Tonight, we say goodbye to Steve Carell‘s Michael Scott, one of the greatest television characters ever created. In almost seven years on The Office, we’ve gotten to know the ins-and-outs of his bizarre — I mean bizarre — brain. And hell, we still don’t really understand it. But it was never about understanding Michael Scott; it was about accepting him. So now, as we wave goodbye forever, let’s do just that: accept him. Let’s celebrate what he’s given us and look at what exactly traits make Michael Scott Michael Scott. After all, it’s been quite the ride. (THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID).
He’s not a manager; he’s a stand-up comedian.
Michael has always embraced his office for something more than just a workplace. He’s always tried to make the environment pleasant for his workers. Granted, most of the time, he just annoys them and reduces productivity, but his heart is always in the right place. Throughout the series, we’ve seen him host award ceremonies, do impressions, tell countless jokes, and even create a feature film.
“That’s what she said.”
Ah, the joke that made Michael famous. His obsession with the phrase became more and more apparent as the series went on, so much so that he gets angry if anyone else uses it. But at the same time, he usually says it before anyone else. He could be in the middle of a big, important speech and if there was an opportunity for a “that’s what she said,” he will undoubtedly drop it in.
Yet sometimes, he’s not an idiot.
As a viewer, I’ll find myself wondering how someone so absurd and so dumb found themselves as the boss, but any time I think go and think that, Michael does something to redeem himself. Remember the sale he made to Tim Meadows’s guest character back in season two? The entire episode felt like one giant mess-up as Michael ate hot wings and rambled on with bad jokes, but in the end, he made the sale. It’s moments like this that kept his character real, teaching us that Michael has some depth.
His pronunciation of words and sayings is always just a little off.
One of the more comical traits is that he just can never say exactly what he wants to say. Toss an “er” on the end of a word, or add an “ing” to another, and boom, you’ve just Michael Scott-ed it. If you do this, though, beware, because you might end up just like Michael. That is if you believe in that stuff. Personally, I don’t because I’m not superstitious, just a little stitious.
His affection towards others is almost always inappropriate.
Watching The Office alone is an uncomfortable, sometimes painful experience. So many times, we just don’t know what Michael is going to do next. He’s the most awkward character on television, and just when you think he’s made us shift in our seats a few times too many by his ridiculous actions — like calling a meeting in the conference room to talk about what the word “gay” means — he goes ahead and jumps to something we couldn’t see coming.
He finds a life lesson in everything — even when there isn’t.
It’s a well-known fact that Michael hasn’t had too many close friends in his life. So unfortunately he’s always forced to look at the bright side of things. Surprisingly though, he does it. He has the uncanny ability to find the good in difficult situations. Even though it might not make sense to us, it makes sense to him — and hey, that’s all that really matters.
He really, really, really hates Toby.
Nobody is quite sure why Michael hates Toby. The logical explanation is because Toby answers directly to cooperate, not Michael, but that’s about it. Maybe Toby stole a girlfriend of Michael’s long ago? Or maybe Michael doesn’t like Toby’s big forehead? Or hell, Toby Flenderson just sounds like a hateable dude, maybe?
Despite it all, he’s just so lovable and endearing.
Michael may be a buffoon. He may not be the most political correct boss. He may be very opinionated and very stupid. But, despite it all, he’s somebody we’ve loved for years and will continue to love for years after he leaves. His foolishness has found a special place in our hearts, our minds, and now, our memories. We’ll miss you, Michael. Please, remember to call.