The Office

Season 4 Episode 18

Goodbye, Toby

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 15, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Toby leaves Dunder Mifflin, and Michael plans a huge goodbye party—out of joy. Angela refuses to help with it, so Michael turns to Phyllis. Dwight and Meredith harrass Holly, their new HR representative.

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  • Season 4 finale A Wedding proposal

    There are many things to talk about in this episode. I apologize in advance if anything was left out. I think this episode was very character driven. Whether it was the final episode of Season 4 or this was end to a short season, I think everyone stepped up their game. I am going to talk about some of the characters that were important


    Yes he is in the title of the episode so he is important. Toby has always been very good character. His delivery is spot on. For some reason he has always been a thorn in Michael's side. You are given no reason why and it's why the Toby-Michael realtionship is so funny. This episode is no exception. Michael is joyful that in his words his awfulness is leaving and throws him going away party. Toby might have his best moment when he asks if anyone in the office had a camera. The way he asked was priceless. He was also funny with Pam.


    Michael was usual, priceless. His time with Toby in this episode was very funny. His exit interview with Toby was hilarious. I don't know what would've been better if the new HR rep was in there or not. More on the new HR rep later. I loved when he asked Toby what should be improved here and his look at Toby mouthing words. I also liked when Pam said that Michael should give his watch as a going away gift to Toby. A big reason why Michael was good in this episode was Holly who was replacing Toby. She was the perfect choice. Her scenes and future scenes with Michael (not giving away much there) are simply awesome. Just a great reaction when he first met her and she said Man someone really does not like HR. Another great scene when Holly is her work space and Michael talks to her. Michael falls for her right away but unlike Carole the chair model and especially Jan, something is really right about Holly. Holly made a great first impression. I think it was very funny that she thinks Kevin is "special" and Kevin does nothing to make her think another way.

    Jim and Pam

    Jim and Pam started out as friends and he made his feelings for Pam until she said no. Jim moved came back and there friendship was different and then almost dissolved. He realized he can't deny his feelings for Pam and breaks up with Karen. Jim and Pam end up dating and become at least to me one of the best TV couples. Things are going so good for them that Jim has ring (he bought in the first week they started dating) and plans to propose. One of the best moments when he told camera he was going to propose. (Holy crap!!) If you are emotional, bring tissues. Then at the end of the party he has the ring and wait we'll get to that.

    The party itself was very successful. Very little drama and that's the why it should be. Phyllis is put in charge after Angela thinks Michael demands too much and does a very good job. Another great reason was the surprises. Jan is pregnant and a proposal happens. The baby is not Michael's and no Jan did not cheat. The proposal (not don't read this until you watch the whole episode) ended being Andy asking Angela. Angela being Angela said yes. Dwight had a great reaction. One of the few times he was actually sad. You almost feel sorry for him. Jim of course did not propose. While this would be nice to happen in some ways I am glad it didn't Proposals need to be special. At the same time I am not mad at the producers and writers for having Jim propose to Pam. Of course I know the end result. If you have only watched up until this point, don't worry you will be happy if you are not already. The proposal of Andy and Angela could've ended right there for season 4 but instead another twist when Angela and Dwight get caught having sex in office by Phyllis.

    This was a great way to end the season. I really liked that there was no cliffhanger and you were looking forward to season 5.moreless
  • Goodbye season 4

    Toby, the friendly but very dry Human Resources Representative is departing from Dunder Mifflin and a party is thrown in his honour. His co – workers will miss him but the Toby – loathing Michael is over the moon. Don't assume from the above summary that the plot for this episode is a one – plot wonder but this episode contains so many shockers that not much else can be divulged without giving them away. "Goodbye Toby" is a clear indication that the 5th season is going to be the best one, old elements like Jim pranking Dwight is re – introduced since Jim has been mostly tip – toeing around him after his traumatic break – up and a certain other Dwight – related ingredient is brought back to life. Also two proposals, one being prospective with the other taking place here, could pave the way for an amorous season 5. This season will always be a dark one for the show since the strike had derailed it and forced episodes to be scrapped, since peace has been declared between Hollywood and the WGA, it looks like the next season will go off without a hitch. Not since the infamous Jesse Owens and Adolph Hitler incident in the Berlin Olympics (there's a history lesson for you) has so much unprovoked hatred been projected on an innocent individual. Michael's intense animosity towards Toby is displayed in its entirety which attracts unintentional feelings of sympathy towards the innocent Toby and frustration at Michael whose rivalry with Toby had always been the solitary unlikable aspect of Michael since he was given the nice – guy makeover in season 2.

    As we say "Goodbye Toby" we also say "Hello Holly", the new HR rep at the office played by the always lovely Amy Ryan. Introducing a character in a season finale is an odd choice but in the time she has here we know she's going to be a valuable addition to the cast; she can lighten the load of Office Eye – Candy from Pam, her quirky personality will be a nice change from the wholly conventional Toby and also her bizarre bond with Michael could see a potential love interest for the World's "Best" Boss, who knows?

    Giving this season finale four cliffhangers (which I won't reveal) was an ill-advised choice since more time is spent on building up to these than on the fun office antics but when they are all released in a systematic quadruple hit of shock, it leaves us desperate for the next season. But in doing this, they've used up most of the possible bombshells that could've been used when they wrap – up season 5. After officially outlasting their British parent by two years and counting; it's clear that The Office is becoming a new sensation in its self, being the kind of TV show where an observer almost needs to look for a reason to not to like it for it not to work and when I was finished laughing and gasping after this finale I was given something to ponder: Where were offices like this one when I was on the job market? Had any been like this one, I would've worked pro bono.moreless
  • Toby leaves Dunder Mifflin.

    This was absolutely painful to watch. The Office has become a show that thinks they produce "character-based humor" but fails to realize for a show like that to be funny, the characters and jokes still need to be funny.

    The opening scene from this episode was awful. The hero, Jim, is torturing Dwight for no apparent reason. How is stealing someone's phone calls funny? It is incredibly rude and the opposite of what a true good guy should be doing.

    Than we have Michael Scott, ranting for no apparent reason, but it's Steve Carell (OMG!) so anything he says is funny! But it's not. It's also become unbelievably predictable what Dwight is going to say right after Michael says something.

    Creed was the only thing that prevented me from giving this episode my first ever 0. Toby was slightly funny, but the new HR was so bad it distracted from anything good he said. This really was not only the worst Office ever, but probably the worst episode of any television show to ever air on NBC.moreless
  • Season 4 Finale

    Season 4 ends with a bang, a perfect end to a mediocre season. We got plenty of cliffhangers, and a new character. Not to mention, this episode was one of the funniest of the season.

    This episode definitely was eventful, and I have to say it's one of those finale's that stand out. That's way more than what I can say about the season 6 finale. Jim plans to ask Pam to marry him, but Andy beats him to it as he proposes to Angela and she agrees, after only a couple months of dating. Which ruins the moment for Jim & Pam. We got some emotion with Pam tearing up when Meredith took Toby & Pam's picture. Toby's obsession with Pam continues to be hilarious.

    Holly Flax as a new romance for Michael looks promising, it will be a breath of fresh air having her as the HR rep. Ryan goes to prison for fraud, thank god! Jan makes an appearance and she is pregnant with someone else's sperm, but Michael wants to be involved. And lastly the biggest cliffhanger of all: Angela sleeping with Dwight.

    An amazing finale, with a lot of cliffhangers and possibilities for the new season. And it was probably one of the funniest episodes of the season. Season 4 ends on a high note. Amazing finale.moreless
  • Among my favorites.

    While this episode opened with a classic Jim teases Dwight sequence, hearkening back to some of the earlier episodes – the rest of the episode seemed to draw more from the UK origins of the series. There were certainly less jokes per minute, less outright gags and more focus on character beats and story but all this was great.

    It's not clear exactly how this season would have ended up if it wasn't for the writers' strike. Would we still have come to this point, or would this have happened earlier in the season? Now Pam is going to go off to art school – will she quit her job? It'll certainly delay the proposal and complicate things further. And then there's Phyllis catching Dwight and Angela, and Ryan going to jail. There's quite a few interesting threads that remain to be picked up next season, and all of the characters end up in such a way that plenty of questions need answering.moreless
Lee Eisenberg

Lee Eisenberg


Guest Star

Gene Stupnitsky

Gene Stupnitsky


Guest Star

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

Holly Flax

Recurring Role

Hugh Dane

Hugh Dane

Hank Tate

Recurring Role

Michael Schur

Michael Schur

Mose Schrute

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Kevin: I am totally gonna bang Holly. She is cute and helpful. And she really seems into me.

    • Michael: Hello, Holly. Whoa! What are you doing? You don't have to do that. We have already-put-together chairs. That's how we buy them, actually.
      Holly: Trying to adjust the lumbar support on Toby's chair, and that made this up-down lever thing not work. Then I took the whole chair apart, and that is the story of me on the floor. It's pretty good, right? I'm gonna sell the movie rights.
      Michael: And the sequel, Woman Stands at Desk and Works.

    • (after proposing to Angela)
      Andy: Mr. Andrew Bernard—got a nice ring to it.

    • Michael: In some cultures, when somebody leaves—New Orleans culture—they have a parade and they have a band, people party in the streets.
      Pam: Do you mean 'leaves' as in 'dies'? You want us to throw Toby a New Orleans funeral?

    • Michael: I want to feel like I'm flying around, without this ugly weight holding me down. I want an anti-gravity machine.
      Angela: What?
      Michael: I saw it in a movie. You drink this potion, and you can float around.
      Pam: So, how much anti-gravity potion do you want?

    • Michael: If the Devil were to explode, and evil were gone forever, what sort of party would you have?

    • (Holly thinks that Kevin is mentally challenged)
      Holly: Hi.
      Kevin: Hi.
      Holly: What do you do?
      Kevin: I do the numbers.
      Holly: Oh, good for you.

    • Michael: Thanks to Toby I have a very strong prejudice against Human Resources. I believe that the department is a breeding ground for monsters. What I failed to consider, though, is that not all monsters are bad, like E.T. Is Holly our extraterrestrial? Maybe, or maybe she's just an awesome woman from this planet.

    • Dwight: Hazing is a fun way to show a new employee that she is not welcome or liked.

    • Michael: 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.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The French episode title is "Adieu Toby", and the Spanish title is "Adiós Toby", both exact translations.

    • The members of Darryl's band are actually the members of actor Craig Robinson's band: guitalist David Sampson, bass player Chris Rob, and drummer Asa Watkins.

    • Paul Feig received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Direction on this episode, while Dean Holland and Dave Rogers received an Emmy nomination for their editing of this episode.

    • Music: "Crash Into Me" by The Dave Matthews Band; "Just My Imagination" by The Cranberries; "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones; "Phantom Limb" by The Shins.

    • The actual video of Ryan's arrest, as seen playing on YouTube in the episode, was briefly available to view on that site.

    • This is an hour-long episode.

    • In effort to keep the true title and plot secret for as long as possible, the episode was originally referred to as simply, "51508", and cast were sworn to secrecy.


    • Michael's memory of a movie where a person can drink a potion that allows them to defy gravity is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    • We learn the titles of two more of Michael's song parodies: "Beers in Heaven" (a play on Eric Clapton's 1992 song, "Tears in Heaven") and "Total Eclipse of the Fart" (a play on Bonnie Tyler's 1983 song, "Total Eclipse of the Heart")

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