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"Finale" is the twenty-fourth/twenty-fifth episode of the ninth season of the American television comedy series "The Office", is the show's 200th/201st episode overall, and series finale. It will air on May 16, 2013.

6 months after the airing of the documentary, the workers of Dunder Mifflin, past and present, gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried and pranks are prunked.

Synopsis

Dwight Schrute prepares his wedding with Angela. Dwight Schrute fires Kevin Malone. Ryan and Kelly get back together. All the People hang out in the office, Steve Carell Cameo but its short he just shows up to be the best man for Dwights wedding. There is a panel where they answer questions, and Pam and Jim move to Texas at the end so Jim can join Athleap. Andy gets a job at Cornell and becomes viral on the internet. 

Production

"Finale" was written by series developer and showrunner Greg Daniels, making it his second writing credit for the year, after the season debut "New Guys", and his 12th writing credit overall. Rainn Wilson later joked that Daniels was "the country vet who birthed this puppy" and had come "back to put it down". The episode was directed by Ken Kwapis. Kwapis had originally directed the series' pilot episode. His last directoral credit for the series, prior to "Finale", however, was the fifth season episode "Company Picnic". "I figured the character would go back and visit everybody, but he wouldn't do it on camera at this point. I think he had grown past the idea of being in the documentary, that was my take on it. That [Michael Scott] had said goodbye to that aspect of his life, that that's not what was important to him. I just thought, yeah he'd go back and visit, but he wouldn't want the camera crew to be documenting it." —Steve Carell, explaining his hesitation to return to The Office. The series finale will guest star Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley, Jr., Malcolm Barret. The episode will feature the return of several of the series' actors and actresses, including former series writers and stars B. J. Novak and Mindy Kaling, as well as Andy Buckley, Bobby Rae Shafer, Michael Schur, and Matt L. Jones. Early during production for the season, Kinsey and Wilson also noted that the cast and crew were hoping for a return of former lead actor Steve Carell as Michael Scott. In mid-December, Krasinski later revealed that he was optimistic about a return; in an interview with E! Online Krasinski said that the producers were supposedly "still trying to figure out [Carell's] schedule" and that the finale "just wouldn't be the same without him". However, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt later admitted during an interview that while he is "hopeful", he does not think Carell will return; he noted that Carell was satisfied with his character's exit and did not want to tarnish it. On January 16, Daniels revealed that Carell would not appear in the finale in any capacity, a decision that Carell later reiterated. Three months later, however, the producers for The Office mounted "an 11th hour effort last month" to get Carell to make a cameo in the show's final episode, according to TVLine. According to the article, "while no one is confirming that the final diplomatic push proved successful, no one is denying it either." Carell's personal representative confirmed that Carell was on the set for the final episode, but that he did not film any scenes. However, an anonymous source close to the show cryptically said "don't rule anything out". TVLine later reported on May 6, that Carell would appear in a cameo, although NBC declined to comment and Carell's representatives continued to deny the reports.

The initial idea for the finale was thought of by Daniels during production of the third season, described as "a reunion show, in the fashion of the post-competition cast rehashes familiar from reality shows like Survivor". Daniels, at one point, approached Jeff Probst, the host of Survivor, to appear in the finale as a moderator for the fictional reunion, although he declined. The initial table read for the episode took place on March 4, 2013. Filming commenced on March 6. According to Jenna Fischer, the episode took nine days to film, with the cast devoting 12 hours a day to the episode. The finale was described as "ambitious", featuring multiple location shoots, including one in an AT&T Office Building, which stood in for the Scranton Cultural Center. Filming for the episode and series as a whole came to an end on March 16, 2013. Wilson later tweeted a picture of the "empty" set after all filming had been finished. Originally, the episode was supposed to be the 23rd and 24th episodes of the season, which would have meant that the series aired exactly 200 episodes. However, the series' penultimate episode was elongated into 2 separate episodes, resulting in "Finale" being the 24th and 25th episodes of the season. This meant that the last part of "Finale" will be the series' 201st episode. Once filming finished, Daniels in an interview with TVLine expressed his hope to expand the episode, stating, "I was very excited with the footage we got [...] It's very big. I’m going to beg NBC to super-size it or extend it." Daniels later commented that when the editors cut together the first act, it was 23 minutes long; this is much longer than a normal first act for an hour long episode of television. In response, OfficeTally—the largest fan site for the series—started an online petition to supersize the finale, similar to the petition to expand the second season finale, "Casino Night". By May 2, the petition had received over 20,000 signatures. On May 7, it was announced that NBC had extended the episode by 15 minutes, meaning that the episode would be 55 minutes in total.

Cultural references

Connections to previous episodes

Amusing details/Trivia

  • A one-hour retrospective of the show premiered just before the finale episode.

Cast

Main Cast

Supporting Cast

Guest Cast

Gallery

  • Script of the final episode
  • "Dwight's car is a very pivotal character in the history of The Office and I had a lot of fun in that Trans-Am." -Rainn Wilson
  • "The conference room is the place where we tend to get the most punchy, the most edgy," -Jenna Fischer
  • What's going at the front of the room? Someone is leaving and Dwight is cutting the farewell cake.
  • Clark Duke and Ed Helms relax in between scenes at a "remote location."
  • "There should have been a spinoff just called The Accountants" -Rainn Wilson
  • "That's the most heart-tuggingest scene of the whole shaboozle, where we're all gathered at the very end."
  • On the heels of his promotion to manager, Dwight apparently realizes another one of his dreams: fire a bazooka.
  • "When they called, 'And that's a wrap on the television series The Office,' I just burst into tears." -Rainn Wilson
  • "The three of us went through this together, arm in arm, from the very beginning," -Rainn Wilson
  • "It was Greg Daniels' good taste and imagination that made The Office what it was..." -Rainn Wilson
  • Mose decides it's a good idea to kidnap Angela, so she's eventually found in the trunk of his car.
  • "I can't tell you why I'm sitting there or what I say when I'm sitting there, but it was incredibly emotional" -Jenna Fischer
  • The last group scene for the women of The Office (with guest star Rachael Harris)

References

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