My thought process was during Howard's Xmas break the entire staff would be hard at work producing new content for the show. From what I read here it seems nothing was produced over the break. Not a god damn thing.
There is an amazing lack of energy..it's like they all know the end is near.
Or they're all pissed. I can only imagine someone can only donate their time for so long to a near billionaire with the hope of a payday down the line until they realize they're fools. Sounds like a strike-slow down as much as anything else.
JD is a writer now. Does he feel like writing if his only compensation is knowing he's a team player?