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(Entertainment Weekly)   Will Dwight and Angela finally get married? Will Andy find redemption in song? Will Jim pull one final prank and stare awkwardly at Pam? Find out tonight at 7PM CT on NBC. It's your official The Office series finale discussion thread   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 134
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2013-05-16 10:28:09 PM

you are a puppet: So we never find out who the Strangler is. A classic McMuffin.


It turned out to be the guy Toby convicted.
 
2013-05-16 10:30:20 PM

NeoCortex42: you are a puppet: So we never find out who the Strangler is. A classic McMuffin.

It turned out to be the guy Toby convicted.


And that is what makes it a classic whodunit.
 
2013-05-16 10:34:30 PM

great_tigers: Good god. I was a freshman in college when this show started. Married with a kid of my own. Great ending.


Huh.  I was in my last year of undergrad and the woman I would ultimately marry was dating one of my best friends.  It's amazing how much things can change in such a (relatively) short period of time.
 
2013-05-16 10:37:40 PM

rugman11: great_tigers: Good god. I was a freshman in college when this show started. Married with a kid of my own. Great ending.

Huh.  I was in my last year of undergrad and the woman I would ultimately marry was dating one of my best friends.  It's amazing how much things can change in such a (relatively) short period of time.


I was working in paper and the woman I would ultimately marry was one of my best friends, dating a coworker and working 5 feet from me. Now we have kids of our own and are moving to Austin. Once we get there I start an affair, and 6 months from now she's dead.
 
2013-05-16 10:38:29 PM
This show didn't really end as much as it was put out of its misery. The Jim/Pam wedding *SHOULD'VE* been the end, b/c then it turned into "Michael Scott is so stupid that _____ occurs", then the Sabre bullshiat, then etc., etc.

I watched the last 30 mins, and it was nice they had a chance to say LATER.
 
2013-05-16 11:04:14 PM
Nice episode.  Strangely sentimental.  The Office is probably the last network show I watched religiously every week, even if the last couple years have been more out of habit than for enjoyment.  With it's ending, my "appointment tv" is now all cable, all on-demand, and not all on my TV.  Times, they are a changing.

/ The heavy Creed content was great.  As was working in a shot of all the producers, directors, and writers in the "photo scene" .... nice gesture to give the back office people some time in front of the cameras on the last episode.

/  Would've liked to have seen a Jan Levinson and Hunter appearance at the wedding.
 
2013-05-16 11:27:09 PM
Missed it.  Anyone know where this might be streaming?
 
2013-05-17 12:04:15 AM

TheManofPA: rugman11: Well that was pretty great.  The middle got a little to meta with that panel scene, but it's hard for me to think of a more satisfying finale from recent years.

To be fair on the meta side, it opened by revealing that all these years, Creed Bratton was actually this guy: Link


Which is great, because he is
 
2013-05-17 12:29:41 AM

Ebenator: Missed it.  Anyone know where this might be streaming?


I think it'll be on Hulu tomorrow.  It's still running on the west coast though.
 
2013-05-17 12:29:51 AM
Whatever problems the show may have had for the last 2 - 3 years, I think this was a perfect ending.
 
2013-05-17 12:34:47 AM
Great, now we've got Jim and Pam moving to Austin too?
 
2013-05-17 12:48:16 AM
You carry the damn hay bales, Dwight.
 
2013-05-17 01:07:21 AM
That's the most emotional That's What She Said of all time. Although I guess they have to pay Carrel by the word or something.
 
2013-05-17 01:25:38 AM
While the last few seasons have been rough, I found this finale really moving and satisfying.

could have done without the Ryan and Kelly parts, but it was a good ending to a show when so many other finales suck.

and it got a little dusty in our house.
 
2013-05-17 01:30:14 AM
Well, now that the episode has aired, I can give you a few "inside baseball" type things about the shooting of this episode, courtesy of my darling wifey.  While she was there for the shooting of a good chunk of the episode, she only appears on-screen during the beginning of Angela and Dwight's marriage ceremony, and for the most part, only when Phyllis is supposed to be carrying Angela (that's why it's a long shot - the actress who plays Phyllis has a bad back and couldn't possibly bear any weight.)  When you saw a close-up of Phyllis carrying Angela, Angela was being carried on a plank held up by two stunt guys.

No, my wife is not old or ugly (frankly she's quite a babe), but makeup and padding can do wonders. There were a few moments when it was actually her - there's a moment when you saw "Phyllis," from the back, snuggle in to another actor - you can see that whoever it is goes in at the hips... which my wife does, but the actress who plays Phyllis doesn't.

Apparently the props department weren't aware that they needed another pair of Phyllis glasses, though. So after some back and forth Phyllis finally just said "oh for pete's sake" and gave my wife her actual glasses.  Which meant that whenever my wife, who doesn't really need glasses, was doing a shot with Phyllis' glasses, she couldn't see a damn thing because apparently Phyllis' glasses are WHOA PRESCRIPTION.

Other stuff from the shoot:  Ed Begley Jr. randomly complemented my wife on her performance.  That's nice, but it was also odd.  Because the compliment came while - well, the production camp on this huge piece of land was at the top of a hill, and the shoot was at the bottom, and they had vans to take people up and down a steep hill. Many of the stunt folks got bored with waiting on the van, and just made their way down the hill, and while my wife was doing that and almost at the bottom, that's when Ed said "nice job!"

When the actor who plays Kevin was doing his "reading," he kept hitting the last word "comely" so hard and dirty to sound like, well, "CUM-ly" that he kept cracking up the cast.  They had to film that part four or five times.

Ed Begley Jr. did such a good job at hucking a hay bale onto himself that all the stunt folks were really impressed and told him that if that acting thing didn't work out, that maybe he could have another career.

Also... my poor girl was faced with an ethical dillemma.  She had her hand on one of the prop wedding programs.  Literally ON the thing.  And she could have, she easily could have, stuck it into her pocket.  And given it to one of our friends who LOVES the Office, or, to be evil about it, sold it on eBay.  (I don't think she would have done the latter.)  But she didn't, because, well, it's stealing, and also she didn't know how many of them they needed for the shot.  So... I think she did the right thing, but then at the same time, oh, man.
 
2013-05-17 01:45:40 AM

russlar: ThatGuyGreg: Sybarite: Oh, I remember that series finale. Goodbye, Michael was the perfect ending.

Not as good as the BSG finale. That escape from New Caprica was awesome.

It was, but the finale was finding the bombed-out Earth


I don't know what you're talking about. There were no more episodes after New Caprica. None.

NONE.
 
2013-05-17 02:08:39 AM
Did they ever reveal who the Scranton Strangler was like they said they were going to?
 
2013-05-17 02:14:15 AM

ongbok: Did they ever reveal who the Scranton Strangler was like they said they were going to?


Well, the Jim and Pam Show is finally done. Kind of a blah final episode, Creed's parts were funny, but the rest was a bit too schmaltzy.
 
2013-05-17 02:42:42 AM
Man does Kelly have a huge fatass or what? Her running away in the end had me going WHOA!
 
2013-05-17 04:16:04 AM
Question from someone who's now seen every episode:

Did they ever explain the discrepancy as to when they did the DNA test on Angela's kid showing it wasn't Dwight's, only later for them to reveal it was?  Huge plot mistake or did I miss something?
 
2013-05-17 05:25:48 AM

ongbok: Did they ever reveal who the Scranton Strangler was like they said they were going to?


yes. they confirmed that the guy who was convicted was indeed the strangler, despite Toby's theories otherwise. I guess that was kind of a letdown, though the way they revealed it was rather funny.

overall, I thought the episode was good, but it seemed like it was a weird "Happy Endings for all!" kind of episode. I didn't really expect anything otherwise, though I guess I was hoping it would have more of a central plot.
 
2013-05-17 06:49:46 AM
All I learned from that episode is that Austin's tenure as America's "hip" city is over.  Sorry, folks.
 
2013-05-17 06:50:08 AM

Vega.: Question from someone who's now seen every episode:

Did they ever explain the discrepancy as to when they did the DNA test on Angela's kid showing it wasn't Dwight's, only later for them to reveal it was?  Huge plot mistake or did I miss something?


If I remember correctly, it was Angela who first told Dwight that he wasn't the father, not the doctor or lab tech or whoever. It was implied in the penultimate episode that she lied about the test results.
 
2013-05-17 06:53:06 AM
Robert California was the Scranton Strangler.
 
2013-05-17 07:43:07 AM
Surprised how many people here thought it was a good finale. I've only seen a couple of the recent episodes, so maybe I missed some inside jokes, but my thought while watching this was "when did the office stop being a comedy"?
 
2013-05-17 07:53:49 AM

roflmaonow: Man does Kelly have a huge fatass or what? Her running away in the end had me going WHOA!


So I had to look up who you were talking about, since I've never seen the American version.  No, I'm not one of those people. I just watched the British version through Netflix and just haven't had time to watch the American version yet. Now I have a good reason to get around to it.

www.themarysue.com

/Could not find any butt shots, though
 
2013-05-17 08:31:51 AM
It's a nice day for a Dwight wedding.
 
2013-05-17 08:41:24 AM
Good finale but the problem the show never figured out was what to do with Ryan and Kelly.  If Novak and Kaling were not writers on the show, I am not sure they would have lasted past season 3.  I am not sure I recall, in the entire run of the episode, where I thought they put either of them to good use.  If anything, in the finale they figured that the rest of the audience hated them too so let's just go back to our roots and make them the most unlikeable characters in the episode.  Hell, even Dwight was a normal person for the entire episode (other than not knowing the girl in the restaurant was a stripper) but they still kept Kelly and Ryan as even more unlikable characters than Toby...which was tough to do.
 
2013-05-17 10:43:26 AM

TheManofPA: seventypercent: Joan Cusack?

Is that her? Also, the panel thing was pretty well done overall. Meredith quotes do tend to make me laugh.


I'm wondering if there's a longer version of the panel discussion - I would have liked to hear a little bit more from the characters (the Erin thing seemed to eat up a lot of that scene).
 
2013-05-17 10:57:14 AM

roflmaonow: Man does Kelly have a huge fatass or what? Her running away in the end had me going WHOA!


She's a little chubby, but she could dress in so many more flattering things. It's like everything she wears draws attention to her size.
 
2013-05-17 11:21:42 AM
All I learned from that episode is that Austin's tenure as America's "hip" city is over.

Um, it was over 20+ years ago when the glitterati 'discovered' how hip it was.  Austin lost their vibe in the early '90s.

/so please stop moving here and 'improving' us
//there's nothing to "Keep Austin Weird" anymore....
 
2013-05-17 11:38:33 AM

Debeo Summa Credo: Surprised how many people here thought it was a good finale. I've only seen a couple of the recent episodes, so maybe I missed some inside jokes, but my thought while watching this was "when did the office stop being a comedy"?


I was somewhat disappointed by it. It seemed like it wasn't even played for laughs for the most part, but that they were legitimately wrapping up an actual documentary. Which, I sort of understand, but it was weird to watch.
 
2013-05-17 12:29:02 PM

huchipapa: All I learned from that episode is that Austin's tenure as America's "hip" city is over.

Um, it was over 20+ years ago when the glitterati 'discovered' how hip it was.  Austin lost their vibe in the early '90s.

/so please stop moving here and 'improving' us
//there's nothing to "Keep Austin Weird" anymore....


I miss Liberty Lunch.
 
2013-05-17 12:57:05 PM

FeedTheCollapse: I think the season would've really benefited from a shorter season. Even with Andy being an asshole, I thought the first half was much better than the show's last 3 or 4 years (especially since Andy went away for a while), but it really hit a rough patch midway through (when Andy returned and Jim and Pam's marriage was on the rocks. I really want to know if they were even tempted to have Pam hook up with Camera Guy.)


I still say the show was at least far less annoying without Michael Scott. I really have a hard time believing anyone preferred the show with Michael from about seasons 5 - 7.


Amazing! My experience exactly.
 
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