Last updated: May 16, 2013
This post contains spoilers and news about The Office Season 9.
Number of half-hours planned: 25 (for a total of 201 episodes for the series)
Guest stars: Devon Abner, Roseanne Barr, Malcolm Barrett, Ed Begley, Jr., Andy Buckley, Nancy Carell, Jennifer Celotta, Stephen Colbert, Jack Coleman, Joan Cusack, Spencer Daniels, Susanne Daniels, Jackie Debatin, Majandra Delfino, David Denman, Chris Diamantopoulos, Julius Erving, Paul Feig, Blake Garrett, Amelie Gillette, Josh Groban, Bill Hader, Melora Hardin, Rachael Harris, Ryan Howard, Michael Imperioli, Dakota Johnson, Allison Jones, Matt Jones, Ameenah Kaplan, Seth Meyers, Thomas Middleditch, Bob Odenkirk, Mark Proksch, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Scot Robinson, Michael Schur, Bobby Ray Shafer, Jennie Tan, James Urbaniak, Eric Wareheim, Zach Woods.
“I would say only half of the episode takes place in the office,” says Fischer. “A lot of it takes place in different locations and different places.
“Some surprising people leave Dunder Mifflin in some very surprising ways,” says Wilson.
“There’s a big Jim-Pam surprise,” says Fischer. She also mentions one meaningful moment between Jim and Pam, which brings Pam back to her old station. “I can’t tell you why I’m sitting there or what I say when I’m sitting there but it was incredibly emotional. Not only to be back at the desk but to know that it was for the last time.… To sit there and have John look at me and have me look at him, it was really special.”
“There’s a new baby in the picture,” says Wilson. “The baby comes from a very surprising source.”
“Dwight fires a bazooka, and you get to see him the happiest he’s ever been in over 200 episodes,” says Wilson.
“Mose (Michael Schur) decides it’s a good idea to kidnap Angela, so she’s eventually found in the trunk of his car,” says Wilson.
“Something that’s going to be really fun is some of the guest stars who pop up throughout the episode, and also who those guest stars end up being,” says Fischer. “We introduce some new people, so it’s not just people from the past.”
“Why does Creed have a long, strange fu manchu beard?” says Wilson. “The mystery will be answered.”
May 13, 2013: Entertainment Weekly
EW’s posted spoilerish photos and tidbits of the finale, starting here.
What do you guys think?
May 9, 2013
In Scranton this past weekend, we got to view the cold open and the first act of A.A.R.M. Great Jim/Dwight stuff in this one!
May 6, 2013: Dave Rogers
This isn’t a spoiler, but good news: I’m excited to announce that OfficeTally’s final episode Q&A will be The Office’s David Rogers, who directed the penultimate episode, A.A.R.M.! You’ll be able to post your questions for Dave on Friday, May 10.
TVLine reports that Steve Carell will appear in The Office finale:
TVLine has learned exclusively that the Dunder Mifflin legend will, in fact, turn up in the swan song… According to sources, Carell’s return engagement qualifies as more of a cameo than a full-fledged guest appearance.
May 2, 2013
I might appear in the finale. :)
“At one point I actually approached Jeff Probst,” the host of “Survivor,” Mr. Daniels whispered as the big reunion scene unfolded here in the auditorium of an AT&T office building. Standing in for the Scranton cultural center, it was one of many locations for the ambitious one-hour finale, to be shown on May 16 on NBC.
Onstage at the reunion were most of the prominent characters — minus the biggest one, Steve Carell’s Michael Scott — arrayed in a long arc of folding chairs. They were answering questions about how the documentary, supposedly recently presented on Scranton’s PBS affiliate, had changed their (fictional) lives.
[ from tanster: I was at the filming at this scene! At one point, Greg Daniels came over and asked me to speak to the NYT reporter, Bill Carter. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to… :( ]
We don’t want to give too much away (and The Office bosses are keeping storylines on lockdown), but we can reveal that one of the last (or the last) scene that Rainn Wilson and Angela Kinsey shot was with each other.
April 25, 2013: NBC
A summary of the episode ‘Finale,’ airing May 16:
THE OFFICE SAYS GOODBYE IN ITS ONE HOUR SERIES FINALE—GUEST STARRING MINDY KALING, BJ NOVAK, RACHAEL HARRIS, DAKOTA JOHNSON, JOAN CUSACK, ED BEGLEY JR., MALCOLM BARRETT, MATT JONES, ANDY BUCKLEY, MIKE SCHUR, BOBBY RAY SHAFER—Months after the airing of the documentary, the workers of Dunder Mifflin, past and present, gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried, pranks are prunked. Also starring Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Catherine Tate, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Clark Duke, and Jake Lacy.
We just spoke with Ellie Kemper and Angela Kinsey about the finale, and while they couldn’t reveal much, they did say that the series-ender is nothing short of, in their words: “epic.” We’re talking tons of locations and lots of big moments…it’ll be a rollercoaster, that’s for sure.
April 19, 2013: NBC
A summary of the episode ‘A.A.R.M.,’ airing May 9:
JIM HOLDS TRYOUTS FOR THE ASSISTANT TO THE ASSISTANT TO THE REGIONAL MANAGER — As the office readies for the premiere of the documentary that night, Jim (John Krasinski) convinces Dwight (Rainn Wilson), who is planning to propose to Esther (Nora Kirkpatrick), that he needs an Assistant to the Assistant Regional Manager, and holds tryouts to find the best candidate. Angela (Angela Kinsey) brings her baby to work after her daycare turns her away. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) attends auditions for “The Next Great A Cappella Sensation.” Guest stars: Aaron Rogers, Clay Aiken, Mark McGrath, Santigold, Jessica St. Clair. Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Catherine Tate, Clark Duke and Jake Lacy also star.
PRE-FINALE EPISODES | The Office showunner Greg Daniels [says] “The people who are still watching after nine years [must still] love these characters, so we wrote the ending for them”… “There are just a lot of personal stories that are happening [as we move forward]. The documentary is the catalyst for some of them, but not for others.” A few things to look forward to in Dunder Mifflin’s final days: “some good pranks” from a few characters trying to pull their best one yet, a fun focus on Jim and Dwight’s “longstanding relationship,” some “big Erin and Andy moves — though not necessarily together,” the unraveling of Angela and “some great, classic Jim-and-Pam moments” — however, Daniels adds, “We haven’t seen the end of their [marital] problems yet.”
MAY 16 SERIES FINALE | “A remarkable amount of closure” is the name of the game in The Office’s series-ending installment. “A lot of [the episode] deals with the aftermath of the documentary airing [and] what it does to their world,” Daniels reveals. “That said, there’s also a lot of closure on big characters.” Expect to see Pam’s completed mural in the final hour, as well as a satisfying ending for Dwight. (Fun fact: It’s Daniels’ favorite concluding storyline; when pressed for “Dwangela” scoop, the EP laughed, “I think you’ll be happy.”) There are also “several interesting guest stars” in the penultimate and final episodes, including Ryan and Kelly, who return to say goodbye in the finale.
April 12, 2013: NBC
A summary of the episode ‘Livin’ the Dream,’ airing May 2:
ANDY DECIDES TO PURSUE HIS DREAM–Andy (Ed Helms) tries to work up the nerve to quit his job and pursue his dreams of stardom. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) finally receives his karate black belt from his new sensei (Michael Imperioli) and has his best day ever at work. Jim (John Krasinski) returns to Scranton to spend more quality time with Pam (Jenna Fischer). Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Catherine Tate, Clark Duke and Jake Lacy also star.
April 5, 2013: NBC
A summary of the episode ‘Paper Airplane,’ airing April 25:
DUNDER MIFFLIN PAPER AIRPLANE CONTEST–ROSEANNE BARR GUEST STARS–Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Angela (Angela Kinsey) compete in an office-wide paper airplane contest with a cash prize. Local talent agent Carla Fern (Roseanne Barr) helps Andy (Ed Helms) with his first acting role in an industrial film. Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) try to use new skills they have learned in couples counseling. Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Catherine Take, Clark Duke and Jake Lacy also star.
In an interview with Executive Producer Ben Silverman:
The show’s final episode is so deep and moving and emotional and textured,” he gushes to us. “It is a kitchen sink of incredible stories coming to an end, or to a next phase. All the characters that you love are going through their journey, and we complete a lot of the arcs that we set up in the show, and there are things going on with all of them.