“Offering [her] services to help out on this case is different than actually getting her job back,” Olmstead points out.
And there's a button that I can press and launch that lighthouse into space. Dwight: Owning a building is a war between the landlord and the tenant.
They say on your deathbed, you never wish you spent more time at the office, but I will.
(*) I know there's been some complaining this season that Jim and/or Pam have become smug and unlikable, and I briefly worried that this episode would make things worse in that regard.
But then we saw Jim's behavior being equaled (or surpassed) by Dwight and Stanley and Phyllis, and we also saw Jim as the one to convince the others to make a peace offering. Tension in the office, particularly tension that's not all based around Michael (even if Michael assumes it is, because every day is Michael's birthday), tends to lead to good episodes.
But I was glad to see the two have a heart-to-heart about how sour their friendship has gotten.
(It's a situation that dates back to the Michael Scott Paper Company, though the Sabre corporate structure has only made things worse.) Michael and Dwight are the broadest of the show's lead characters, particularly in their interactions with each other, so it's important that they get to display their humanity together on occasion - even if it has to come in the same episode where they're throwing trash at each other.
The point of this episode was to celebrate Holly and Michael's love and to build up to their exit from the show. Anything can happen when you're drunk off your ass. The fact that they went through with it doesn't cheapen their relationship at all. For Pam to miss Michael's goodbye would have been awful.
Maybe Holly was so infatuated with Michael she didn't care or forgot about her position and the rules and did it any way. It shows they are human and that great couples do stupid stuff, especially when drunk and horny. Pam has been developed into Michael's sort of guardian angel, and for her to miss that would have been horrible.
It was fun to see Phyllis become so haughty, and then to see the sales staff have to bend and scrape to the others to get the leads (Stanley enduring a Ryan/Kelly argument about the Kardashians, Phyllis having to fill out meaningless paperwork for Angela, Andy getting too hot-and-bothered over Erin's Hot/Cold game), and then to see the non-salespeople unwittingly throw away some money at the sight of the cookies.
(As Stanley, Leslie David Baker has a wonderfully expressive face that the show wisely lets him change only on occasion so it has more effect; the growing smile as Stanley realized what had happened with the cookies almost made the episode on its own.) Michael and Dwight having a garbage fight at the dump didn't particularly work, in part because it was so goofy (as was Andy and Daryl's wrestling match for the pencil), in part because the green-screen effects had a very distracting quality to them.
Stanley: I have been trying to get on jury duty every single year since I was 18-years old. Now, if she's engaged, I'm gonna go crazy and I'm gonna start attacking people.