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Old May 12 2013, 05:34 PM   #151
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Re: Build-Up to The Office Finale

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Parks and Recreation has heart, something that The Office, aside from Jim and Pam (and occasionally Oscar) lacks.
That's interesting. I never saw Oscar as having heart. He always seemed kind of detached and/or cynical to me, even when he does something nice (like to Angela recently).
For me Oscar is my favorite and has "heart" simply because he's the most normal person in the office. Jim and Pam are normal but their romance is a little too sappy for reality. Oscar, on the other hand, often says what the audience (or at least me) is thinking and isn't an exaggeration like many of the other characters. Go Oscar!
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Old May 13 2013, 04:42 AM   #152
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Watching an old episode tonight in syndication I would say that Michael probably was the character with the most heart. Yes he could be stupid. Yes he could be insensitive and even vaguely racist. But he was a person that was full of emotion and even full of love.
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Old May 13 2013, 05:02 AM   #153
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The thing about Michael's racism is that it arose out of an attempt to show people how non-racist he is. That's what made it lovable. He was always well meaning and his goal was always just to be liked, but he was missing all the cultural meta-information we adjust ourselves by.

Oscar was one of the most identifiable because he was the head of the 'Coalition of reason'. He was the voice of the audience, pointing out 'That is stupid', which is why he's the only character we would hang out with in real life.
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Old May 13 2013, 04:49 PM   #154
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Watching an old episode tonight in syndication I would say that Michael probably was the character with the most heart. Yes he could be stupid. Yes he could be insensitive and even vaguely racist. But he was a person that was full of emotion and even full of love.
Agreed. A bit misguided and dense sometimes, but there was a good person in there somewhere trying to get out.

A good example is the episode where he goes to Pam's art exhibit and buys her drawing of their building. A very nice moment where the real Michael gets to the surface for a bit.
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Old May 13 2013, 05:56 PM   #155
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"normal" Michael was always great. Where it hurt was when the writers took it too far, and he became a joke that didn't even make sense. You couldn't see an actual person going that far, and it became cringe-worthy...
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Old May 14 2013, 02:51 AM   #156
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What scenes would people want to see in a The Office highlights show?

For me it would be Dwight's fire-drill. that is maybe the funniest three or four minutes of television ever. the total level of choas they portrayed is just amazing to me.
For me, it would have to be this moment.
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Old May 14 2013, 06:21 AM   #157
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A good example is the episode where he goes to Pam's art exhibit and buys her drawing of their building. A very nice moment where the real Michael gets to the surface for a bit.
That is one of my favorite moments from the show, just cause it's so genuine. It's so great because anyone else would have shown up and told Pam they liked it just to make her feel good, but not Michael, he shows up and genuinely loved it to the point that he bought it.

I just loved that moment.
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Old May 14 2013, 12:30 PM   #158
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A good example is the episode where he goes to Pam's art exhibit and buys her drawing of their building. A very nice moment where the real Michael gets to the surface for a bit.
That is one of my favorite moments from the show, just cause it's so genuine. It's so great because anyone else would have shown up and told Pam they liked it just to make her feel good, but not Michael, he shows up and genuinely loved it to the point that he bought it.

I just loved that moment.
It's one of my favourite moments too. It's so sweet how he insists that they hang it up.
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Old May 17 2013, 03:19 AM   #159
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That's what she said!
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Old May 17 2013, 03:22 AM   #160
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That's what she said!
This is the 2nd time today I've sobbed! Damn you Hollywood!!!!!
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Old May 17 2013, 05:05 AM   #161
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Steve had the two best lines in the finale. Classic Office.
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Old May 17 2013, 05:07 AM   #162
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That was a great but bittersweet finale. I'm really sad it's over. I'm so glad Michael came back but I was hoping for more than just a cameo.
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Old May 17 2013, 05:42 AM   #163
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Hey, I'm glad we even got that.

It was a lovely finale. Nice gift to the fans.
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Old May 17 2013, 12:52 PM   #164
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Steve was great, and like Starbreaker said, he had the best two lines of the show, but he didn't take over the show.
Everyone had some great moments too, and with that big of a cast that's pretty hard to do. Definitely one of the better finales that I've seen.
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Old May 17 2013, 02:41 PM   #165
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That was a lovely and satisfying finale, and went a long way toward redeeming some of the poor characterization this season (like with Andy) and making up for a string of weak episodes. I thought it was great, as was the retrospective. I'm really happy where everyone left off. Michael's return was handled well and complemented the finale rather than dominated it.
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