He did not even see it coming.
Plot line: disgruntled worker hates job/boss. Complains to co-worker. Shares details of job application to co-worker. Co-worker applies for the job and beats out disgruntled worker for the job.
Even sweeter? The Wrong has been Righted and the Wrongdoer is completely discredited. And this nonsense filled a plot card.
You cannot make this stuff up.