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Farewell Michael Scott – I Will Miss You!

April 28, 2011 · 141 comments

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I don’t watch a whole lot of network television.  However, I have to say I love having a DVR just so I can record Thursday night TV, just in case I am not home.  I have become hooked on both ‘The Office’ and ’30 Rock’ for years, and I really look forward to my Thursday night ‘break’ every week.

Goodbye Michael Scott

As I am sure most people know, this past Thursday was the final episode for Steve Carell on ‘The Office’.  I didn’t know what to expect to happen during the farewell episode.   Would Michael Scott say goodbye in all the wrong ways and make me cringe?   Would Will Ferrell’s character take center stage and Michael would sort of fade into the background?  Well, it turns out that Michael handled everything very well.   He almost appeared to be a wise sage dispensing advice, as opposed to a goofball that usually says all the wrong things.

By the end of the episode, I felt very sad.  It is funny that I am emotionally tied to a fictional character!  While watching, I felt bad that Michael Scott felt bad.   I guess that is the sign of good writing (and good acting) when viewers do feel emotionally involved.  Or, maybe I am just a sap.  Regardless, I thought Michael’s story was wrapped up perfectly, and all the actors seemed genuinely sad.

Will The Office Succeed Without Carell?

I have no idea what the future holds for ‘The Office’.  I hope someone great steps into Carell’s shoes and provides his or her own quirkiness and is still funny.  It is easy to think the show will never be as successful without Carell, but ‘Cheers’ did just fine when Shelly Long left and was replaced by Kirstie Allie.  I also think of how the show ‘Frasier’ was spun off from ‘Cheers’.  I never thought that Kelsey Grammar/Frasier would be amusing enough to entertain us for 22 minutes a week, but I was totally wrong.  On the other hand, there are also a lot of spin-off flops, like ‘Joey’.

What do you think will happen to ‘The Office’?   Or, do you think that the show should have ended long ago?

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Lakawak April 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Trying to compare the roles of Diane Chambers and Michael Scott is absurd. It would be as if Sam Malone left.

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Kris April 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Lakawak- I wasn’t trying to compare the two. My point was that many people thought Cheers would nosedive after Shelly Long left and it did not.

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Niki April 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm

I am also emotionally invested in The Office, even if that makes me a bit pathetic. I really want The Office to do well, I am a skeptical but am trying to remain open minded about it. I always liked Kirstie Alley more than Shelley Long’s character, so maybe there’s hope.

You can’t forget Parks and Recreation, I actually snort laugh while watching that show.

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Kris April 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Niki- I have not watched much of Parks and Rec because that is usually when I am running around taking care of things around the house so I can watch 30 Rock. My family has seen it some though and really like it.

I have my doubts too. However, The Office does have a great supporting cast, so I am hoping things can work out. I just felt so sad for Michael these past 2 episodes.

I did not like Shelly Long at all, and her leaving that show was a huge mistake on her part. The grass is definitely not always greener!

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Nicole April 29, 2011 at 7:39 am

The Office? What about the Daily show?!

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I have to admit, I have never watched the Daily Show. It is just on at the wrong time. I could DVR I guess…

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Nicole April 30, 2011 at 9:17 am

(Steve Carell got his start there.)

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Kris April 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

Oh that is so funny, I had no idea! I thought you just really liked the Daily Show!

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Nicole April 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Check out the archives on thedailyshow.com sometime. The “Even Stephven” skits with Steve Carell and Steven Colbert are hilarious. Especially when one of them starts crying.

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Kris May 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

I am going to have to check this out Nicole. Who couldn’t use a good laugh??

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The Biz of Life April 29, 2011 at 7:57 am

Can’t say I’ve watched much of the office. I’m more a police drama (blood and guts) kind of TV viewer. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what is the next great Brit TV show we are going to Americanize.

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Biz, maybe we will have a royal wedding?

I am the opposite- blood and guts bother me. Although I did love ’24’ and miss it a lot.

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Joe Plemon April 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

I have not been an avid viewer of The Office, but my oldest son is going through a time of grieving. Oh well, there are always re-runs.

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Joe, you should give The Office a try. I think all of the seasons are pretty good. I didn’t watch it in the beginning myself, but I love watching what I missed in syndication.

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Joe Plemon April 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Kris,
Actually, we have watched The Office several times and enjoyed it quite a bit, but I liked the quirky humor more than my wife did, so we never got in the habit of watching it. We could try catching up with our Netflix instant view.

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Joe, you will have to sneak in viewing when your wife isn’t home! 🙂

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MoneyCone April 29, 2011 at 11:05 am

Dunder Mifflin will never be the same without Michael Scott!

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

You are very right, it will never be the same. I am just hoping it can survive and still be amusing.

I loved Michael….

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MoneyCone April 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

There is always the British version of the Office.. but I could never get their humo(u)r!

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

MC, I never watched the British version as I am sure I wouldn’t like it as much. I am also terrible when it comes to hearing accents. I don’t think I understood 60 percent of the dialog in ‘4 Weddings and a Funeral’.

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retirebyforty April 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Will Ferrel is on the show now? Awesome! 🙂
I am so out of touch. Maybe I can catch some shows on rerun.

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

RB40- Will Ferrell I think is only on 4 episodes this season. They hired him to replace Michael, but something is supposed to happen where he can’t stay. I actually prefer Carell over Ferrell by a mile.

It has been a good season though, you should see if it is on demand if you have cable.

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Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager April 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Interesting. I don’t think most TV shows survive major change like that now a days. There are a lot of other future TV shows ready to take it’s place.

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Jenna, Michael is such a key character that it will be very hard. It isn’t like Desperate Housewives where if one of the left, it would be easier to move on. But it won’t be as bad as when Mulder left the X Files. (I hope)

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Money Reasons April 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

My wife is a long time follow too, and she was on the verge of tears. She was sad but happy with the way he left.

Unfortunately, when a slow like the office loses a key play like that, the chemistry just isn’t the same. For all you Office watchers out there (including my Wife and Sister), I hope I’m wrong…

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I am sure it will be different, but at least they have had plenty of time to come up with a replacement. Hopefully it will be a good one. I am glad it won’t be Will Ferrell actually.

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Money Reasons April 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm

My wife was saying that Will is kind of odd in that role too. She doesn’t like him playing that part. Ironically, she does like him in other roles like Elf and Megamind.

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Holly April 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Yes, it was a tearjerker…I had my kids poking at fun at me saying, “Mom! Are you crying?! It’s not even real!”

Yes, great acting all the way…how about the scene where he was laughing hysterical at the handmade burlap ‘doll’ he gave Oscar! I love Steve Carell as the voice of the lead character in Despicable Me as well.

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Oh my gosh, I forgot about the scarecrow doll until you mentioned it. That was fantastic. He totally looked like he couldn’t contain himself for real.

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Holly April 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm

whoops…typos above, sorry.

…and I meant ‘hysterically’. Need to re-read before posting!

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Suba @ Wealth Informatics April 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I go through different “moods” with TV watching, one season I am totally into Law Enforcement drama (CSI, L&O, NCIS…) next season I catch up on all the comedy shows. I never watched regular dramas. I think watching them all in DVDs or on hulu makes me a bit out of touch. I did know Michael Scott left due to all the folks mourning on facebook 🙂

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Kris April 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I just watched an Office rerun, and I miss Michael already!

I am like you when it comes to books. I used to love Law books, then I moved on to medical drama stuff, now I read more about ‘life’.

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Barb Friedberg April 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Call me crazy, but I liked Joey! I think Will Farrell would be great! He’s hilarious.

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Kay Lynn @ Bucksome Boomer May 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I was crying during Thursday’s episode and am glad to know I’m not the only sentimental sap. I hope the show can survive without Michael Scott but time will tell.

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Kris May 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Kay Lynn, I watched the show again Sunday night with my son because he didn’t see it Thursday night. I almost cried even during the second viewing. I am really going to miss Michael!!

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Jeff May 4, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Just found this post. I watch The Office and 30 Rock religiously. The show isn’t going to be the same without him, but the banter between dwight and jim will continue.
My main question is, who’s going to make fun of Toby now that Michael is gone??

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Kris May 5, 2011 at 9:30 am

Jeff, I love Toby. Oh, and I guess that was his real brother that was on the show the other night. I never did understand why Michael hated Toby so much, Toby seems so benign.

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