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After nine wonderful seasons, the time has come to say goodbye to our favorite Dunder Mifflin employees. During last night's series finale of The Office, there were surprises, tears and plenty of laughs -- a fitting end for NBC's beloved comedy.
But more than being a suitable wrap-up for the show, the episode, "Finale," was also a nice farewell to the characters. The Office has had its share of ups and downs over its eight-year run, but "Finale" managed to bring everyone together and give each quirky character the sendoff he or she deserved.
Here's a recap of how the show did justice to some of our favorite Scranton residents. Obviously, spoilers for The Office finale lie ahead.
Of course Steve Carell was going to return for the series finale, if only for one final "that's what she said" (which was executed perfectly). More importantly, Michael's appearance didn't overshadow the presence of his peers. We learned that the former Dunder Mifflin manager is still crazy in love with Holly (Amy Ryan) -- and that he has so many pictures of their children, he ended up buying a second phone to show them off.
Jim and Pam leave Scranton, remain adorable
Of all the characters on The Office, Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) have arguably grown and matured the most -- together, which we love. That proved true in the finale, when they finally broke their ties with Scranton and decided to move to Austin so Jim could pursue his dream of a career in sports marketing. “Even if I didn’t love every minute of it, everything I have I owe to this job. This stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job,” Jim said. (Aww!) Also, adorably, Dwight fired Jim and Pam from Dunder Mifflin when he learned they were headed to Texas so the Halperts could get severance pay. They became friends after all!
Dwight and Angela get married
Of all the relationships on The Office, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela's (Angela Kinsey) has been the most messed up. They still got their own strange version of a happy ending when the couple tied the knot in the final episode. Dwight has changed a lot over the years -- he's now a father, husband and manager. He finally realized that happiness isn't only about residing on a beet farm.
Kelly and Ryan are on again
Kelly (Mindy Kaling) and Ryan's (B.J. Novak) love story ended the only way it possibly could: in absolute absurdity, which included them shirking all responsibility so they could be together. The on-again, off-again couple had seemingly settled down with other people -- Kelly got married and Ryan had a baby -- but ended up ditching both at Dwight and Angela's wedding! But don't worry -- Nelly (Catherine Tate) was more than happy to adopt the abandoned child.
Andy finds redemption
Andy (Ed Helms) has never been the most stable character in The Office's arsenal, but it's nice to see that he got himself together before the finale. He got a job at his beloved alma mater, Cornell, and even came to terms with his embarrassing reality show audition video going viral. But the best part of his redemptive storyline came when he realized that working in the Scranton office might have been the best time of his life. "I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them," he said.
We hear ya, Andy!