- Character Development
In the preceding segment of NBC’s The Office, “Here Comes Treble,” we found out that Andy’s parents are broke. At the start of this episode, we quickly learn that Andy’s father spent their fortune and fled to South America with a younger woman, and his brother Walt Jr, played by singer/songwriter Josh Grobin, has been drinking and is supposedly in rehab. This leaves Andy in charge of the family, and damage control. Also, we previously saw Oscar and Senator Lipton kissing in the parking lot. Oscar was aware that he was being filmed, and begins this episode discussing his love for the Senator. This, unfortunately, turns sour as Kevin overhears everything he says. The story of episode six extends these two stories further as Andy and Oscar are placed in enormous and unpredictable predicaments.
With no one else available, Andy is given the task of selling the remainder of his family’s assets in order to help balance his mother’s finances and living expenses. Upon studying what his father did not have the chance of splurging away, Andy happens upon his family’s boat, which he cherished as a child. The price of the boat settles most of the necessary finances, but since it was a crucial part of Andy’s past he refuses, at first, to adhere to selling it. When no other solution is found, Andy agrees to sell the boat, but decides to first go for one final ride, and finally command it, something his father had always disapproved of.
Andy reaches the dock with Erin and finds the boat being loaded for departure. The boat is being sold to a buyer in the Bahamas, and the movers refuse to allow it to be stirred until it departs for its destination. This angers Andy into deciding to sail the boat to the Bahamas himself, but before he leaves he finds Walt Jr. sleeping in a cabin. Then Andy and his brother, together, make plans on sailing to the Bahamas to deliver the boat, while containing Walt’s alcohol addiction. Andy takes fine command of the entire situation, yet he forgets about Erin. She inspired the whole ordeal but Andy fails to invite her on this expedition of his, and leaves her behind in Scranton. When Erin returns back to the office Pete invites her out with some friends, which is another clue that he may force Erin and Andy apart.
Oscar becomes frightened that Kevin may not be able to control himself with this new secret. He monitors Kevin and does a fine job keeping him from slipping out the truth. This battle is up and down until the Senator pops into the office to visit Angela, but really to be closer to Oscar. Surprisingly, Oscar nervously shudders at a pat on the shoulder from the Senator, and Kevin almost spills his guts in response to this but, lucky for Oscar, Kevin possesses the ability to forget. Oscar gets away with this one, but this does not seem like the end of the issue.
Dwight has a subplot of his own involving Pam, Jim, Nellie, and few other employees. Due to scheduling issues with a local radio show they weren’t able to have a radio interview as planned. Since Dwight really looked forward to the interview he was going to give they decide to make him believe the interview is still going on by calling him and pretending to be from the radio show. The interview is phenomenal and possesses stains of Jim’s prank style, but the employees do not take the opportunity to berate Dwight. Instead they congratulate Dwight for giving a great interview, and help build his confidence.