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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   ( divider line
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2013-05-17 01:30:14 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2013-05-16 07:27:00 PM  
2 votes:
The last half of this season was pretty good. Anything with Andy has been terrible though.
2013-05-16 06:48:00 PM  
2 votes:
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 06:44:08 PM  
2 votes:
I loved the part when Dawn opened Tim's gift and it was a painting set. That was heart-warming.
2013-05-16 10:16:31 AM  
2 votes:
Wait until the reveal that the whole series was an acid hallucination from world famous rock star Creed Bratton
2013-05-17 07:43:07 AM  
1 vote:
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 01:07:21 AM  
1 vote:
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.
2013-05-16 10:38:29 PM  
1 vote:
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 10:37:40 PM  
1 vote:

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 09:14:22 PM  
1 vote:
Lucky Charms commercial in prime time...that's weird.
2013-05-16 09:05:54 PM  
1 vote:
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 09:05:22 PM  
1 vote:
I take it back, the Creed thing officially makes this a great episode. That was an amazing setup.
2013-05-16 08:01:24 PM  
1 vote:
The Office should have ended when Jim and Pam got married.  The last few seasons have been pretty bad.
2013-05-16 06:56:28 PM  
1 vote:
I don't know what you people are talking about The Office ended in 2003.
2013-05-16 03:14:42 PM  
1 vote:
"Michael Scott's plane...was shot down...over Lake Wallenpaupack. It spun in...there were no survivors."
2013-05-16 08:38:07 AM  
1 vote:

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?
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