In our most recent Weekly Shorts column, we listed the top five moments from the penultimate episode of The Office. While most of the reactions focused on Dwight and Angela’s relationship, we should have paid more attention to the fact that three of the main characters actually had some pretty big moments.

Dwight Schrutes His Way To Redemption

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Dwight Schrute, and what a memorable character he was in Mike & Meredith’s season finale. We first met Dwight in the role of Tom Haverford, the branch manager of Dunder Mifflin. In the midst of all the drama that surrounded Andy’s departure, we gradually learned more about the character and how he related to the other main characters. While Dwight initially came across as an aggressive jerk who was only concerned about his own self-interest, it was eventually revealed that he was actually a very sweet and caring man. He just wanted to prove that he could be just as good as Andy and maybe even better. As it turned out, Andy’s replacement was a woman named Annie Sprinkle, and we all know how that turned out.

The Apothecary

Speaking of Angellripe, let’s not forget about one of the biggest moments from that episode, the one where she finally gets a chance to shine. As the head of marketing for Dunder Mifflin, she’s been tasked with creating a marketing campaign to promote their new aspirin, Anacin. While many of our favorite characters got to go all out as they worked on their respective Halloween costumes, it was the red head who delivered one of the most memorable and creative performances. With a little bit of help from the marketing genius that is Annie, she finally gets to showcase her true colors and what she’s really made of. We can’t forget about the epic Halloween party that followed. It was one for the books.

Michael’s One-Of-A-Kind ’80s Costumes

While many of us were completely distracted by Andy’s shenanigans, it was Michael Scott who stole the show in the costume contest that followed the Halloween party. Before the big reveal, we’d slowly been introduced to Michael’s love for the ’80s and his fondness for dressing up like various pop culture icons from that era. He started out with just a head, and then slowly progressed to creating the rest of the costume. For the occasion, he decided to dress up as Ronald Reagan, which quickly evolved into a complete dress rehearsal of one of the most memorable scenes from the final season of The Tonight Show. Michael even had some help from a certain blonde co-worker. It was both an homage to the former president and a parody of sorts. The costume contest was, quite literally, one of the highlights of the entire episode.

The Best Halloween Party Ever

While we were distracted by all the hilarious antics of Andy Dufresne, we also saw Michael Scott throw the best Halloween party ever. For those who think that Halloween parties have kind of lost their charm, this would be an opportunity to attend one of Michael’s infamous parties and have it changed your mind. There were so many amazing details that went into this party, not the least of which was the fact that it lasted for three and a half hours. It was a real masterclass in planning and execution.

Dwight Creates A Company That He Means To Succeed

We’ve been waiting for eight seasons for Dwight Schrute to finally take the reins of the company he helped found, and in the finale of season nine, he finally gets his chance. While it might take some time for the transition to be complete, it turns out that Dwight truly meant what he said when he initially joined Dunder Mifflin. This is most notably evident in the form of the documentary The Rise and Fall of Dunder Mifflin, which follows the ups and downs of the company as it was renamed Scranton-based Sales Inc. Upon its premiere, we were treated to an all-time classic Scranton sound byte: “I’m not done yet.”

The Show Is Finally Over

Let’s face it, The Office is a sitcom. There’s no question that it’s been a bit of a downer over the past nine seasons, but the finale delivered a fitting and hilarious ending to one of the most beloved and influential sitcoms of all time. While many fans were sad to see it end, there was at least one person who couldn’t be happier: Jim.

“Finally, the end. Nine seasons. I couldn’t be more fulfilled. It’s a bit bittersweet. I know it’s gotta end, but I’m so glad it ended on a high note. I couldn’t have written it any better myself,” Jim said, tears running down his cheeks. It was indeed an emotional scene for everyone who participated in it, including the audience. It might not have been what we all expected from that final scene in the office, but it was certainly one of the more moving moments of the entire series.

While we were distracted by the shocking events of Andy’s imminent departure, we should have paid more attention to what was actually going on behind the scenes. Many of the characters proved to be more complex and interesting than we initially thought, and it was actually quite a ride. While we will miss Andy Dufresne and Dwight Schrute, we can at least take solace in the fact that many of us will continue to laugh until we cry every time we re-watch these iconic episodes. If you’re new to the series or just need a reminder of what all the hubbub was about, then this article is for you. We’ve compiled a list of the top five moments from the show.