Original air date: 03/29/2005 Runtime: 21:47 min. When a special consultant, Mr. Brown (guest star Larry Wilmore), arrives to teach a seminar on racial tolerance and diversity in the workplace, Michael implies that it was his idea while in reality his offensive behavior necessitated the training. When Mr. Brown has a staff member reenact one of Michael's past indiscretions, Michael, not satisfied with the consultant's workshop, decides to hold his own racial teach-in later that afternoon. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) is not having a good day after losing his biggest yearly commission to Dwight (Rainn Wilson). Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak also star.
Original air date: 04/05/2005 Runtime: 22:03 min. When Corporate wants Michael (Steve Carell) to pick a cheaper health plan for his employees, rather than lose popularity points with his staff, he shirks the responsibility and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) happily accepts the task. Delighted with his new position of power, Dwight takes over the conference room as his new "office" and manages to offend everyone by asking staff members to divulge their private medical history. Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) jokingly create fake illnesses only to infuriate Dwight. B.J. Novak also stars.
Original air date: 04/12/2005 Runtime: 21:59 min. Amid the rumors of downsizing, Michael (Steve Carell) tries to raise employee morale with a birthday party, despite the fact that the closest birthday is a month away. As the birthday card for Meredith (Kate Flannery) makes the rounds in the office, Michael struggles to pen the funniest birthday message. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) asks Jim (John Krasinski) to form a "Survivor"-type alliance so they can protect themselves during the upcoming downsizing. Elsewhere, Oscar (Oscar Nunez) collects pledges for his nephew's cerebral palsy charity walk. Michael tops everyone's donation by offering twenty-five dollars - not realizing the donation is per mile - and tries to back track on his generous offer. Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak also star.
Original air date: 04/26/2005 Runtime: 22:06 min. An attractive woman arrives at the office to sell purses and causes furtive glances from male staff members who vie for her attention. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) attempts to ask her out on a date but his advances are deflected, leaving the door open for Michael (Steve Carell) to step in. Michael believes he's going to "score" by giving her a ride home but his chances are blown by another sly co-worker. John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak also star.