When Bill's unpredictability makes it difficult for Lisa to run the station, she and Dave devise a plan to make him realize just how tough the job is. While Lisa and Dave team up to force Bill into the top job, a labor strike forces Joe to picket the station. And as Joe tries to help Beth fill in for him, it's when the office coffee maker breaks down that Bill shows he knows more about running the station than anyone thought. As doing the news again rekindles Lisa's passion for radio, Dave finds Bill sitting at the piano he's brought into the office to help him think. When Dave finds his co-workers busy with meaningless projects, Bill claims that appearances are important, too. However, when Dave insists that Matthew and Beth stop their fake work tasks, Bill manages to shift the blame away from himself and onto Dave. Meanwhile, Jimmy tries persuading Joe to return to work. With Lisa at his side, Dave admits that making Bill the boss was all part of a plan to make him realize just how hard running the station can be. But when Lisa is asked to return to her job, she's reluctant to take responsibility again and asks Dave if he would do it instead. Finally, after a coin toss fails to settle who's in command, Jimmy gives in to a union demand that allows Joe to return to work.