First broadcast: Monday 9th July 2001
David Brent is informed by Head Office that his Slough branch of Wernham Hogg paper merchants might be closed down. David's deep rooted need to be popular triumphs over realism and he immediately promises the staff there will be no redundancies.
First broadcast: Monday 23rd July 2001
It is Tim's 30th birthday - he receives a card from Dawn and an unusual inflatable gift from Lee. More importantly, however, it's Wernham Hogg quiz night and there are reputations to be made. Gareth comperes the Quiz Night and the questions reflect his personal interests - namely war and weapon specifications.
First broadcast: Monday 30th July 2001
To fend off the increasing staff disillusionment a Training Day has been scheduled. Dawn's engagement to Lee is on the rocks and Tim begins to think that he may at last have a chance with her. In this great episode David hinders the productivity of the training expert and gives the staff some musical inspiration.
First broadcast: Monday 13th August 2001
David interviews for a new secretary (despite having been told to downsize) and chooses blonde Karen. His efforts to impress end spectacularly badly when he accidentally headbutts her. Meanwhile Donna's late arrival at work inevitably sparks the rumour that she is sleeping with a colleague.
First broadcast: Monday 20th August 2001
Crunch time comes and David is told by Head Office that he will be promoted if he sacrifices the branch. True to his innate sense of self-preservation and greed David leaps at the chance for betterment and in a true stroke of genius delivers a speech with rather flawed logic. The office is shocked but Gareth is most devastated - who will take him seriously now he is no longer Assistant to the Regional Manager?