The Office is over and lives in the past, but it hasn’t left the pop culture conversation and likely won’t anytime soon. The show was so popular and successful that it’s still talked about and memed even today. While the series did it’s best to wrap up all of the main storylines set up in the show, not every question was answered. From minor concerns to big relationship issues, there were some plots that were never concluded in a meaningful way and others that were dropped altogether.
Here’s a list of ten notable storylines that The Office never solved for fans.
10 DWIGHT AND HIS SIBLINGS FARMING TOGETHER
In season nine, there’s an episode that is almost completely focused on Dwight and his siblings. The three of them take over their aunts farm, and it’s set up that this will be a big plot point. However, this whole side plot is mostly dropped in the rest of the season and seemed somewhat out of place. While this wasn’t resolved in the show, it was outside of it. That episode was actually the pilot for a Dwight spinoff show that ended up getting canceled.
9 WHY THE PATERNITY TEST SAID PHILLIP WASN’T HIS SON
In the final season of The Office, Dwight learns that Philip is actually his son, not the Senator's. This is a joyous moment for both him and Angela as they get engaged and are happy to start a life together as a family. However, this doesn’t make a lot of sense as earlier in the show Dwight had a paternity test done that revealed he wasn’t the father. There are some explanations for this that exist outside of the series, but this issue wasn’t cleared up on the show at all.
8 ANDY AND ERIN’S ROMANCE
The way that the Andy and Erin romance ended was weird, to say the least. The show spent multiple seasons building this couple up and then having them break up and get back together again. The whole relationship never made a lot of sense and often felt forced, but the way the show ended their relationship didn’t offer a lot of resolution.
Andy ended up quitting Dunder Mifflin to pursue his dream of being a singer, and Erin went on to date Pete. However, the reasons for putting them together and then apart again never made a lot of sense.
7 WHO IS THIS LUANNE PERSON?
Fans of The Office know all of the characters inside and out, especially the employees of Dunder Mifflin Scranton. However, there is one mysterious character who is never addressed at all in the show but who shows up in the background.
This women, who is named Luanne, is seen in the background throughout the series. She doesn’t have lines and no one else ever even acknowledges her. Theories for her existence include that she didn’t agree to be on the documentary so that’s why she isn’t talked about.
6 THE SENATOR’S SON
When Angela first meets Senator Lipton at Hay Place, she also meets his son. The Senator is there with his son, but his fact is literally never brought up again. It’s as if he literally didn’t exist after this. We see Angela and The Senator have a baby, who is actually Dwight’s, but the Senator’s son is never talked about again. Maybe he went to live with his mother or maybe the show just decided it wasn’t worth including this character for some reason.
5 WHO THE SCRANTON STRANGLER WAS
The Scranton Strangler is a background plot throughout much of the series. Toby serves on the jury for the case and then later believes that the man who was convicted didn’t do it. There are many fan theories about who the Scranton Strangler actually is ranging from Creed to Toby himself. While there are many well-argued fan theories, the show never gives us a clear answer about the identity of this murderer.
4 WHAT JIM’S NOTE TO PAM SAID
Way back in season two of the series, Jim gives Pam a teapot for Christmas that’s filled with inside jokes as well as a note that talks about his feelings for her. Jim chickens out and takes the note away. He only shows it to her in season nine after Pam is doubting that Jim still loves her the same way. While it’s an emotional and heartwarming moment that Pam finally gets to read the letter, many fans wanted to know what it said, too. Sadly, this was never revealed.
3 WHY WAS DUNDER MIFFLIN SCRANTON SO SUCCESSFUL
For some strange reason, Dunder Mifflin Scranton is one of the most successful branches of Dunder Mifflin and becomes the only branch worth saving after Sabre takes over. There is literally no logical reason for this at all. Michael Scott wasn’t a great boss, and many of the employees are more of a huge liability than an asset to a company. While the simple answer is that it’s a television show, any in-world explanation for the success of the branch is never given.
2 WHAT WAS THE POINT OF CATHY’S CHARACTER?
There are a few different characters throughout the show that are introduced and included for a while only to be basically dropped with no good reason. One of those characters was Jordan, D'Angelo's assistant. Another one was Cathy who tempted for Pam while Pam was on maternity leave. The show sets her up as having a crush on Jim and trying to seduce him.
However, her character basically disappears, and we don’t really learn what happened to her.
1 DETAILS ABOUT MICHAEL SCOTT’S LIFE POST-DUNDER MIFFLIN
While in the finale of the series, we see Michael Scott again and learn that he is married to Holly and has children. Fans would have liked to learn a little more about his life post-Dunder Mifflin. While you can get some information about what he did by looking it up online, not that many details were actually given in the show itself.