"It looks like you guys are expected at a mall to sign autographs on the 5th, but we can always cancel that. Otherwise your next free day would be ... March 17th."
How It Helps the Movie
Look! Saruman and Gandalf are actually good friends. And they hired this little hairy-man, something between a hobbit and a real-sized person, to be their personal assistant. And if the look on Saruman's face is to be believed, their assistant just can't do ANYTHING right! I'd watch THAT buddy comedy.
Also it reminds me of Space Jam, one of my favorite movies. Everyone remembers Michael Jordan as a Bull, but I think people overlook the fact that he also played for the Washington Wizards at the end of his career. So, when I look at that picture above, I can't NOT be reminded of the OTHER time a short, chubby, nerdy-looking guy with glasses followed around a wizard for an entire movie.