Thanks for “The Office”

The Office is over.

Whoa.

Let’s talk about it.

The first 30 minutes of the finale were so underwhelming that I was worried if the show would leave me feeling fulfilled at all. The bachelor and bachelorette parties weren’t really funny. Mostly they were uncomfortable, and weird. And not a good weird. Just a weird weird. I understand that Jim being the best man and doing nice things for Dwight is heartwarming, but at this point we don’t need to be reminded that Dwight and Jim love each other. Their friendship is known, and it’s awesome.

The scene with Andy and his fans was a standout for me in the first 45 minutes. Andy Bernard just needed a break, and it was nice to see him get one, even if it was nothing more than a crowd of people cheering him on and chanting a ridiculous little tune.

But as the episode progressed I quickly forgot about the weird early scenes.

Dwight and Angela’s wedding was perfect. Honestly, just perfect. From everyone bringing cats as presents, to the strings version of Sweet Child of Mine, to Michael freaking Scott’s return. Seriously, how awesome was that return?!

“Michael, I can’t believe you came.” – Dwight

“That’s what she said.” – Michael

It was the best reintroduction of the character possible. And how lovely to think that Jim is the reason Michael came to the wedding. Jim knew how much it would mean to Dwight, so he made that happen. Now that is a nod to Dwight and Jim’s relationship that I enjoyed. It was subtle. We didn’t need the early obvious scenes. This one said it all.

The Michael Scott return was something that I was honestly afraid wouldn’t happen. Production did a fine job of making me doubt Steve Carell’s return. Hell, Steve Carell did a fine job in interviews of making me doubt his return. And though Michael didn’t say much, what he did say was just so Michael Scott.

“I feel like all my kids grew up. And then they married each other. It’s every parent’s dream.” – Michael

The Office couldn’t end without Michael Scott. It wouldn’t have been right. And as soon as he stepped into the picture, the finale worked for me. It became a thing of beauty. Funny, touching, offbeat, sentimental, heartbreakingly real…. It became everything The Office has been through the years.

We saw the return of Kelly and Ryan, and what a joy it was to see them together again. They have a ridiculous relationship, but god, I do love it. They were always two of my favorites to watch. They’re terrible for each other, but you can’t help but root for them. There’s something endearingly perfect about two people who shouldn’t be together at all, but keep trying over and over again. Damn it, I want it to work. I know I shouldn’t, but I do.

The final scenes were so good that it’s hard to talk about them and do them any justice. Pam’s mural was lovely, and the photograph that included all of production was an amazing way to give a bit of credit to everyone involved in the show.

“I kind of just meant everyone from The Office.” – Pam

The exit interviews were as good as anything that’s ever been on this show. Everything came full circle. Where Dwight started by hating his coworkers, he finished by calling them friends. Jim began the show hating his job, and he finished it realizing that he owes everything to it. Kevin was hilarious as ever. Erin was endearing and sweet. Andy was nostalgic, as he’s always been. Everyone was just perfect. Surprisingly enough, I think Creed said it best.

“No matter how you get there or where you end up, human beings have this miraculous gift to make that place home.” – Creed

The Office was a home. The workplace was a home to the characters. The set was a home to the actors. And the show was a home for viewers. This has been an amazing show. It’s been the kind of show that changes television. The kind of show that stays with people. A show where you connect so deeply with the characters that you forget that they’re characters at all, and start to think of them as friends. You saw yourself in the characters. Michael Scott was your boss. You were Jim, longing for someone you weren’t sure you could ever have. Or you were Pam, discontent with your life and looking for more. You were a part of the office, and that’s really special.

“Everything that I have, I owe to this job. This stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job.” – Jim

The Office walked a fine line between hilarious and uncomfortable. It all but invented that gray area. Sometimes a show is able to find a perfect combination of the two, and The Office did that.

This show gave us one of the best characters ever with Michael Scott. Michael was the character embodiment of the show. He was awkward and uncomfortable, yet hilarious and lovable. He was eccentric and odd, and relatable and average. Michael Scott was The Office at its very best. Sometimes the show fell a little too far on the side of awkward, but mostly it worked effortlessly in that happy gray area between funny and awkward that it made for itself. The Office was funny in a way that nothing else on TV was.

“If you film anybody long enough, they’re going to do something stupid. It’s only human natural.” – Kevin

The Office made us appreciate the mundane. It showed us that life is amazing, just as it is. You don’t always need explosive action or racy scandals to make a good show. You just need ordinary situations and real people. The Office showed us the importance of the ordinary, mundane things in life that might seem boring at the time. It taught us to appreciate things that we might not regularly think twice about. It made us appreciate relationships. It made us look at our own lives and take chances.

“Just go after what you want and act fast, because life just isn’t that long.” – Pam

The Office was a joy. That’s really all I can say in the end. It was a wonderful show, and I feel blessed to have watched it. I can’t really think of life without this show, to be honest. It’s just always been there. Like Andy, I find myself already nostalgic for it. I hope it’s a show that stands the test of time. I think it will be. I imagine that years from now I’ll turn on the TV and old episodes of The Office will make me laugh the way they always did. And it’ll feel like home.

“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days, before you’ve actually left them.” – Andy

So thanks to the writers, the actors, the entire production team, the viewers, everyone. Thanks for making this a great ride. Thanks for a uniquely brilliant show. Thanks for The Office.

“There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” Pam

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