The story so far:
"Mandy--" it began, "I heartily apologize for being such a stranger since I left the Mifflin Corporation. I hope you have been well. Have you had to fix many computers, or was it only mine that kept you busy? (Haha) The blond woman from sales must be getting stressed, as I believe her wedding is coming up soon, and I heard that the man who wore the bowties quit and moved to Costa Rica. There's always so much going on there, it's one of the things I miss most. Has the young redhead put any new photos of her daughter on her door? That little tyke sure was cute.
"I know that you are probably quite busy at work, and I know that you aren't the type to put off things that need to be done, but I have a situation on my hands which is both foreign and terrifying to me. My mother has invited her boyfriend, a repulsive, disgusting, often offensive man, to live in our home. Before I say more, I must ask you not to judge my mother. I believe that she is under the spell of this man, that he has done something to her noble brain to drive her mad. I wasn't even aware that she had a boyfriend until he moved in, and find his secretive nature in courting to be quite suspicious.
"I know nothing about this man, and can only save my mother if I fully understand the enemy I am fighting. Mandy, I need your help to find out who this man is, where he comes from, and what he has done in the past. My mother's honor lies in out mission's success, and I am trusting you to help me.
"P.S. His name is Carl Griffman."
Mandy stared for a minute, maybe more, at Carl Griffman's names. She wasn't sure if she should laugh. Had the e-mail been from anyone else, she would have thought it was a joke, based on the elevated language and ridiculous ideas. But Mandy wasn't sure that Robert even had a sense of humor, as she'd never heard him laugh before; even his "(Haha)" in the first paragraph had thrown her offguard a little. She read the letter again, deciding that he was both totally serious and totally nuts, then looked down at her clock and saw that she had to go back to work.