For those of you who haven’t watched last night’s episode of The Office: STOP READING! This WILL give away what happens.
The main premise of the episode “The Incentive” is just that. New manager Andy Barnard is told by the ever-creepy Robert California that he needs to double sales in whatever way possible. Andy is still finding his legs as a manager, but decides on an incentive program.
What are these incentives? Andy purchased a number of different prizes, and assigns each a designated number of “points” they will take to win. The prizes range from stuffed animals to materinity shirts to books to a vibrator (which many office workers find gross). An offhand comment about pooling points to buy one prize is where he doesn’t think ahead.
Jim asks about prizes for points at the 500 or 1,000 level. Andy tells them that if anyone actually makes that much, he will wear a dress or run around the parking lot naked. The 5,000 point prize is where it all takes off–a tattoo on Andy’s backside.
The office suddenly erupts with motivation, as all workers have agreed to pool their points to make it to that 5,000 mark; they do it in one day. A meeting is developed to decide what tattoo should be chosen, and they decide on a baby.
As seems to be his new role, Jim has a heart to heart with Andy outside of the tattoo parlor, telling him how no one expects him to do it but that he did a great job “incentivizing.”
Did he get the tattoo? See the photo. As with the first episode, “The Incentive” ended with a heartwarming moment.