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Back in the Fold

Now that the principals have reconvened in the conference room, Wallace is ready to put this behind them. "No," Michael says. Pam asks for another minute. Michael says they need jobs, too. So back in the meeting, Michael makes his demands. He wants his old job, his parking space, a Sebring ("They don't make them any more," Charles says) and he wants Charles gone. Wallace won't budge on that one, so Michael says he wants Pam back, in sales. Wallace goes for that, but when Michael says he wants Ryan, Wallace balks again, listing off the costs of salaries, health, dental and so on. "Your company cannot be worth that much," Wallace says. "Our company is worth nothing," Michael says. Oops, he said it. But it's working. "That's the difference between you and I. Business isn't about money to me, David. If tomorrow my company goes under, I will just start another paper company, and another and another. I have no shortage of company names." He basically tells Wallace to take it or leave it. They shake on it, and Michael asks for the room again. And after Wallace and Charles leave once again, Michael closes the blinds, and the sounds of three people celebrating spill out into the bullpen.

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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