As Michael peels his sign down from the door, he talks about defining moments in a person's life. "The day he's born, the day he grows hair, the day he starts a business, and the day he sells that business back to Dunder-Mifflin." Ryan pours Pam a plastic cup of champagne, but declines himself. A confused Korean woman sits in the van parked outside. He says he's flying high, and he wants to enjoy it. As he walks Charles to the door, Charles turns to say something, but Michael interrupts, "No, no, you're done." Charles lets Michael have this one, and leaves without another word. And in a final tableau, Michael rests his foot on Jim's desk, Jim points approvingly at Michael, and the rest of the office look on from the background in varying degrees of bemusement. Nice shot, director Steve Carell. I bet it would even be cooler if it weren't framed for a wider screen than mine, but then that's been going on all season.
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