'The Office': 9,986,000 minutes or, the beginning of the end


The original title of Thursday's "Office" episode was "Goodbye Michael, Part 1." It was changed to "Michael's Last Dundies," but the first one fits just as well. This was about the Dunder Mifflin crew -- and the people who play them, and us -- saying thanks to Michael for his 9,986,000 minutes of service (that's 19 years, in case you're counting). Even within the context of Michael gearing up for his last awards, there wasn't a whole lot of story: Erin's amazingly awkward dumping of Gabe and Deangelo's stage fright/ineptitude as a performer was about it. But there were enough funny moments within the Dundies ceremony itself, and of course that very sweet ending with the whole staff singing a version of "Seasons of Love," for that not to matter a whole lot.Deangelo's freakout over serving as co-host gave Steve Carell and Will Ferrell another chance to play, particularly in the bathroom scene where Michael...



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