"The Office" (Thu., 9 p.m. ET on NBC) finale seemed determine to right the ship a bit. Some viewers feel the show got a little off track this season, in large part due to the over-the-top and unpredictable antics of new Sabre CEO Robert California (James Spader).
The return of David Wallace, who officially asserted himself as the new owner of Dunder-Mifflin -- now free from the Sabre umbrella -- not only put Andy back in the manager's office, but also signaled a return to the earlier days of "The Office." There's no need for big stars to fill those roles because the show is about the everyday and the mundane.
With the core cast signing up for a ninth season, "The Office" seems a lock to be picked up again. So maybe a new season that refocuses on the happenings in the office will bring back that spark that made the show a hit in the first place. Spade was certainly a notable presence on the show, but did he manage to outweird even Steve Carell's Michael Scott?
While Michael infamously kissed Oscar during his tenure, Robert California's farewell kiss on Andy's lips was still a little unusual. As for Nellie, she managed to convince Andy to keep her on in some kind of made-up job, so Catherine Tate may well continue her own brand of crazy into next year, albeit in a diminished capacity.
On the more down-to-earth front, Dwight gave away free family portraits in order to get a DNA sample from Angela's baby, in hopes of proving that it's his. Results, though, will have to wait until next season. Rainn Wilson is looking to develop a spin-off for the character of Dwight. Could Angela and baby follow?
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