Back when I was interning in September of last year, almost ever single one of my co-interns was behind my life to get me to start watching The Office. I guess I wanted to – my brother had recently finished all of nine seasons, but it didn’t really feel like my cup of tea.
Then around October, my brother and I were having dinner and we couldn’t decide what to watch online. He suggested The Office. I agreed. And that is how we started watching three episodes every night along with dinner.
Three days ago, we finished season seven. Season seven is also the last season with Steve Carell playing his iconic character – Michael Scott, the branch manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, a paper company where he worked for over nineteen years.
The last episode that Steve Carell plays his character in is the 22nd episode of the seventh season named ‘Goodbye Michael’. It’s a normal day in the office and Michael tells all his staff that it is his second last day at work. The truth is that it is Michael’s last day but it does not want any drama and he clearly is not a fan of goodbyes and thus he decides to not let anyone know. He goes around in the episode saying goodbye to every single employee individually and I bet you, you will cry when he says goodbye to Jim and Dwight.
The episode is known as one of the best and the most emotional Office episodes – and it lives up to all of its hype. Michael ends his role with a very well placed “Thats what she said” (almost like he has done always) and the episode is suddenly over so quickly that you can’t believe that you won’t hear any more degrading Michael Scott jokes again.
For anyone who hasn’t ever watched The Office, I would recommend it fully and completely.