We all know that “The Office” will have to say goodbye to its star, Steve Carell this season, and last night’s episode took a major step in that direction when Michael made up for all of his previous immature behavior with one of the sweetest scenes in recent sitcom history. His relationship with Holly this season has felt a bit rushed, sure, but it is tough not to like these two characters despite all that. See how we felt about this monumental occasion in our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Steve Carell
  • Writer: Jon Vitti
  • Cast: Steve Carell, Amy Ryan, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski

Episode Title: “Garage Sale”

As the title suggests, the office workers decide to hold a garage sale, where Dwight puts the Schrute family trading skills into practice. In the meantime, Michael prepares to propose to Holly, but Pam feels the need to get involved when she realizes that Michael’s ideas about romance can get a little dangerous. Sadly, Holly learns that her father is not doing well and decides to move back to Colorado to be with him.

The Good:

  • The proposal: Well, let’s get right to it, shall we? We all knew that this was coming eventually, and while it is a little unrealistic for Michael to propose already given the timeline of this season–just a few episodes ago he and Holly weren’t even together–it’s the kind of event that long-time fans of this show have been waiting for. It may not be as emotionally effective as when Jim proposed to Pam, but it is staged in a unique way, with a surprising joke thrown in there at the last second involving too many candles and a sensitive sprinkler system.
  • Kevin: Another surprise joke comes from Kevin this week, who acts like his usual foolish self while playing a board game with Daryl and Andy, only to reveal that he’s been hustling them the whole time. Nice.
  • Dwight and Jim: As with so many of his skills, Dwight loves to show off his ability to make impressive trades at the garage sale. Jim, of course, can’t help but pull an appropriate prank, but the last few seconds of the episode reveal that he at least plans to be good-natured about it.

The So-So:

  • Holly’s excuse: Maybe it’s because “the departure of Michael Scott” has been such a hot-topic among sitcom audiences these past few months, but something about Holly’s split decision to take off for Colorado seems like a very forced way to get Michael out of the office. She has her reasons, of course, but it seems like the writers are trying to cram too many major plot points into a few episodes.

The Bad:

  • Humor: Last night’s episode was a little light on the laughs, but honestly, it was meant to be more of an emotional experience, and there were still enough jokes to keep it interesting. There’s really not too much to complain about, but this season has been inconsistent in this area.


A sweet episode that celebrated two great characters who complete each other. Not since Jim and Pam’s courtship has “The Office” been this charming, even when the writing lacks the biting wit that made the UK version such a success. You didn’t exactly need a box of tissues to get through last night’s episode, but the proposal scene was a reminder that they might come in handy when Michael finally leaves.

Rating: 8.5/10

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