It had been a long time since I was happy with The Office, so it was so nice to see the series finale bring everything together and leave me with a smile on my face.
WARNING: It aired last week, but if you haven’t seen the episode yet, stop reading!
Before the last part of this season, I thought The Office had become terrible. The jokes felt stale, the characters seemed bored with their lives, and nothing seemed to be working. I started watching it on my DVR while cleaning – basically, it was just background noise. The instant they decided to FINALLY show members of the production team, things started to get better. We saw the relationship that one crew member had with Pam, which made for some riveting television – maybe Jim and Pam weren’t the perfect couple after all! Their rocky moments this season helped make them seem more real, and added depth. The show needed a shake up, and this was an excellent one.
During the final episode, I was thrilled that the documentary was finally released, and there was a question and answer session with the Dunder-Mifflin employees. I loved that Erin’s mom found her, that Kevin bought a bar, that Andy became a viral video star, and that Kelly and Ryan ran off together. The best part, however, was the return of Michael Scott. There was no way the show could have ended without an appearance, and I love that he came back for the wedding of Dwight and Angela. He has kids now, and gray hair! Yes, he was totally a bumbling doofus, but he had heart, and it was good to see him again.
It was a fitting end for a show that I once truly enjoyed. I’m not sad that it’s over; I’m just glad it got a fun send-off that included every member of the wonderful ensemble cast. Did you watch the finale? What did you think? Will you miss The Office?