OK, so towards the beginning of last nights episode, when Michael was trying to explain away all the announcements that Charles (his new boss was making) that there was to be no more discretionary spending (parties, etc.); something that Michael was supposed to have announced the prior week, I couldn't help but get the feeling that Michael can't keep going like this. This is the third boss who he would annoy and would spend his time undermining, but they would tolerate it because of his sales team's performance. Well, at some point that had to stop. I guess it was tonight.
I can't believe he quit. But then again the fun, free-wheeling boss only works if he's given a lot of latitude and still produces results. The tone of the show has been the paper business isn't doing so well, and then the economy took a downturn, so Dunder Mifflin is going to do the corporate thing and squeeze as hard as they can to wring any bit of inefficiency out. As much as I'd hate to see Steve Carrell leave, or any of the cast really, I just can't see how Michael can bounce back from this.
Great episode though. Really reminded me of the British office in the way that Michael spent the whole time trying to keep things cool with his "friends" (his employees) while trying to get his boss to try to reverse a policy, then trying to claim that it can't be done to him since its his branch, and then essentially whining because he doesn't think the company treats him well.