The Office Review: See You On The Flippity Flip

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You could have asked for a few more laughs, and you might have said that the Deangelo story line was unnecessary, but if you were ever a fan of The Office, "Goodbye Michael," and especially that scene between Michael and Jim near the end, had all the emotion you could ask for from Steve Carell's final episode.

There are very few sitcoms on television right now that can evoke that type of emotion from both its actors and its audience. It's a special kind of series, and a special kind of man in Carell, that can give you simultaneous tears of sadness and joy.

Goodbye Michael Picture

After 148 episodes of bad improv, inappropriate jokes, and selling paper, Carell, and subsequently Michael Scott, has left The Office. How the show will go on without him is a question for another day. For now, let's take a look at how his final day built up to a point where we wanted anything but to see Michael fly away from Scranton.

Michael's long line of goodbyes was once again both funny and sweet, as The Office always is when it's at its best. Whether it was his compliments to Phyllis, oohing and ahhhing as Angela showed him pictures of her boyfriend, giving a few gifts to the likes of Darryl, Ryan, and Andy, or simply holding back the insults of Toby, Michael really made sure his departure from the building would be noticed.

The amount of restraint on Michael's face as he refrained from saying anything mean to Toby during their final conversation was just fantastic.

As was his heartfelt conversations with both Erin and Dwight. The father/daughter relationship that grew between Michael and Erin over the past couple of years has been one of the most heartfelt parts of the show, so giving him a forum to truly help her out in his final episode was nice to see.  And that reccommendation for Dwight?  It doesn't get much better than that.  The way the writing staff built Dwight up to really dislike Michael over the past few weeks truly made the beat farmer's inability to read the rec without getting misty that much more rewarding for the viewer.

But like I said earlier, it was that scene between Michael and Jim, in which James Halpert realizes that Michael is ditching out early, that it got extremely dusty in the Forcella household.  Can you be a fan of this show and not get emotional during that moment?  It's hard to imagine.

Jim: Tomorrow I can tell you what a great boss you turned out to be. Best boss I ever had. | permalink

The fact that Pam ended up reaching him at the airport was certainly a necessity, but it definitely didn't pack the punch that Jim and Michael had a few minutes earlier.

Hiding amongst the tears were a bunch of laughs, including Carrell coughing up a lung as Michael couldn't get over the fact that the scarecrow he gave Oscar looked like something a two year old monkey made.  There also was Creed using the women's room like a regular and telling Gabe "not cool man," and Michael bringing back his bball skills as he attempted to see the warehouse guys on the "flippity flip."

And while the Deangelo story line was a bit unnecessary this week, Will Ferrell still worked on his own.  He got amped up at the "anny anny shelto," completely downgraded Andy's skills at the sale, and went back and forth on whether or not to eat Michael's cake with his bare hands.  Again, it didn't fit with much of the rest of "Goodbye, Michael," but with an extra 15 minutes of footage, who am I to complain?

So that is it for Steve Carrell on The Office.  I am extremely sad that he is gone, and upset that it kind of snuck up on me there at the end.  The question now becomes who will lead this rag tag group of employees?

As we ask you what you thought of "Goodbye, Michael," here are some of our favorite quotes from the episode. Don't forget to check out The Office quotes page for all the best one-liners.

Jim: You guys are filming people when they go to the bathroom now? | permalink
Michael: I can't do this. All the channels are going to be different there. I'm not going to be able to find my shows. I am not going to start improv at level one. I don't think my credits are going to transfer. | permalink
Deangelo: Andy do you know how to high five? Cause if you do, now's the time...not while I'm driving. | permalink
Michael (to Erin): You don't need a mom, because you have my number and you can call me anytime. | permalink
Michael (to Gabe): A little cover up on your adam's apple will make it appear smaller, which will make you look less like a transvestite. | permalink
Michael: Am I doing the wrong thing?
Jim: Absolutely not. It's just that sometimes, goodbyes are a bitch. | permalink
Michael: Hey will you guys let me know if this ever airs? | permalink

Review

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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (61 Votes)

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No kidding some of you people need to wake up. Who the hell was the character based on? Anyone actually have a boss that acts that badly and is still cuddly? On what planet? Some of us actually watch TV to be entertained not to be bored or bs'd to. They should have had guest stars a long time ago. Ferrell is great.

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Thanks god it's over. All thise beat up over one guy leaving. It's not like it was ricky gervais. The character went from gervais copy to vehicle for carrell. Even though steve was labelled as the star it is the interactions of jim and dwight that make the show actually entertaining. Including Creed who is very intriguing while Kelly and Brian are absolutely hilarious. As is the accounting team. Even as far as the series is going it's the only episode that didn't feel like it was jumping the shark every week. Which isn't saying much. All told glad that he's gone. It was getting annoying playing it out as it was a big dissappointment way back, when the character became about steve. Don't care what carrell does. He might decide to make another god awful movie. Or just sit back on the money he's made which is enviable. Eitherway glad that awful storyline is over. Even the producers of friends had enough integrity to aknowledge the show was about more than courtney cox. All up 3/5 stars. 2/5 for the show and 1 for gratitude he's gone.

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After Jim and Pam got together and their characters took a turn, I have appreciated and loved Steve Carell soo much more than I ever had. This season has been so great to see Michael have some special episodes with different characters. I loved the paintball and the phone call to Holly and Toby's video call to his brother in Colorado (Flenderson!!). Random notes: I've really hated Will Ferell's storylines. What is he supposed to be? It would be fun to have Phyllis as Erin's mother...someone will probably figure it out in the office from some similar tendencies. I like the Senator Boyfriend storyline with Oscar involved (new love interest for Oscar!). I still think that Pam will be the Branch Manager. Ole smarty pants Jo will figure out that Pam worked her way into a position that doesn't even exist and she'll reward her crafty ways by making her the manager.

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Yes, I cried. It was pretty perfect. Michael calling Holly, and just her voice helping him - it was truly beautiful!

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What are all you people thinking (watching)? The writing on this show is TERRIBLE!!! No one was a bigger Office fan than me. 2003-2007 there was almost nothing better on TV and it was must-watch, funny as heck, almost every scene of every episode. Now, including (especially MS goodbye), there is a laugh about every 8 minutes. Each scene drags on much longer than it should, much as the show itself as dragged on much too long. "Flippity-flip" was funny? Are you serious? Will Ferrell grabbing cake twice with his bare hand is funny? The game of Dallas between Any, Kevin and Daryl? C'mon....booooring. As a former fan, it saddens me to see the show end up this way. I was squirming just watching some of these scenes and fast-forwarding through others, like the looooong conference room scene where Pam, Oscar and Jim are talking to MS. No substance at all. The lone funny part was Dwight offering MS bull testicles on the roof - that was a howl. Goodbye Office....cancel the show before it totally flatlines.

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Kim -- fascinating theory. Never would have thought of it, but now I'll be on the lookout. I don't really have words to express how I felt about this episode. The promos kept talking about how it was going to be perfect, and I rolled my eyes, but y'know, as close as sit-coms can ever get to being perfect, I think this episode got there.

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So because this michael's last show not THE last show of the season....did anybody catch the storyline that Erin is the baby Phyllis gave away? Or am I writing stuff in my head? Erin: "I wish I had a mother who could help me decide what to do". "Phyllis: I thought he knew my secret that I gave away my baby". And that they are always sitting together and have no idea... And the shot of both of them on the phone, holding the phone to their left ear the same way? Anybody catch these hints?

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So...damn...sad. I'll admit to tears watching that final Michael-Jim conversation. But still, a great ending for a great character.

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Funny, touching, beautiful episode. Now PLEASE get rid of Will Ferrell's character- not funny-just mean!

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Over the many seasons, I've not been a huge fan of the US series, just personal preference. But last night's was a fitting way for MS to leave with both hilarity and emotion. Creed's line in the bathroom had me howling and, yes, Jim and Michael's farewell was genuine. I already think the show has gone on too long and I would hope they end it this season rather than running on for too long and people treat it as an afterthought. I think of show such as MASH and Cheers which both overstayed their welcome, IMO, and The Office should bow out gracefully and be happy with their contribution to cultural entertainment. It's quality, not quantity. Bill