The Office: Episode 65 – Goodbye Toby

  • The Writers –Paul Lieberstein
  • Director – Paul Feig
  • A brief synopsis – Toby’s last day, a day Michael has long waited for, is upon the employees of Dunder Mifflin Scranton.  In planning the grand party, Michael decides to put Phyllis in charge because Angela says it cannot happen.  Meeting Toby’s replacement is a surprise for Michael, changing his world.  Jim stands up to Ryan, only to be surprised by something else.  Toby looks to take some memories with Pam before he goes.  Jim is going to ask Pam to marry him at the party, but again is upstaged.  Dwight sets upon a hazing ritual for the new HR rep that ends up giving her a uniquely accurate impression of Kevin.
  • The best line – Oscar: Well this is what happened: uh, Ryan’s big project was the website… which wasn’t doing so well. So Ryan, to give the impression of sales, recorded them twice: once as office sales, once as website sales. Which is what we refer to in the business as “misleading the shareholders.” Another good term is “fraud.” The real crime, I think, was the beard.
  • The best moment – I have to go with the exit interview.
  • The best storyline – Holly and Kevin is one of the classics of all time.
  • Notable guest appearance – Holly, portrayed by Amy Ryan.
  • Would Michael have been reprimanded? – Toby did him a solid during the exit interview, but as he said, “I made it this far, right? What’s the point?”
  • Grade – A

Season 4’s last is one of the best episodes of the year, perhaps in the history of the show.  Kevin and Holly is classic.  Ryan’s fate is classic.  Phyllis v. Angela is classic with a great twist ending.  Holly and Michael is one of the bedrocks of the show.  Jim and Pam…nice the way it turned out.  Dwight’s hazing is perfect.  And Andy…poor Andy.  All in all, there is only one minor drawback…Jan.  Seems a little much, especially after all that vasectomy talk.

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