The series finale of "The Office" airs tonight after nine seasons and all I want is for Michael Scott to return. Listen, I stuck with the show after he departed. I stuck with the show through endless Jim/Pam will-they-won't-they moments. I stuck with the show when Robert California drove me totally crazy. (Sorry, Robert California fans.) And now all I ask is for Michael Scott to come back one more time to bid the series adieu.
But everyone has been saying it's not going to happen. In an effort to quell any disappointment (and Hulk-like rage) I may feel if that turns out to be true, I keep trying to nonchalantly tell myself he won't show up. No big deal, I think, who needs him anyway?
Me, that's who, because I really, really, really want him to be on tonight's show. It won't feel like a final goodbye without him! So I've spent the last few weeks arguing with myself over whether Steve Carell will make an appearance. Will he? Won't he? Well...
Reasons Michael Scott WILL NOT return
Execs have denied Michael Scott will be in the finale. The cast, writers, and producers have been firm about this. They've maintained this for months, possibly longer, and urged us all not to count on it happening. NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt said "[T]he decision would be compromising his schedule."
The show runner, Greg Daniels, said he doesn't think it will pan out. Daniels said, "I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the ‘Goodbye, Michael’ episode was his goodbye and he didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved."
Steve Carell confirmed he would not return. Carell wants the spotlight to be on the remaining cast members and not on himself or Michael Scott. Given that Carell is part of most Hollywood Nice Guy lists, it's probably true he would want to make sure the finale isn't about him.
Steve Carell's personal rep denied any alleged appearance. Although Steve Carell was on the set of "The Office" during the last few days of filming, his rep says he did not shoot any scenes. He was merely there to cheer on his cast mates, further proving how nice he is.
The show doesn't need Michael in order to complete it's story arc. Michael already said goodbye, and now he's moved on to be with Holly. In real life, which is what this "documentary" is portraying, most employees who leave a job don't go back to their former place of employment.
Reasons Michael Scott WILL return
The over-the-top emphasis on "no" seems suspicious. The finale was still really far away when everyone started to say that Michael wouldn't return. Was it because they wanted to crush all of our hopes and dreams so that when he DOES show up we'll be that much happier? I'm onto you, NBC.
Greg Daniels didn't exactly say it wouldn't happen. Thinking Steve Carell was satisfied with the goodbye and knowing are two completely different things. What does Greg Daniels know, anyway?
Steve Carell is a liar. I base this on the fact that he publicly said he is a fan of the Jim Carrey film "Liar, Liar." Therefore, he is probably a liar himself. Plus, if he's so concerned with Michael Scott upstaging the finale, then why are Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling) and Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) returning? Is he trying to imply that these characters don't matter? Or that these actors are somehow less considerate than he is? Either way, that's just plain rude. Steve Carell isn't rude, he's NICE. I would argue it's likelier that he's a liar than a meanie. Again, please refer back to his admiration of the film "Liar, Liar" for proof of his lying tendencies.
Personal reps are also huge liars. Um, personal reps lie all the time. Remember when Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt's reps denied they were getting a divorce? Or when MTV reps denied rumors that reality shows like "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills" were scripted? All I'm saying is Hollywood is full of big, fat liars. And this is tooootally the case with Steve Carell "not" returning to the set. Yeah, okay.
This is not real life, Michael was not a typical employee, and he would never pass up an opportunity to see his old co-workers. Michael left so he could be with Holly, not because he hated Dunder Mifflin or his former employees. In fact, he was probably afraid of how much he loved them, and vice versa. (Obviously.) As Assistant (to the) Regional Manager, Dwight was close to Michael, so he would likely invite Michael to his wedding to Angela. Michael would go because he loved those employees like they were his babies. Except Toby, but that's only because Toby is the worst.
We deserve this. Seriously, guys, we deserve to see Michael Scott one more time. I don't think we're asking too much. Wanting Michael Scott back as a series regular was asking too much. But one measly appearance? Give. It. To. Us.
So what do you think? Will Michael Scott make a cameo, or won't he?