Episodes that paved the way for the Dunder-Mifflin staff to miss him as he goes
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Season 3's 'The Job'
"The Job" (5/17/07): The hour-long season finale is understandably better-remembered for Jim finally asking Pam out on a date, but it's also a key Michael episode, as he blows a chance to move up the corporate ladder and inherit Jan's job after she's fired. Michael had previously been upwardly-mobile, but at this point he accepts that he's going to manage the Scranton branch as long as he works for this company, and becomes slightly less aloof towards his staffers going forward.