he's sitting on Deangelo's chest while making him do vocal exercises and open up about a bad past experience. Deangelo's story is too personal for Michael, so he moves on to trying the technique of making Deangelo shout over loud headphones. It worked better for Colin Firth.
While heading out for lunch, Jim and Pam spot Erin eating in her car. She gets all freaky, insisting they get in before 'he" sees them. Turns out she doesn't like spending time with Gabe. At all. Pam suggests telling Gabe the truth, and Jim bails on the whole conversation. "I'm sorry, that just... wasn't interesting... to me," Jim THs outside the car. Erin says she can't be mean like Pam. Pam swallows her protest and tells Erin to be honest with Gabe. What could go wrong?
At the restaurant that night, Dwight stands by the door in his tuxedo, dispensing one-word critiques of everyone's outfits as they enter, then announces that the festivities begin in four seconds. Nobody makes the obvious comeback that while holding that stack of menus, Dwight looks like the maître d'.
Michael has an opening video this year. It starts with a bit about Jo (Michael in drag and doing a Ross Perot accent) calling Deangelo and telling him to find Michael Scott to host the Dundies. Deangelo hangs up and says he's got to "Get him to the Dundies!" Even on video he's dying. As the film continues, Deangelo starts making the rounds of the office asking people to help him find Michael Scott, all the people being Michael imitating various employees. Michael-as-Angela mentions her boyfriend (who is present tonight, to laugh at Michael-as-Angela's jab about the state senator title having no meaning). Michael-as-Jim is wearing a big mullet wig and affecting a surfer-dude voice that sounds less like Jim than Dwight's version of Jim. Michael-as-Phyllis has fallen and she can't get up, and the real Phyllis is not amused. Finally, in the video's last scene set in the bathroom, Deangelo somehow finds Michael in a mirror's reflection, because he was there all along. Oscar explains, "The analytical part of me wants to examine it, but I know it has no content."