The Office

Season 4 Episode 18

Goodbye, Toby

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



  • Trivia

    • You can see that the YouTube video of Ryan was added on April 16, 2008. The episode was set in May.

    • The alarm on Michael's wristwatch goes off when Toby leaves, even though Toby set it to Costa Rican time.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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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