Well, that's a wrap: Michael Scott has left the building. This week is Steve Carell's final episode of The Office, and it's touching and appropriately sentimental. It didn't make me as weepy as I thought I'd be, but I did feel a certain amount of closure, which actually may be better. In "Goodbye Michael," Michael lies to everyone about his last day to avoid the pain of the goodbye. Everyone believes they have one more day with Michael, but it's his really last day — and no one suspects anything, except for Jim, in a lovely scene between him and Michael.
Like always, I've recounted the funniest lines from the episode — with an emphasis, of course, on Michael's lines. To see what they are, just
- "All the channels are going to be different there. I'm not going to be able to find my shows. They are not going to start improv at Level 1!" — Michael, finally freaking out about what moving is going to mean
- "I'm not saying I'm Superman, but let me just put it this way: if I were shot in the head, I'm pretty sure everything would be fine. I'd almost welcome it." — Deangelo, on his ability to overcome anything after being obese
- "As a person who buys a lot of erotic cakes, it just feels good to be represented on one." — Phyllis, in response to Meredith's suggestion of an erotic cake for the farewell party
- "A little cover-up on your Adam's apple will make it look smaller, which will make you look less look a transvestite." — Michael's final advice to Gabe
- "I wish I knew who my birth mother was, so she could just tell me who to choose." — Erin, trying to figure out if she should go back to Gabe or date Andy
- "They say on your deathbed, you never wish you spent more time at the office. But I will. Gotta be better than a death bed." — Michael, as he's departing Dunder Mifflin
Of course, one of the best moments of the episode can't be quoted. Resigned that he's not going to get to say goodbye to Pam, Michael leaves for the airport, and he pulls off his microphone (itself a monumental event). Pam rushes up, they hug twice, and we don't hear what they say, but it doesn't matter. Like the promos promised, it's perfect. What did you think of the final Michael Scott episode? Were there any lines you loved besides these?
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