The cast and crew of The Office, which will say goodbye after nine seasons on May 16, bade a special farewell to its adopted hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, this weekend. About 10,000 people showed up to see Jim, Pam, Dwight and the rest of Dunder Mifflin’s hard(ly) working employees.
Following a parade through town (pics), the show’s brilliant ensemble cast turned it out on the stage in front of the Lackawanna County Courthouse, sitting in with The Scrantones, which performed the show’s theme song.
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YouTuber bxneurotic seems to have caught most of the action, including ensemble versions of “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and Brian Baumgartner’s Kevin Malone belting out “Roxanne.”
Later that evening, cast and crew assembled at PNC Field, the home of the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, where they were joined by surprise special guest Steve Carell, who received a rock-star welcome.
Skip ahead to about 7:00 for Carell’s drop-in:
People came from all over the country to attend the festivities:
Briquelle Hoppes, 22, of Louisville, Ky., drove 11 hours with her fiancé and two friends — skipping town on Kentucky Derby day — to attend the Wrap Party, keeping themselves awake overnight by playing old “Office” episodes through the car speakers and shouting “Ain’t no party like a Scranton party ’cause a Scranton party don’t stop,” a classic line from the show.
She said she never misses an episode and frequently laughs so hard she cries.
“It appeals to a particular sense of humor and that’s us 100 percent,” she said. “It’s very awkward, and I find awkward situations hilarious.”
And with that, the appreciative crowd said goodbye to The Office, something the rest of us will likely do on May 16. No spoilers.