Time to say goodbye (for now)

Kristin Starnes Gray

Series Litigation Value: various harassment, discrimination, and bizarre workers’ compensation matters = astronomical; future employment matters due to Dwight taking over as Regional Manager = enough to keep Dunder Mifflin’s attorneys busy for many years to come; seeing the older, hopefully wiser, family man version of Michael in the final episode = priceless.

After years of breaking down Dunder Mifflin’s employment law issues, your loyal bloggers will each (in turn) bid a final goodbye to the series with a farewell post. But don’t get too teary–we’re only saying goodbye for now until our new EntertainHR blog begins in June. For my final farewell to The Office, I can’t help but look back on my favorite Dunder Mifflin moments and all that I will miss about this hilarious series.

1. The Infamous Kiss–What happens when Steve Carrell goes off script? Chaos (and smooches) ensue. That was exactly the case when Michael decided to demonstrate how tolerant he is by kissing Oscar in front of the entire office. A little clue that this was unscripted–check out the alarmed faces of the other cast members in the background trying desperately not to break character.

2. Deflated–One of the many things I will miss about the series is the chemistry between Dwight and Jim. Of the many pranks, I always laugh when Jim pops the new exercise ball Dwight has purchased to replace his desk chair. Yet another unscripted moment. Word has it that, in the other takes, the ball deflated much slower but Jim just happened to hit a seam in the take that made it in the episode. A little clue–you can see John Krasinski leaping out of the shot in surprise.

3. Everyone’s Favorite Cult Leader–Whether he is forgetting his long-time coworkers’ names, hinting at his former stint as a cult leader, or talking Michael into laying off someone else, Creed always entertains. He may not generally get as much air time as some other characters, but he certainly knows how to leave his mark. Let’s just hope that Creed does a better job with his quality control duties in the future. I don’t know that Dunder Mifflin could withstand another pornographic cartoon character watermark fiasco.

4. World’s Best Mom–My other favorite underrated character has got to be Meredith.  Whether she’s struggling with an angry bat, licking hand sanitizer for a buzz, shaving her head, or teaching her son the fine art of exotic dancing, Meredith is simply unforgettable as are her frighteningly poor driving skills.

5. Last But Not Least–PB&J. This last season full of marital strife made me long for the simpler times when Jim and Pam were partners in crime rather than by law. Although you all know we don’t encourage office romances on this blog, you have to love the earlier episodes when Jim and Pam were pranking Dwight while trying to navigate their awkward friendship. My favorite moment? The duo sending Dwight to the roof to await a CIA helicopter before instructing him to abort mission and destroy his phone.

Many thanks to all of you wonderful readers for making this blog such a joy to maintain. Feel free to tell us about your favorite Office moments in the comments below, and we hope to see you on our new blog beginning this summer.

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2 COMMENTS

1 Frax
10:33:55, 01/06/13

Favorite sequence/plot/subplot: Holly thinking Kevin is mentally challenged.
Runner up: Dwight’s altered personality after the concussion

Favorite prank: Jim becoming a vampire
Runner up: the fax from Future Dwight

Favorite TWSS: Michael with the novelty gavel at the auction, “It squeaks when you bang it”. Cut to Jim’s reaction.
Runner up: Michael tries to refrain from TWSSing, but Jim lobs one set-up after another until Michael can’t bear it any longer.

Top unanswered employment law question from the series: what are the implications of having a “word code”, eg in response to Kevin’s new way of speaking in a season 8 cold open: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFiHaMdPPZE

And thanks for the blog! It always left me satisfied and smiling. TWSS.

2 Kristin Starnes Gray
07:57:29, 03/06/13

Those are all wonderful Office moments, Frax! Thanks for sharing those with us. As for your question about Andy’s “word code” for Kevin, there is no liability under those particular circumstances, given that Kevin’s shortened speech was just a misguided attempt to save time and was causing disruptions in the workplace. As a side note, I wonder if Kevin’s efforts were inspired by Michael’s use of acronyms to supposedly save time. However, this analysis would be different if, for example, Kevin’s shortened speech was due to a disability or if English was not his primary language. Excellent question and thanks so much for checking out our TWSS blog!

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