He selected Creed and Jim for particular praise, especially liking Jim's Dwight impression.
Like Zoromski, Abby West of Entertainment Weekly critiqued the episode for not involving Corporate, complaining "How could such a public-relations nightmare not lead to a visit or a phone call from Jan?
On the drive back, Jim cheers him up by initiating an a capella performance of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
To save his job, Creed calls the paper mill and, with careful queries, learns that a Debbie Brown was out with the flu for one day in the week the watermark went out.
He thought it held "a hit-and-miss mix of laugh-out-loud moments and scenes that didn't work quite as well," but praised the obscene cartoon premise for being "hilarious".
Zoromski also criticized the episode for being unrealistic, as Michael dealt with the problem rather than Corporate.
According to Nielsen Media Research, the episode was watched by an estimated 7.56 million viewers, earning a ratings share of 3.9/11 among adults.
It garnered generally positive critical reception, particularly regarding Jim and Dwight's impressions of each other.
He frames Debbie by telling Dwight she failed to meet with him and gave a different excuse for her absence.
After Debbie is fired, Creed passes a farewell card around the office and pockets the money collected.
Michael Scott (Steve Carell) holds a poorly attended press conference, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) head to a high school that printed their prom invitations on the paper to apologize, and Creed frames an employee at the paper mill to keep his job.