Cut to Michael hurrying down the hallway, mouthing open his phone and VOing about being honored by the company. "He can take the bus. He's had his limo ride," the ex-congressman says, back in the suite. "That is what it is all about, the perks," Michael, VO continues, as he leads his underlings out of the hotel at a trot and back to the limo before it can be cancelled. "After all, we are the only ones with anything to celebrate," he finishes as we see the four of them sticking their hands up through the open sunroof. And out on the street, the camera pans from the limo to a stock ticker on the street, showing DMI down 6 7/8 to 1.13. Ouch. Never let it be said that Michael doesn't have an effect on the company.
In the tag, Dwight has finally reached the front of the line, so he can say to the CEO, "If this line is any indication of how this company is being run, then we are in big trouble." Cheers and applause for Dwight as the camera pans around the hall, revealing that Michael's seat is now empty. Like Michael, Dwight is so encouraged by the applause he tries to build on his moment, but unlike Michael, his strategy of doing so by speaking at length about other kinds of lines doesn't really work. What I want to know is how he can be there and in the limo at the same time.
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