Someone pulls a prank on Michael. He punishes the whole office. Pam returns from vacation, and Jim continues to have trouble dealing with his feelings for her.
Air date: January 26, 2006
- Blatant Lies: Michael tells Ed Truck there is a problem with his pension, to get him to meet.
- A Father to His Men: Subverted. Michael expects a boss to be a father figure to his employees, and is angry when Ed tells him to keep his friends, family, and work relationships separate.
- "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Michael describes Ed Truck as this type of boss.
- The Un-Reveal: No one really knows what's on Michael's carpet. It's implied to be feces, but any direct naming of it is completed avoided.