Dave faces a dilemma about the placement of rat traps at WNYX when the staff tell him that they feel that the rat, the only one on the floor, is their office pet.
A fight between Lisa and Dave begins to hurt their office relationship. Beth, who no longer wishes to act as a go-between for the couple's secret romance, tries to make the two confess their affair to the staff.
Even a weekend away from work can't bring the staff of WNYX out of the doldrums, which has gone on for a number of weeks now and created problems for the office climate. Although Dave tries to help by having his staff talk about their problems, he is relegated to the role of observer when Lisa's former college psychology professor is summoned once again to ease the office tension.
Due to two very by-the-book security guards, Bill, who left his station ID card on his desk, is unable to pass through the building's security checkpoint. Dave, updating the filing system, hires a temp to help Beth, who learns that the temp is a former high school rival.
In order to liven up his life a bit, Bill purchases a cane and begins to act a bit more pompous than he usually does. Dave learns about the station's annual retreat held in Jimmy's office to be creative and come up with new ideas for WNYX.
With little fanfare, Mr. James decides to sell the station to an AM radio conglomerate. Most of the staff are not happy about it and rumors begin to fly about what the future will hold for them.
While Joe puts his signature talents to good use fixing things around the station, Dave informs the staff that cab rides home will not longer be reimbursed by the station. Later, he accidently overhears the staff making fun of him.
A Wall Street Journal reporter comes to interview Bill for an article just as Mr. James begins to celebrate April Fool's Day a bit early. Dave, in order to not show any favoritism towards Lisa, selects Matthew to cover the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. Finally, the news director has Beth clean out the desk of a former employee, and she finds out that the person had a crush on her.
Beth creates a unique hat and needs some pointers from Mr. James about a business negotiation with a company that she wants to make her hats. Lisa pesters Dave for a raise, who tells her that the budget's too tight.
Mr. James' brings his unsuccessful nephew Theo to the radio station for Dave to give him some pointers about the industry. Unfortunately, Dave is rather busy trying to find a replacement for Catherine, who has called in sick.