The Worst Thing Holly Flax Ever Did On The Office

In Season 7, Episode 18, entitled “Todd Packer,” the titular traveling salesman is eager to end his days on the road after his wild and womanizing ways left him with some “love bumps on [his] ding-dong.” With Michael’s recommendation, Holly agrees to have Packer join the in-office sales team. The news is greeted by most of the office with shock and dismay. Unlike the other characters, Packer has no redeeming qualities; he’s boorish, misogynistic, and racist. Given that horrible trifecta, several members of the office confront Holly and share their objections to having Packer work in the office full time.

As the branch’s HR rep, Holly should be helping create and maintain an efficient and productive work environment in which everyone feels safe and respected. Instead of listening to a large majority of the staff, Holly instead chooses to honor her boyfriend’s infantile infatuation with Packer. Thankfully, Packer is such a horrible person that it takes less than a day for Holly to realize her mistake. While it’s understandable that Holly trusted Michael’s view of Packer, by ignoring the opinion of the rest of the staff she created an extremely hostile working environment.

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