Dave becomes the news director at News Radio. As his first task from his boss, he must fire the old news director.
After a dinner together, Lisa and Dave fall in love but must hide their feelings at work.
Bill is upset when smoking is banned at work, so Dave tries to help him get over his addiction. Lisa fears she and Dave where spotted at a movie by Joe.
Dave tries to make headlines by having WNYX be the first at the scene of a subway accident, unaware that it's next to impossible for a reporter to make it past the transit authority's barricades for a first-hand account. The situation at the office becomes even more hectic when Dave gives Matthew a new desk, making his coworkers jealous.
Jimmy puts Dave in charge of handing out the bonuses. Meanwhile, the WNYX director must also appease Bill, whose desk becomes a dumping ground for half-eaten food.
Bill and Beth go on a lunch date but Lisa feels that Bill may try to use her. But to Lisa's dismay Beth ends up french kissing Bill. Dave begins to research the stations financial problems.
Dave's old girlfriend comes back and belives that she and Dave are still dating.
Beth feels that her long distance relationship has lost its spice and decides to send her boyfriend some naked pictures of herself. Jimmy takes a vacation, but decides to stay in town. More specifically, he decides to relax at WNYX.
Joe discovers that a photo-shoot for models is taking place on the floor above the radio station and finds that the elevator always seems to be occupied by beautiful women. Meanwhile, Bill becomes paranoid about a person who he thinks is stalking him.
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.
Bill approaches Dave about his autobiography, then belatedly tells him to keep his book deal between them. Unfortunately, Dave had already told Lisa, who then announces it before the whole staff. To make matters worse, it seems that Bill is having trouble beginning his life story.
Matthew's recent promotion at WNYX, coupled with family issues during the Christmas season, puts Lisa in a bad mood. In order to look more successful to the rest of her family and herself, she has her agent line up a few interviews for her. Meanwhile, Jimmy announces his engagement to one of thirty-five eligible women who are on a list that he must narrow down.
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.
The Criterion Building's Santa Claus hire threatens Bill's life, but no one believes the radio personality that Kris Kringle wants to kill him. Later, XMas gifts are exchanged between Mr. James and his staff, but the staff feels that their gift to the boss far exceeds the generosity of his gift to all of them.
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.
Hearing his coworkers talk about the spread in ball games, Matthew enlists Joe to teach him how to gamble. Jimmy informs Dave that the news director will be introducing Bill McNeil at the Broadcasters' Society that evening. He then informs Dave that he will also have to make a speech in front of 1500 people, something that Dave has little experience in and is very nervous about.
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.
After months of office phone calls to Stewart, Dave finally tells Lisa that she is stringing her ex-boyfriend along, and Lisa tells him that he is just jealous. Bill and Catherine's fighting at the station perks the antenna of Joe, who is more than happy to assist in the two one-upping each other.
The wife search continues for Jimmy James, who sets up shop in the office in order to find a mate before the end of the fiscal quarter. Meanwhile, Lisa takes her separation from Dave to a new level by writing him memos so she won't have to talk to him.
Returning from vacation in Wisconsin, Dave is stunned to learn that Jimmy James is running for President of the United States. Dave and the staff try to find out why the station's owner would seek office while also trying to make Matthew shave off his mustache that he grew over his vacation week.
Guest Stars: Al Roker
as Guy (as Albert J. Roker)
At the new coffee shop in the Criterion Building's lobby, Matthew reads his first Dilbert comic and becomes enamored by the concept. A review in the New York Radio Guide on WNYX outrages the staff, who share their displeasure with the boss. Dave, however, can't find anything wrong with the review and finds it to be pretty complimentary.
Joe begins to come on to Catherine the only way he knows how: Using his electrician skills to pim out her desk. Dave and Jimmy go over the budget and find WNYX in the red. Both agree that free snacks must be eliminated, but doing so creates a revolution in the office instigated by Bill.
Seeing Beth solve a word jumble puzzle before she can leads Lisa to believe that she is losing her intelligence and she goes to Dave for help. In a cost-cutting measure, Beth suggests the sandwich machine be taken out. However, she replaces it with something from Dave's past.
Special Guest Stars: Chuck D
as Himself |
Most members of the WNYX staff mourn the loss of Bill McNeal, who, it is explained, suffered a fatal heart attack. Matthew, however, refuses to accept or believe that Bill has died. Catherine Duke, whom Bill has addressed specially in his will, returns.