Andy's worried about meeting the quarterly sales growth figures he promised Robert months ago. He's bought as much Dunder Mifflin paper as he can, his employees aren't buying any, and Oscar's not willing to stick around and make the necessary "rounding error" Andy needs because he's going to Philadelphia to play bar trivia. Upon hearing about the thousand-dollar purse at stake, Andy rounds up the troops and drags them along to join the contest so he can close the sales gap with the cash prize. Oscar sticks with his original team, while the DMers split into the A-team (Jim, Darryl, Andy, and Ryan), the B-team (Stanley, Phyllis, Creed, and Kathy the temp), and the just-have-fun team (Kevin, Kelly, Erin, and Meredith). But the A and B teams choke, and the confederacy of dunces stumbles to victory. Which is good enough for Andy.
So where are Dwight, Robert, and Gabe? In Florida. Robert's at Sabre HQ, while Gabe is apparently commuting daily between there and Scranton. As if we didn't have enough reasons to hate him, now there's his carbon footprint. Dwight is determined to pitch himself for a manager position, and Robert is determined to avoid the conversation. The stress point is, of course, Gabe, and although he tries to run interference with Dwight, Dwight will not be interfered with. Eventually he forces Gabe to take him to Robert's condo, where Robert makes a couple of efforts to spare Dwight's feelings before turning him down and saying he'll try him out if anything right for him comes up. And that's it. Seriously. No, I did not skip over the funny parts.
Dwight shushes the camera with a mischievous grin and after a few more quiet moments in the office, Jim does a talking head shot. Except he's not talking -- he's writing messages to the camera on a legal pad. Anyway, he notebook-heads, "We're on the longest silent streak in office history! Nobody has said anything in..." He checks his watch and adds, "14 min." Shrug. Back in the bullpen, Dwight's phone rings. Everyone reacts like they're in a submarine movie, and finally Dwight picks up the handset and hangs it right back up. From his office, Andy sees a raccoon eating an abandoned burger down in the parking lot, and excitedly goes out to try to mime the news to the employees. Finally Kevin bites into a candy bar and moans, "Oh, yeah!" That was twenty minutes, and after releasing some pent-up nonsense, they're ready to try again. After watching this episode, I'm wishing they'd made it to thirty.
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Andy's running a brainstorming session about the uses of paper, which eventually segues into his sales pitch to the employees to buy paper from the company... for themselves. As he explains to us from his office, Andy promised Robert double sales growth by the end of the quarter, which means they have to sell $830 worth of paper by the end of the day. "And then next quarter I need to sell the $2200 dollars of paper that's in my garage."
Dwight is presenting himself -- three-piece suit and all -- at the Sabre HQ in Florida to claim a management position that he seems to think is his for the taking, based on some offhand remark Robert made at one point. As if anything Robert ever says is offhand. Dwight encounters Gabe, of all people, positioned at a hallway desk opposite the receptionist's area, in a space surrounded by potted plants. Dwight mockingly compliments Gabe on his jungle-like "office." Gabe explains to us that he's needed in both Scranton and Florida, so apparently he commutes from one place to the other every damn day. "I can think of no better way to confront my deathly fear of flying," he THs. That's also such a stupid waste of corporate funds that I totally believe it. Robert comes in and greets Dwight, congratulating him on his initiative, and says he'll be right with him after "settling in," leaving Dwight to wait out in the reception area next to Gabe.
Back in Scranton, Andy asks Oscar to make the "rounding error" that will get them to their sales target. Kevin offers to take this on, since making mistakes is kind of his forte, but both Andy and Oscar figure this kind of error is beyond his capabilities. But Oscar has plans to leave early for a trivia contest in Philadelphia. And not just any contest, but "Triviacolypse," with a thousand-dollar prize at stake. Andy gives Oscar his blessing to go.