Today is a sad day. Michael Scott (aka Steve Carell) will be leaving The Office today. I know that not everyone is an Office fan, and if I'm going to be honest I only jumped the bandwagon as of last season but now it feels like my best friend is moving out of state. For people who don't know the Office, all the old seasons are on Netflix, get on it!
The Office without Michael Scott is comparable to Seinfeld without Jerry Seinfeld. Steve Carell is the heart of The Office, he is the annoying yet heartwarming boss of the paper company (Dunder Mifflin) that the show films. For fans of The Office, there have been moments when we'd like nothing more to throw Michael out a moving car, but also moments where you wish you could reach out and give him a hug (creepy? a little). I think the most endearing thing about his character was the fact he's such a screw-up but with the nicest intentions at heart. Steve Carell's career while on The Office has included notable movies such as Evan Almighty and Dan in Real Life but I think his true comedic genius lies in Michael Scott. He leaves the cast this season to pursue bigger fish, which I think he will undoubtedly do. But I also think he will leave a gaping hole in Dunder Mifflin and the remaining cast of The Office. I'm not one of the naysayers that think the show won't survive without him, I just think it'll take a very special character to fill the absence of Steve Carell and Michael Scott.
Counting down my top 5 favorite Michael Scott Moments:
5. Season 3: Prison Mike
Dwight: Prison Mike? What's the very, very worst thing about prison?
Angela Martin: Don't encourage him.
Michael : [as Prison Mike] The worst thing about prison was the - was the dementors. They were flying all over the place and they were scary and then they'd come down and they suck the soul out of your body, and it hurt!
Karen : Dementors, like in Harry Potter?
Michael: No, not Harry Potter. There are no movies in prison!
4 . Season 2: Episode 11: Booze Cruise, when Michael dances and when he says "BFD" to Jim
Michael: "Sometimes you have to take a break from being the kind of boss that's always trying to teach people things. Sometimes you just have to be the boss of dancing."
Jim: She's engaged
Michael: Pfft. BFD. Engaged aint married.
Michael: Never, ever, ever give up.
3. Season 2: Episode 12: When Michael burned his foot on a George Foreman Grill.
I mean this quote explains it all:
Michael: "I enjoy having breakfast in bed. I like waking up to the smell of bacon, sue me. And since, I don’t have a butler, I have to do it myself. So … most nights before I go to bed, I will lay six strips of bacon out on my George Foreman grill. Then I go to sleep. When I wake up, I plug in the grill. I go back to sleep again. Then, I wake up, to the smell of crackling bacon. It is delicious, it’s good for me, it’s the perfect way to start the day. Today, I got up, I stepped onto the grill, and it clamped down on my foot, that’s it. I don’t see what’s so hard to believe about that."
2. Season 7, Episode 19: The Proposal
1. My Favorite Moment ever: Season 7, Season of Love Office style
So here's to Steve Carell on a wonderful run as Michael Scott, the World's Best Boss!