CNN — We thought Steve Carell had a good reason as to why his character Michael Scott wouldn't return for "The Office's" series finale - he'd already said good-bye once before, etc., etc. - so his surprise appearance on Thursday was even more poignant.
The way the creative team - which, along with Carell, played coy with the press for months - worked him in to the final episode was so fitting, we're not ashamed to admit it made us miss "The Office" before it was even officially off the air.
To begin with, Dwight's (Rainn Wilson) expression when Michael Scott showed up was priceless.
Dwight was preparing to tie the knot with Angela, and lo and behold, his old boss, who left the series in 2011, appears behind him.
Dwight: Michael, I can't believe you came!
Michael Scott: That's what she said.
And with that, "The Office" can rest in peace.
The cast is probably feeling pretty accomplished right now, knowing that they not only pulled together a great series-ender, but that audiences returned to see them off.
Part of "The Office's" legacy is how successful it was for being a low-rated comedy, but its last show was an exception to the rule.
According to NBC, 5.7 million viewers watched the last "Office" episode, delivering a 3.0 rating in the major 18-49 demo. It's a season high, and the series' best showing in 16 months.