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Michael Scott : Go get yourself a monkey kidney
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Feb 20th 2006 edited

Discuss all things Michael.

Feb 21st 2006

If only there could be a real boss like Michael Scott. I'd be at work every day, on time, just to watch the train wreck unfold.

Feb 21st 2006

I just love watching Michael fighting back tears when he's awarded the "gold" medal in Office Olympics. That and the final moments of Halloween really do tug on my heartstrings. I love the fact that Michael is capable of unabashed emotion and has a few touching moments every now and then. I've read that some people are upset that Michael isn't quite the enormously hateable character as David Brent from the UK series, but that's one of the best parts about Steve Carrell's performance. You love to hate him, but you love to love him too!

Feb 21st 2006

Well put Scarlet. I hate to admit it, but Steve Carell is kind of cute.

Feb 21st 2006

Well put Scarlet. I hate to admit it, but Steve Carell is kind of cute.

He is, isn't he? I had a dream about kissing him ... But this is a family forum, and I have manners. ;-D

Feb 22nd 2006 edited

Aw, Michael is my favorite character.

I love Steve Carell, and he does such a good job of being such a butt of a character, but he does have a sweet side to him that I find lovable. :]

Personally, I’m happy that Michael is less harsh that David Brent. Michael at least seems human.

Mar 9th 2006

I fell off my chair laughing when they showed the flashback photo of young Michael accepting the award. He had that shoulder length hair that curled around and looked real cheezy.

I had to rewind my DVR over and over for that picture.

It looked so real that I'm not sure if that's an actual old photo of Steve, or just a good photoshop job. If I had to imagine what a young Mike Scott looked like, that would be it.

Mar 15th 2006

I have been busy, trying to watch an episode of the office everynight since "Dwight's speech" plus trying to make some fans out of my friends and family during our 4 day ski trip.

One of the things I have struck me during all of this rewatching is all of the comments and thoughts from Michael Scott that make him a modern day Archie Bunker, although he isn't mean about it. Like his interaction with Oscar, or Stanley, my favorite of these being during the Dundies where she dresses up like the chinese guy and is going on and on with his chinese accent, while a asian girl is sitting behind him. All of these scenes where he may say "buena vista" to Oscar or ask Stanley about the ghetto are hilarious, and written perfectly to not offend anyone and just make Michael look like an idiot. Just a small part that makes up the great creative writing of the show that I wanted to rant about.

Mar 16th 2006

Totally agree with Todd on this one ... plus the small scenes they throw in to show Michael as a decent human being (with the potential to be a good boss) really make Michael more well-rounded than David Brent.

Mar 16th 2006 edited

Also, here is the latest on the new Steve Carell movie "Evan Almighty" from Hollywood Reporter.com ...

Lauren Graham is set to star opposite Steve Carell in Universal Pictures' "Evan Almighty," which Tom Shadyac is directing. John Goodman also has come on board the comedy, a sequel to 2003's "Bruce Almighty." Written by Steve Oedekerk, the story centers on Carell, who appeared as an anchorman in the first film, who now has a career as a politician. He gets an audience with God, played by a returning Morgan Freeman, who tells him to build an ark in preparation for a flood. Graham is playing Evan's wife, and Goodman plays a congressman who takes Evan under his wing.

[ Note: There was a false report that this movie originally caused the Office season to end early (in March instead of May). However, the team still shot the standard number of episodes for a season (22) and instead of showing them all before the end of March, NBC will be showing reruns to spread it out until May. Standard protocol for network shows, and allows folks to catch episodes they may have missed. ]

Mar 16th 2006

Michael has referred to himself as both the Captain and Conductor of the Office...any other titles I've missed?

Mar 16th 2006

"I want to get married and have 100 kids, so I can have 100 friends and none of them can say no..."

Why did I get the feeling we heard this before? It was just AWESOME!

Mar 16th 2006

DING DING DING...Michael Scott IS "littlekidlover"!

Mar 17th 2006 edited

Don't forget that sometimes he just has to be the "Boss of Dancing!"

Mar 17th 2006

More Michael "titles" from last night ...

Michael: Hi children. I’m Michael Scott and I am in charge of this place (how do I make you understand?). I am like Superman and the people who work here are like citizens of Gotham City.

Dwight & Jim: That’s Batman…

Michael: Ok. I’m like Aquaman…where does he live guys?

Jim: The ocean.

Michael: I work with a bunch of nerds.

(text copied from Dunderball.com. hilarious.)

Mar 18th 2006

He's also compared himself to both Chris Rock AND Eddie Murphy.

Mar 22nd 2006

Darn.
Darn.
Darn.
Darn.

I just realized that I missed Steve on Leno last night. Did anyone see it? Can you give me a synopsis?

What did he say about The Office?

Someone please fill me in.

I am so mad at myself.

Mar 22nd 2006

One of my favorite moments is from "The Secret", when Michael gets upset with Stanley taking too long to pick a soda (when he's trying to discuss "the P situation" with Jim), he just hits the soda machine and says "Peach ice tea...you're gonna hate it."

rofl line right there

Apr 4th 2006

Michael Scott is such a great character, I can't help but wonder what makes him the way he is... Just a couple of thoughts.

1) It was shown in "The Client" that Michael really is an excellent salesman, after all he won saleman of the year two years in a row. He is not, however, at all suited to be managment.

2) I think that Michaels relationship to uber-ass Todd Packer is key to much of his obnoxiousness. Imagine an office a few years ago where Michael is merely a salesman, working at times alongside the bully T.P.. In an effort to avoid becoming a target for T.P.'s mean-spirited jokes, Michael would likely suck up, laughing mindlessly at any offensive crack Packer might make. Further, I imagine that most of the office-mates at the time would have done the same, thereby instilling in Michael (who doesn't realize they are also laughing only to avoid becoming the butt of a joke) the notion that behavior such as Packers is acceptable and will make people like you.

Does anyone else get this impression?

Apr 4th 2006

Whats up my nerdz.

Don't blame me for Michael Snot. Blame it on the fact that he sniff's other guys' thongs.

I think you're on to something though... Any one else wouldn't respond the way he did to me putting a large pile of crap on his office floor.

I need a drinky...

Apr 5th 2006

Personally, I’m happy that Michael is less harsh that David Brent. Michael at least seems human.

With all due respect to Ricky Gervais (who played Brent, and who is one of my personal heroes), Steve Carrell has had a lot more time to develop his character into a more lovelable guy. The British version only ran for 14 episodes total, and by the end of this season Steve Carrell will have had almost double the screen time Ricky Gervais did to develop his character.

That said, I totally agree that Michael is a much more human creature than David Brent was. And I love him!

Jun 7th 2006 edited

Michael needs some love; there has not been a post on this thread in a couple of months.

Some of the most "wow" moments of the show IMO are the unexpected tone shifts. Most dramatically in Casino Night and the confession, but lots of others. Michael has had his share. Some favorites:

1) Halloween - candy for the kids. Kept waiting for him to do something outrageous & inappropriate...didn't happen. Huh. Very sweet.

2) The Client - not exactly a tone-shift but a huge surprise, when Michael shushes Jan and closes the deal. Stunning.

and my all-time favorite:

3) Booze Cruise – "Never, Ever, give up." Amen.

Jun 8th 2006

There's also the thing with kids, he's so sweet with Toby's daughter and Carol's kids at the rink.

And when he sorts things out and takes responsibility at the end of Valentine's Day.

Brent had very few moments where you thought "No, really he's OK, he's just lonely."

Jun 8th 2006

Michael at his most dislikeable (and not approachabler) is in Christmas Party when he really shows how much he hates the oven mitt. How immature and ungracious can this man be? Did his momma not teach him anything???? Poor Phyllis. Granted, the oven mitt probably didn't cost $20 but she made it herself, and it's the thought that counts. And then Michael comes up with Yankee Swap. And then he says to Dwight "why would I would paint ball lessons from you." I just shake my head.

Jun 8th 2006

I agree, Thirsty Babies, when I first saw Christmas Party with my dad, we were talking about how that was a little too far, even for Michael. We were concerned that they would make him too crazy and out-there. I think that throughout the rest of the season, though, he was a more realistic character.

Jun 9th 2006

Hey 2' Closer to Copier - Yes, I think the rest of the season Michael isn't quite so cruel -- except maybe to Toby. Most of the time he is just immature or petty. Would he rather be feared or loved? Both, he wants people to be afraid of how much they love him.

Jun 9th 2006

Would he rather be feared or loved? Both, he wants people to be afraid of how much they love him.

Brilliant!

I agree with many of the posters--Michael Scott is fascinating to watch because he is truly complex and multi-dimensional. Not at first glance, of course, when he acts like a great big jerk. He makes us cringe and exasperated and annoyed, but then he pulls at our heartstrings and behaves like a really likable human, just enough to not make us despise him. I wonder if the employees of the Scranton Branch feel the same way?

Sep 6th 2006

Here's something fun. I did an anagram of Michael Scott, and got, among other things, "Lie, tact schmo" Just thought that was amusing.

Sep 6th 2006

Here's something fun. I did an anagram of Michael Scott, and got, among other things, "Lie, tact schmo" Just thought that was amusing.

"Niiice." We had an anagram thread going a couple of months ago...we should bump that back up.

Sep 7th 2006

Here's one now for "Agent Michael Scarn, FBI!": Each firing, calm absent.

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