Crowned the most popular sitcom across the globe, The Office was a riot of colorful characters who were written hilariously. The introduction of most of the main characters we know happened in the first two episodes, but some like Andy walked onto screens in season 3.
Each memorable character entered the show with flair and exited with bittersweetly funny lines. Here are the first and parting words of everyone’s favorite Dunder Mifflinites and what exactly went down when they uttered them!
First: All right Jim, your quarterlies look very good. How are things going at the library?
Audiences’ introduction to the “World’s Best Boss” was very on-brand, as Michael took stock of Jim’s sales progress at Dunder Mifflin. When Jim said he couldn’t close the deal at the library, Michael asked him, if he had come to the master for advice.
Last: I feel like all my kids grew up, and then they married each other. It’s every parent’s dream.
Probably one of the most famous Michael Scott deliveries, this line was also his last on the show. Michael had watched Jim and Pam get hitched, and then Dwight and Angela which filled him with pride… albeit slightly strange pride.
First: Shall I play for you Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum (vocalizes drums), I have no gifts for you Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum (vocalizes drums)
In true Dwight fashion, the beet farmer was introduced singing “Little Drummer Boy” to himself as he organized his desk to start his day at Dunder Mifflin. His impassioned imitation of drum beats got a classic Jim once-over and a to-camera glance.
Last: So…Yes. I’d say I have gotten along with my subordinates.
Dwight never lost his comedic touch even at the end of the series, when everybody was emotional, including himself. His “subordinates” had become almost like family to him and he was overjoyed at a prospect that would’ve made him gag in season 1.
First: Oh, I told you I couldn’t close it so…
Much like Pam, Jim’s first line was also in response to Michael and he too was spoken over. This line was in response to Michael asking Jim whether he had finalized a paper deal with a library, which Jim hadn’t managed to do. Michael proceeded with a demo right after.
Last: Everything I have, I owe to this job. This stupid, wonderful, boring, amazing job.
Big Tuna too got emotional while reminiscing the amazing years he spent at the office, and recollected how he found and nurtured his whole life because of a job that he himself had said was boring and wouldn’t get him anywhere.
First: Well, I don’t know (shrugs)
Season 1 Pam was a bit meeker than other seasons, and her first line was pretty drowned out by Michael, who was introducing her to the documentary crew. It was followed by outrage when Michael inappropriately told the crew how not-cute she was when she first joined.
Last: There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kinda the point?
Pam ended her run on the show with a lovely monologue about life and how it took her so long to find true happiness because she didn’t believe herself. She thought that Dunder Mifflin was a weird subject for a documentary but there was so much joy to be found in everyday life.
First: So what does downsizing actually mean?
When news of the Scranton branch downsizing got out, it set the whole office abuzz. Phyllis’ first interaction was with Stanley, where she made him explain to her what the company’s future held for the employees.
Last: I worked at a paper company all these years and I never wrote anything down.
Warm and sweet Phyllis was happy that the Scranton branch had been filmed so she could watch it at any time she wanted. Her want to relive her office experience brought her to this bittersweet realization.
First: Hey, Big Tuna. You’re single, right?
Andy was introduced to audiences in season 3 as the Regional Director in Charge of Sales at the Stamford branch, and his first lines were directed to Jim, whom he initially competed with. Andy’s moniker for Jim stuck, though.
Last: I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them. Someone should write a song about that.
Another wildly popular quote from the show, this one was Andy’s last missive to audiences in the season finale. He had got his dream job at Cornell, but he knew that his best days were the ones he spent at Dunder Mifflin.
A man of few words, Stanley’s introductory speech was just a single exasperated word to Phyllis when she asked him what downsizing meant.
Last: Okay, I need a drink
Stanley’s final words came shortly after the documentary celebration party in the warehouse, where Pam had revealed her mural dedicated to Dunder Mifflin Scranton. When the coworkers came back up to catch a breath of air, Stanley proclaimed his need for a drink.
First: Michael, please. Can we talk about this memo?
The OG office redhead only spoke in the third episode of the show, where she was chasing Michael from the bathroom to his office about Dwight’s unfair healthcare plan and the memo about it.
Last: You’re not alone, sister. Let’s grab a beer sometime.
Meredith was a train wreck right till the season finale of The Office, and her parting lines were to any woman who had watched her crummy life and also taken a dump in a paper shredder at some point, just like her.
First: I bet it’s gonna be me. It’s probably gonna be me.
The first episode of The Office saw everybody’s feathers getting ruffled with potential redundancy on the horizon, and Angela self-deprecatingly entertained the possibility of her being the first person to get laid of with the rest of the accounting department.
Last: Do you even have a mattress?
Snarky Angela never really lost her touch, and her last exchange was, surprisingly, with Creed, who had been homeless for a while. When Creed said that he had his Flonkerton gold medal, she sarcastically asked Creed if he even had a mattress to sleep on.
First: Hey, Ryan Howard from the Temp agency. Daniqua sent me down to start today.
The start of Ryan’s meteoric rise and fall at Dunder Mifflin started with these innocuous words to Michael. Something about the temp made Michael take a shine to him, and the rest of the paper company too, at least for a while.
Last: I’ve finally mastered commitment.
Ryan stuck to his true nature, caused his baby to have an allergic reaction, abandoned said baby, and ran away with Kelly in the middle of Dwight and Angela’s wedding. Sounds like true commitment.
First: I have a customer meeting.
Kelly Kapoor was a force to be reckoned with, but she also knew how to get out of an annoying situation. When Michael started his cringe-worthy session on ‘Diversity Day’, she made an excuse that she had a call and left.
Last: We’re running off into the sunset!
In a complete twist, and somewhat irresponsibly, Kelly and Ryan end up together again and decide to run away from their partners and babies together into the sunset, while stating that they were doing it out loud.
First: Yeah, it’ll be you.
The accounting department’s own Ashton Kutcher had his first interaction with Angela, who was worried that she would be the first to be fired from the job. Kevin did a bad job of allaying her fears by deadpanning his agreement with Angela.
Last: Oscar. Oscar. I think I might be gay. It’s just that I’m so emotional. No, but maybe the reason…
Creed’s sweet farewell song in the season finale made Kevin weep buckets, and he reasoned that he must be emotional because he was gay, which Oscar assured him was definitely not the case.
First: You guys gotta update your resumes, just like I’m doing.
Much like his practical self, Oscar’s opening lines also offered solutions to his coworkers. When they were all struggling with the possibility of downsizing at the Scranton branch, Oscar offered this advice to Phyllis and Stanley.
Last: You’re not gay.
The accounts department had to have a lot of patience to deal with the rest of the office, but Oscar was perhaps the most tolerant man. He assured Kevin that his excessive crying was not because of homosexuality in his last words.
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