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"Free Family Portrait Studio" is the 24th and final episode of the 8th season, and the 176th episode overall. It was written and directed by B.J. Novak. In the episode, Andy stages a coup to win his job back with the help of David Wallace. It is the final episode to feature Gabe Lewis as a regular character, and Robert California as a whole.


Dwight announces that he has set up a studio in the office that takes family portraits for free. Jim is convinced that this is a way for Dwight to enact his revenge on Jim for his pranks, and tells Pam to not bring their children in. Several employees use this opportunity to take family portraits including Creed, Stanley, Meredith, Kelly, and Toby. Senator Lipton, Angela's husband, also brings in Phillip for a family photo. Dwight attempts to take DNA samples of Phillip to prove that he is the father of Phillip. Dwight fails initially, but later steals Phillip's soiled diaper. Angela then pursues Dwight in a car chase. However, Dwight has already positioned Mose in an identical car to his at an intersection. Dwight drives into the intersection and hides, while Mose drives off in the identical car, causing Angela to chase Mose instead. She catches up to Mose and forces him to give her the location of Dwight, which he eventually does. Angela finds Dwight in a hospital with the diaper already given to the doctors. She accepts this, and strokes Dwight's hand. They then kiss passionately.

Creed getting his family portrait

Meanwhile, an unshaved and seemingly drunk Andy returns to the office and begs Nellie for a job. Nellie lets Andy clean the carpet which he proceeds to do using a mop. Through an interview, it is revealed that Andy is actually staging his appearance in order create a "delicious" moment for himself when David Wallace comes and gives Andy his old manager position back. Andy continues to pretend as if he is a broken man, spilling soup all over his jumpsuit and talking in a slurred voice. Soon however, Andy receives a call from David and learns that he is stuck in traffic and may not be able to make it to the office. Nevertheless, Andy pressures David to come. Andy then reveals his true intentions to the office, but they regard him as crazy. David arrives later and announces that he has bought Dunder Mifflin, and that Andy is once again the manager of the Scranton Branch. But before Andy can have his "delicious" moment, he is cut off repeatedly and ignored. David then discusses some official business with Robert, and Robert announces that he is leaving the office in pursuit of a new business opportunity that seeks to provide African, Asian, and Eastern European women gymnasts with education all the way through college. Andy takes his office back from Nellie, and Nellie asks for mercy from Andy. Andy hires Nellie back into the office.

Glenn and Hide, two warehouse workers that left Dunder Mifflin after winning the lottery, return to Darryl asking for their jobs back after their failed investment in an energy drink for Asian homosexuals. Darryl gives them their jobs back and introduces them to Val, complimenting her repeatedly. Val's boyfriend notices this and confronts Darryl, who responds by admitting his attraction to Val. Later, while Darryl is taking a photo with his daughter in the family portrait studio, Val comes and holds Darryl's hand.

At the end of the episode, Oscar is at the cafe in the building's lobby when Senator Lipton appears from the elevator. Lipton confronts Oscar about Oscar having not called him since the fundraiser. Oscar attempts to make up an excuse, but Lipton interrupts him, saying, "You know what this is about." He then gives Oscar a suggestive look and whispers "call" before walking out. Oscar is visibly shocked, but pleased.

Deleted scenes

The DVD contains some deleted scenes:

  • In a cut subplot, Robert California invites Jim and Pam over for a late evening together with implied connotations, and they struggle with whether he is suggesting anything sexual and how to respond. Their subtle ways of trying to get more information are met with enigmatic replies. At the end of the day, Robert apologetically cancels their evening plans. Jim straight out asks what he invited them over for, and Robert flatly says, "Three-way." But "without the underlying [boss/subordinates] power dynamic, it's just a guy ****ing two parents." Watch it.

Connections to previous episodes

  • Several characters that have not been seen since "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" in season 2, make a reappearance. These include Meredith's son Jake and Toby's daughter Sasha.
  • The toy duck in the photo shoot is the same duck that Toby won for Pam in "Cocktails." It also appears in a very quick shot from "Stress Relief."
  • Darryl's daughter Jada also makes a reappearance. She was last seen in "Search Committee."
  • Jake now has a face tattoo, as mentioned in "Get the Girl".
  • The energy drink for Asian homosexuals was first referenced in "Lotto."

Amusing details and trivia

  • We get to see Creed's very old parents, when he sits and smiles with them like a little boy for a family photo.
  • This is the first time Stanley's other daughter makes an appearance, but her name is still not revealed.
  • Robert kissing Andy on the lips reflects his views about sexuality being a spectrum among other similar views.
  • The rumor that Robert's name is actually Bob Kazamakis is entirely feasible. "Bob" is a common shortening of "Robert", and he likely goes by the surname "California" as it possesses more of a star quality than an obscure surname such as "Kazamakis".
  • Nate removes the Sabre sign which was mounted under the Dunder Mifflin sign in Sabre.

Behind the scenes

  • Angela Kinsey and Michael Schur did their own stunt driving in the car chase.[1]:32:12
  • When Mose refuses to tell Angela where Dwight is, she slaps him. Angela Kinsey was told that it had to be a real slap because of how the cameras were positioned. Michael Schur (Mose) agreed to do a real slap, but he was unprepared for how powerful it would be. The slap spun him around, and he hit the roof of the car, his eyes went blank, and his ears rang so loud he couldn't hear what Angela was saying.[1]:32:12

Cultural references


Main cast

Supporting cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

  • Julie Dove as Photographer Toni