Dwight believes everyone is worried about the downsizing. He enlists Jim to form an alliance, to gather information. Michael tries to boost morale by throwing a party, for Meredith. Her birthday isn't until next month.
Air Date: April 12, 2005
- Brick Joke: Michael shows the camera a "Happy Bird-Day" card for Meredith. It reappears much later.
- Chronic Back Stabbing Disorder: Dwight. A mild example, but the first of several.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Jim pretends to be this. In reality, he's just making stuff up to make Dwight paranoid.
- Title Drop: Several times, although it's usually "An Alliance."