February 18th, 2011
02:48 PM ET
At long last, the Michael Scott script was finally produced and revealed to the world on Thursday night's episode of "The Office."
To be precise, as Michael put it, it took "three years of writing, one year of shooting, four years of re-shooting and two years of editing" to bring "Threat Level Midnight" to the small, Dunder Mifflin/Sabre screen.
(Michael Scott's biggest directing influence, by the way? "I am a huge Woody Allen fan, although I've only seen 'Antz.'")
This could have quite easily been a super-sized webisode, but since this entire season has been a farewell to Steve Carell, we got it as part of a regular episode, and boy, was it worth it.
There was a very loose plot thread about Michael finally being able to laugh at himself, but "Threat Level Midnight," about the exploits of international man of mystery Michael Scarn, was the main event.
Since it was shot over five years, we got to see Jan, Roy, Karen and Todd Packer pop up. Plus, there were the extraordinary performances of Jim as Goldenface, Darryl as the President, Dwight as the Robot Butler (or is he? Yes, yes he is), Creed as Cherokee Jack and Stanley as the voice of Morgan Freeman.
Of course, Toby had to die with his head getting blown off in the most expensive, but very important, scene.
Honestly, this episode had me at "My name's Michael Scarn, and I'm here to say, I'm about to do the Scarn in a major way!"
It was all one big love letter to Michael Scott, and it's hard to believe he'll only be around for a few more episodes.
What did you think? And would you like to read Michael's book, "Somehow I Manage"? Share your view on iReport, or comment below.
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