I am currently an emotional wreck.
I cannot believe that it is all over.
The Office played a massive part of my teenagehood. It quite literally was always there to cheer me up whenever I felt down for the past 9 years. I looked forward to every Friday afternoon to catch up on the latest episode and the thought of watching a new episode got me through each week. They were my second family.
So many awkward but immensely hilarious references originated from this show and I feel as though the writers, cast and crew did such a perfect job with getting the audience to empathise so strongly with the show’s characters.
My ultimate favourite thing about The Office were the characters of Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute. They were my favourite characters because they were both such BIG dreamers.
All Michael ever wanted was a family (This was evident from that old VHS video, he showed everyone, which had him as a young child saying he wanted to have “One hundred kids” so that he could have ”100 friends and no one can say no to being my friend”. oh, bless!).
In the finale, I absolutely broke into tears when he came out of nowhere and Dwight was so overjoyed. I never ever thought that a “That’s What She Said!” sexual innuendo reference could ever arouse such strong deep emotion in me, but it did. That’s what I love about this show; it’s so unexpected and random… but delightfully so!
I absolutely love how the cast, crew and executives all claimed that Steve Carell would not be returning for the series finale to trick the fans.. and how when Carell did actually show up on screen, Jim was talking directly to us, via the camera, with teary eyes, and said “Best Prank Ever”, while you could see Dwight and Michael catching up in the background.
Such a beautiful moment and I’ll never forget that.
I’m super glad that Michael ended up having his happy ending, in that it was shown that he had so many photographs of his kids that he even had to get two cellphones to fit all of the photos. Heartwarming stuff.
Dwight FINALLY getting to be Regional Manager and also getting to marry Angela was his happy ending and I felt that this ending did do Dwight’s character due justice. Even back in Season 1, you could tell that Dwight mainly wanted power and authority and he did eventually get it in the end. What made me tear up most about Dwight’s storyline was when he labeled Pam as his “best friend”. I just started bawling my eyes – it was just such a powerful moment because you get so used to seeing Dwight as being this stoic leader-type person but seeing him be compassionate and sweet just melts the heart, at least, it did for me.
Jim + Pam forever. Ugh, I am way too emotionally invested into this couple. They are, what I believe, the utmost perfect example of what the majority of people in this world want. A soulmate. Jim Halpert is THE most romantic male character on television and I blame him for being the source of my unrealistic standards in men - Jim is so selfless, compassionate, considerate, funny and kind. The way Jim says “BEESLEY” to Pam and the way her eyes light up…. ugh. Perfection. Their chemistry just felt so authentic that I find it so tragic that they are not actually a couple in real life. I’ll never forget how beautiful their wedding was.
In contrast to the whole Jim + Pam detail, I also thoroughly love what the writers did with Ryan + Kelly in the series finale. I always knew that they would make it. Ryan + Kelly are the opposite of Jim + Pam as Ryan + Kelly are so dysfunctional that they remind me a bit of Ronnie and Sam (from Jersey Shore, lol.). However, despite their hot and cold / on again, off again dynamic, I think they would definitely be an amazing couple if they would get over their own self pride and admit that what they really want is each other.
I personally believe that everyone, in real life, does have / will have their own version of this type of relationship at some point in time and people tend to give up on such relationships due to self pride and/or fear of rejection and vulnerability.
One of Pam’s ending quotes is something that I think I will always remember and keep close to my heart.
“It would just make my heart soar if someone out there saw this and she said to herself ‘Be strong, trust yourself, love yourself, conquer your fears, just go after what you want and act fast because life just isn’t that long’.”
Other key moments that made me tear up/laugh out loud during the finale:
- When Andy walks out of the Panel room, thinking that no one would come to see them, but as soon as he walks into the hallway, he sees an incredible amount of people lining up to enter the Panel room and they all chant ‘Rit dit dit dit di doo’ as soon as they see Andy.
- The short cameo with SNL’s Seth Meyers and Bill Hader (who will be both leaving SNL after this season, THEY ARE MY FAVOURITES ON SNL. SAD.)
- The “baby wawa” meme going viral
- Stanley actually smiling and being happy
- Erin meeting her parents for the first time
- Jim’s “Guten Pranks”.
- The awkward height difference between Angela and Dwight and their first dance as husband and wife. Angela actually looking happy and carefree.
- Angela actually being nice to Phyllis. Phyllis carrying Angela down the isle.
- The fact that Gabe was not included in The Office nostalgia. Not a fan of that guy.
- Dwight firing Pam and Jim so they could get severance packages.
- Pam answering the phone “Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam.”
- How Jim’s last quote on the show is very similar to his first quote on the show but way way waaaaaaay more grateful and sincere.
- That one powerful flashback of Michael hanging up Pam’s framed watercolor of the office building and then showing Pam taking the watercolor down and taking it with her.
- Pam’s amazing mural and how she said “This is for you, Jim.”
- Andy’s last quote:
“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ol’ days, before you’ve actually left them.”
All in all, I’m really glad that a show like ‘The Office’ was created and am very grateful for it to have lasted so long. So thankful for all of the heartwarming and silly, memorable and inspirational moments that I will never forget.