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"The Office" Goodbye, Toby (2008)

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Director:
Writers:
Greg Daniels (developed for american television by)
Jennifer Celotta (written by) ...
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
15 May 2008 (Season 4, Episode 14)
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Plot:
Michael throws an extravagant going-away party for Toby, and falls in love with the woman who is replacing him. Jim plans to propose to Pam at the party, but gets out-staged. Back at corporate, Ryan is arrested for fraud. | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Season 4: Not as good as seasons 2 and 3 but, for its faults, it is still very good See more (3 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Paul Feig 
 
Writing credits
Greg Daniels (developed for american television by)

Jennifer Celotta (written by) &
Paul Lieberstein (written by)

Ricky Gervais (creator) &
Stephen Merchant (creator)

Anthony Q. Farrell  staff writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Jake Aust .... co-producer
Steve Carell .... producer
Jennifer Celotta .... co-executive producer
Greg Daniels .... executive producer
Lee Eisenberg .... producer
Brent Forrester .... consulting producer
Ricky Gervais .... executive producer
Mindy Kaling .... producer
James O. Kerry .... associate producer
Howard Klein .... executive producer
Lester Lewis .... supervising producer
Paul Lieberstein .... co-executive producer
Stephen Merchant .... executive producer
B.J. Novak .... co-executive producer
Michael Schur .... co-executive producer
Benjamin Silverman .... executive producer (as Ben Silverman)
Gene Stupnitsky .... producer
Kent Zbornak .... co-executive producer
 
Film Editing by
Dean Holland 
David Rogers  (as Dave Rogers)
 
Makeup Department
Laverne Caracuzzi .... makeup department head
Kim M. Ferry .... key hair stylist
Lisa Nash-Jones .... makeup artist
Shari Perry .... hair stylist
Debbie Pierce .... key hair stylist
Kenneth Paul Schoenfeld .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Eric Koljan .... post-production supervisor
Robert Rothbard .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jasmine Alhambra .... second second assistant director
Alicia Cho .... dga trainee
Ross Novie .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ron Hinson .... paint foreman
Kim Richey .... assistant property master
Philip D. Shea .... property master
Amy Lee Wheeler .... assistant art director
Shelley Adajian .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nick Carbone .... sound utility
John W. Cook II .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Gilmore .... foley editor
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Benjamin Patrick .... production sound mixer
Benjamin Patrick .... sound mixer
Matt Temple .... sound effects editor
Stephen Tibbo .... sound mixer
Brian Wittle .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Reuben Langdon .... stunt coordinator
Caryn Mower .... stunt double: Kate Flannery (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Elias .... best boy grip
Frank Esposito .... gaffer
Todd Liggitt .... grip
Bradford Lipson .... gaffer (as Brad Lipson)
Eamon McGillicuddy .... grip
Joel Michalak .... grip
Edward Nielsen III .... assistant camera
Mike Reppert .... lighting technician
Matt Sohn .... camera operator
Kevin Wilt .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Ben Harris .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Buchignani .... key costumer
Hillari James .... key costumer
Jennifer Seery .... costume supervisor
Neil Tansey .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Caroline Dobbe .... post-production coordinator
Gary Levy .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bob Thiele Jr. .... musician (theme)
 
Transportation Department
Jesse Dutchover .... transportation coordinator
Mike Storc .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Daniel Beals .... production assistant
Jason Doring .... production assistant
Jacob Ford .... production assistant
Brandon Margolis .... assistant to director
Veda Semarne .... script supervisor
Tad Shurtz .... production assistant
Mary Wall .... assistant to producer
 

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ricky Gervais  creator
Stephen Merchant  creator

Original Music by
Jay Ferguson 
 
Makeup Department
Marc Boyle .... key hair stylist (season 1)
Melanie Mills .... key makeup artist (season 1)
 
Art Department
Jeffrey Beck .... set designer
Bobby Bednar .... construction coordinator
Steven P. Duchscherer .... set dresser
Matt Flynn .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Adam Blantz .... boom operator
Colin Jones .... boom operator
Daniel McIntosh .... sound mixer: New York
Jacqueline Marie McLaughlin .... utility sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Chingirian .... additional electrician
Jesse Crusing .... additional electrician
Justin M. Lubin .... still photographer
James Andrew Turpin .... additional rigging electrician (as Andrew Turpin)
Jeffrey Wilkins .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Maureen Sullivan Mauk .... post-production assistant (as Maureen Sullivan)
 
Music Department
Scott Cochran .... music engineering
Nicole de la Torriente .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Amy Banks .... payroll accountant
Errol Reichow .... location manager
Kristin Schaack .... second assistant accountant (as Kristin Drummond)
 
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Additional Details

Runtime:
30 min
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the Season 4 finale, when the office workers are watching the YouTube video of Ryan's arrest, you can see the the video was added on April 15, 2008; giving a clue to when the finale was filmed, and also slightly upsetting continuity (the episode was set in May instead of April).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the beginning of the episode Michael sets his watch alarm to go off when Toby leaves. He later gives the watch to Toby as a gift. Toby then continues to change it to Costa Rican time, yet the alarm still goes off at the scheduled time of Toby's departure at the end of the episode.See more »
Quotes:
[as Toby introduces his replacement]
Toby Flenderson:Michael Scott, this is Holly.
Holly Flax:Hi.
Michael Scott:Hi. Yeah, right. Okay, well, they hired a female Toby. Good for the world. Thank you, God, for creating two of you. Here's how things work here: My job is to make the office fun. Your job is to make the office lame, and we have an eternal struggle, you and I, and only one of us can be the winner. Spoiler alert, I'm going to win.
Holly Flax:Man, someone doesn't like HR.
Michael Scott:Yeah.
Holly Flax:What did you do to him?
Toby Flenderson:Nothing.
Michael Scott:No, he tortured me with his awfulness.
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Movie Connections:
References "Mission: Impossible" (1966)See more »
Soundtrack:
Goodbye StrangerSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Season 4: Not as good as seasons 2 and 3 but, for its faults, it is still very good, 6 June 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

As I'm late to the party I am only hitting season 4 of The Office now and of course this means, as it did with 30 Rock, that I am now at the period that was affected by the writers' strike – which means that this season is a lot shorter than it should have been, even if it does have quite a few extended episodes in there to make it a bit longer than the 14 episode list would suggest. I'm not sure if this effected the show negatively but certainly something doesn't appear to be clicking in the early stages. Where season 3 had moved on from season 2 with a jump in time that worked, the action between 3 and 4 doesn't seem to transition that well and it hurts the show that does rely on a narrative structure and characters in a way that the quicker hitting 30 Rock does not. Happily it does settle in quite quickly and the majority of the episodes are pretty good with solid laughs and engaging enough events.

Some of the episodes and threads of the show are excellent as they capture the awkward (but not painful like the UK version) comedy of this workplace but it is some of the narrative that don't work as well as they did in seasons 2 and 3. Jim and Pam's relationship is the most obvious one. The writers appear to have gone from being able to perfectly nail the detail of their back and forwards to suddenly deciding to move things rapidly forward while assuming the viewers will just go with it because that is what we want to see. However in doing this they move things way too fast so that not only does it not quite convince but we also don't get to enjoy them being a dating couple the way that we enjoyed them being flirty for so long. Not so much of a big deal is Ryan's new role. Again perhaps the short season is to blame but this seems to move too fast without enough done with it beyond the obvious. Michael and Jan provides good laughs but Andy and Angela didn't convince me as it just seemed written for the sake of having events and it was only Dwight's part in it that made me enjoy it (I find him funny).

The cast continue to be good though and most do well with a bit of added pathos to their roles. Carell wears his character really well and while his terrible judgement is endearing, he avoids making it so painful that we cannot find it funny – which we do. Fischer continues to be one of my favourite parts of the show and it is not her fault that the material rushes her along – she is best when shocked by Michael. Krasinski is still a necessary evil in my opinion. His comedy is mostly responding to other people and this puts him more on the spot in regards the relationship plot – which, not his fault, is not as good this season. Wilson has great lines while Kaling's valley-girl personae makes for wonderful little moments – as do Flannery, Bratton, Baumgartner, Baker and so on. I'm not sure about Novak though – he doesn't seem to fit in that well and is not used that well as a character – perhaps too close to the material as a person? Although I have specified a lot of negative things, I must say that I enjoyed season 4. OK it is not as engaging nor as funny as seasons 2 and 3 but it is still good enough to make The Office stand up as a great sitcom with comedy and situations working well enough. Hopefully this does not represent a "slide" towards diminishing returns and I do look forward to season 5 (as soon as I can work out who is going to get it for me since ITV is about 4 years away from showing it if at all!).

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