When they momentarily step outside the office, allowing Miranda to take a call, Greene confronts David. “You were so determined down there,” he says, referring to the building’s lobby where the two had huddled. “What the hell happened?” he asks.

David thinks for a second, baffled, then realizes: “It’s the desk!” He goes on: “It’s the power of the desk. He’s up high. I’m down low. Everything he says, I say ‘yes’ to. He’s in the boss chair. It’s like, it’s like he’s my boss.”

At the next meeting, David and Miranda meet in the agency’s hallway and fast-walk race to the borrowed office in a bid to reach the mega-desk first.

The slapstick works because it’s true: context, including furniture, exerts its own power in the decision-making process. The boss gets the seven-foot-wide desk because it has weight and permanency, while the rest of us are assigned no frills, mobile workstations and wispy little satellite task tables.

It’s pretty, pretty, pretty unfair.

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