After seven years of unprecedented dry comedy, Michael Scott, star of The Office, will clear out his desk and finally bid farewell. Cuts like a knife, no?
Michael is the regional manager of paper and printer distribution company Dunder Mifflin Inc. and is played by Steve Carell, who recently wrapped up filming his final scenes for the popular NBC sitcom. The season finale will air in the US on April 28.
While Steve Carell’s replacement will reportedly be revealed in the same season finale episode – Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, and The Office UK’s Ricky Gervais are all rumored to star next season – no one can replace the naïve and pathetic being we’ve grown accustomed to.
Michael isn’t very popular with his office subordinates; his managerial inefficiency and penchant for distraction annoy them to death. Yet he continues to win us over as the series progresses. The more we see and know about him, the more we find his idiosyncrasies as rational.
He is the king of naïve and the lord of the awkward. He openly displays his alter egos and delivers irrelevant motivational speeches. He thinks having listened to Fergie is cool when people are already into Lady Gaga. He even once declared for bankruptcy by hollering it for everyone to hear.
Michael’s greatest asset however is his sense of denial. He is all things embarrassing, yet he refuses to acknowledge it. Dude doesn’t know the distinction between being laughed with and being laughed at.
The reality here is that Michael Scott should have been fired by management a long time ago. Yet they won’t, and for decent reasons: He hasn’t made the company a lot of money but he has saved the company a lot of money too. The man is efficient that way.
Having to see Michael run off sure is a sucker punch to the gut, but it’s not like Steve Carell left fans hanging – he stayed on five more years despite a booming movie career. All the same, we somehow never got enough of Michael. ”That’s what she said,” he’d probably say.
On behalf of everyone who identified with the folks from The Office, we say, adios, Michael!
WORDS BY MIKEY AGULTO