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members. Each goodbye was perfect in its own way, though we wish there had been more time spent with Ryan, who Michael has crowned "Sexiest in the Office" multiple years (before Timothy Olyphant charmed his way into Michael's heart). Jim and Dwight had two of the most meaningful goodbyes. Dwight got the validation that he'd yearned for for so many years and a pretty awesome paintball fight. Jim, instead of getting a farewell gift, gave one to Michael in the form of a metaphorical pat on the back. It's probably not true, but it's sweet when Jim tells Michael that he's the best boss he's ever had. Erin also got a lovely goodbye, with Michael giving his patented terrible-but-also-not-terrible brand of advice that only he can give.
And then there was Pam, having her Lost in Translation moment with Michael. Of all the sweet relationships on this show, the Pam and Michael relationship has been one of the sweetest. Pam has been a mother hen to Michael, coaching, prodding, and encouraging him to be the best he can be. His maturing over the past seven years has been mostly due to her (Holly swept in at the end to give the final push). Where others scoffed, she always cared. She has been with him from driving him home after his too-quick proposal to Carol to keeping him from proposing to Holly with fire. Their ending was a perfect end to a wonderful, odd friendship.
The episode wasn't particularly sad, with a lot of humor sneaking in through the cracks (there was even a substantial B story involving Will Ferrell's DeAngelo Vickers that pretty much showed us how his eventual end will come). Levity was achieved thanks to the always amazing Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor, the hijinks of the Party Planning Committee, and basically everything Creed did. The show has always succeeded in the quiet moments, and this episode was full of them, both sad and funny. It was perfect way for The Office to say goodbye to Michael Scott, and it was a perfect way for the audience to say goodbye as well. So, goodbye Michael Scott. Until we meet again (on TBS tomorrow morning before work).
Episode Grade: A-