Michael's Last Dundies is the twenty-first episode of the seventh season of the American television comedy series "The Office" and is the show's 147th episode overall. It was written and directed by Mindy Kaling. It originally aired on April 21, 2011. It was viewed by 6.85 million people.


The episode opens with Michael and Deangelo personally delivering Dundies' nomination plaques to the employees of Dunder Mifflin. At the office, Michael announces to the employees that Deangelo will be his co-host at the Dundies. The idea of performance is worrisome to Deangelo though, but Michael makes him take the job. Michael brings some of the staff together in the conference room to try and help Deangelo get prepared for the show, but Deangelo's having problems riffing (even Ryan's pointers don't help him).

Andy tries to help him, saying he should just think of performing like conducting a meeting, but Michael objects to that, saying Deangelo should perceive it as the performance of his life. Michael tries a number of different things to help Deangelo, such as sitting on his stomach, ordering him to tell him something traumatic that happened in his childhood, and making him listen to a Walkman with the music turned up all the way so he can't hear himself talk, but none are effective.

Meanwhile, Jim and Pam, coming from elsewhere, see Erin sitting in her car eating a sandwich. Afraid of being spotted, she brings them into the car to explain she's taken to eating lunch in her car to get some time away from Gabe, who she's starting to despise. While Jim leaves, since he finds the situation boring, Pam coaches Erin, saying if she doesn't love Gabe she should break things off with him, as to not to lead him on.

A few hours after work, the employees arrive at Louie Volpe's (the restaurant the Dundies are being hosted at), and are treated to an opening video where Deangelo is searching for Michael to be his co-host, in which Michael plays various employees around the office. First, he's Jo Bennett, Then, he's Angela, which gets laughs, particularly from Oscar. Next, he's Jim, who he plays as sort of a stoner type character. He then finishes up as Phyllis, who he plays as being an old, enfeebled woman. Only when Deangelo "looks into his heart", does Michael appear before him in a bathroom mirror.

After the movie, Dwight introduces Michael and Deangelo. However, moments after being introduced, Deangelo disappears into the bathroom to vomit. Eventually, Michael is able to psych him up, and the show begins. Even though he hosts it poorly, Deangelo manages to pull the ceremony off. Jim wins the "Best Dad" award, and in a humorous twist, not only does Pam not win "Best Mom", but Meredith does. Dwight wins the "Promising Assistant Manager" Dundie, but as he is still mad at Michael, he tosses his award in the trash.

The evening takes an even more awkward turn when Erin wins the "Cutest Redhead" award, and she gives a speech in which she breaks up with Gabe, who takes the stage to defend himself and express his emotional pain. Michael then awards Deangelo with the "Best Dundies Host" award. The staff urges him to make a speech, and, Deangelo, still nervous, puts on his Walkman and turns it on full blast and talks extremely loud, resulting in all of the office workers getting kicked out of the restaurant. Toby also is awarded at the Dundies, winning the Extreme Repulsiveness Award.

Michael is upset that his last Dundies Award show ended like this, but the staff manages to convince Michael to keep the Dundies going, and to host the rest of it at the office, which Michael gives in to. Dwight rides with Michael and Deangelo, and he insults the Dundies. Michael pulls over the car, and he and Dwight get into a fight, which leads to Dwight exiting the car and leaving down the highway. Back at the workplace, Michael and Deangelo continue to host the Dundies in the conference room. After Michael awards Andy with the "Doobie Doobie Pothead Stoner of the Year" Award (since Andy tried marijuana in college), he is taken by surprise when Andy leads the employees (except Dwight and Gabe, who are not present) in serenading the soon-to-depart Michael with a version (backed up on the keyboard by Darryl) of "Seasons of Love" with altered lyrics. Michael is touched, and in a talking-head interview held in his office, says leaving the office is going to hurt like a "mother f**ker".

A flashback occurs where Toby gets the "Extreme Repulsivness" Award. Toby mentioned that he was part of the vereedict in the Scranton Strangler case..

Amusing details

  • In season 2, Jim doesn't care much for the Dundies, but in this episode he seems sincerely proud to win his "Best Dad" award.
  • Deangelo is terrible at performing, the one thing Michael thrives at.

Cultural references

  • Meredith's house reminds Deangelo of the aftermath hurricane Katrina.
  • Meredith takes a walk of shame, most likely returning home after a one night stand.
  • Larry King Live was replaced by Piers Morgan Tonight, a talk show hosted by the British television personality and journalist Piers Morgan. Michael thinks that Larry King is dead and Morgan took over his show.
  • Black tie optional is a form of dress code.
  • Michael randomly shouts "Nice! Regis and Kelly!" after a successful joke with Ryan.
  • Deangelo's uncomfortable question about Jim's whereabouts on September 11 is a reference to 9/11.
  • There are several references to the film The King's Speech, notably during the scene in which Deangelo gives his speech at the Dundies while listening to his Walkman played at a high volume.
  • The DMV stands for Department of Motor Vehicles, famous for long lines.
  • Kevin brings his crayons to make the place feel more like a kid-friendly restaurant for himself, i.e. IHOP.
  • Pippi Longstocking is an adventurous red-headed girl from Swedish children's books.
  • Ron Weasley is the red-headed best friend of Harry Potter.
  • Ron Howard is also known for his movies, TV shows and ginger beard.
  • Michael also mentions "Ronald McDonald's wife" as an example of a red-head.
  • Die Hard is a movie featuring Bruce Willis as a NYPD detective to eliminate criminals.
  • The Jedi are warrior characters in the Star Wars saga. A Padawan is a low-ranking Jedi.
  • Billy Crystal and Neil Patrick Harris have hosted several award shows but were unavailable for the Dundies.
  • Michael thought that the awards would end up like The Godfather Part III, but it turned out "confusing" like The Godfather. It's notable that Michael's favorite film of the trilogy is the least critically acclaimed one.
  • The final song that the office sings to Michael is a parody of "Seasons of Love" from the Broadway musical Rent.
  • Michael describes the Dundies as "like the Golden Globes but less mean" referring to Ricky Gervais' hosting of the 2011 Golden Globe Awards; which left critics questioning if he had gone "too far". Gervais stated on his blog that the line was inserted as a metajoke was intended as "a little in-joke".

Connections to previous episodes

  • Michael throws eggs at Toby's house, in Initiation, Ryan and Dwight threw eggs at the building where Ryan had the failed sales call.
  • "They're like breadsticks on steroids" resembles Michael's vague quote from Valentine's Day : "Scranton is great, but New York is like Scranton on acid. No, on speed. Nah. On steroids."
  • Dwight plays his green recorder, seen in episodes like Michael's Birthday, Grief Counseling, and Money .
  • Several of the lines in the song sung by the office employees in the conference room reference previous events, such as Oscar's line "I forgive you for kissing me!" (from Gay Witch Hunt), and Meredith's line "You hit me with your car!" (from Fun Run).  


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