It wasn't perfect, you know. But it was pretty damn close. I really think the last three episodes should be considered the finale, because they did such a wonderful job of closing the characters' stories in appropriate and satisfying ways. Was there a bit of wish fulfillment going on? Obviously. But I think it was earned.
The character of Andy has been so fucked with that any real redemption for him was impossible, but at least the Baby Wawa thing was hilarious. I really, really love how Dwight matured in a perfectly Dwight way so that he finally was the right man for the job. I thought all of the work done with Jim and Pam was pretty beautiful. It was awesome how Angela basically became Meredith for a couple episodes there. I liked all of it, really. And there was definitely some commentary on television and on The Office as a show going on in the writing of the finale, but I mostly didn't mind it. At its best, The Office was hilarious and smart and heartfelt and a little uncomfortable, and all of that came through in these final episodes. Do I wish Season 8 didn't exist? Yes. But Season 9 did an excellent job of closing out the story arcs for these characters that we've come to care so much about in one way or another, from Darrell to Kelly to Creed. And the finale left me satisfied and smiling.
"I just want to lie on the beach and eat hot dogs. It's all I've ever wanted."
- Kevin Mallone