Plot[ edit ] One year since the documentary has aired, the crew has returned to gain more footage for the DVD bonus features. Andy Bernard Ed Helms , after being humiliated with his talent show audition tape going viral on the internet, has found a job at his alma mater Cornell University in the Admissions Office.
Nellie Bertram Catherine Tate has moved to Poland. Creed Bratton Creed Bratton had faked his death but was then revealed to be a wanted fugitive, so Dwight replaced him with former employee Devon White Devon Abner. Andy, Darryl, Stanley, Toby, and Nellie return to Scranton for the wedding as well as a panel for the documentary. Jim Halpert John Krasinski has been appointed best man at the wedding and proceeds to plan a series of "good surprises" "Guten Pranken" for Dwight during his bachelor party, which consists of most of the current and former male employees.
At the bachelor party, the group has Dwight fire a bazooka and receive a lap dance from Elizabeth the Stripper Jackie Debatin , though Dwight thinks she is their waitress and remains oblivious. At the bachelorette party, with the current and former female employees plus Angela's sister Rachael Rachael Harris , the group is shocked to see that the stripper hired for entertainment is Meredith Palmer 's Kate Flannery son Jake Spencer Daniels.
Angela is then kidnapped by Dwight's cousin Mose Michael Schur. After hearing about Angela's kidnapping, Dwight and the male employees visit the bar that Kevin owns, where Dwight, at Jim's insistence to bury the hatchet, is forced to apologize to Kevin and confirm that his firing was not personal but based solely on his job performance, which cheers him up.
The two decide to make amends. Mose then leads Dwight and Jim out to his car where Angela is stuck in the trunk and finally let out. The following day, a panel is held for the office so that audience members can ask them questions. Pam Halpert Jenna Fischer is pressed with questions about why she did not allow Jim to follow his dream after he has paid her so many romantic gestures. Jim attempts repeatedly to disperse the resulting tension. Novak surprises them with a baby, his son Drake, that he had with a former girlfriend who then abandoned them both.
Jim tells Dwight that under Schrute tradition, he is not allowed to be best man as he is younger than him. Jim surprises him with the arrival of Michael Scott Steve Carell. The wedding proceeds in Schrute tradition with Michael as Dwight's new best man. At the reception, Michael shows Pam pictures of his kids with Holly Flax , and Pam notes that he is paying for two phones just to hold all the images.
Ryan deliberately gives Drake an allergic reaction so that Ravi, a pediatrician, can attend and Ryan can steal Kelly away. Kevin tells Ravi that Ryan wanted him to keep Drake so that Ryan can have Kelly and the two can start a new life together. Ravi then gives Kevin the baby to give to Child Services before leaving, but Nellie, who has still been wanting a child, takes Drake instead.
Pam comes clean and admits she has been showing the house for two months. She wants to repay Jim for all his romantic gestures and says she wants him to go to Athleap in Austin, at which point the couple seeing the house make an offer. Jim and Pam go to an after party at the warehouse where they inform an elated Darryl of their plans, with Jim being able to rejoin the company with no change. Pam unveils a new painted mural featuring the history of their branch.
A final picture is taken with the employees and the camera crew before the employees go back up to the office for a final toast. Jim and Pam tell Dwight they are quitting, but Dwight fires them instead so he can give them hefty severance packages , as a last gesture of friendship. The employees are surprised to find Creed, who has been living in Ryan's old closet since faking his death, in the office. Creed sings a song on the guitar for the office before being arrested.
The employees give one last round of interviews before leaving, with Pam taking her watercolor of the office building that Michael bought from her in the third-season episode " Business School ". Production[ edit ] Writing and filming[ edit ] "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. Kwapis had originally directed the series' pilot episode.
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" is the series' st episode. I'm going to beg NBC to super-size it or extend it. After much anticipation, Carell's character, Michael Scott , did in fact appear in the episode.
Shafer , Michael Schur , and Matt L. The documentary crewman's voice that speaks to Dwight was played by camera operator Matt Sohn. Jay Falk, a script editor for the series, and his wife stood in for the couple buying Jim and Pam's house.
The episode's call sheet listed her character as "Jen Celotta Schrute". Brent Forrester asked about seeing their lives on TV, Amelie Gillette asked the question regarding Jim giving up Athlead, Steve Burgess asked if the camera changed the characters' behavior, Steve Hely asked if life has no meaning, Allison Silverman made the statement that Jim is attractive, and Dan Sterling asked what was in the teapot. The remaining extras in the scene were members of the crew of The Office.
She initially emailed Daniels, asking if she could appear in the background in one of the scenes. He, however, hired her as a day actor and wrote her seven lines. During the filming, Daniels re-wrote part of Tan's line to make it more "pointed".
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. 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, an anonymous source close to the show cryptically said "don't rule anything out". We all just flat-out lied It was just one of those things that we all vowed and had to protect". In fact, his first line was not included in the read at all, and his second was scripted to be delivered by Creed Bratton.
Notable cut scenes include: Erin's parents explain that they, like Erin, are puppeteers, and when they worked on the movie The Dark Crystal it gave them such gloomy thoughts they didn't think they could handle bringing up a baby. The scene was either not filmed, or cut from the episode and not included with the other deleted scenes.
A table read of it—along with the rest of the episode—was included as a bonus feature on the ninth season DVD. In fact, Creed Bratton, who portrays a fictionalized version of himself on the show, actually did play with the band from to This marked a significant increase, of over one million viewers, in the ratings from the previous episode, " A.
This was largely due to the anticipated increase in viewership that the finale would bring. She was highly pleased with the final fifteen minutes, noting that "in those final moments, this series hit every note we could have wanted, without overplaying any of them. Nick Campbell of TV. Ultimately he concluded that "it felt okay to say goodbye because it was the right atmosphere.
And in the end, it worked. Club awarded the episode an "A—" and wrote that "the quality of this series finale is found in the way it functions right now, in the afterglow of a TV show to which many devoted more than hours of their lives. Some aspects of the episode fall flat, but when it hits, it hits. It really wasn't worthy of all the years of affectionate humor that had gone before it.
Campbell noted that he was "glad [Carell's] return was still uncertain [before the episode aired] because the reveal was made that much sweeter.