Dear cast of The Office,
While I may not be able to put into words all that you have done for me over the past nine seasons, I can say this much: you put together the defining television show of my life thus far. Some viewers gave up on you guys when Michael Scott left Dunder Mifflin, but for the rest of us this simply wasn’t an option. I can hardly remember a time when I didn’t equate Thursday nights with The Office, and I am dreading the fact that after tomorrow new episodes of your show will slip away from my weekly routine.
While I wish that I could convince you to never let the show come to an end, I understand that the series finale is filmed and ready to premiere tomorrow which could make for some awkwardness if you try to turn back now. So instead, let me just say what all of your fans are thinking in relation to the past nine seasons of The Office: Thank you.
Thank you, Kelly, for knowing how to get everyone in the spirit. We’ve missed you this season, but I hope the Miami (Ohio) sun is treating you well.
Thank you, Ryan, for starting the fire. I’m sure you’re enjoying the Miami life as well.
Thank you, Meredith, for letting your freak flag fly higher than any of us could ever have hoped.
Thank you, Kevin, for your innovative spirit and overall brilliance.
Thank you, Stanley, for being the grumpiest old man in the paper business. More importantly, thank you for those rare moments when you giggled like a little schoolgirl.
Thank you, Creed, for providing the Internet with your deep insights.
Thank you, Phyllis, for being such a busy beaver.
Thank you, Oscar, for not quitting after Michael Scott kissed you. I was afraid we were going to lose you after that, but your commitment to the paper industry shone through when you stuck around.
Thank you, Erin, for the constant stream of good advice.
Thank you, Angela, for proving that you don’t need to be an elderly woman in order to be a cat lady.
Thank you, Darryl, for teaching Michael how to interact with different cultures.
Thank you, Andy, for leaving Dunder Mifflin. You were really starting to get on my nerves, but I wish you the best in your career as an entertainer.
Thank you, Toby, for providing Michael with a human punching bag.
Thank you, Jim, for not giving up hope when Pam was engaged to Roy, and thank you for not completely screwing up your life this season. Mostly, thank you for this moment:
Thank you, Pam, for taking Jim out of the friend zone and creating the greatest love story to ever exist.
Thank you, Dwight, for being the best Assistant to the Regional Manager Dunder Mifflin has ever seen. Nobody is more qualified for the position of Regional Manager. An even bigger thank you for every time that you fell for one of Jim’s pranks.
Most importantly, thank you, Michael Scott. For everything, thank you. There’s really no way to express my gratitude for all of the valuable life lessons, but I will say this much: if you don’t make an appearance on tomorrow night’s season finale, I will never be the same.