In a season that's been largely inconsistent, sometimes those inconsistencies can pop up in a single episode. Now, a person can think of those inconsistencies as "character depth." Heck, I sometimes think that way. But, sometimes, inconsistencies are just that. And they can be irritating.
Take the case of Michael in this episode. There were times that he was the childish Michael of old, caring for no one but himself, proud of the fact that he has the "big balls" to date a married woman. Then there's the Michael that acts as mortified and embarrassed as, well... anyone else in the office does when they're around Michael. Then there's the Michael we got at the end of this episode.
The Michael at the end of the episode was the moral Michael, the one who makes the right decision, something we've seen from him over the last few episodes. He finally decided that being a party to adultery wasn't the right thing to do, no matter how adult and "dirty" it felt to him. He wants the wife, the kids, the white picket fence, and he wasn't going to get that by having motel romps with Donna, and he also knew that continuing to do it might ruin the life of her good-guy baseball coach of a husband.
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