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Friday, January 25th, 2013

So, What Did You Think of the End of Last Night's Episode of 'The Office?'

Last night's episode of The Office took a surprising turn in the last few moments. For those who missed it, Jim and Pam had an emotional fight over the phone. After Pam hangs up, a new character, Brian the good-looking boom mic operator on the documentary (played by The Three Stooges' Chris Diamantopoulos) comes over and comforts her. It's the first we've seen of the documentary crew on the show during its nine-year run, but it definitely won't be the last. Greg Daniels told reporters last week that the final few episodes will "start to break down what's going on with this documentary and see [the] behind the scenes of who's involved." Brian's presence doesn't really give any hints at why the documentary is being made or who's responsible for it, but it does seem like the writers are setting him up to be some sort of romantic rival to Jim. There only 12 episodes of The Office left, so you can expect more surprises like this and for the documentary crew to continue to come into focus.

So, what did you think of the decision to introduce the documentary crew? Is it too late in the show's run to add this huge element to the characters' world? Or is it nice to finally get an idea of what's going on behind the scenes? Either way, it has people talking about The Office again.

  • http://twitter.com/Ben_Stoddard Ben Stoddard

    I enjoyed it, but mostly because I loved the moments between Jim and Pam just before. The best parts of The Office are the bittersweet and Jim and Pam. It's been so long since they've gotten to combine the two, which made the boom reveal feel big and rich and exciting instead of like a device.

  • Lulu

    I never care much about the documentary aspect, you basically forget about it most of the time except when they talk to camera. I kind of wish it didn't exist. They're really going to mess up Jim and Pam after all these years? Fans will not like it, I'm sure.

  • http://twitter.com/megh_wright Megh Wright

    I definitely don't think Brian was meant to be a romantic rival at all, he's just a crew member who has seen Pam go through all sorts of stuff over the course of the show. He did that out of sincere compassion. It was a beautiful moment, well done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashleyodell Ashley Odell

    I didn't see it as romantic at all and don't know why other fans are flipping out over that. He's someone who's been silently by her side for years and reached out to her in a moment when she needed support. The crew is another collective character in the show, and it was great to finally see them included like that. Also, anyone who seriously thinks they're going to break up Jim and Pam is an idiot.

    It was a gorgeous ending and I'm so happy they did it. It felt like an early episode in terms of the emotional heart of it. Thank god Greg Daniels is back to close this out properly. This season has been great. As a viewer who's been there and invested from the start, I'm feeling like they're doing a beautiful job of wrapping it up and bringing some closure to the story. This is a textbook example of how to end a series. So everyone stop whining.

  • http://twitter.com/Joshonthenet Joshua Sieg

    I think the timing for this moment was perfect. Episode 12 marks the halfway point in the season. Maybe one of the crew members could at least mention Michael Scott at one point, that would be a nice touch.

  • Robert

    I said Oh shit out loud when I saw it. But that was such a depressing ending. I didn't see it as a romantic thing, but as someone who just was helping out another human.

    Personally I think the way the office should go out is a 2 hour episode. 30 mins of maybe office type stuff and maybe a premier party, That way they could have Michael Scott show up for a second and wait on a carpet. then Maybe an hour "clip show" with it being the documentary maybe. And 30 mins for aftermath/wrap up see how everyone is doing some time later.

  • JoshUng

    I think the "romatic interest" may be somewhere in the middle. Perhaps not a true romantic interest, but something that would make Jim realize Pam is important to him, something cheesy like that.
    I do like what Robert said, in the finale, there should definitely be some sort of footage of the documentary shown.

  • BonzoGal

    Great ending- perhaps the documentary crew have become too emotionally involved to stay in the background now, which is lovely. Here's my prediction: the crew saves Jim and Pam's marriage by showing old footage to either just Jim or to everyone. All those early scenes will be a way to bond everyone and say farewell at the same time.

    Also, Meredith's wig was awesome.