After receiving the first six episodes of The Office for my birthday in 2005 in the second apartment I shared with my husband of one year, I have been hooked. With a theme song and lead characters that Charlie recognized since he was one and a half, The Office holds a special place in my heart. “Ryan started the fire!” Since Michael Scott’s departure, The Office just has never felt the same to me, but to see the end of an era, the end of a show that followed me through some significant years of my life, I am bidding tearful adieu.
“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” -Andy Bernard
How do you say goodbye to a “family” you grew to love, but never knew you had? How do you take nine years (7 really for me because I never quite saw it the same post-MIchael) and remember each and every part of the hilarity & sentiment that it brought?
“That’s what she said.”
Michael Scott. The most likable, politically incorrect boss.
Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica.
The Jim & Dwight dynamic is classic and the pranks were priceless (think things in Jello, desk wars, and general brotherly love)
Toby is in HR which means he works for Corporate. So he’s really not a part of our family. Also he’s divorced so he’s really not a part of his family.
Even I didn’t like Toby.
“Dunder Mifflin people person’s paper people…”
“Sometimes the clothes at the GapKids are just too flashy. So, I am forced to go to American Girl store and order clothes for large colonial dolls.”
I asked people on Facebook about their favorite Office memory, but most of the responses simply said, “All of it (except maybe the last two season).” Here are a few of the true favorites though:
Any Christmas episode (YAAAAAAAAAAAANKEE Swap & Michael as Jesus)
The Dinner Party (Michael & Jan awkwardness at its finest)
Pam & Jim’s Wedding (Kevin wearing shoeboxes as shoes, Dwight being seen as desirable, the viral video re-enactment)
Prison Mike & Agent Michael Scarn
Either of the episodes involving a Fire
The one where Michael hit Meredith with his car
And the list goes on. And now that it’s over, I want to throw all caution to the wind and just watch it from the beginning all over again.
It seems so silly to think about a television show and get teary about it simply not being on the air anymore. But The Office even meant so much more to the cast:
To the people who made me laugh almost every single time. To the ones who brought us That’s What She Said, Cornell, and a peek into true Office life. To the ones who made countless people laugh and allowed us to watch you grow.
Dunder Mifflin will be missed.