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Recap / The Office USS 9 E 23 Finale

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"I thought it was weird when you picked us to make a documentary. But, all in all, I think an ordinary paper company like Dunder Mifflin was a great subject for a documentary. There's a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn't that kinda the point?"
-—Pam Halpert

One year has passed since the release of the documentary. A new crew is sent back to the office to make some extra DVD content as the staff gets together to have a Where Are They Now conference.

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Dwight's marriage to Angela closes in.

Pam and Jim make plans for the future.

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  • Abusive Parent: Ryan, now having to care for a baby, lets him suck on a strawberry to trigger his allergy and force Ravi away from Kelly. This allows Ryan to try to get with her again. Ryan actually leaves his son behind and runs away with Kelly. The good thing is that now Nellie may be able to adopt the kid she so wanted.
  • As Himself: Creed sings "All The Faces", a song written and sung by the actor Creed Bratton himself.
    "I saw a friend today it had been a while
    And we forgot each other's names
    But it didn't matter because deep inside
    The feeling still remained the same"
  • Back for the Finale:
    • Michael comes back, as a last minute addition to the wedding.
    • Kelly and Ryan return for Dwight's wedding, only to run off to elope during reception.
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    • Dwight re-hires Devon White from the first two seasons to replace Creed.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: When the whole crowd at the Q&A panel sees Andy walk into the room, they address him as "Nard Dog" and start chanting his trademark catchphrase "Roo doo doo doo doo!"
  • Call-Back: Angela and Dwight marry, according to Schrute tradition, while standing over shallow graves, a tradition that Dwight had mentioned to exist before.
  • Character Development:
    • Michael has become calm, lets other people take the spotlight and much more mellow by the end of the show.
    • Angela, while still having bouts of anger (mostly rightfully so), is now much more mellow and loving to her friends and her husband.
    • Dwight has become infinitely more well adjusted and openly affectionate to the people around him in the office. Notably, as manager he now focuses on employing strategies to help his subordinates relax more and boost efficiency in their jobs, as opposed to his more oppressive and draconian tactics seen in his previous brief stints as acting manager.
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  • Continuity Nod: While everyone is celebrating in the office, the phone rings at the empty reception desk. Pam decides to answer it herself with the greeting "Dunder Mifflin, this is Pam," just like she did in earlier seasons as the receptionist.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After 9 years of many things going wrong, several characters end the show with a hopeful tone.
    • Michael is a happy married Family Man now, having the wife and kids he always wanted.
    • Jim and Pam, having faced hard challenges in their marriage, are stronger than ever. In a Grand Romantic Gesture, Pam sells their house so they can start again in Austin, this time with Jim working for Athleap.
    • Dwight is regional manger of Dunder Mifflin Scranton which is now more successful then ever before, with a loving wife, a son, an entire beet farm in his name, and two best friends in Jim and Pam. As one last show of friendship, he opts to fire them instead of letting them quit, which allows them to take a severance package he will attempt to make as big as possible.
    • Stanley got to go away and live in a small, peaceful city in Florida after retiring.
    • Erin is finally reunited with her birth parents.
    • Though Andy initially endures a Humiliation Conga for going viral with his crying audition in the previous episode, he reveals that he was able to land his dream job at the admissions office of his alma mater Cornell University, and is surprised to find an entire crowd turned up for the "Where Are They Now?" panel who celebrates Andy not as a humiliating crybaby, but as himself.
    • The ending also implies that Nellie may finally get the child she always wanted by adopting the baby Ryan abandoned.
    • Toby finally gets invited by the Dunder Mifflin crew to hang out.
  • Family Man: Michael, now a father, has become much calmer and extremely doting, having two phones to store all of his kids pictures.
  • Grand Finale: Of the series. The final episode shows what has happened to everyone's lives and where they are going now.
  • Internal Homage: Dwight hires new employees in the office that remain nameless and only exist in the background of the episode with little to no dialogue, similar to how the first two seasons featured minor employees who were only around to be Living Props.
  • Irony:
    • In "Halloween", Creed convinced Michael to fire Devon White. In this episode, Dwight hires Devon back to take Creed's job after he is ousted as a wanted fugitive.
    • With Andy having left Dunder Mifflin, and now Jim also quitting in this episode, the Scranton branch ultimately did not manage to keep any of the transfer employees from Stamford in the long run.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Stanley, as described by Phyllis. She says that many people think he is an old grump, but she tearfully shows that he made a wooden sculpture of her as a gift asking whether an old grump would do something like that.
  • Last Episode, New Character:
    • Angela's sister Rachel is introduced in this episode. Angela states that they're very close, to the point that they even made up their own language.
    • Erin's birth parents also finally appear.
  • Leno Device: Seth Meyers and Bill Hader briefly cameo as themselves doing an episode of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, where Hader is playing a character named "Baby Wawa" as a reference to Andy's viral crying audition.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • Meredith states her frustration that no footage of her earning her Ph.D. in School Psychology made it on air. Oscar is also upset that they never filmed him doing origami.
    • Dwight somehow managed to win back the Scranton White Pages account after Andy had unwittingly annoyed Jan Levinson into pulling out.
  • Time Skip: A whole year has passed between the airing of the documentary and this episode, which is being filmed as bonus material for the DVD.
  • The Unfair Sex: This ends up getting Invoked during a Q&A session in which Pam gets indirectly called out by several hecklers for guilting Jim into backing out of his job with Athleap. Jim is actually forced to step in to remind the audience that he was just as culpable for the stress on their relationship since he did so many major actions without getting Pam's consent in the first place.
  • The Un-Reveal: Neither the viewers in-universe or out of universe ever find out what was written in the letter Jim wrote for Pam with the teapot. When asked about it, Pam decides that it is something so personal, she'd rather keep it just between them.
  • Where Are They Now: Mentioned by name in-universe. The crew gets together again to be publicly interviewed about how their lives have been in the year since the documentary.
  • Wedding Day: The second part of the episode is largely focused on Dwight's wedding to Angela.
  • You Are Not Alone: Meredith's send off phrase.
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