Tonight marks Steve Carell’s departure from the show that he made famous, The Office. While it isn’t clear who will take his place, we do know that the show will probably never fully recover from it.
Throughout the years, Michael Scott’s various motivational speeches, office parties, and cavalcade of improv characters have made the show work and without him it’s unclear whether or not it can even survive.
So to celebrate the end of one of the best characters in modern television, we’re counting down Our Five Favorite Michael Scott Moments.
1. THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID (EPISODE: VARIOUS)
This is the line that has made it almost impossible to have a conversation with anyone. It’s also the joke that Michael Scott hopes will lead him to comedic stardom some day.
This collection of the greatest “That’s what she said” moments makes it clear that no sentence is safe from its wrath. It's just too good. That's what she said.
2. TEARING DOWN TOBY (EPISODE: "CASINO NIGHT")
Michael Scott’s unabashed hatred for the HR rep Toby has gone from casual to downright creepy. And when Toby tries to convince him that a casino night at the office might not be a great place for children to be, Michael questions Toby’s very existence in the world. Next to Michael Scott, Nas doesn't know anything about ether.
3. BANKRUPTCY (EPISODE: "MONEY")
After realizing that his frivolous spending on nonsensical items, such as multiple magic kits and The Muppet Show on DVD, has led to serious financial problems, Michael decides his only option is to declare bankruptcy. However, he doesn’t have a firm grasp on the logistics of it. The man has cents, not sense.
4. SUPERSTITIOUS (EPISODE: "FUN RUN")
After Michael hits Meredith with his car, he becomes convinced that the office is under a curse and subsequently obsessed with ridding his workplace of the bad karma while battling with the English language at the same time.
5. PRISON MIKE (EPISODE: "THE CONVICT")
In order to show his co-workers that prison isn’t the great place they think it is, Michael reaches into his background as a thespian and creates a character in order to show them how awful it is to be locked up. We'd be scared straight if we weren't doubled over with laughter.