Between 2005 and 2013, “The Office”, US version, made audiences around the world die of laughter. If you didn’t follow everything well or if your memory challenges you, we tell you the end of the series.
Warning, spoilers. The following article reveals key plot elements of “The Office” as well as its ending.
If The Office adventure began across the Channel with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, it continued with Greg Daniels in the United States where it was adapted on March 24, 2005 and quickly consecrated. Grinning and quirky American humor: the US version series was a widely acclaimed surprise.
The Office is this mockumentary-like sitcom following the daily life of more than imperfect employees of a paper manufacturing company, under the direction of a completely crazy boss – here Michael Scott (Steve Carell) who tries in vain to curry favor with his staff and peers with now legendary clumsiness.
Winner of a multitude of awards, The Office (US) is, when it airs, one of the most-watched American sitcoms, revered star of NBC. Today, it continues to beat audience records on Netflix in the United States, long after its discontinuation, having definitively achieved its status as a cult series in the same way as Friends, which it has often equaled. The Office (US) thus made its way to critical glory but above all found a place at the top in the hearts of its viewers.
It is with the 24th and 25th episodes of its season 9 – and 200th and 201st episodes of the series as a whole – that The Office ends its adventure. Aired on May 16, 2013, and preceded by an hour-long retrospective, the final episode, soberly titled “Finale”, was seen by an estimated 5.69 million viewers and was the second highest-rated episode of the series. . It received three Emmy nominations and even won Best Editing for a Single-Camera Comedy Series. This particular episode, we now summarize it for you.
WHAT HAVE THEY BECOME ?
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A year after the documentary aired, Dunder Mifflin workers past and present reunite for a wedding and a final round of interviews. Indeed, as the office prepares for the wedding of Dwight (Rainn Wilson) — now the company’s regional director — and Angela (Angela Kinsey), they also prepare to participate in a panel for the documentary.
In the office, everyone is happy to meet again. Andy (Ed Helms), after being humiliated by having his audition tape go viral at an Internet talent show, finds a job at his alma mater, Cornell University, in the admissions office. Darryl (Craig Robinson), meanwhile, helped grow Athlead, now named Athleap, by opening a branch in Austin, Texas. Stanley (Leslie David Baker) enjoys his retirement in Florida and Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) tries to fatten up Stanley’s replacement (Malcolm Barrett) with chocolate to make him look like Stanley.
After being fired by Dwight, Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) bought a bar and Toby (Paul Lieberstein) started a career as an author in New York. Nellie (Catherine Tate) moved to Poland while Creed (Creed Bratton) faked his death but then turned out to be a wanted fugitive using a fake identity, so Dwight replaced him with former employee Devon (Devon Abner ). Oscar (Oscar Nuñez), he is preparing to run for a seat in the Senate and is now the godfather of Phillip, the son of Dwight and Angela.
SINGLE BURIAL PARTIES
That night, Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) host Dwight and Angela’s respective bachelor and bachelorette parties. After giving him the opportunity to use a bazooka, Jim takes Dwight and the rest of the gang to a pub where the latter does not understand that the waitress, Elizabeth (Jackie Debatin), is a stripper: he remains in disbelief. the rest of the evening, much to Jim’s delight.
On the bachelorette party side, the small group – also including Angela’s sister, Rachael (Rachael Harris) – are horrified to see that the stripper hired for the occasion is none other than Jake (Spencer Daniels) , the son of Meredith (Kate Flannery), herself present in the assembly. Despite this, Meredith helps him with his dance, disgusting everyone.
Angela is then kidnapped by Dwight’s cousin, Mose (Michael Schur) and Dwight must then find her… as Schrute tradition dictates! The search ends at Kevin’s bar where, at Jim’s insistence on burying the hatchet, the two finally make amends. Dwight thus tells Kevin that his dismissal was not personal but based solely on his poor performance at work, which boosts Kevin’s morale. Mose then drives Dwight and Jim to his car where Angela is locked in the trunk and eventually lets her out.
PANEL AND WEDDING
The next day, the panel takes place. The spectators chain the questions, in particular on the relationship of Jim and Pam. Pam receives a lot of criticism: why did she so doubt Jim who is so “perfect”? The couple responds with honesty. We also learn that the CEO of Dunder Mifflin, David Wallace (Andy Buckley), hates the documentary and Erin (Ellie Kemper), meanwhile, is finally reunited with her biological parents (Joan Cusack and Ed Begley Jr.), who had abandoned her.
Now is the time for the wedding. Kelly (Mindy Kaling) goes there with her fiancé Ravi (Sendhil Ramamurthy), and Ryan (BJ Novak) surprises them with a baby, his son, Drake, left to him by his ex-girlfriend. Jim plays one last prank on Dwight: he insists that, according to Schrute tradition, he cannot be his witness because Dwight is older than him. When Dwight tries to change his mind, Jim directs his attention to Michael (Steve Carell) who has returned for the occasion. Dwight is over the moon.
Meanwhile, in the bridal chamber, it is decided that Phyllis will carry Angela down the aisle since the latter has a sore leg after being locked in a car trunk for several hours. With Michael as Dwight’s new best man, the wedding once again takes place according to Schrute tradition: the bride and groom, standing in their own graves, “as a reminder that this is the only escape from what they are doing” .
At the reception, Jim and Pam dance and kiss, and Jim, thinking back to the criticism she received, tells her that she owes him nothing. Later, Michael shows Pam pictures of his kids with Holly (and takes so many pictures of them that he needs two phones). For his part, Stanley offers Phyllis a wood carving he made in her image, making her cry: the two then admit that they missed each other. Meanwhile, Ryan deliberately causes an allergic reaction in his son so that Ravi, a pediatrician, will have to take care of him, giving him the opportunity to “steal” Kelly.
Shortly after, Ryan and Kelly run away together, thus passing Drake to Ravi who then gives the baby to Kevin. Ravi tells him to take the child to social services but Nellie decides to keep him, telling the camera that if Ryan wants his baby back, he can find him “somewhere in Europe”. For his part, an emotional Michael tells the camera that he feels like all of his children have grown up and married each other, which is apparently “every parent’s dream”.
When Jim and Pam return home briefly, Jim is surprised to find Carol (Nancy Carell), Michael’s ex-girlfriend, showing another couple around their house. Pam then reveals to him that she has been showing the house for two months already, so that if they received an offer, Jim would have no reason not to join Athlead. She wants to thank him for everything he has done for her over the years. The couple who came to visit the house finally decide to buy it: Jim and Pam accept their offer.
The pair then go to a DVD launch party at the warehouse where they tell a delighted Darryl about their plans. Pam then unveils a new mural depicting the history of their branch. After a group photo, everyone heads to the office for a final toast. Seeing that Erin is busy, Pam takes one last call as receptionist, which coincidentally is for Jim. She can finally answer:I’m sorry, Jim Halpert no longer works here.”
Shortly after, the two tell Dwight that they are quitting, but Dwight fires them instead so they can receive large severance packages as a final gesture of friendship. The employees also discover that Creed has been living in Ryan’s old closet since he faked his death. This one will end up singing a song on the guitar for the office before being arrested.
The employees give a final series of interviews in front of the camera, perfectly characterizing each character, before leaving the premises. Jim tearfully talks about seeing his life story, finding love and starting a family, and how despite his often boring and frustrating job, he owes her everything he has today.
As everyone leaves the office, Pam takes her famous Dunder Mifflin painting from the wall. A flashback shows when Michael first put her there. Pam ends the series by stating: “There is a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that the goal?” Fin de The Office.