The Office: Garage Sale, 7.19

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 | 181 comments

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The Office: Garage Sale

W: Jon Vitti, D: Steve Carell

Summary (NBC): Michael decides to propose to Holly. Holly makes her final appearance. Guest star: Amy Ryan.

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The Office Garage Sale trivia

  • New York Magazine interview with Amy Ryan about the proposal: “The script was so sweet anyway that it made us all have a good cry,” she said, “but coupled with the fact that it was the start of Steve’s departure and it was my own, yeah, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house — literally, from the water pouring down on us and from our emotions. But it was a beautiful night … We did it in two takes, but it took the crew quite a bit to vacuum up all the water with these big power vacs and reset everything as we stood by in robes, shivering.”
  • The box that holds Holly’s engagement ring comes from real-life Scranton jewelry store, Boccardo Jewelers.
  • Promo

Rating

In a poll conducted March 24-28, 2011, Tallyheads rated this episode: 9.32/10

The Office Garage Sale quotes

Pam: Ten cents of every dollar is going into the party fund. So we can throw parties for ourselves.

Dwight: The warmth will lure people inside.

Dwight: Schrutes are farmers by hobby, and traders by trade.

Holly: If it’s a problem with the neon, I can have my neon guy take a look.

Michael: I don’t have an “in case.” Do you have an “in case”?

Kelly: Get out of here, Dwight. You’re blocking my table with your giant body.

Dwight: Who else is she seeing? I better lock her down fast.
Kelly: You can take my Helen Fielding collection.
Dwight: And the Jennifer Weiner collection.

Dwight: “Professor Copperfield’s Miracle Legumes”?

Dwight: Nice try. No, correction, terrible try.

Pam: I’m just coming out to see what you’re doing and maybe stop you.

Michael: You know what, do you have a siphon?

Michael: I’m asking Holly a question in fire.

Pam: You’ve had two ideas today, and one of them was great.

Ryan: Pesto party? Really?

Ryan: It’s cool, it’s kosher, it’s all good.
Dwight: Ryan, you have such an interesting mind.

Ryan sells Mama Sally’s Homemade Pesto (with Phyllis’ photo) and Hot Cha Cha Salsa (with Oscar’s photo).

Dwight: Why would I want some random black man’s old photo album sitting on my bookshelf? I’m not James Franco.

Pam: We want to help you plan the proposal. So that it’s safe and responsible and realistic and doable.

Oscar: If you are in costume, you did something wrong. If at any point you find yourself tying the ring to a dog’s collar, stop and look at yourself.

Andy: We must honorably adhere to the rules that we are making up on the spot.

Phyllis: I have a box of bras under the table if you’re interested.

Michael: How about this. I throw a corpse dressed like me off of the roof. It hits the ground, the head pops off. This leads to me saying the line “I lost my head when I fell in love with you.”

Pam: Holy [bleep]! Is that real?
Michael: Yeah. They say three year’s salary.

Michael: I want this to be an event that everyone talks about always and forever.
Jim: Totally reasonable.

Michael: Get this, Kevin thought I was going to sell my Bowflex for $200, and I told him, dude, this was a prop in my movie.

Holly: I think I need to go home to Colorado.

Michael: No, I am not going to be proposed to in the break room. That is not going to be our story. Should have burned this place down when I had a chance.

Darryl: We’re way past rules, we have been for some time now. We start having rules now, everything we’ve built collapses.

Kevin: And that… is Dallas.

Dwight: I started with a thumbtack and traded my way to a telescope.

Michael: Let’s go for a little walk. I want to show you some stuff.

Michael: This is where Toby announced that he was going to Costa Rica. It was the happiest day of my life. Until the day that you came to replace him.

Michael: Thank goodness none of that was true. Including the herpes. It was an ingrown hair.

Michael: This is where our love faces its toughest test. After this, it’s just smooth sailing for the rest of our lives.

Michael: This is where I fell in love with you. And this is where I ask you to marry me.

Michael: Holly Flax, marrying me will you be?
Holly: Your wife becoming, will be I.

181 comments

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  1. 181. EstherO.  

    Wow, wow and wow again…..
    Best episode of the season, will never forget the proposal….


  2. 180. Robert  

    “Spinster chotchkies”…too funny! I love Dwight!


  3. 179. M  

    Just watched the rerun. I was laughing, clapping, and crying at various intervals. Amazing episode!!!! 10/10


  4. 178. Nathan Jacob  

    Why did BJ’s Character look at the camera when Dwight says “Why would I want some random black man’s old photo album sitting on my book-shelf. I’m not James Franco.” I get the joke, Franco is supposed to be artsy, and might collect something like this… but why the look? What was that supposed to mean?


  5. 177. MJ  

    Truly the best episode to end Steve Carell’s participation on the show.
    There should be no follow-up to Michael’s character… even using this as a series Finale would have been perfect.
    Worked on about 10 different levels.

    Note to NBC. The show will have to start a new dynamic. Better to spin off than beat a dead horse in coming seasons. be careful!


  6. 176. Vee  

    I loved the scene where Michael talks about , how he is going to get a corpse to fall off the roof and Jim just shrugs as if it is perfectly normal for Michael to think about a head-popping corpse..lol..Jim is so subtly hilarious..


  7. 175. Samuel L Chang  

    Amazing episode, easily the best of the season. My one nit-picky flaw: isn’t Holly from Des Moines, as stated in Business Ethics? Maybe her family moved to Colorado?


  8. 174. Dean  

    You know what I literally just thought of?

    We won’t get to see Michael and Holly’s wedding. :(


  9. 173. mr.dude  

    Did anyone else think Michael’s Yoda sounded more like Gomer Pyle?


  10. 172. Bert Saraco  

    Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I thought the episode was pretty bad. I mean like Hallmark Greeting Card bad. This was sappy, typical sit-com, cutesy, ‘awwww look-at-that’ stuff. By the way – when DO these people work? I remember when an episode of The Office was about people that worked in an office. very funny stuff. Now nobody works and it seems like all you have to do is snap your fingers to do things like filling a room with romantic candles that will (surprise!) set off the sprinklers. I don’t know – it didn’t make me laugh and I didn’t feel the love (like everybody else seems to have). Very uninteresting, typical and not funny.


  11. 171. Angie  

    Hopefully this episode breaks the 9.0 rating, it deserves it. (so did a couple others this season, imo)


  12. 170. Cool Guy Paul  

    When Holly met Michael, she said she was from Des Moines, now she’s “going back” to Colorado! Wassup?


  13. 169. Alex Páez  

    Best episode ever! I can’t believe it! Michael Scott finally found the love of his life.
    Steve, I know it’s pointless but, please don’t go!!!


  14. 168. Michael  

    Oh! I say I say I sit on you!


  15. 167. soup snake  

    This episode was just perfect! Everyone was fantastic, but my favorite part was the proposal scene. I was shocked when Holly proposed to Michael and thought it was very cute. I loved how Michael gave her a little tour around the office. I loved how everyone was there to support him. I loved it when Michael said “This is where I fell in love with you and this is where I ask you to marry me.” Those lines had me tearing up. I was really hoping to see Michael and Holly do some impersonations before leaving and my wish came true! It was hilarious that Michael proposed to her speaking like Yoda. What a perfect callback! It was so heartbreaking to see everyone’s reactions when Michael said he was leaving. I get sad every time I hear him say “I’m leaving.” I was amazed that Michael decided he would go to Colorado so quickly without thinking about it twice. He would do anything for Holly. They really are soup snakes. There’s no doubt about it. I REALLY hope we get to see a Michael and Holly wedding next season!!


  16. 166. LovesItalianFood  

    #158 I do agree that the Michael/Holly storyline was weak this season. But “Garage Sale” more than made up for it.

    There were plenty of funny lines mixed in with the sweetness of the proposal.

    Why I loved this episode so much is it brought back what is so special about the Office; providing humor and heart in an episode. For me, that has been gone for a long time, especially since Jim and Pam are now married and parents to boot.

    While you are looking to get on with Office version 2.0, I am saddened that Office verson 1.0 is soon coming to a close with Michael Scott’s departure. I am not sure the new version will live up to its predecessor. Time will tell.


  17. 165. Marie  

    this was just amazing. Michael will invite the camera crew and his Dunder Mifflin family (and us) to the wedding, right?


  18. 164. Dean  

    WOW is all I have to say. I was a little indifferent about the first half or so of the episode and some of the scenes and lines (such as Pam’s “HOLY SH*T IS THAT REAL?” line.. seemed out of character and a bit off)

    However, the proposal scene was AMAZING. I loved how the entire office was involved. It was PERFECT. When everyone came running in congratulating them after Michael popped the question, it honestly felt like a finale.. It almost leaves me wishing they would’ve made Michael’s proposal to Holly the finale and left us to wonder what happens to their life in Colorado and everyone else in Scranton. I guess I just don’t see how it can get any better than what I just watched.


  19. 163. Big Tuna  

    Was it just me, or did the proposal and the talk about Jim and Pam’s proposal make them feel bad for their own proposal?

    Anyway, terrific episode! I loved when Pam gets Michael about the “meeting” that he had called. I was dying when he said that he wanted to talk about…”recycling!”


  20. 162. Eileen  

    Is it possible to get a Q&A with Jon Vitti, the writer of this episode? I know it’s a lot to ask, since they’re most likely super busy with the remaining episodes of the season. I don’t know, just thought it doesn’t hurt to ask :)

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