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Michael Scott's last episode begins in classic Dwight Schrute mode. After introducing Michael to one of his custom culinary creations, he goes onto deliver sage advice for bear country. This would be one of the last times anyone had a dry eye this extended episode.
"Sounds good. Fudge it up."
As "The Office" crew prepares for Michael's departure, the World's Best Boss slowly hints at the possibility that everyone may have less time to say goodbye. One humorous side note involves a tangled love triangle between Erin, past boyfriend Andy Bernard, and recently past boyfriend Gabe Lewis. Gabe's hilariously ominous threat involving his disturbingly large horror movie collection was the hidden gem of the episode.
"I used to be obese. Once you conquer that anything is possible. Time literally moves in slow motion."
Michael continues to make the rounds. Beginning with Phyllis, we get a chance to see what has separated the Michael Scott character from every other leading comedic role. Just when everyone is expecting the absolute worst from the often misguided mouth of Michael, he goes and makes the goodbyes terribly heart wrenching. One by one he shares gifts, laughs, and tears with his family of seven years. Michael's unrealistic faith in Andy's deplorable sales skills might actually change him in the coming months. Meanwhile, in the break room, the temporary boss, Will Ferrell's DeAngelo Vickers, gives more insight into the goofy gumbo that makes him...well, him. Of course, Michael Scott, he had to have a little fun at Oscar's expense, but who doesn't? Overhearing the normal break room nonsense, Michael is struck with an acute case of cold feet. Only the embarrassingly childish play voice of his fianc©e Holly can talk him down.
"As a person who buys a lot of erotic cakes, it just feels good to be represented on one."
The pure inner restraint it took for Michael to utter "okay" to his most hated co-worker, Toby Flenderson, was an early laugh. It only gets better knowing his brother will be in Colorado to keep him "entertained". The comedic climax begins when Gabe, in full-creep mode, follows Erin into the women's restroom, only to be met by the always enigmatic Creed Bratton lumbering out of the pink stall. Meanwhile the self destructive sales duo of Andy and DeAngelo are en route to sell to one of Michael's marquee clients. This could only end well.
"Ever play Russian Roulette? Time to spin the chamber Boris."
Michael reprises the weird fatherly role with Erin in his final goodbye to her. In the emotional climax of the episode, Michael Scott gives a sealed envelope to his long time co-screw-up Dwight Schrute. Initially cynical because he has continuously been passed over and felt ignored by Michael, the true meaning of the letter reddens the face, lowers the voice, and trembles the letter holding hand of Dwight and millions of viewers. To see such a wildly caricatured character in the grips of genuine emotion really hit home the gravity of this moment. Luckily, a game of paintball offers a sweet cathartic release. Michael at this point begins to get frantic about speaking with Pam, a point noticed by Jim Halpert.
"You should try a little concealer on your Adam's Apple...makes you look less like a transvestite."
Michael suddenly realizes that his time is running short; he starts tripling up on his goodbyes. Meanwhile DeAngelo succeeds in destroying another large customer, which Andy uncharacteristically saves in a feat of actual salesmanship. Back at the office Michael's stalling prompts Jim to confront him on his actual departure time. Unfortunately their scene feels less powerful than Dwight's letter. Regardless, Michael Scott's final moments are handled with dignity, respect, and quiet (with a un-miced "that's what she said" thrown in for good measure).
"Why did I do that? I had cake for lunch."
Although most of this classic episode was heavy with emotion, Will Ferrell gave a taste of the unbridled insanity in store for DeAngelo Vickers. His public war with Michaels' goodbye cake was easily the strangest two minutes on TV. Will Ferrell and the writers have built in many little quirks in the Vickers character just waiting to be stumbled upon like dinosaur fossils. Coupled with the insanely star studded cast on deck for the last two episodes, "The Office", far from jumping the shark, has stepped into a risky and potentially rewarding undiscovered frontier. Only time will tell if the gamble pays off.
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