The Office: E-mail Surveillance
After a clumsy attempt to hide from the "IT services guy," Michael is given the ability to read his staff's e-mails, which causes great consternation around the Dunder Mifflin office. At the same time, Pam suspects there may be something going on between office psycho Dwight and extremely uptight Angela, which creeps her out to no end.
Instead of using the utility to ensure the staff is not abusing their e-mail privileges, Michael basically wants to find out if the employees think he's funny. He learns that Jim has sent out E-vites to a party at his place, but - to his surprise - Michael has not gotten one. Michael thinks the reason for his non-invitation is because that he's "the boss", and he vows to become more "approachable-er" to the staff. He then ends up eating lunch with them in the cafeteria and begins dropping hints about college parties.
Jim later admits to the documentary folks he's having a party and says one reason for the party is he would like his roommate to meet Dwight to see how crazy he really is. As the staff files out for the weekend, Michael desperately tries to find out what is going on, but to no avail. Dwight is led to believe that it's a surprise party for Michael, so he thinks he's being coy with Michael when in fact he's being deliberately misled.
Michael then decides to attend his regular improv class, and we see him at his obnoxious worst (or best?) as he insists on flashing an imginary gun into every scene. The class ends, and even his classmates find excuses not to hang with him. Simultaneously, we see the party going on at Jim's place, and it's not exactly a rollicking affair. However, we do see Pam and Jim's flirtation flare up again when they both end up in his bedroom talking. Afterwards, Pam is quietly seeking information about the Dwight-Angela situation, but is surprised when she hears the office romance everyone is talking about is between her and Jim. Pam quickly explains to the documentarians that just because two people talk to each other a lot doesn't mean anything more can be gleaned from it.
Michael then shows up at the party unannounced and tries to drum up some enthusiasm to his stunned staff. We then see him singing a karoake version of the Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton duet "Islands in the Stream" by himself. Jim finally joins in, and then we cut away to what looks like Dwight and Angela getting busy outside a window.
A solid episode, IMHO. Michael's vulnerabilities were again exposed, but somehow you walk away from the episode feeling good that he did make it to Jim's party. The Dwight-Angela thing is worth watching, and hopefully that will force Dwight to calm down, at least until he blows it.