I think they got everything in. Everyone got their moment, and I can't think of someone significant who was left out. Maybe Jan, Karen, and Gabe? That's ok. Although the stripper from Bob Vance's bachelor party got a reappearance. "Dwight for the last time, she's not a waitress!" I really enjoyed that it was actually a reunion for the characters so they were allowed to be nostalgic and sentimental just like us. It also allowed us to see where they were a year after the documentary aired. If you think about it, Andy's storyline conclusion is very smart and must've been planned a while ago. Is it me or was that auto-tune really good? Stanley retired, Kevin got fired, and I feel good that Oscar is running for the state senate against Angela's ex. And I love that Toby is no better. Why is he crying at the wedding? "It's everything!" Maybe the grossest thing ever on the show though was Meredith's son stripping at Angela's bachelorette party. That's the same kid actor who was in Take Your Daughter to Work Day in Season 2. Unbelievably gross.
Speaking of the wedding, I was disappointed at first that like a lot of TV shows, it was ending with a wedding. However, it's Dwight's wedding so it can be ridiculous. Mose can kidnap Angela and when they let her out of the trunk she drops the F bomb again like she did in the previous episode A.A.R.M. Why is her swearing so funny to me? It was a wedding for Office fans. You had to remember Dwight talking about the Schrute tradition of getting married in their graves. And I loved all of his favorite metal songs. The string quartet version of Sweet Child o' Mine! Of course it also gave a chance for Steve Carell to make a brief cameo in the finale. It was just right. He wouldn't have to be too big a part of the episode, but just enough so that we could find out that he and Holly have children now. Then he could deliver the episode's best line: "I feel like all my kids grew up and then they married each other. It's every parent's dream."
It was a warm sendoff. Dwight and Kevin reconciling at the bar, Jim's guten prankens, and another moment where you had to be a fan to understand. Erin was an orphan and it's usually a jokey thing like when she said she had lice so many times. When she reunited with her real parents it was so emotional. Joan Cusack and Ed Begley Jr, they're perfect parents for Erin! And there was Steve Carell's wife returning as Carol the realtor selling Jim and Pam's house so Pam could do the final big romantic gesture of the series. I felt like they would leave Scranton, but it was handled so sweetly with the Q and A raising the questions to Pam and then her surprise getting spoiled a little early. That is very right as well. Again, you know that when Pam tries to do these things they don't go well. Like when she bought Jim courtside basketball seats but it was for an away game. We did get that last moment of Pam at reception and Jim looking at her from his desk. They had to give us that one. Thank you!
The last section with everyone hanging around in the office made me tear up. Fugitive Creed sings, "All the Faces" and we see those ancient clips. Look how young Jim was! I didn't get as broken up as Kevin though, who thought he was gay for a moment. "I'm so emotional!" Erin's question in her final talking head made me laugh hard. "Also, how do cameras work?" Phyllis, I remember Flonkerton. I remember most everything. Man, I am really sad. I love The Office.
- The director Ken Kwapis directed the Pilot
- Creed Bratton is apparently playing himself. He was in a band in the 60s called The Grass Roots. That's his own song he's singing
- I think Stanley retired to the same town Ben Affleck did in The Town
- Nellie has wanted to adopt a baby since the beginning of Season 9. Not sure why she's in Poland
- Can someone explain the dove joke?
- Oscar's "Wazzup!" is a callback to the Pilot, which was a reference to an episode of the British Office
- If you possibly don't know, Paul Lieberstein (Toby), Mindy Kaling (Kelly), and BJ Novak (Ryan) were all major writers on the show. Paul Lieberstein ran the show during seasons 7 and 8. That's why they're seated in the annex so they don't have to be in all of the scenes
- Actor Andy Buckley who played David Wallace actually quit acting years ago and is now still working as an investment banker. The casting director ran into him and asked him if he wanted to do this small part on the show. Suck it!
- Jim's last talking head when he describes what he does at his job is almost verbatim as his first talking head describing his job in the Pilot
- I want to remind everyone how big deal it was that the show had no laugh track. Back in 2005, this was a new and controversial idea for a network comedy. A lot of people felt weird about no laugh track. Can you believe that now? Things have changed. I myself can't watch new shows with a laugh track
- The people asking questions during the Q and A were mostly show writers. Allison Silverman told Jim he could do anything. Anything
- The Asian woman talking about Harry Potter is Jennie Tan the creator of the best Office fan site OfficeTally.com
- The casting director Allison Jones denied Phyllis the mug. I hope to work with her. She casted Freaks and Geeks and all of Judd Apatow's movies
- Writer/director Jen Celotta (Conflict Resolution, Beach Games) was sitting with the Schrute clan at Kevin's bar
- The creator Greg Daniels was standing next to Pam in the group photo in the warehouse
- His wife was the moderator at the Q and A. And she is the older sister of Paul Lieberstein (Toby)
- Mose has always been played by writer Mike Schur who is now the showrunner on Parks and Recreation
The full episode is on Hulu http://www.hulu.com/watch/491195
Watch the last 5 minutes again.