The Office – Recap & Review – Finale

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photo: nbc

The Office

Original Air Date: May 16, 2013

Shannon – Associate Editor

It’s one year after the documentary release, and the camera crew is back getting extra footage for the DVD. There is also going to be a question and answer panel so everyone is getting back together for that. Let’s find out what everyone has been up to in the past year.

Dwight has turned Dunder Mifflin Scranton around and it’s apparently profitable again. Oscar is running for senate. Kevin was fired, Stanley retired. Toby was also fired. All were informed by Dwight via cake. Dwight and Angela are getting married and Jim is Dwight’s best man. Jim is having lots of fun doing nice pranks. We’ll get to those in a bit.

Stanley’s replacement is pleasant and Phyllis intends to break him in. She really misses Stanley. Andy’s clip of him crying on the a capella show went viral and now he’s a giant joke on the internet. Toby moved to New York to write a novel after he was fired. He’s not having much success. Nellie moved back to the UK and is still childless. Stanley is living in Florida now and spends his days carving birds.

Andy and Darryl are back in town. Darryl arrives in a limo because Athlead is doing very well these days. All the guys head out for Dwight’s bachelor party. The party consists of Dwight shooting a bazooka and then getting a private table at a restaurant with a stripper that Dwight thinks is a waitress.

Angela’s bachelorette party is at the farm house. The male stripper shows up and it’s Meredith’s son. Of course it is. It is just as awkward as you can imagine. Then Mose comes and grabs Angela and runs off with her for the ceremonial bridal kidnapping where he takes the bride to a pub and the groom he has to buy everyone drinks to get her back. Just so happens, that Kevin is the owner of that pub. Jim sent him there so Dwight and Kevin can patch things up. They do and then Angela is let out of Mose’s trunk. She is not pleased about it.

At the panel, Pam is asked what was in the teapot letter, how Pam is paying Jim back for quitting Athlead. They talk about Jim and Pam’s rocky relationship and Meredith’s PhD studies.

A lady (played by Joan Cusack) asks Erin about her birth mother. She asks Erin if she hates her and Erin says she doesn’t. The lady is Erin’s birth mother. Erin runs out to hug her and then a man (Ed Begley, Jr.) comes up and says he’s her dad. It’s a really sweet moment.

At the wedding, everyone brings cats as gifts. That is both frightening and adorable. Kelly and Ryan reunite. Ryan is a dad now that his girlfriend took off and left her baby behind. Kelly is still with Robbie the pediatrician. Ryan gives Baby Drake a strawberry (which he is allergic to) so he can get Robbie out the way and make out with Kelly. They run off and leave Robbie with the baby. Robbie pawns the baby off Kevin who hands him off to Nellie who desperately wants to keep him. I can’t see how this won’t be a legal fiasco, but whatever.

Before the wedding starts, Jim tells Dwight that the minister says that the best man has to be older than the groom. Dwight totally buys it and then Michael freaking Scott shows up. And…promptly makes a “that’s what she said” joke. Did not see that coming but I’m so glad it happened. I was hoping that Steve Carell was going to make an appearance. And that is Jim’s best prank EVER.

Angela is having a hard time walking since she was in Mose’s trunk so Phyllis gives her a piggy back ride down the aisle to “Sweet Child of Mine”. Dwight and Angela take their vows while standing in their own graves. It’s a Schrute thing, better not to ask.

Michael has kids now and has so many pictures he has to have two phones to hold them all. That warms my heart. I bet Michael is a terrific dad.

After the reception, everyone’s going back to the warehouse for an after party, except Jim and Pam who stop by home to change. When they pull up, a realtor is walking a couple out of their house. Pam has secretly been trying to sell the house so she can prove to Jim how much she believes in his future. Jim tries to talk her out of it, but the couple offers to buy the house right then. Now they can move to Austin to let Jim continue on with Athlead.

At the warehouse, Pam unveils the mural that she painted (sans butts) about the history of the office. Everyone gathers around, even the shows production and writing staff, to take pictures and then the core group sneaks upstairs and raids Meredith’s desk liquor stash.

Pam talking heads that she wants people to learn from her mistakes. If there’s something you want in life, you need to get out there and grab it. Later, Pam and Jim break the news to Dwight that they’re leaving, and he fires them so they can get the severance package. He really does love them.

Andy muses that his best times were while he was working at DM. He says someone should write a song about how you should be able to realize the good old days while you’re in them.

Creed sings and plays guitar and everyone talks about the great times and how the crew captured so many of them. At the end everyone’s walking out and Pam snatches the drawing she did of the DM building. You remember? The one that Michael bought from her art show? What a great way to end.

And that’s it. It’s all over. The writers did a fantastic job wrapping everything up for us and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the series. I know I haven’t exactly enjoyed the show as much I could have over the past few seasons, but overall I have loved this show since the day it started. KP can correct me if I’m wrong, but I started recapping this show in January 2009, and I haven’t regretted it once. I appreciate all the readers that we’ve had over the years and each and every comment that’s been made. Thank you so much for being fans of this show and for being such a great community. Thanks for making this a great ride.

That’s what she said.


About Shannon

Shannon is a wife and mother of 3 kids. She adores all things Disney and loves a good tall Dole Whip.
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7 Responses to The Office – Recap & Review – Finale

  1. KP says:

    HAHAHA!! Great TWSS joke to end it Shannon. Thanks for the years!

  2. jeffkeyz says:

    Nobody recognizes me, but all my friends call me “Plop” now.

  3. ilovefootball2525 says:

    Did Michael adopt? Did he have boys/girls? Darn DVR broke and I didn’t watch the episode…so I’m relying on the recaps and the comments to piece everything together.

    • Shannon says:

      They never said how he came to have those kids or even if he was married. Pam just talked about his kids and how he had so many photos he needed two phones to hold them all.

  4. jules says:

    Great recap! I second the nice TWSS at the end. There was a lot to love in the series finale. I loved the call backs, like Jim’s final lines about “My job was to speak to clients on the phone about quantities and type of copier paper…” – a call back to the pilot, Pam’s art work, Devon, etc…I didn’t see the Michael cameo coming, but I loved how it played out. Well done writers on that.

    Thanks Shannon for all the recaps!

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