Howard called his staff's worst spellers--Steve Brandano, Ronnie the Limo Driver, and Tim Sabean--to the studio for a Staff Spelling Bee, and met heavy resistance from Tim: "I need this aggravation like I need a hole in my head." Pressing on, Howard prompted the guys with each word, laughing as they failed:
None of the contestants could spell "definitely"--in three rounds of unsuccessful play, Steve Brandano tried D-E-F-I-N-T-L-Y, D-E-F-I-N-T-L-E-Y, and D-E-F-I-N-T-E-L-Y. Tim blew it three times as well: D-I-F-F-E-N-I-T-L-Y, D-I-F-F-I-N-A-T-E-L-Y, and D-I-F-F-E-N-I-T-E-L-Y. In a bizarre turn, Ronnie attempted the same spelling twice: D-E-F-I-N-I-T-L-E-Y, D-E-F-I-N-T-L-Y, and D-E-F-I-N-I-T-L-E-Y.
Steve nailed "acceptable," earning back a point, but Tim blew "amateur": A-M-A-U-T-E-R.
Ronnie then stepped in with the right spelling, stealing the point. The crew then went to work, each nailing their next words: "calendar," "column," and "accurate." Steve continued his streak with a successful spelling of "maintenance," watching on as Tim nailed "license" and Ronnie flubbed W-E-D-E-N-S-D-A-Y.
Steve then stole "Wednesday," finally putting himself in the black. "Vacuum " was up next, baffling Tim: "V-A-C-U-M-N? I'm better at shitting on the walls." Ronnie (V-A-C-U-M) and Steve (V-A-C-C-U-M) failed to steal, so Tim tried again--this time with paper and pen: V-A-C-C-U-M-N. Another flub from Ronnie (V-A-C-H-U-M) set Steve up for his second try--a successful steal, locking in his victory.
Tim then redeemed himself with "seizure," forcing a sudden death "psychology" playoff for the runner-up spot. Both Ronnie (P-H-Y-S-C-O-L-G-Y, P-H-Y-S-O-L-A-G-Y) and Tim (P-H-Y-C-O-L-O-G-Y, P-H-Y-S-C-O-L-O-G-Y) failed twice before Howard put them out of their misery: "I'm going to end this atrocity."