[‘The Office’ – ‘Garage Sale’]
If you take out the main story of tonight’s episode — how Michael deals with his desire to ask Holly to marry him — what you have left over isn’t all that funny, which is a big, big worry.
I might be of a minority opinion, but most of the non-Michael stories I’ve seen this season, all written with an eye towards getting viewers used to the idea of ‘The Office’ without Steve Carell, haven’t really worked. Many times there’s no story there, just vignettes of life in the office between a particular set of characters. Not that there was anything wrong with that, but more often than not, these vignettes aren’t generating many laughs.
Fortunately, the Michael plot saved this episode from being one of the worst of the year. It was fun, sweet, mature, and eventful all at once. We all know Michael is leaving, but the way he’s going out has been one of the unexpectedly pleasant surprises of the television season, and tonight’s episode is a microcosm of why it’s been so pleasant.