Tori’s Review: Goodbye, Toby

I hope Angela has a season pass to confession, because Miss Martin has sinned — and it was awesome! I’m so happy to see that another couple, besides Jim and Pam, is making the most of their time in the office.

“Goodbye, Toby” started with a painfully excited Michael planning Toby’s funeral. I’m going to miss Toby. I hope Costa Rica is a nice, warm place to start working on The Office spin off.

With Toby leaving, the office needed a new HR person to keep Michael in line. Enter the softer, slightly saner version of Jan — Holly.

I loved the characterization of Michael in this episode. Sometimes his lunatic level is too high for me to care about him. I laugh at him, but I don’t always care. But when this Michael comes out to play, I really just love him. I care about him so much I want to kick him in the head for being so damn stupid.

It was really interesting to see Michael through the eyes of someone who doesn’t hate him, or pity him. Holly actually likes him! Might even want to see him naked! The view through her eyes made me find him a little attractive too. The feeling has passed. (Just for the record, I think Steve Carell is very attractive — Michael not so much.)

For a few minutes, Michael had it all: a beautiful woman, with a dislike for Toby, who could throw back terrible Yoda impressions as fast as he could toss them. Sure, her boobs were still real, but the relationship was young.

But, then he threw it all away for a pregnant Jan who probably loves him, but also clearly hates him. I can’t wrap my mind around someone with such low self esteem she would want to be with a man when she thinks his sperm will one day end up in a special work program.

The storyline between Kevin and Holly was quite possibly one of my favorites since Season 2. We are all used to Kevin’s strange behavior, but it was hysterical to see how easily his mellow attitude can be mistaken as a slow adult. Poor Kevin. He thought he was totally going to bang Holly. I’m sure the only contact was when she had to reach over and wipe ketchup off his face at the diner.

The most disappointing part of the season finale was that Jim didn’t get to propose. It was adorable watching him nervously grip the box and Pam’s knee. I ached for them when Andy ruined their moment. Jenna Fischer did a fantastic job of showing so much emotion in that sad smile during her picture with Toby. You could almost hear her telling herself it would be silly to cry.

I am a little worried about Pam’s, “I wouldn’t go if things weren’t so solid with Jim.” Foreshadowing? When we come back the show will be three months in the future, and Jim and Pam still won’t be engaged after a summer apart.

Even though this season finale didn’t quite knock me over like Season 2, it definitely set up some exciting stuff for next season. I can’t wait to see the repercussions of “The Devil in Miss Martin.” I wonder if Holly’s crush on Michael will be more misery for the status of HR in the office. I hope Ryan spends at least until November sweeps in jail. And I’m anxious for Michael to plan his own “I’m kinda going to be a Daddy” baby shower.

See you in Season 5!

Tori Weber is a Web Producer and writer for a television news station in Orlando, FL. Writing keeps her sane, and ice cream makes her happy. Dogs are good too. Visit her here.

53 comments

  1. Great review. I really liked how she talked about Michael and how she actually cared about him since I felt the same way in this episode.

  2. Really spot on. Exactly how I felt about the episode. Though I will probably miss Toby less…

  3. Great review! I agree with you on everything, these were my exact thoughts as I was watching the finale. But I also had a thought that maybe Jim will propose over the summer and Pam will come back with an engagement ring. But I’m not sure. Also, I thought there was a little too much going on at once for the usual office episodes, usually they make a plot out of something small like a chair or a parking spot. This episode had SO much going on! But I loved it :)

  4. Great review, I definitely agree. Oh man, I just realized that we will probably miss Jim and Pam’s reaction to finding out Jan is pregnant. I always like seeing the faces they make when something crazy happens. I think that Michael wouldn’t have a problem with letting Pam come back to work at DM after three months, but is the choice up to him?

  5. I definitely think that during the summer break Pam will be gone in New York. Then when season 5 comes back there’s going to be an amazing proposal! I like the new HR person and I’m so glad Dwangela are back!!

    My guess that either Ryan comes back after jail/commmunity service to be a temp again (I would love that) or Ryan’s going to be the new spinoff? I mean, why not? He’s attractive, young, and funny.

  6. Yay, the reviews are back! I love Holly. I hope she and Jim don’t get together when Pam is gone, though!

  7. so why does everyone interpret the “i wouldn’t go if things weren’t so solid with jim” as foreshadowing? i felt reassured by that and took it at face value. tori – what about that makes you concerned? am i missing something?

  8. great review, but why didn’t you mention the whole andy-angela-dwight love triangle???? the ending was pretty intense no?

  9. You’re so right! I agree with every little thing you said! This was definitely my favorite season 4 episode. Mostly because they made Michael look human again, like you pointed out. He wasn’t so over the top in this episode and he made us care about him. And the Kevin/Holly storyline was awesome. Especially, because they kept it up for the entire episode! Oh and such a cliffhanger with the Dwangela action! I was shocked and found myself repeating: ‘Oh my God’ over and over again without any control over it. I love your reviews, Tori! We agree on a lot of things. I guess great minds think alike! ;)

  10. I’m still not convinced that Toby is actually leaving!

    This episode, in my opinion, made up for the less-than-fabulous episodes since the writer’s strike. I am disappointed about the Jim and Pam thing, yet secretly glad that tension will be carried through to next season. I love to ache for them. :)

  11. Is it just me or does the lighting seem different this season, or at least since after the strike. It seems a little darker than normal. Watch an episode from season 2, then watch a post strike episode and you will see what I mean.

  12. Yep, Tori, once again you read my mind exactly. If only my thoughts were as well written as yours… Thanks for another great review! (and thanks for posting tanster – congrats on another great season of fansite awesomeness!!!)

  13. i love the idea of michael trying to throw himself a baby shower! ahahahah! love it!

  14. #4 Amie,

    It would be nice to see them engaged when the show comes back but I hope they don’t do it over the summer just so we get to see the proposal ourselves.

  15. Yes! The Yoda-exchange was so sweet. Like watching two children split a cookie in half.

  16. I agree with you on your assessment. I am still not over my anger toward Andy. I hate that he ruined Jim’s moment. I sincerely hope that this is not the beginning of the end of JAM. Does this make Angela the new office mattress? Nice party planning by Phyllis…loved to see the occasional appearance of Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration. Would have loved to see Stanley more and glad to see Ryan get his just dues. Loved the two messages that Jim left for Ryan. It’s a nice setup to see who will be Ryan’s next replacement. Michael has some serious dependency issues with respect to Jan. I have to say that Jan looked really great the other night. Melora Hardin is quite beautiful. The rest of the episode was great except that foiled proposal.

  17. i love when michael is actually used as a real human and not just a punchline, and the same goes for dwight. often they’re just sorta generic “dumb” or “weird” comedy setpieces. i really cared about both of them in this episode and that was awesome.

  18. I totally agree that the scenes with Kevin and Holly were amazing! “This is a button..”
    The writers did an amazing job! It was almost up there with “Casino night”.

    Great review!

  19. But what about Ryan?! Tori, don’t tell me you missed the Jim-Ryan rivalry being blown to a whole different level? They’re going to need a replacement, right…? Pam has to be in New York for three months, right…? Who does David Wallace like from the Scranton branch? And what about when Ryan gets out of court and whatever prison he’s stuck in? Yeah, Jim didn’t propose to Pam, but that doesn’t mean he won’t soon. The Jim I know wouldn’t just give up because he didn’t get to propose to Pam before Andy proposed to Angela.

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