Michael played by Steve Carell is one of the most legendary characters from The Office sitcom, which has been our stress buster since we started watching the show. Who would have thought that the owner of Michael Scott Paper Company had been dealing with mental setbacks throughout his life? Our childhood and past life play a vital role in molding our behavioral patterns.
Whether it is casually hurting the sentiments of his employees or body shaming them for having a not-so-perfect body, we all realize that his problematic behavior reflects his childhood traumas and dejection in adult life.
Here is an article dedicated to The Office: times, where we all felt bad for Michael throughout the nine seasons.
24. Michael Hangs out Pam’s Art in the Office.
One thing I love about Michael is the fact that he is extremely proud of his employees. That’s why he went to see Pam’s artwork. He is her greatest cheerleader and genuinely loves her work. Michael takes down his award to hang Pam’s art, and that is one of the most heart-melting things Michael ever did.
23. Michael’s Childhood (Michael’s TV Appearance) (Season 2 Episode 18)
Michael finds a videotape of his appearance in a children’s show named Fundle Bundle. In the videotape, he responded this, to what he wants to be when he grows up.
“I Want To Be Married And Have A Hundred Kids So I Can Have A Hundred Friends, And No One Can Say No To Being My Friend.”
This depressing reply makes the puppet interviewer astonished. This depicts how Michael wasn’t having any friends in his childhood either and how desperately he wanted to make new friends.
22. The Episode Where Stanley Disrespected him (Season 4 Episode 16)
Michael takes pride in his employees. He takes care of them and even treats them like his family. The scene where Stanley yells at him in front of everyone and calls him a professional idiot was way crossing the line. Michael tried to calm him down by attentively listening to his allegations.
Deep down, Michael was hurt by the fact that Stanley didn’t respect him as his eyes were starting to get teary. Michael deserved the reality checks at some level, as the entire office was tired of his whacky antics and over-the-top drama he pulled out in the office.
He would always make fun of the employees, especially Pam, and had a major role in bringing the paper company down. Michael wasn’t capable of handling the position of the Dunder Mifflin Regional Manager. But Stanley’s yelling at his superior in front of everyone wasn’t the most advisable thing to do.
Michael handled the whole situation maturely, keeping his ego aside. On top of that, Stanley didn’t apologize to Michael for his ruthless actions. This is one of the most devastating incidents in the life of Michael.
21. Michael Scott was Heartbroken Several Times.
Michael even has a terrible love life. He was heartbroken many times in the show because of his age and personality. His personal life has always rendered him with pain and emotional stress throughout the nine seasons.
No matter how Michael has been a pain for employees, we all have wept a river for every single heartbreak of Michael. His loneliness has made his audience sad.
20. Michael Decides to Wait for Holly (Season 5 Episode 28)
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Michael plans to patch things with Holly when the office members are at the picnic. He said,
“I didn’t find the perfect moment because I think today was about just having today. And I think we are one of those couples with a long story when people ask how we found each other. I will see her now and then, and maybe one year, she’ll be with somebody, and the next year, I’ll be with somebody, and it’s gonna take a long time. And then it’s perfect. I’m in no rush.”
It sounds very depressing when you realize he has been rejected several times in the show.
19. Michael Finds Out Jan Is Pregnant With Someone Else’s Baby (Season 4 Episode 19)
All Michael ever wanted was to have a family, and now, when he discovered that Jan was pregnant with someone else’s baby, his emotions were overpowered by grief. He begins questioning that will he ever be good enough for anyone.
The situation becomes too emotional, considering how tough his childhood was. This is one of the most emotional moments in The Office TV series where the audience cries their eyes out.
18. Treating his Employees as a Family and not Getting the Same Treatment in Return
It is saddening how Michael doesn’t get the same treatment as expected from the staff members.
17. Michael’s Terrible Halloween (Season 2 Episode 5)
Michael regrets firing Devon on Halloween night. He realizes how disadvantageous the job of a branch manager is. The scene rightly depicts how people think that he doesn’t care about his team members.
This is one of the saddest moments in The Office show as Michael can’t be more emotional in the show, and we couldn’t help being emotional along with Michael.
16. When Jim let him Fall Into the Koi Pond
Michael falling in the koi pond pretty much sums up my life right now pic.twitter.com/pj8uQ2l4g0
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Jim didn’t try to save Michael from falling into the pond while he was out of business. Looks like Jim didn’t care about the big boss as he purposely let him fall into the koi pond.
The whole day Michael was mocked by his employees for the incident. We all felt bad for Michael as they managed to get the videotape of the incident.
15. The Deposition (Season 4 Episode 12)
After working with them for fourteen years at Dunder Mifflin, Michael shares a special bond with David Wallace and Jan. A false termination lawsuit by Jan was enough to make their relationship sour. All Michael ever wanted was to be loved by someone, but that day, he realized that he was never dear to Jan, and she never took him seriously.
She wrote negative reviews about him even though they were dating. This reality broke Michael. His real life was a lot more depressing than his corporate life.
Jan tries to bring Michael down by revealing his diary in front of everyone. Jan was doing everything so that she could win this case. I can’t believe how Jan wanted to get back at Michael by sharing his personal stuff. Poor Michael! His partner screwed him!
14. Michael Hides his Second Job (Season 4 Episode 7)
Michael takes up a second job as a telemarketer as he is insecure about not having enough money. He lies to Jan that he is going to the improv. This situation tells us how eagerly Michael wants to fix his life, no matter what bad things he has been going through.
13. Michael Bed (Season 3 Episode 13)
Michael and Jan invite Pam and Jim to their home sweet home for dinner while giving them a house tour. Michael shows him his bed which is a short bench added to the side of the bed.
That’s where Michael sleeps, as Jan has space issues. I couldn’t help feeling bad for Michael, looking at how he lives in that house with Jan.
12. Michael on the Swing Set (Season 5 Episode 15)
The roast where the whole office roasted him took a toll on his mental health. He sits by himself on the swing, saying,
“You know, sometimes, to get perspective, I like to think about a spaceman on a star incredibly far away. And our problems don’t matter to him because we’re just a distant point of light. But he feels sorry for me because he has an incredibly powerful microscope and can see my face. I’m okay. No, I’m not.”
These words represent helplessness and misery, which occupy his whole heart, and he has no one to share them. We all feel bad for Michael for being in this condition.
11. Michael gets Teased at the Dundies (Season 2 Episode 1)
Michael tries to host an award ceremony to celebrate the efforts of members at the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch. The ceremony gets interrupted when a random person at the bar makes fun of him. Michael gets disheartened and even decides to call it off.
Even though the Dundies started off bland, it became more interesting as soon as Pam got drunk. Pam is the savior here! I am so glad Pam saved him from huge embarrassment by encouraging him to keep going.
10. Darryl Sends a Photo of Michael’s Paycheck to the Staff (Season 3 Episode 9)
Michael shows his latest paycheck to prove that Michael is making less money than the warehouse worker Darryl. Darryl couldn’t control his laughter seeing how much money his boss made.
He even sends a photo of his paycheck to everyone in the office. Salary is highly personal, and Darryl should have respected Michael’s privacy.
9. Michael Eats Alone (Season 5 Episode 27)
Michael never cared about joining his co-workers to eat during breaks. He would show up once in a blue moon to have lunches with them. In the professional world, there is a line between managers and the rest of the staff members, and it is healthy for the organization to always maintain boundaries.
While Michael believes in sharing a friendly bond between superiors and employees where they can exist freely without any boundaries, he appreciates eating with his employees. Michael gets rejected for lunch, and he becomes disheartened. The pain behind Michael’s
“I guess they got what they want. I am eating alone. Might as well be dinner.”
describes the unconditional pain of not having anyone by your side to share your meals with. He considered everyone at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company his family, maybe because he has no real family. It is certainly a depressing reality for Michael. This is one of the saddest moments in The Office TV series.
8. Michael Scott’s Movie Performance Gets Laughed at (Season 7 Episode 17)
Michael is full of vim and vigor to put on a show for his fellow workers to make them laugh, especially Holly. It takes a mountain of courage to present yourself in front of the people on stage when everyone’s eyes are on you. So much effort goes into preparing something for the audience.
It is so disheartening when people don’t react the way you expected. It is natural for Michael to get mad, especially when he worked so hard for his performance.
7. Michael Defends Dating Pam’s Mom (Season 6 Episode 7)
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It is melancholic how Michael had to defend himself for dating someone. Pam gets mad when he starts dating her mom. It is really sad how you have to question your being when someone doesn’t think highly of you.
Michael’s words, “what is so bad about me? Don’t I deserve to be happy?” perfectly depicts his helplessness and misery.
6. Michael Crashes Jim’s BBQ (Season 2 Episode 9)
Michael is sad that he was not invited to Jim’s barbecue party because he has always treated his co-workers like family. It is understandable how Jim didn’t want his boss at his party, but they didn’t do anything at the party which was supposed to be questionable to their boss.
The series tickles us every now and then, but Michael has been through pretty rough times to make us laugh, isn’t it?
5. Michael’s Long, Intense Vasectomy Journey (Season 3 Episode 13)
Michael revealed to his co-workers that he had to go through vasectomy three times which made him experience a lot of physical pain at a lame party hosted by Michael himself. This is by far the most creative TV show concentrated on the corporate world.
Michael‘s whole life is so disastrous that it becomes funny at some point. I have no idea whether to laugh or cry at his misery.
4. Michael Blows up at David Wallace (Season 5 Episode 8)
After returning from a Canada trip, Michael couldn’t control himself when he discovered that David Wallace was sending his girlfriend Holly away. This is one of the major low moments in the life of Michael, as he loves her unconditionally.
We feel bad for Michael not just because this is an emotional moment but also because Steve Carell possesses some amazing acting skills. He can make anyone cry like a baby through his acting.
3. Michael is Abandoned by Girls in New York (Season 4 Episode 15)
When Michael goes out with Dwight and Ryan in an effort to explore New York, he meets an attractive girl who rejects him as soon as she gets to know his age. Another girl ditches him for a good-looking guy.
This is honestly one of the saddest humiliations of Michael as dejection leaves a lifelong scar on our minds. It becomes impossible to move ahead in life.
2. Michael Crush Goes Home With Jim (Season 1 Episode 6)
This happened with Michael in the first season of The Office series. This is one of Michael’s saddest moments as he made all the arrangements to take Katie to his home after work.
He totally flirts with her all through the day, and she ends up going with Jim. She even forgets to inform Michael about the whole situation. Imagine how heartbroken Michael must have felt at that point!
1. The Roast (Season 5 Episode 15)
No matter how much we blame Michael, we couldn’t help sympathizing with him at this point. We all felt sorry for Michael when all of his team members started to roast him. He invited everyone to roast him, overestimating his tolerance level, but his eyes became teary in the middle of the roast. Looks like Dwight, Jim, and Pam‘s words were slightly too harsh for Michael.
Michael Scott is one of those characters who has entertained us with his unusual situations and outrageous personality. He was not a bad guy as he considers himself a “great boss” in the TV series, even though he did some pretty questionable things. The Office features the personal lives of the employees, and the love life of Michael is a lot depressing as he has witnessed a decent amount of heartbreaks.
This branch manager at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company has seen some rough times in his life, even though The Office TV series has been one of the greatest comedy shows in history. The Office sitcom would have never been possible without the presence of Steve Carell, also known as Michael. This character has amused us for so many decades now.
Hope you liked our list of some of the low moments in Michael’s life. We also hope this show continues to make people laugh for decades to come.