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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by aadam101, Feb 2, 2012.
Are you claiming that he officially took vacation? I think it was very clear in the episode that he just didn't go to work, and didn't take it off.
(Again, I still think the office is funny.)
I even mostly agree with your sentiment (or what I am possibly wrongly inferring you "really" mean). Was Carrell's character almost real? How could someone like that become a manager anywhere? Heck, how could someone like that function in society?
Yes, I had a boss very much like him. Made inappropriate jokes and comments. Desperate to be liked. No one on staff respected him. But he was brilliant at what he did and could dazzle the clients. Upper management knew of all the things he did that were inappropriate and that he shouldn't be managing people, but they didn't do anything for a long time. Michael Scott is a caricature, but he's based in reality for sure.
That was the thing. Carrell was way out there while the rest of the "normal" staff put up with his antics. That's how the viewer empathized with the characters. Now the entire cast is crazy.
I've worked with Michael Scotts though. Low self-esteem, talented, annoying.
No. I was responding to your suggestion that he be docked one day's pay by clarifying that he was gone on fake jury duty for close to a week or more, not just a day.
Yeah, you're right. Then I lean much more towards firing him, for being AWOL. (I forget it, but there's a semi-common term used for that in non-military situations.)
OK, really I'm not meaning to nitpick.
Was Carrell's character brilliant at what he did? He seemed to stumble by day to day, and didn't really dazzle anybody. IIRC, he _said_ he was a good salesman "back in the day", but I don't recall that being shown.
Yes, there were a couple episodes that showed what a dazzling salesman Michael still was. Notably the episode at Chili's in season 2 and there were others. The episode with Timothy Olyphant guest starring had Jim and Dwight calling Michael in because they needed a big gun to help them.
And by brilliant I meant at doing the job, but obviously not at managing.
Another example was the sales challenge when he and Andy paired up for a sales call. Michael knew all the right things to say to that particular client, but Andy blew the sale by trying to impress but not catering to that client's perceptions.