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Recap / The Office USS 7 E 22 Goodbye Michael

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It's Michael's second last day at Dunder-Mifflin (actually his last day), but before he leaves for Colorado, he makes his goodbyes to everyone in the office. Meanwhile, Andy tries to keep hold of one of Michale's long lasting clients.

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  • Better the Devil You Know: The episode ends with the office workers looking horrified as Deangelo starts to have an emotional breakdown at Michael's going away party. This is further emphasized based on how, earlier in the episode, it's plainly established that Deangelo unlike Michael is a terrible salesman.
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  • Bittersweet Ending: Michael leaves Dunder-Mifflin and Scranton for good, much to the sadness of Dwight, Jim, and Pam. But everyone knows he's finally going to have the life he's always wanted with Holly in Colorado.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: This is the first episode in which the characters acknowledge the filming crew (aside from the Confession Cam scenes). As Michael runs to catch his flight, he takes off his microphone and tells the crew "Tell me when this is going to air."
  • Call-Back: Before leaving the warehouse for the last time, Michael asks Darryl if he can use the baler, which he tried to do in "Safety Training." Darryl once again says no.
  • Manly Tears: Jim figures out that this is actually Michael's last day, and they both fight back tears when they agree to "go to lunch tomorrow."
  • Missed Him by That Much: Pam returns to the office just seconds after Michael's airport taxi leaves. Fortunately, she makes it to the airport to say goodbye.
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  • Never Say Goodbye: The whole point of Michael concealing the fact that this is his last day. Jim is the only one to realize what's going on and confront him. Michael then tries to say a proper goodbye to him, only to quickly begin tearing up and Jim cuts him off to say they should just say their goodbyes at lunch tomorrow.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Gabe barges into bathrooms twice in this episode, into the men's room to threaten Andy not to date Erin, and then into the women's room to try to make his case to Erin. Lampshaded by Jim when he notices the camera crew filming this.
    Jim: So you guys are filming people when they go to the bathroom now?
  • Put on a Bus: Effectively, this is Michael's last appearance until the series finale.
  • The Reveal: Michael initially claims that he's coming in on his second last day of work. However, a phone conversation with Holly reveals that he's actually leaving for Colorado that night.
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  • Train-Station Goodbye: Pam makes it to the airport to say goodbye to Michael.
  • Weight Woe: Deangelo reveals that he used to be overweight and has been carefully monitoring his food intake since then. However, it's clear throughout the episode that he's only barely fighting the urge to snack on sweets throughout the office, and at the end of the episode he practically has a breakdown as he keeps tearing off pieces of Michael's goodbye cake and screaming at it, leaving the rest of his new subordinates horrified.
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