Amid the rumors of downsizing, Michael tries to raise employee morale with a birthday party, despite the fact that the closest birthday is a month away. As the birthday card for Meredith makes the rounds in the office, Michael struggles to pen the funniest birthday message. Meanwhile, Dwight asks Jim to form a "Survivor"-type alliance so they can protect themselves during the upcoming downsizing. Elsewhere, Oscar collects pledges for his nephew's cerebral palsy charity walk. Michael tops everyone's donation by offering twenty-five dollars - not realizing the donation is per mile - and tries to back track on his generous offer.