Finally, Carol has warmed to John and is on the verge of divulging a secret when the phone rings again and John's wife tells him that the realtor problems were all a scheme to get him back to the house for a surprise reception in his honor. Carol is back in John's office, but more poised than before.
Carol decides it's best that she leave, but John stands in front of the door and grabs hold of her. John has been denied tenure and suspended, with a possible dismissal, and is packing up his office.
He has not been home to see his wife and family, staying at a hotel for two days trying to work out in his head what has happened.
The original ending is, brilliantly, "the last twist of the knife". In two acts, he succeeded in enraging all of the audience – the women with the first act, the men with the second.
I recall loud arguments breaking out during the intermission and after the play, as the audience spilled out of an off-Broadway theater all worked up over its portrait of...sexual harassment? The play was put on stage at the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv in the 2018-2019 season.