I know that “The Office” is just a TV show. One that depicts unreal characters of the most unusual natures.
But, I just wanted to bawl like a baby during last week’s series finale. After nine years, the series had 201 episodes, won four Emmys and a Peabody award. And now, it is done.
In retrospect, “The Office” hasn’t always been on it’s A game. There was a part of me that was watching this final season, thinking, “Well, I’ve watched the first eight seasons. It would be ridiculous to give up at this point.” The jokes had become routine, some of the episodes were downright pointless, and watching Jim and Pam’s relationship fall apart was like tearing out my fingernails.
I don’t want to give away too much, but the last episode was simply one of the best of what the “The Office” has ever offered, and it was a perfect way to say goodbye to the much-loved show.
It documents the employees’ lives a year after the documentary “aired” on PBS, taking place around the time of Dwight and Angela’s wedding.
And let me say that this last episode has everything that we have ever loved about “The Office.”
We got to see Jim’s final pranks on Dwight. We also saw Dwight’s eccentricity shine through in every aspect of his wedding. More of that perfect romance between Jim and Pam that always makes you want to say, “Ahh.” Stanley’s grumpiness. Angela’s cat obsession. Erin’s innocence. Kevin’s stupidity. The list goes on and on.
And, of course, we got to see the world’s best boss. Michael Scott returned and gave his last, “That’s what she said” joke.
In many ways, the show felt complete. There were surprises. Characters moved on from Dunder Mifflin. Viewers could see that for many of the characters, their worlds were still going on, and moving toward bigger and better things; their jobs at the office were one chapter of their lives, and that from there, things will only improve.
Maybe it’s the sentimentality that I have been feeling lately as a senior about to move on from high school and into college and a different life, but one of Jim’s final lines stuck a chord with me.
“Even if I didn’t love every minute of it, everything that I have I owe to this job. This stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job.”
This is what life is about. We have our ups and our downs, but in the end, our memories of the good times we have had will change everything for us, and we will become better people because of it.
That is what “The Office” has done. In its final moments, filled with staccatos of joy and sadness, we have the characters describing to us what their years at Dunder Mifflin meant to them.
“There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things,” Pam said. “Isn’t that the point?”
Yes Pam, it is indeed.
Alissa Roy is a senior at Springville-Griffith Institute.