'The Office' gives Michael Scott one more 'That's what she said,' and it makes us feel so good inside


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Like so many of you, I still have mixed feelings about Steve Carell’s last episode of The Office. While there were so many Michael Scott moments that were touching (his goodbyes with Jim and Erin, his letter of recommendation for Dwight) and funny (his worries that his improv credits wouldn’t transfer to Colorado) in last night’s episode, it still felt like there needed to be more. This is the end of an era, after all.

I will, however, give major kudos to those last few minutes with Michael. It was emotional without being sappy (thank goodness Pam got to see him off) and even gave a wonderful nod to the series as a whole when Michael asked the camera crew if they were ever going to air their footage. But, the best thing the Office writers could have possibly done was give Michael Scott a perfect parting line, which they did: the eternal “That’s what she said.” After taking his mic off for the last time (weep!) the future Mr. Holly Flax told the cameras, “This is gonna feel so good getting this off my chest” and followed it up with a perfect, “That’s what she said.”

As EW’s Ken Tucker pointed out, there have been a variety of words used to define Carell’s wonderfully layered character over the years (seriously, where’s that Emmy already?!), but it’s these other four little words seemed to encapsulate the world’s best boss to a T.

It seems the folks over at Funny Or Die also appreciated how much “TWSS” meant to Office fanatics and compiled every last one of them for a montage. Each one is a gem, but the best ones were always when Michael had to try to restrain himself from saying it (check out the moment at the 16-second mark in which Jim baits him with lead-ins like “You really think you can go all day long”), or when he’s upset that others — namely Dwight — have stolen the opportunity to say “That’s what she said” from him.

What’s your all-time favorite “That’s what she said” from Michael Scott, PopWatchers? And did you think the parting line was perfect too?

Read more:
‘The Office’ recap: The Long Goodbye
‘The Office': Director Paul Feig looks back at the evolution of Michael Scott
‘The Office': Exec producer Greg Daniels on the departure of Steve Carell

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  • Sara

    My favorite was when he had the plastic gavel and he said, all in one breath, “it squeaks when I bang it that’s what she said”

    • JK

      Yeah that one was probably the best–but I didn’t see it in the montage.

    • Henry Kobasky

      I wish that all the people who dislike Will Ferell would redirect their negative comments toward the writers. Ferell is not doing improv, he’s reading the lines that the out-of-ideas writers are feeding him. Blame THEM for D’Angelos character, as well the show’s overall dip in quality.

    • Tha

      Dave / Yeah I’m with you guys on this. B+ seems about right. I’m cool with the new Boss in that in many ways he’s as ieurcsne and eager to please as Michael Scott but he has enough self-awareness to add a new dimension so it doesn’t feel like a bad photocopy of MS.I did like the scene where He outlined the strengths of his fellow workers. It was a bit sappy but I kind of liked it

  • Johnification

    It’s funny how The Office took what was originally going to be a one-off of a then-overdone joke and turned it into a character trademark and an iconic running gag. Remember, Jim baiting Michael after he had allegedly given up “That’s what she said” was the FIRST TIME it appeared on the show!

  • Mike

    Just thought of the one when Dwight and Michael were in an argument and Dwight seized a moment to day TWSS and Michael was too upset to appreciate it “don’t you dare!!” lol so many good ones. But the last one was perfect!

    • Mike

      Ugh “say” not “day”

  • PghFan

    It’s like trying to pick your favorite Homerism, it just can’t be done.

    • Karima

      The way you epalxin things is just plain hilarious. I enjoyed the random pictures thoughout the story. I’m glad your date night didn’t turn into an evening at the police station.

  • Jason

    The ending was almost perfect. They didn’t need that final “talking head” with Pam. Ruined the moment. Should have just cut from her watching him walk down the hallway to her watching his plane take off.

  • Tim

    My favorite TWSS was one that was never actually said. It was with Jan and they were at a conference where Dwight was supposed to give a speech and they were all around eating and Jan said something worthy of a TWSS and Michael just looks at the camera and smiles. You just know what he was thinking.

    • Ralston

      Ha! I remember that and totally agree. Might be my favorite TWSS moment as it engaged the audience. You had to say it for him.

  • Ruby

    This is the best Michael Scott tribute ever. Love it!

  • Steph

    I loved when, on a recent episode of 30 Rock, Liz Lemon says that Steve Carell OWNS “that’s what she said.”

  • Mark S

    I love the one where he did the line and yelled no time. He was basically arguing with himself.

  • bizzaro

    Michael’s finale-WEAK!!!!!!! Very WEAK!!!! I felt myself having to force laughs for old time’s sake!!!!!! If Will Ferell carried the entire episode!!!! The episode was an insult to Steve Carell! The real question is not, can THE OFFICE survive without Michael; the real question is, can THE OFFICE recover from such a lame and lack luster season?

    • Jackie

      lol what the heck were you smoking? Will Ferell didn’t even have a big role in this episode!! Not to mention, there were quite a few very funny moments but I think this episode was aimed more at tugging at the heart strings considering we’re all saying goodbye to him. Geez!!

  • Lisa

    I agree with bizarro- it’s been an incredibly weak season- saved only by Will Ferrell. You think knowing that this was the last Carell season that they’d not only secure top notch guests but also writers. I kept thinking last night that it should be THE final episode for the series not just carell. It’s a dead horse.

    • Master of the Obvious

      Will Ferrell sucks. You are no fan of The Office.

  • Master of the Obvious

    Funny or Die hosting that video?

    Will Ferrell really is trying to take over The Office.

    Will miss you Steve Carell. Hate you Will Ferrell you assclown.

  • Britt

    Kelly: Dwight, get out of my nook!
    Pam: Oh! That’s what she said! That’s what she said!

  • Lawrence

    Love the one where he’s being questioned during Jan’s lawsuit against the compnay for firing her. I forgot the question that he was asked, but he replied “TWSS”, and they basically had to ask him follow-up questions to comprehend what he was talking about. Jan tried to explain that he was just telling a joke, and when the court reporter read back what was said, Michael replies “Butchered it. The delivery was all wrong.” Gonna miss that guy.

  • Ralston

    The final inaudible TWSS was classy. It was subtle and timely. Didn’t even see it coming. (That’s what she said)

    Thinking back, I can’t remember the exact details, but there was one where Michael was going over interoffice disputes. He addresses Angela who answers, “You already did me.” The camera then swiftly pans down to Jim seated in front of her who mouths, “That’s what she said” as Michael says it in the background. 

    It was great because it showed how well these people knew each other, and perhaps how hostage they were to those connections. Moments like that just made me want to hang with them a little more. 

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