Michael and Jan leave for the meeting, and she looks enormously irritated the entire time. "Good luck, Michael! Good luck, Jan!" Dwight calls out. Jan thanks him, and Michael just mutters, "Kiss-ass." The more Dwight tries, the more Michael hates him. Michael tells the group that he'll be gone late, and they can all go home. Jan, confused, says it should only take an hour or so and wonders whether it's his habit to shut the place down when he leaves for an hour. Michael tells her that he doesn't, but he says, all boss-to-boss and you-know-how-they-are, that they don't really get anything done when he's not there. He pauses and realizes that sounds bad. "That's not true, I know how to delegate," he says, "and they do more work when I'm not here." This, he can hear as he's saying it, so he immediately adds, "Not more work; the same amount of work is done whether I am here or not." This, too, sounds bad. It's really excellent the way they set that up so that you realize it really does sound bad, no matter what he says about what happens when he's not there. This is how you are driven to feel for Michael -- what do you say, as a boss, about how things go when you're not there? Grasping for some feeling of power over his circumstances, Michael turns and tells everyone to "sit tight," and then tells them "it's an order -- follow it blindly! Ya-ha-ha!" Yeah. Finally, he and Jan are gone. As they're leaving, Michael gives her shit about not knowing her way around Scranton, and he winds up insisting on driving her to Chili's -- a word you can tell it pains her to say. Michael THs that Jan is "cold," and could pass for dead much of the time. In the car, he tells her that maybe they should have a signal they can use during the meeting in case one of them gets in trouble. She tells him she's doing the talking, and she won't get in trouble.
Episode Report CardMiss Alli: B+ | 1102 USERS: C+
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