It came and went, Holly Flax’s last episode on The Office. This article sums it up clearly when they say Holly is really the only one that would have made me feel like Michael Scott when regarding poor Toby. “Go back to Costa Rica!” Amy Ryan did SUCH a good job as Holly Flax, the episodes after she left seem lack luster without her. She does a great job at wielding a character that is seemingly straight-laced and almost fragile, but very explosively quirky on the inside. And she just had great comedic timing with Carrel. Their seemingly off tempo and awkward shenanigans were great.

Most people know that I LOVE Steve Carrel. And I love Michael… I shouldn’t, but I do. I did love Jim before Pam and him got together, but afterwards my feelings just sort of waned. They are cute, sure, and they do tug on the heart strings, but Jim doesn’t seem so funny. And the writer/the actor does a really good job in isolating him and making him appear as if “drowning” in reality these days. I still dig Pam, though. And of course, I am rooting for Dwight (<3) and Angela.

ANYWAY. How is it that in the time of a mere handful of episodes Michael and Holly make us weak in the knees. They both have so much chemistry, it’s crazy. And here I am a professed Jan lover, now rooting for Michael and Holly.

They need to bring her back… perhaps in a love triangle with Jan. I hope they craft something like this: Michael after much debate goes back to Jan and tries to make an unhappy household with her and the baby. Then, I hope Holly goes back for Michael and awkwardness ensues. And although it should be an easy choice, Michael would be soft about the baby that he has invested in… and voila! Perhaps this is too cliche. I want to see Holly onscreen with Michael again.

In the past, Michael’s girlfriends (other than Jan) were just that, his girlfriends on the show. They were vehicles to show how unfit Michael was for normal interaction. Then with Jan, they showed their unlikely match and her deterioration, which of course endeared her to me. I especially liked the episode when Michael “runs away” from his debts and they share a sweet moment. However, with Holly it was different. Maybe it was her storyline with Kevin. She was this shining beacon of warmth within this fairly unmotivated bleak bunch.

I have yet to see the depressing BBC version, mainly because no one wants to see it with me… Still, the ending of the last season of office was so depressing and heartbreaking at moments. Some characters seem to keep running into dead ends, such as Jim and Pam, along with Dwight that Holly was the only hopeful character on the season finale. …Which was probably how this investment in Holly Flax started. She was our comfort in a world where Jim and Pam seemed unable to take the next step and Andy’s desperate attempts to plan his life according to some golden fraturnity rule. Really, if that proposal didn’t make you somewhat pained for Andy… you are heartless. And then that rush of excitement on how that episode ended.

I feel like this departure was just so unceremonious and depressing. The last two episodes without Holly were … just … lackluster. They need to fill the gaps with at least some more Jim and Dwight hijinks or something.

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