These are my thoughts on the latest episode of The Office
. There will be spoilers. Read no further if you don't want it spoiled.
Holly begins to apologize for proposing to Michael.
I was concerned with all the rumors flying around that Michael was leaving. With Michael
, basically goes the show. Ya, there are other great characters, but the foundation of
it all is Michael
. No one could ever replace him.
If you've watched every episode since it began, as I have, you know how important it is they give him a send off that means something. This episode was very telling how important that was to the cast, as it was important for Michael
he propose meaningfully, but they give the audience a nod and say "Hey, it's been a great 7 or so years. It's time to move on"
Micheal recounts the day Holly walked into his life.
As far as I'm concerned this can be the last season of The Office
. Micheal's exit story is one to be remembered and last thing I want to do is spoil it with the show continuing past him. I was hoping they'd do something special, and not something generic. They did, and the episode is as much a love letter to it's fans as it is to Holly
The whole scene where Michael
finally finds a way to propose is magical for someone who has watched the ups and downs of the show. For all it's good and bad, all the things Michael
mentioned were things that actually happened on the show. To me, that was meaningful that they would let us share those moments with the characters and their fondness for those memories.
The test of their love, as they walked through the break area, was very sweet. Even for a dude like me I don't think I could think up something quite
The test of their love.
so romantic and I think it was
such a great idea.
Everyone lives in their own world, and the characters of The Office
are no different. It reminds us that their
world is their job; they go to work
do their job (while dealing with an
absurd boss and colleagues) and then they go home. This was always the foundation for the show, and one that other shows were
inspired to capture. Walking down that break room you could sense this world being one they share, as Holly
is filled with emotion at the wonderful thought that no one is
good for her anymore except Michael
They kiss as Michael's life is finally fulfilled.
isn't the greatest person in the world, and his inability (sometimes) to understand the boundaries that we must not cross can often lead to a world of laughs as he stumbles onto controversial topics he doesn't realize actually hurt peoples feelings (and we get the impression every time he never intended to). He is still a human being though, and not one to be contemptuous of. He reminds us that we are only human and we make mistakes. Sometimes more so than others, and we can only do our best to live happy lives and not hurt others in the process.
In that moment, even with the tired cliche' of "making it rain", when they share with us their way of proposing with one another, we feel nothing but joy for Michael
. The one person in the world that understands him is finally his. She doesn't want to use or abuse him, she doesn't want to hurt him in the end or find fault in his downfalls. She loves him for who he is and truly understands him like no one else ever has.
Everyone's reaction to Michael announcing he's leaving.
I can think of no better way to say goodbye to Michael
- making him truly happy for the first time in his life and having someone who truly wants him around and shares in his life view.
I want to wish Steve Carell
the best in his career and I only hope whatever he does next is not as bad as most movies he tends to headline. This episode showed what
is truly capable of if he is given the right means.
Thank you for reading. Feel free to share you're thoughts on this episode and what you would think if this season was the last.