“Goodbye, Michael” starts off with the esteemed Mr. Scott sitting on the roof of Dunder-Mifflin, contemplating his uncertain future way out west. Maybe it was my imagination, but the sky above, and the skyline beyond both looked quite “Scranton-y” at this moment. Maybe it was because I had undergone the same transition. Fresh out of college, my wife got hired as a teacher in Wyoming, and both of us lifelong Scranton residents found ourselves faced with the same game-changing move across the country as Michael. I never bought a pair of cowboy boots; but after we got settled out west, I did end up eating a plate of “Rocky Mountain Oysters” at a bar. (ad-lib male reproductive organ joke here.) Read on »
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Well, that was a whirlwind! As an Office episode, “Goodbye Michael” felt like a salami stuffed inside the pants of a man escaping a black bear in the high country of Colorado. And when it was over, I felt like someone had taken my heart and dropped it into a bucket of boiling tears, and then hit my soul in the crotch with a frozen sledgehammer. And don’t even get me started on my grief bone… Uh, where was I? Oh yeah, I was leading up to this: I liked this episode. Greg Daniels wrote it, and it was touching without being maudlin. And, it was funny in the best “Office-y” sort of way. There were a few things I wasn’t crazy about, but I guess everybody could say that about everything. So, uh… on to the recap. Read on »
Angela is a whiz with her Flip cam. (I happen to be a Flipaholic myself; just ask any of my Facebook friends.) Here she uses it to do a sweet and touching farewell interview with Steve Carell during his last days on the set; especially for us fans. I’m touched to tears Angela, thanks for all you do for us.
Well folks, it’s the end of the road for our friend Michael at Dunder Mifflin. Tonight he bids his final farewell to The Office as he leaves it behind to start his new life with Holly in Colorado. It truly is the end of an era.
For those who would like an advanced sneak peak, NBC has been kind enough to give us a few fun clips. They’ll be after the jump for those who choose to remain unspoiled.
You can also check out NBC’s tribute site to the Great Michael Scott!
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As Michael’s tenure at Dunder Mifflin comes to a close, we have a throwback episode to one of the most monumental episodes from Season 2, The Dundies. Michael is grooming DeAngelo to take over his hosting duties, but DeAngelo isn’t sure that The Dundies is a tradition that he wants to continue as he builds his own Dunder Mifflin Sabre legacy.
It’s 6 am and much like The Oscar’s and The Emmy’s nominations for the The Dundies are about to be announced. Since the nominees can’t watch their appointments on TV, Michael takes it upon himself to deliver them in person. He enlists DeAngelo to accompany him to each of his employee’s homes to surprise them with their nomination. Michael says this happens every year and DeAngelo is less than enthralled, but he goes along with it. First stop is Jim and Pam Halpert’s home where Jim answers the door and promptly says that Pam isn’t there. We hear Pam calling from inside the house and Jim telling her to stay in bed as he accepts their nomination plaques. Next up is Stanley who, not surprisingly, asks them if they’ve lost their minds and promptly kicks them off his property. I’m curious if this is something that happens every year, why the employees are surprised by these impromptu visits. Next stop is Toby’s house where Michael just throws a few eggs at it and then they high tail it out of there to DeAngelo’s chagrin. He simply asks, “Is this an employee of ours?” LOL, I wonder if DeAngelo will have any more love for Toby than Michael does.
Next up is Meredith and Michael comments that he’s never seen this place in the day time and DeAngelo quips that it reminds him of Katrina. But what’s this? The door is ajar and Meredith doesn’t seem to be behind it. That’s because she’s just getting in from a night of partying and is doing the walk of shame up her driveway. She’s the only one who’s actually happy to see the two managers and invites them in for breakfast, but they are too disgusted and promptly flee the scene.
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Attention, regular readers of “Scrantonicity:” Both of you know that finding hometown references on “The Office” is like crack to me. Which is funny, because I’ve obviously never done crack. But I can’t even say that dissecting the show is like scrapbooking, because I’ve never done that, either. That would make me feel like a middle-class fraud. So, let’s just go with this: discovering a hidden Scranton clue on “The Office” is like… crack on steroids. OK. Now, let’s see what kind of buzz I got. Read on »
Well, here is The Office, hurtling towards the finish of Steve Carell’s legendary run as Michael Scott after the bomb he dropped in “Garage Sale”. We all now know that Michael is leaving Dunder-Mifflin and heading off to Colorado with Holly. Will there be an emotional send of? Which made me think of something. Michael has long gotten on the nerves of his subordinates in all manner of styles. But would the show become a love fest now? Has love with the perfect woman and a major life change to come leeched away Michael Scott’s penchant for childishness and jerky behavior? As evidenced by “Training Day”….. um….. nope. Read on »
Deangelo Vickers, who happens to be a huge fan of the American southwest, has now arrived in the northeast. That’s one of my favorite regions. In fact, my hometown of Scranton is one of my favorite ecosystems. So he may think of Arizona and New Mexico as “heaven,” but Deangelo… “You’ve got a friend in Pennsylvania.” (That was the state slogan on the license plates back when I lived in the area. I’d like to think I still have a friend or two there.) Read on »