Ryan Howard started his first day at work at Dunder Mifflin, as a referral from a temporary agency on the pilot episode. During the first three seasons, Ryan served the role of being the everyman who reluctantly came to work at a dysfunctional environment.
The leadership of Sabre has brought on more changes to the Scranton branch, not just in procedures and policies, but also in workplace attitude. As the sales staff have been given a greater importance in the company, they have also displayed it in their attitude towards everybody else.
Much of the appeal of The Office is a result of combining diverse characters in an office environment, with plots that are driven by workplace related themes and the interactions that ensue. The Delivery, is unlike most episodes of The Office. Instead, it relies on slapstick, and the characters acting very much over the top.
There was something awfully strange about Michael getting greeted at the hotel. He got to go into an area that was for upper management and the board members only, to a room that had two security guards standing outside the door. As Michael and the upper echelon were going on the stage, they too were also mysteriously escorted by security.
Once again, the Scranton branch finds itself at the mercy of corporate and financial difficulties. The employees have gone through a lot of downsizing over the years, from Devon's termination, to mergers, and most recently, the closing of a branch.
Whenever the combination of tension, and Michael Scott are present, there is almost always a disaster waiting to happen. At the beginning of Double Date, it looked as if it was going to be one of those rare times where Michael was going to prove everybody else wrong.