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The Office 100th Episode and Sesaon Five Finale Recap: Episode 28, "Company Picnic"

The Office Rundown: Episode 28, "Company Picnic"

Aw, you guys, for a comedy, this season finale of The Office is pretty darn sweet! Jim and Pam traditionally have big moments in Office finales, but there's another love story at play here when Holly Flax — and boyfriend AJ — meet up with Michael at the company picnic. There's also volleyball and "soup snakes." Want to see some of my favorite moments? Just


  • Eeep! Pam's pregnant! I mean, we didn't actually hear the words — isn't it funny that Jim and Pam's biggest moments this season have been silent? — but her smiley reaction totally gives it away. I love the bug-eyed look on Jim's face, and then the joy as he swoops in for a hug.
  • Backing up: Pam and Jim only plan to stay at the Dunder Mifflin company picnic for a few minutes because they don't seem to have much luck at big office gatherings. Some drunk guy hit on Pam last year and said he was grabbing her for balance. Pam: "You don't grab these for balance." I love the mischievous look on Jim's face.
  • Dwight shows up at the picnic with his friend Rolf, who's the perfect companion for him. Dwight says they met at a shoe store: "I heard him asking for a shoe that could increase his speed and not leave any tracks."
  • Aw, the moment when Michael first sees Holly is so adorably awkward. He and Holly hug a little too long, then he pretends not to remember AJ, then when AJ asks for an iced tea he semi-jokingly tells him to go to hell. All episode long, he manages to just barely tolerate AJ: "So, what is up with you two, Holly?"
  • Michael's planning on finding the perfect moment to read through his list of bullet points for why he and Holly should be together, which includes the fact that they're "soup snakes." Which is apparently supposed to be "soul mates."
  • Charles is still so mean to Jim! And he only has one joke, about Jim being sleepy. Pam asks if she should beat him up. Jim: "No, I shouldn't have to ask you to do something like that. You should just do it."
  • Nobody from the Scranton branch is any good at volleyball except for Pam, who's kind of a superstar. Kevin keeps getting hit in the stomach, Ryan's on the phone, but Pam has this killer serve. "Maybe I played a little in junior high. And high school. And a little in college. And went to volleyball camp most Summers." She gets them all the way to the final faceoff against corporate.
  • Rolf is so mean to Angela, calling her a whore and saying he doesn't hear "cheaters, tramps, or women who break my friend's heart." Eventually, though, Dwight tells him to cut it out — does that mean they're going to reconcile soon?
  • When AJ tells Michael he and Holly are designing a house, Michael reveals he's designing chair-pants. I love that Holly's heard this idea before!
  • So Michael and Holly go through a bunch of movie parodies for their skit (Jaws: "Dunder . . . Dunder . . .") before finally settling on Slumdunder Mifflinaire. It's actually going relatively well — no laughs, but hey, Stanley's into it — until they accidentally reveal that the Buffalo branch is closing.
  • Which, by the way, is completely David Wallace's fault. Why on earth would David Wallace tell Michael any secret company information? He should know better.
  • Holly and Michael's moment after the skit is so sweet! And it's awfully big of him to just enjoy her company without telling her how he feels about her. "I think that today was just about having today. I think that we are one of those couples with a long story when people ask how we found each other."
  • One of the funniest moments in that scene, though, was this exchange:

    Michael: I guess we shouldn't have mentioned Buffalo."
    Holly: "Hindsight."
    Michael: "Should have had hindsight."

  • And, in the end, all of Dwight's stalling tactics on the volleyball court ("How many people need to get hurt before we learn a valuable lesson? One? Two? Three?") are for naught, because there appears to be a Beesly baby on the way!

Wow, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this finale!

Photos courtesy of NBC

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nina_e nina_e 8 years
The Office is such a classic show, it's always such a good balance of funny, drama, romance...nothing is too overdone. I've watched the show for all 5 seasons, and could watch them all over again and still be entertained. I hope they never mess with this's pure genius!!!
clara91 clara91 8 years
I LOVE that final scene! they're always so subtle with jim and pam's big moments and i love it! I'm so looking forward to seeing them as parents! (and I totally thought "She's pregnant! the minute they walked in to the hospital!) Kudos to the writers for not following the tradition of breaking up couples just for the sake of stupid drama! oh, and loved michael and holly's bits! they're so sweet!
kschaedel529 kschaedel529 8 years
I noticed who Rolf was too, right off the bat, and totally laughed when Dwight said he met him in a SHOE store of all places!! Poor guy, getting typecast like that ;-)
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I didn't like this epi until the very end with Pam and Jim. I just don't like Michael and Holly, the sketch made me want to change the channel!
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
Random side note Buzz: I loved that you mentioned Jim and Pam's baby first. If I was writing a review I would not be able to leave that to the end either. :D Awesome.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
JAM baby!!!! Squee!!! That ending was just perfect. I love that we never actually hear them say it but Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski just act so well and adorably we know. John definiatley deserves an award for that, especially the voice crack and his eyes. Other great JAM moments; "grab these for balance" and "Should I beat him up for you?". Also, Holly and Michael are "soup snakes".. They have to be together! Damn AJ. Michael was so sweet at letting her go without telling her how he felt, and it made me a little sad. Gotta get me a pair of chair pants though. Dwight was perfect (horse doctor) and so was Andy and the Jim-Dwight hug but I missed Kelly and Creed and I could have had more Ryan. It made me think this episode could have been a really good hour long one.
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
this was a great episode, from beginning to end. Dwight shined in this episode. I loved when he kicked the volleyball in "anger" and then slowly walked away to get it. I thought it was funny they mentioned that rolf and Dwight met over shoes. I thought the writers might have included that on purpose. I loved the 1 lover + 1 fiance = whore line. I also loved Meredith's outfit and cowboy boots. Always classy. The ending was amazing. I could imagine everyone at home screaming over that scene! John Krasinski's expression was priceless. I felt bad for 30 Rock because the office's ending was a tough act to follow.
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
A Beesly baby? Or a Halpert baby? Or a Beesly-Halpert baby? Whatever, that whole scene was cute.
emalove emalove 8 years
I love that Pam is preggers!! And it's so obvious that Holly still has feelings for Michael...I hope we see more of her next season. I think this was a great finale.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I LOVED meredith's twist on the company picnic tshirt... haha. JAM baby - SWOON.
Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 8 years
I cried! "Send in the subs!" Yay Pam and Jim! And I normally am not a fan of the show, but that scene was amazing!
luvluvg luvluvg 8 years
The Office is fantastic! The entire silent scene was amazing, and I am so excited about the finale.
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
oh and michael's passive agressive remarks towards AJ were highlarious! fatty go to hell slumdunder mifflionare was great too!
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
geeksugar- btw the first time they kiss is my all time favorite office moment ever! with jim professing his feelings and hes all like dont, dont do that. i dont wanna be just friends. i wanna be more than friends. and then he comes in and gives her the sweetest most tender kiss ever. i'm not ashamed i watch that clip all the time. misshouston- those glances were just breaking my heart. Steve Carrell is soooooo good at being awkward and really endearing. I really also hope they keep Erin she fits soooooo well. And whattt can i say about the jim/pam ending!?!?! PAMALAMA DING DONG! It was soooo GREAT! As soon as the nurse asked pam if she was preggers i totally saw it coming. John krasinski really did act that scene out so well his eyes, his voice ,even his breathing, the way he hugged her and cradled her head then ran out to tell dwight to send in teh subs i just died! Dwight is always top notch lol. WHERE WAS KELLEY!?!? the whole time i was thinking how funny kelley would be playing volleyball.
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
Really good finale! So excited about Jim and Pam.
SexyNeverLeft78 SexyNeverLeft78 8 years
Another great finale! I was lmao @ Charles saying "you're getting rest from all your rest" to Jim, loved JAM's big surprise, just a brilliantly written and acted ep!
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
I <3 the episode!! I \t was great. I was really surprised by the pregnancy, the scene was great especially Jim's expression. Holly and Michael's skit was awkwardly funny. And i totally laughed out loud at Dwight's Horse doctor joke. :-D
hollycf hollycf 8 years
I agree with all the ending praise. It was very well acted. The opening was funny and Michael and Holly are so sweet together. Poor Michael. This episode makes me hope for Andy/Erin to happen even more. I loved Andy's expression when Erin shouted "Booyah" at the other team.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
I was all giddy at the end :) I wonder how long it will take for them to tell everyone
Allyace Allyace 8 years
How adorable is Jam?? That last scene was just beyond cute. And I really want Holly to come back at some point. She and Michael truly are soup snakes :).
Kalliefornia Kalliefornia 8 years
I loved the end and how Pam and Jim did it all without speaking. I just thought it was really great just seeing their reactions, first of shock, then of joy. It was really sweet.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
For me, the biggest laughs on this show are always in the tiny moments. I nearly died when Ryan was on his cell and he just swatted at the volleyball without missing a beat in his conversation. And the ending gave me a bit more respect for Krasinski's acting skills. The tears standing in his eyes were key. I looked over at my husband and informed him that he better have that reaction one day when we get pregnant :)
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
John Krasinski needs an award for that last scene, his expression, the break in his voice, was PERFECT. I absolutely loved his reaction, wow. John and Jenna do their best scenes in the finales. I'm so happy for them. I love how romantic Michael is :) he will get Holly, I hope! I couldn't stop laughing when I saw Meredith with her shirt tied up at the volleyball game, haha gosh I love this show so much!
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
OMGOMGOMG - I almost DIED at the final Jam scene - I LOVE them together, they are the reason I still tune in sometimes. When the nurse asked if she could be pregnant I thought, "oh, that would be a cool plot twist" and then IT HAPPENED!!! I LOVED Jim's reaction...he's such an underrated was so authentic. Ah! Heaven! The rest of the episode was pretty great, too.
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