‘The Office’: Ed Helms Got Choked Up When He Recalled His Heartbreaking Last Line on the Show

When Ed Helms reflected on his final line on The Office, it was as emotional for him as it was for the show’s fans. Helms said the line “really resonates” for him because it was such a special experience working on the show.

'The Office' cast: Ed Helms as Andy Bernard, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Lapin, Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer, Craig Robinson as Darryl Philbin, Paul Lieberstein as Toby Flenderson, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly, Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Creed Bratton as Creed Bratton, John Krasinski as Jim Halpert, Oscar Nunez as Oscar Martinez, B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard, Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone, Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson, Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor, Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin
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Ed Helms got emotional when he recalled his last line on ‘The Office’

During a November 2021 interview on The Office Deep Dive With Brian Baumgartner podcast, Helms discussed his experience working on The Office. When Baumgartner asked the actor what he was most thankful for, Helms recalled the last line he said on The Office series finale. It made him choke up a bit.

Helms took a moment to collect his thoughts. He answered, “It’s so abstract, but it’s like… um…” He fought back tears as he reflected on the amazing opportunity and all the people he worked with. “The whole thing,” he said.

“My last line that I said on the show,” Helms noted. “It really resonates, you know. It’s like, those were good old days, for sure.”

Baumgartner shared that Helms had posted a photo of the two of them with John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson along with the quote. “It’s hard to describe or put yourself back there, but it’s just one of those — instantly — like hits you in the chest,” Baumgartner said.

Helms said being part of ‘The Office’ ‘felt special’

Helms went on to describe the joy he felt while working on the show. “There are just so few times in life when you just feel unburdened by a lot,” he said. “There were so many times during The Office that I just remember driving to work at 5 in the morning with a cup of coffee, so psyched.”

He continued, “And that feeling of just being psyched to go to work, being psyched to go to events with my castmates, get drinks with some writers, whatever. I just was psyched a lot during that whole time. And that’s an elusive thing in life, you know?”

Helms went on to share how he loved every moment of the experience. “Life’s complicated and there are ups and downs,” he said. “And most of the time, we’re kind of in the middle somewhere and there’s things we’re psyched about. But there’s things we’re burdened by or scared of that are going on all the time. And, at that time, I just remember being psyched a lot.”

Helms recalled hanging out with the cast and crew, noting, “It’s rare to feel like you’re part of something special. But boy is it awesome when you do have that feeling. And that’s I think what defined that whole time for me. It just felt special.”

‘The Office’ fans think Andy’s line is the most heartbreaking quote from the series

When the characters come together for Dwight and Angela’s wedding, they gather together in the Dunder Mifflin office one last time and reminisce about working together.

In a talking head interview, Andy says, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”

Reddit thread about Andy’s line started a discussion about it being “heartbreaking” and “poignant.”

“That’s the most heartbreaking quote in all the series,” one Redditor said, while another user commented, “Best quote from the entire series.”

One The Office fan noted, “Who would have thought Andy would have the most poignant remark the entire series?”

Others shared, “Yeah this line really got me in the feels” and “The finale is full of such beautiful quotes.”

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