April 15th, 2011
11:56 AM ET
It's time to face facts, "Office" fans. Michael Scott's time with us is coming to an end very soon. Fortunately his (one assumes, temporary) replacement, Deangelo Vickers, is played by Will Ferrell.
Dunder Mifflin's past and its possible future met at a bar, not realizing whom they were meeting (and it took a long, long time for them to figure it out, even while talking to each other on the phone). No matter though, since they immediately hit it off, and the new boss was introduced in classic Michael Scott style: "Without further ado... let's all start clapping."
Deangelo's arrival had a different effect on everyone in the office: Darryl and Kevin transformed themselves, Kelly hit on him right away, the Halperts tried to use their baby to bond with him, and poor Andy was suddenly the "Office Funny Guy," and when he ran out of material started doing physical comedy.
One of the highlights of this season has been Erin, who was asked to answer the phone, differently, without saying her name: "Dunder Mifflin, this is. Oh yeah, I like it."
That's when the trouble started, though. Michael realized that things were really going to change, and he not-too-subtly suggested that Erin answer the phone the old way, so she ended up answering with, "I'm so sorry."
Michael also decided to get a shave in the office, like Deangelo, something Erin didn't exactly know how to do. Michael had to whisper to her, "Don't shave my lips!"
While Michael was freaking out over the changes, Dwight came to the realization, after seven years, that Michael never intended for him to be his replacement. Dwight tried to figure this out by tricking Michael into meeting him to see a turtle. When Michael figured out he was duped, he said, "Now I'm going to have to go online and look at turtles, otherwise I'm going to be off all day."
When Deangelo called a company meeting, and even Dwight refused to stay outside of the conference room with Michael, it was clear that things had changed between them. Chances are, there will be more repercussions from this, before all is said and done.
It dawned on Michael that he had to accept what was happening, and he gave Deangelo one of the most hilarious hugs in television history, saying, "Why did you have to be so damn good?"
Unfortunately, Jim and Pam don't have quite the rapport with Deangelo they thought they had when they brought the baby to the office to meet him. Deangelo confessed to the camera, "I'm telling you, that baby could be the star of a show called 'Babies I Don't Care About.'"
I don't know about you, but I'm dying to see how the Deangelo storyline plays out, and of course, Steve Carell's final few episodes.
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