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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 08:21:18 AM  
Oh, I remember that series finale. Goodbye, Michael was the perfect ending.
 
2013-05-16 08:36:43 AM  

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.
 
2013-05-16 08:38:07 AM  

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


You mean Jim declining the NYC job and returning to Scranton to ask Pan out, right?
 
2013-05-16 09:19:43 AM  
Aren't these being submitted/greened a little early?
 
2013-05-16 09:35:08 AM  

loveblondieo: Aren't these being submitted/greened a little early?


central time does make it more time sensitive
 
2013-05-16 10:05:55 AM  
The British version of this thread will be so much funnier. This version is gonna be dumbed down for an American audience

I don't care though, I don't even own a TV
 
2013-05-16 10:16:31 AM  
Wait until the reveal that the whole series was an acid hallucination from world famous rock star Creed Bratton
 
2013-05-16 11:20:18 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: I don't care though, I don't even own a TV


Oblig.
 
2013-05-16 11:39:59 AM  
Nothing beats the "gradually add weights to Dwight's phone handset and then one day remove them" prank.

Except maybe for "future Dwight" faxes.
 
2013-05-16 12:49:35 PM  

Lando Lincoln: Nothing beats the "gradually add weights to Dwight's phone handset and then one day remove them" prank.

Except maybe for "future Dwight" faxes.


All his stuff encased in Jello, or inside the vending machine set to only take nickels.
 
2013-05-16 01:52:21 PM  
So they finally started showing the "documentary" that they'd been filming for 10 years. That's quite a farking delay.
 
2013-05-16 02:13:13 PM  
I'm calling it. Creed goes on a shooting rampage.
 
2013-05-16 03:14:42 PM  
"Michael Scott's plane...was shot down...over Lake Wallenpaupack. It spun in...there were no survivors."
 
2013-05-16 04:22:57 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: So they finally started showing the "documentary" that they'd been filming for 10 years. That's quite a farking delay.


Heh, thats kinda funny now that I think about it.
 
2013-05-16 06:27:33 PM  
My wife stunt doubled for Phyllis in this episode, so I suppose I ought to watch it.
 
2013-05-16 06:30:57 PM  

Osomatic: My wife stunt doubled for Phyllis in this episode, so I suppose I ought to watch it.


farkingismybusiness: I'm calling it. Creed goes on a shooting rampage.


I KNEW IT!!!
 
2013-05-16 06:37:30 PM  
Show should've ended with Idris Elba dissolving the branch because the entire staff was retarded.
 
2013-05-16 06:44:08 PM  
I loved the part when Dawn opened Tim's gift and it was a painting set. That was heart-warming.
 
2013-05-16 06:46:29 PM  
I remember the series finale for this one, she has to die to stop the new universe that Bell was creating

oh wait no,,, mistaken,, now I remember

Dr. Hartley says  wakes up next to his wife and says "Honey, you won't believe the dream I just had."
 
2013-05-16 06:48:00 PM  
Final scene:

INT. Dunder-Mifflin Office, evening. JIM and PAM are carrying their belongings out in cardboard boxes. JIM takes a last look around the empty office, pauses, and turns off the lights.

Camera pulls back slowly, revealing the documentary crew packing up. Continues to pull back, revealing a second film crew actively filming the documentary crew. Camera pulls back further, revealing the film crews and office set to actually be plastic figures, part of a toy office set being played with by CHILD. Furnishings in the room suggest that it is the toddler child of JIM and PAM. Camera continues to pull back, demonstrating that CHILD is actually an animation being shown on a computer screen. Camera continues to pull back, showing that the child animation is a screen saver being played on JIM's office computer as JIM daydreams. The office is fully-staffed and the employees are engaging in regular work. PAM is sitting at the reception desk; there is no sign of characters from subsequent seasons. ROY enters and engages PAM in an unheard conversation, gives her a quick, perfunctory kiss, and exits. JIM gazes at ROY and PAM for a beat, then sighs, and returns to work. Fade out.
 
2013-05-16 06:56:28 PM  
I don't know what you people are talking about The Office ended in 2003.
 
2013-05-16 07:00:31 PM  

farkingismybusiness: I'm calling it. Creed goes on a shooting rampage.


And after it's over he bites into a crisp russet potato. smiles*
 
2013-05-16 07:02:23 PM  

Outrageous Muff: I loved the part when Dawn opened Tim's gift and it was a painting set. That was heart-warming.


Still, I felt the "happy" ending was a bit inappropriate. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop on David's Christmas party date. The previous episode was better.
 
2013-05-16 07:02:58 PM  
God I love arrested development
 
2013-05-16 07:12:18 PM  
Crap my memory is shot.... now I know what the finale will be.  Sam will leap into a unique setting on his birthdate where the bartender knows a bit more than he should(cause he's god or something) and his reflection is his own. Sam meets other characters with names from his former life in the bar and figures out his mission is to keep leaping with the hand of god guiding him - Sam Beckett never returned home
 
2013-05-16 07:14:43 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: Still, I felt the "happy" ending was a bit inappropriate. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop on David's Christmas party date. The previous episode was better.


I thought it was great ending. For the majority of the show and special you saw Tim and David getting savagely beat down by life and for brief moment you saw both of them happy.
 
2013-05-16 07:22:53 PM  
Am I the only person that doesn't like the British version of The Office? I put my dislike of Gervais aside and tried to watch it when they were showing it on Adult Swim.  I couldn't stand it. I kept waiting for everyone to take the marbles out of their mouths and talk where I could actually understand what the hell they were saying.
 
2013-05-16 07:27:00 PM  
The last half of this season was pretty good. Anything with Andy has been terrible though.
 
2013-05-16 07:27:42 PM  

The Billdozer: Am I the only person that doesn't like the British version of The Office? I put my dislike of Gervais aside and tried to watch it when they were showing it on Adult Swim.  I couldn't stand it. I kept waiting for everyone to take the marbles out of their mouths and talk where I could actually understand what the hell they were saying.


THIS! There may have been a lot of good jokes on that show, but I didn't understand a one of them.
 
2013-05-16 07:29:32 PM  
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.
 
2013-05-16 07:53:36 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.


Infidelity storylines are pretty poisonous to the show because people will identify with the relationship. Dan cheating on Rosanne really hurt that show back in the day.
 
2013-05-16 08:01:24 PM  
The Office should have ended when Jim and Pam got married.  The last few seasons have been pretty bad.
 
2013-05-16 08:03:41 PM  
simpsonswiki.net
 
2013-05-16 08:05:35 PM  

Rye_: The Office should have ended when Jim and Pam got married.  The last few seasons have been pretty bad.


I would agree with this as a more fitting ending than michael leaving. I think the show could've survived without Michael (and it did for the first half of this season), but the show did start to lose its footing once the Pam and Jim relationship reached its inevitable conclusion.
 
2013-05-16 08:20:40 PM  
I kinda thought that Temper-pedic bear commercial was going to be about alcoholism.
 
Ant
2013-05-16 08:32:58 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: The Billdozer: Am I the only person that doesn't like the British version of The Office? I put my dislike of Gervais aside and tried to watch it when they were showing it on Adult Swim.  I couldn't stand it. I kept waiting for everyone to take the marbles out of their mouths and talk where I could actually understand what the hell they were saying.

THIS! There may have been a lot of good jokes on that show, but I didn't understand a one of them.


I can't understand how people can't understand Brits.
 
2013-05-16 08:45:10 PM  

Ant: Three Crooked Squirrels: The Billdozer: Am I the only person that doesn't like the British version of The Office? I put my dislike of Gervais aside and tried to watch it when they were showing it on Adult Swim.  I couldn't stand it. I kept waiting for everyone to take the marbles out of their mouths and talk where I could actually understand what the hell they were saying.

THIS! There may have been a lot of good jokes on that show, but I didn't understand a one of them.

I can't understand how people can't understand Brits.


So I tell the swamp donkey to sock it before I give her a trunky in the tradesman's entrance and have her lick me yarbles!


IDENTITY THEFT IS A CRIME JIM!
 
2013-05-16 08:46:53 PM  

Ant: Three Crooked Squirrels: The Billdozer: Am I the only person that doesn't like the British version of The Office? I put my dislike of Gervais aside and tried to watch it when they were showing it on Adult Swim.  I couldn't stand it. I kept waiting for everyone to take the marbles out of their mouths and talk where I could actually understand what the hell they were saying.

THIS! There may have been a lot of good jokes on that show, but I didn't understand a one of them.

I can't understand how people can't understand Brits.


I can understand "Brits".  But the way they talked in The Office was like listening to a office full of shoe-gazer emo adults.  For me it was an exercise in frustration to try and figure out what the hell they were saying.
 
2013-05-16 08:59:32 PM  
Here we go.....
A) Better have Michael Scott
B) If not, it better open with Toby killing Jim and the next 65 minutes are him gently stroking Pam's hair with a brush
 
2013-05-16 08:59:57 PM  

TheManofPA: 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.

Infidelity storylines are pretty poisonous to the show because people will identify with the relationship. Dan cheating on Rosanne really hurt that show back in the day.


I think having them winning the lottery did the show in. I mean i know they knew it was the last season but still, it was a bad idea.
 
2013-05-16 09:01:13 PM  
Jim looks into the mirror and smashes his head into it, bloodying the glass. Dwight's face appears in the mirror. Jim maniacally repeats, "How's Pam?" and laughs uncontrollably.
 
2013-05-16 09:01:59 PM  
Can't Kevin say the cake is a lie and everyone have a good laugh?
 
2013-05-16 09:03:02 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Jim looks into the mirror and smashes his head into it, bloodying the glass. Dwight's face appears in the mirror. Jim maniacally repeats, "How's Pam?" and laughs uncontrollably.


GENIUS
 
2013-05-16 09:05:22 PM  
I take it back, the Creed thing officially makes this a great episode. That was an amazing setup.
 
2013-05-16 09:05:54 PM  
Hey, it's Lem from Better Off Ted. Maybe Sender Mifflin can get bought out by Veridian and we can get NBC to pick up BoT.
 
2013-05-16 09:07:04 PM  

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
 
2013-05-16 09:13:01 PM  
Aw. Poor Kevin!

At least he got chocolate.
 
2013-05-16 09:13:24 PM  

Mad_Radhu: Jim looks into the mirror and smashes his head into it, bloodying the glass. Dwight's face appears in the mirror. Jim maniacally repeats, "How's Pam?" and laughs uncontrollably.


I would love to see a Office remake of the Red Room scene with Jim as Cooper and Dwight as The Man From Another World.
 
2013-05-16 09:14:22 PM  
Lucky Charms commercial in prime time...that's weird.
 
2013-05-16 09:18:27 PM  
lol Meredith's son's face looks exactly the same
 
2013-05-16 09:20:08 PM  

you are a puppet: lol Meredith's son's face looks exactly the same


Does this mean that he has to call Angela Mrs. Poop?
 
2013-05-16 09:21:36 PM  

you are a puppet: lol Meredith's son's face looks exactly the same


I thought I was the only one watching. It's been a decent episode so far as laughs go; the Creed thing being my favorite part (the Andy parts being the weakest again)
 
2013-05-16 09:22:49 PM  

TheManofPA: you are a puppet: lol Meredith's son's face looks exactly the same

I thought I was the only one watching. It's been a decent episode so far as laughs go; the Creed thing being my favorite part (the Andy parts being the weakest again)


I have a feeling the kidnap things going to ruin it
 
2013-05-16 09:28:04 PM  

NickelP: I have a feeling the kidnap things going to ruin it


Nope. It worked.
 
2013-05-16 09:28:15 PM  
Was that Aaron Rodgers as one of the judges? And why did Andy look 300 years old?
 
2013-05-16 09:28:57 PM  

Craptastic: NickelP: I have a feeling the kidnap things going to ruin it

Nope. It worked.


Yea I was expecting it to be much longer. I'll eat my hat on that one
 
2013-05-16 09:29:18 PM  

you are a puppet: lol Meredith's son's face looks exactly the same


Oh holy shiat that's the same kid from that episode.  Mind is blown.
 
2013-05-16 09:29:40 PM  

seventypercent: Was that Aaron Rodgers as one of the judges? And why did Andy look 300 years old?


Was an episode ago he dressed in a costume to have a better story for the judges
 
2013-05-16 09:31:20 PM  

NickelP: seventypercent: Was that Aaron Rodgers as one of the judges? And why did Andy look 300 years old?

Was an episode ago he dressed in a costume to have a better story for the judges


Ahh, thanks. I missed about the second half of this last season.
 
2013-05-16 09:36:03 PM  
Joan Cusack?
 
2013-05-16 09:36:56 PM  

seventypercent: Joan Cusack?


Is that her? Also, the panel thing was pretty well done overall. Meredith quotes do tend to make me laugh.
 
2013-05-16 09:37:17 PM  
One of the best Creed episodes yet. And he hasn't even spoken a word.
 
2013-05-16 09:38:11 PM  

NeoCortex42: One of the best Creed episodes yet. And he hasn't even spoken a word.


I put my last message in before the Creed thing. The Creed stuff has been top-tier. I think the Grassroots references tops the "That man's name....Creed Bratton" joke from years ago.
 
2013-05-16 09:38:50 PM  

seventypercent: Joan Cusack?


MY EMOTIONS!!!

Was not expecting it to get so dusty this early in the episode.
 
2013-05-16 09:39:18 PM  

NeoCortex42: One of the best Creed episodes yet. And he hasn't even spoken a word.


They had an interview with one of the writers/producers a few weeks ago and he said his favorite moments are when they just show creed and he doesn't even have to speak.
 
2013-05-16 09:43:22 PM  
HOLY shiat, there is your swerve
 
2013-05-16 09:43:32 PM  
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID
 
2013-05-16 09:43:37 PM  
I love Joan Cusack.

fark! It's Michael!
 
2013-05-16 09:43:57 PM  
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!
 
2013-05-16 09:44:02 PM  
Sweet violin o' mine
 
2013-05-16 09:45:07 PM  
Did they frost Steve's hair or is he just that old now?
 
2013-05-16 09:46:45 PM  

Precision Boobery: Did they frost Steve's hair or is he just that old now?


I've seen him on the daily show in the last 6 months and he looked similar. My guess is they use to die it black and he stopped when he quit
 
2013-05-16 09:48:24 PM  

Precision Boobery: Did they frost Steve's hair or is he just that old now?


That's about how my hair looks, and I'm five years younger than Carell... No baldness yet, so I'm pretty happy with the salt & pepper look.
 
2013-05-16 09:51:37 PM  
Kelly's indian boyfriend is pretty hot.
 
2013-05-16 09:52:07 PM  
Ok, I'm good. That line about Michael was all I wanted in the finale. Barring Toby killing everyone, I'm set.
 
2013-05-16 09:54:00 PM  
Did Ryan just abandon his baby?
 
2013-05-16 09:54:46 PM  

demonfaerie: Did Ryan just abandon his baby?


That's what we were just talking about
 
2013-05-16 09:55:31 PM  

TheManofPA: Ok, I'm good. That line about Michael was all I wanted in the finale. Barring Toby killing everyone, I'm set.


I'd still like to see Toby jailed for being the Scranton Strangler, but I'd like it better if Creed (or Meredith) was the actual Strangler and framed Toby for the murders, because he sucks. Missed opportunity, in my opinion.
 
2013-05-16 09:56:06 PM  

demonfaerie: Did Ryan just abandon his baby?


It's Ryan. He probably rented that baby.
 
2013-05-16 09:56:41 PM  
I was under the impression that it wasn't Ryan's baby, but that the woman he was dating (baby's mom) left it with him.
 
2013-05-16 09:58:05 PM  
That baby is ADORABLE.
 
2013-05-16 09:59:42 PM  
Michael's lines seem flat ... but he's not been Michael for a while, so it's understandable.
 
2013-05-16 10:00:43 PM  

cevarius: Michael's lines seem flat ... but he's not been Michael for a while, so it's understandable.


He's set for everything with the "That's what she said" delivery.

Honestly, at this point, all they have to do is somehow give Toby a happy ending.
 
2013-05-16 10:10:42 PM  
Damn Creed, not a bad bod for an old dude.
 
2013-05-16 10:11:37 PM  
CREED! YES!

How did he grow that magnificent beard?
 
2013-05-16 10:12:38 PM  

TheManofPA: cevarius: Michael's lines seem flat ... but he's not been Michael for a while, so it's understandable.

He's set for everything with the "That's what she said" delivery.

Honestly, at this point, all they have to do is somehow give Toby a happy ending.


Toby doesn't get a happy ending. He's The Office's Chief O'Brien, except with more bad luck.
 
2013-05-16 10:13:54 PM  

NeoCortex42: TheManofPA: cevarius: Michael's lines seem flat ... but he's not been Michael for a while, so it's understandable.

He's set for everything with the "That's what she said" delivery.

Honestly, at this point, all they have to do is somehow give Toby a happy ending.

Toby doesn't get a happy ending. He's The Office's Chief O'Brien, except with more bad luck.


O'Brien at least married a hot asian chick.
 
2013-05-16 10:15:10 PM  
And Pam gets the last line. Bravo on the finale, that was rather well done and hit all the right notes.
 
2013-05-16 10:15:24 PM  
Not a bad ending.
 
2013-05-16 10:16:48 PM  
Good wrap up.

Now enough of your crying, time for someone to get impaled on deer horns.
 
2013-05-16 10:17:03 PM  
So we never find out who the Strangler is. A classic McMuffin.
 
2013-05-16 10:17:57 PM  
This season was worth it for this last episode.  It did a good job at wrapping it all up and mixing in the funny.
 
2013-05-16 10:19:13 PM  

seventypercent: Not a bad ending.


Yeah. As far as endings go, it was pretty OK. No complaints from me. It wasn't earth-shaking, but it was memorable. And it was sweet. And nobody killed Toby.
 
2013-05-16 10:19:14 PM  
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.
 
2013-05-16 10:20:06 PM  
That was a great way to end it. What an awesome finale.
 
2013-05-16 10:20:15 PM  
Good god. I was a freshman in college when this show started. Married with a kid of my own. Great ending.
 
2013-05-16 10:21:23 PM  

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
 
2013-05-16 10:22:12 PM  
I'm split as to what I think the show;s legacy will be. When it's good, it's among the best of the last decade. At it's worst, it's god awful.

Giving time to the Kelly/Ryan thing in the finale was the latter.
 
2013-05-16 10:22:39 PM  

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


Seconded! It's amazing that its been on that long. I was one of those original naysayers when it first came out, but it grew on me.
 
2013-05-16 10:24:51 PM  

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

Seconded! It's amazing that its been on that long. I was one of those original naysayers when it first came out, but it grew on me.


I guess I switched the script. I grew apart but the first four seasons i loved this show. Had to watch this one.
 
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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