‘The Office’ Cast Says Goodbye At Scranton Wrap PartyPosted: May 6, 2013
“Ain’t no party like a Scranton cause a Scranton party don’t stop!” Thousands of fans gathered in Scranton over the weekend to send-off the cast and crew of The Office, just two weeks before the series finale airs on NBC Thursday, May 16. As many took part in The Office Wrap Party with the Dunder Mifflin crew, it’s hard to imagine who would skip out on the opportunity—unless of course, you burnt your foot on a George Foreman grill or something. Fans got the chance to sit-in for a writers Q&A panel, watch the cast celebrate in a parade downtown, and got a special Michael Scott surprise at PNC Field Saturday night as the characters we’ve all come to love said their goodbyes to over 10,000 people in the crowd.
The event featured appearances by 14 members of the cast, including creator Greg Daniels, Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Brian Baumgartner, Ellie Kemper, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieverstein, Craig Robinson, and Andy Buckley. Throughout the weekend onlookers got up close and personal with the stars, having an easy time spotting anything from Buckley taking photographs with fans on campus, Wilson posing with a huge bobble head of Dwight Shrute, and Krasinski snapping a picture of himself and Fischer before riding into the city for the parade. The cast also went out of their way to sign autographs, take photographs with fans, and dance and sing to hits like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Roxanne,” and “Billie Jean” later on stage.
But what got most people out of their chairs Saturday was when the cast all joined at PNC Field to bid their final farewell. After introducing 13, an empty chair sent fans in a frenzy. Carell, who left the show in Season 7 and who was not expected to attend, ran out into the field and was welcomed by a standing ovation. “It’s been two years for me. From time to time I see these guys and I miss them every day. I know America’s going to miss them in a few weeks too,” Carell said. “But thank you. Thanks for being so supportive all these years. It means more than you could possibly know and that’s why everyone’s here tonight.”
What clearly stood out most from the weekend was just how much the actors took in from the experience. It was surreal for many, and one that showed just how loyal fans have been since the series began in 2005. “To have this many people coming out of their way, driving from different places, to just see us and just say thank you is totally bizarre,” Krasinski said. “You have a lot of amazing experiences when you have this gig, but there’s nothing like people genuinely saying thank you. I don’t think we ever realized how many people we had touched.”
But it wasn’t over yet. The actors—more notably Daniels, Krasinski, Fischer, Wilson, Robinson, Flannery, and Baumgartner—surprised the city even more when they showed up to college favorite, Backyard Ale House. For many cast members, it was for the second night in a row. Fans got the chance to get served beer from the cast until the early a.m. and spot Krasinski wearing both a University of Scranton t-shirt and sweatshirt and Fischer sporting a green Dunder Mifflin outfit. Twitter was going rampant.
The Office isn’t special just because of the story lines or characters. It has truly made an impact over the years because of the relationship its stars have created with the city itself. Whether an episode mentioned Cooper’s Seafood House or the set displayed a University of Scranton flag near Pam’s desk, the series has made the fans feel a part of something much more. The weekend seemed fitting for such a cast and crew, and a unique experience no other show has ever done before.
As a University of Scranton alum, it isn’t hard to imagine how empty the streets must have been Sunday morning after the big hoorah. It may be sad that in two weeks the series will be coming to a close, but the streets filled with empty cups and parade leftovers should only be looked at as a reminder that…there really ain’t no party like a Scranton party.