Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) work on their first sales pitch together to Donna (Amy Pietz), the manager of a local restaurant. Michael (Steve Carell) employs several tactical dating and psychology moves to flirt with her, including juxtaposed pictures of himself with attractive people. He also gives Donna a Victoria Secret catalog and flashes subliminal messages of the word “SEX” in his presentation to her.
Throughout the day, he makes numerous unsuccessful attempts to kiss her. Michael discusses these attempts with the office workers, who largely interpret Donna as uninterested. Only Pam, on occasion, suggests that she may have some interest (pointing out that Donna had opportunities to leave earlier in the day). At the end of the sales pitch, Donna leaves hurriedly, but remains in her car. Michael, then, finds one of Donna’s accessories in the office, giving him the perfect opportunity to chase after Donna. To the dismay of the office workers, Michael takes the opportunity and shares two kisses with Donna in the parking lot. Michael returns to the office, hoping to brag to the office workers, who remain skeptical of the kisses.
Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) learns of the Sabre minority executive training program that Darryl (Craig Robinson). He then encourages Kelly (Mindy Kaling) to apply for the position, preferring that a “simpleton easily bribed with fashion apparel” fill the role rather than a competent worker. Later, Dwight discovers the plan between Kelly and Ryan (B. J. Novak) to “clean house” in Scranton once Kelly has assumed a position of authority, thus confounding Dwight’s plans. Dwight then attempts to sabotage the arrangement by encouraging other minority workers to apply for the training program. He also researches racial semantics, uncovering that Indians are, in fact, Caucasians by definition.
Kelly ultimately gets accepted into the program and confronts Dwight to reveal her knowledge of his attempt to undermine her candidacy for the program. She also notes that she never forgets anything, implying that she would likely fire Dwight given the opportunity.
“Body Language” is the 23rd episode of the sixth season of the U.S. comedy series The Office and the show’s 123rd episode overall. It aired on April 29, 2010 on NBC. It was written by Justin Spitzer, his second writing credit of the season after “Shareholder Meeting” and directed by Mindy Kaling, which marks her television directorial debut (she previously directed the “Subtle Sexuality” webisodes), she also portrays Kelly Kapoor on the series.
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