Add to GoodReads. Sex and the Office. Women are not to blame for their lack of advancement at work. The truth is, many senior male executives are reluctant to have a one-on-one meeting with a junior woman at work. As a result, many male executives stick with other men, especially when it comes to dinners, drinks, late-night meetings, or business trips. In Sex and the Office , Kim Elsesser delves into how issues as varied as workplace romance, spousal jealousy, organizational sexual harassment policies, and communication differences create barriers between the sexes at work. Fortunately, all hope is not lost.
The series— presented as if it were a real documentary —depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania , branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In the episode, Michael Scott Steve Carell comes to work thinking he has a pimple, but it turns out to actually be a cold sore. When he is told that it is a form of herpes, Michael contacts all his ex-girlfriends—Jan, Holly, Helene, Donna, and Carol. Along with several actresses reprising their characters, "Sex Ed" also saw the introduction of warehouse worker Nate Nickerson , played by Mark Proksch ; he would go on to recur for the remainder of the series.