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The Office Episode: "Golden Ticket"

Season 5, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: Office problems spread when Michael suggests placing "golden tickets" inside paper packages as discounts for clients. Elsewhere, Kevin sets out to woo a woman---so Andy, Jim and Pam step up to give him (very different) pointers.
Original Air Date: Mar 12, 2009

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Season 5, Episode 19
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Aired: 3/12/2009
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The Office Episode Recap: "Two Weeks" Season 5, Episode 19

In "Two Weeks," Michael counts down his last days at Dunder Mifflin while the new regional vice president continues to assert his no-nonsense style on the branch. In the first scene, Michael's regaling the DM staff with his dramatic quitting story — so it looks like The Office writers aren't backing down on their dare. There was no dramatic "come back Michael, we need you" moment from David Wallace — this may actually be the last we see of Michael Scott at Dunder Mifflin.

It's Quittin' Time!
Jim said it best: "Surprisingly there is a very big difference between Michael trying and Michael not trying." That led to vignettes of Michael drinking "scotch and Splenda," tussling with Phyllis' hair, grabbing at Jim's paper with a sticky-thingy and tempting Oscar to drink the aforementioned scotch and Splenda.

The New Copier
Meanwhile, the subplot involved Pam's battle with the new copier. With only an instruction book in hand, she has to figure out how to install the new-fangled machine, vowing not to let it defeat her like "that wireless router." Kevin's no help, as comes along demanding that the copier get installed today, and Dwight isn't either, as he tries to translate the German instructions — especially since, as he claims, his German is "pre-industrial and mostly religious." 

The Michael Scott Paper Company
After meeting the regional manager candidate who tells him "It's brutal out there," and after hearing that the best job lead he had — Prince Paper — is out of business after 40 years, Michael has an epiphany: He's going to start his own paper company.  

Michael immediately tries to recruit key members of the staff. As Jim, Andy and Dwight turn down his offers, his recruitment strategy becomes increasingly unorthodox, eventually leading him to put a note in Oscar's sandwich and to propose the job offer while poor Stanley is relieving himself.

The jig is finally up when Charles finds the "Michael Scott Paper Company" order form and promptly gets security to escort Michael off the premises.

Toby's only screen time summed up Michael perfectly: "Michael's like a movie on a plane. You know it's not great but it's something to watch. Then when it's over, it's like: how much time is left on this flight? Now what?"

Charles Is Not in Charge
Despite his business-like demeanor, we see that Charles has some major flaws: His people skills are horrible, he continues to be dismissive of Jim — the best salesperson on staff — and finally he makes some awful personnel decisions by having Kevin answer the phone and Stanley be the productivity czar (appointing Stanley to the post as Stanley was doing a crossword puzzle).

Charles reminds me of Dr. Benton from ER. He's probably very skilled at his work, but he has major people issues. As the rest of the season plays out, I'm sure more and more of his flaws will come to the fore.

"Hello Darkness My Old Friend"
After he's kicked out of the office, Michael sneaks back in to grab a few key files, and as he crawls his way through the office, he makes his last, best case for leaving Dunder Mifflin and joining him: "Are you doing your best here? Are you being the best you can be?" His plea affects no one — except for Pam, who impulsively quits on the spot and joins his new venture.

Obviously Pam's decision is a major risk, and flies in the face of the mortgage concerns Pam raised earlier this season. But at the same time, the best part of Pam's day was figuring out how to configure a copier. She's obviously not happy with what she's doing, so I can understand and sympathize with the impulsive decision to join Michael.

What I loved about the scene was that after the adrenaline and euphoria bubbled away, the reality sunk in, and as Michael and Pam rounded the corner, their faces turned impassive and concerned. And the ending reminded me of the ending of The Graduate when Dustin Hoffman and Mrs. Robinson's daughter escape the marriage, get on the bus, only to have the weight of their decision stun them into silence.

Finally, here are my favorite quotes from the "Two Weeks":
• "Tastes like Splenda, getcha drunk like scotch"
• "It's Monster.com. No 's'"
• "For regional manager I've decide to go for an outside hire. For obvious reasons."
• "It's either an incense dispenser or a ceremonial sarcophagus"
• "I am aware of the effect I have on women"
• "She's such a special person. She's turning 50 this year"

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In "Two Weeks," Michael counts down his last days at Dunder Mifflin while the new regional vice president continues to assert his no-nonsense style on the branch. In the first scene, Michael's regaling the DM staff with his dramatic quitting story — so it looks like The Office writers aren't backing down on their dare. There was no dramatic "come back Michael, we need you" moment from David Wallace — this may actually be the last we see of Michael Scott at Dunder Mifflin. read more

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