And if Alice doesn't get her way with emotional outbursts, then she will use the ultimate female weapon: she will turn on the waterworks. ("Boo-hoo-hoo!", "Look what you did! You made her cry! Men!!!") Grow a pair, ladies; man up.
Your own sense of (artificial) urgency will overwhelm your weak-minded colleagues about 80% of the time. But more importantly, what's up with the papers on the table? They phase-shift into our dimension to coincide with Alice's outburst, then disappear. Perhaps they were sucked into Ashok's wake as he makes the coffee dash?