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'The Office' Season 7, Episode 22 Recap

Tonight, we finally got our first glimpse of what 'The Office' is going to be like without Steve Carell. And, I've got to be honest with you; the episode did have its funny moments, mainly because characters that we haven't seen or heard much of lately came out of the woodwork and acted funny for the first time in a long time. But overall, you can just feel that the show has changed in a very fundamental way, and not just because Will Ferrell's character of Deangelo Vickers is so Will Ferrell-ish. For now, at least, the show is no longer about discomfort, and it's no longer about drudgery. It's about all the quirky characters in an office, which isn't much different than any workplace sitcom that has been on TV in the last forty years. If this show didn't have seven years of history to back it up, this episode would have made you feel like you were watching 'Suddenly Susan' without a laugh track. Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/05/06/the-office-season-7-episode-22-recap/

'The Office' Recap: 'Michael's Last Dundies' And 'Goodbye, Michael'

Sorry for my absence last week – vacation down south beckoned me.  Here, then, is a double recap. In ‘ Michael’s Last Dundies ,’ we get a warm-up to his goodbye.  It starts with Michael and Deangelo making early morning house calls to present lucky Dundie nominees with their certificates.  Reactions range from a drunken offer of Vienna sausages (Meredith) to outrage (Stanley: "Have you lost your mind?  Get off my property before I call the police!") Michael finds it fitting to have Deangelo as his co-host, but Deangelo is pretty nervous about the whole thing.  In fact, the guy is shaping up to be quite the basket case, isn’t he? Erin, meanwhile, confesses to Pam that she is not in love with Gabe.  She doesn’t even find him attractive.  Pam convinces Erin she’s got to do what’s right for her.  Apparently, the "right" thing is breaking up with Gabe upon accepting her "Cutest Office Redhead" Dundie Award. Read More... //www.starpulse.com/news/Jonathan_Teigland/2011/05/02/the_office_recap_michaels_last_dundies

'The Office': My 5 Favorite Moments from Michael's Big Farewell

"The people that you work with, when you get down to it, are your very best friends. They say on your death bed you never wish you spent more time at the office, but I will. Gotta be better than a death bed. I never understood death beds. Who would buy that?" He made us laugh. He made us cringe. He even made us cry (or come close) at times. And now, after much, deserved, ado, he said goodbye. Catch you on the flippity flip, Mike. It was a little difficult to remember that last night's Office episode, "Goodbye, Michael Scott," wasn't the final episode of the season. As we've been saying for more than a year now, in many ways The Office is Michael Scott. But the hour-long episode made sure, alongside as much deft and genuine care it took to give Michael a fitting farewell, to also remind us that the series, and the other characters, will go on without him. Too much of a softy to handle a protracted goodbye (even to the point of missing his own send-off party--normally that amount of attention would send him over the moon), Michael told everyone he'd be leaving for Colorado the next day, but in truth he was flying off to meet Holly that evening. And so he spent his last day at the office saying his individual farewells to each of the workers, who (mostly) didn't know that they were saying farewell. It was an hour full of sweet moments and touching call-backs to everything that they, and we along with them, have been through together. Each goodbye hit a chord, calling to mind just how deep and dimensional the relationships between these characters have grown over the years, but here are the five final Michael moments that really tugged at my Office -loving heartstrings: //www.buddytv.com/articles/the-office/the-office-what-did-you-think-40141.aspx

THE OFFICE “Goodbye Michael” Review

THE OFFICE  "Goodbye Michael " Season 7 Episode 21 – Well, it is official: Michael Scott has left the building. This week  THE OFFICE  said goodbye to our favorite regional manager as Michael Scott went off to Colorado  to live with Holly. From the start of the episode we know that Michael is leaving the next day – the party planning committee is in full swing, Michael is saying goodbye to everyone, and he makes it very clear that he wants a drama free day. Everyone at Dunder Mifflin are holding up their goodbyes for the next day, not realizing that Michael is leaving at 4PM THAT day. I LOVED that he didn’t want everyone to make a big deal  about his departure, and instead left quietly. It shows how much Michael has grown and what a great guy he really is. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/04/29/the-office-goodbye-michael-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

The Office: "Goodbye, Michael" Review

I must apologize in advance if this review gets a little maudlin. I've just finished watching " Goodbye, Michael " and I'm still adjusting to the reality of a post-Michael-Scott world. No more silly conference room scenes. No more outrageous characters (though at least we got to see a final glimpse of Ping tonight). No more "that's what she said." I may look back on this episode later and wonder what got me all choked up, but right now it feels like I just experienced one of those historic television moments that will be included in montages for years to come.   I don't cry at weddings when the bride cries. But if I happen to see the groom crying, or hear that unmistakable crack in his voice, that's when my eyes start to well up. Watching this episode was kind of like that. I expected   Michael   to break into tears at some point when the finality of his departure from Dunder Mifflin set in, and I actually made it through most of the episode dry eyed. But seeing   Dwight   and   Jim   (and, to some extent, the actors themselves) get all misty and sentimental pushed me over the edge. By the end I was a wreck. I'm still sniffling a bit as I write this. Read More.... //tv.ign.com/articles/116/1165168p1.html?RSSwhen2011-04-29_004000&RSSid=1165168&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

'The Office' Recap: Michael Scott Lies About His Last Day

Steve Carell 's last episode of " The Office " has finally been aired on Thursday night, April 28. Wishing no drama, Carell's character Michael Scott visits each of his employees to give them a gift, while not telling them that he is leaving tonight and letting them think he will only leave tomorrow.   Through the gifts, Michael reminds them of their best qualities and what each of them means to him. For Phyllis who has good ideas but never shares them, Michael gives her a set of chattery teeth to remind her to speak up.    Read More... //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00040131.html

The Office Review: See You On The Flippity Flip

You could have asked for a few more laughs, and you might have said that the Deangelo story line was unnecessary, but if you were ever a fan of The Office , "Goodbye Michael," and especially that scene between Michael and Jim near the end, had all the emotion you could ask for from Steve Carrell's final episode. There are very few sitcoms on television right now that can evoke that type of emotion from both its actors and its audience.  It's a special kind of series, and a special kind of man in Carrell, that can give you simultaneous tears of sadness and joy. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/04/the-office-review-goodbye-michael/

'The Office' recap: The Long Goodbye

What a difference seven seasons make. In 2005, Michael Scott was an overbearing, insensitive jerk whose antics earned nothing but scorn and disrespect from his employees. Gradually, though, that version of Michael Scott was replaced by the Michael Scott we know now: an immature but goodhearted buffoon whose greatest fault is his all-consuming need to be liked. If 2005 Michael had suddenly announced that he was moving to Colorado, his subordinates would have only felt relieved. (And they certainly wouldn't have paid tribute to him with a touching song before he went.) But 2011 Michael's departure from Scranton was a momentous event. Despite everything he's done and said to them over the years, the denizens of Dunder Mifflin feel true affection for their dopey boss. And Michael, of course, considers them to be his surrogate family. So there was a lot of pressure on  The Office  to give the World's Best Boss a proper sendoff — one that managed to find the sweet spot between sentimentality and flippancy. Happily, on that count, the show succeeded with flying colors. Read More... //tvrecaps.ew.com/recap/the-office-season-7-episode-22-goodbye-michael/

'The Office' Says Goodbye to Steve Carell -- Recap

It's interesting; even though this wasn't even the season finale of 'The Office,' much less a series finale, it sure felt like a series finale, didn't it? Steve Carell was the heart and soul of the show and, from what I've seen, the writers and producers have yet to give us evidence that the show can go on without him. So, in a lot of ways, this feels like a final episode: the final episode of 'The Office' as we've come to know it for the last seven seasons. As final episodes go, this one was a mixed bag. There were a lot of emotions, to be sure, and the plot that sent Michael out of Dunder Mifflin Scranton for good was very cleverly written. But because the show is still going, there had to be a plot to service that. And that part was less than successful. Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/04/28/the-office-says-goodbye-to-steve-carell-recap/