"Most scenes are rarely about what the subject matter is. Most people rarely confront things head-on. They’re afraid to. I think that most people try to be accommodating in life, but in back of their accommodation is suppressed fear or anger or both. What happens in a dramatic situation is that it surfaces. And it shouldn’t surface too easily, or it’s not realistic."
"You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other."
last night a guy said to me “you are very, very pretty” and i said “i know” and he said like patronisingly “you KNOW?” and i said “you think you’re the first person to ever compliment me?” and he didn’t know where to go from there
Okay but can you actually recall what your life was like before you had Parks and Rec? Like, how did any of us get through our day? Has an OTP greater than Leslie/Ben EVER existed?? (Except maybe April and Andy, but that’s a whole other debate.)
But really, though, this is the happiest show on television. The whole show is basically all of them loving each other so much and supporting each other and always having each other’s backs. And it’s not just the main cast. The whole town of Pawnee is so fully-realized and lived-in, and the side characters are sometimes funnier than the main ones (my faves include Harris, The Douche, Tammy II, and Jean-Ralphio).
This rewatch I’m currently doing is so cool. I get to watch them all morph from snarky, disinterested co-workers into a family, and that journey is subtly and beautifully played by cast and writers. It’s a consistently funny and emotionally satisfying, touch-feely piece of television where people’s dreams really can come true and you can have it all and where every lesson really does make you better. And the rock solid foundation at the heart of the show is a surprise friendship between two awesome ladies.
I’ve seen a lot of television, and at this moment I sincerely cannot think of any single one that hasn’t disappointed me at least once with the exception of Parks and Rec. It actually is a perfect show, y’all. I don’t know what I’m going to do when it goes off the air.
April becomes a hot vet and graduates top of her class. When asked to be graduation speaker, she says, “No.” She moves back to Pawnee and she and Andy open up an animal hospital/dog hotel/shelter. Pawnee has a surprisingly large wild dog population that only Andy seems to be able to tame. April thinks it’s because he always smells like bacon.They foster stray dogs, and for the first year Andy names all of them after the Colts’ starting line. They end up spending so much time at the shelter that they just move in. They’re living in an unused office and heating up frozen pizzas for four months, and April can’t remember ever having a better time or a worse night’s sleep, but Andy always slept better being nearer to the dogs and April slept where Andy slept. Ron eventually steps in and helps them build a real apartment in the back of the building in exchange for unlimited babysitting (Andy’s idea). It’s just April and Andy and all their dogs, the slightly off-kilter version of the cookie-cutter life she and her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s boyfriend made fun of a million years ago. Sometimes she’ll catch herself smiling for no reason, humming a MouseRat tune while making pirate hats for when she and Andy give the dogs baths later (half the fun is making them “walk the plank” while they snarl and pretend to drink rum), and she’ll roll her eyes and scold herself for being so lame. Still, later there will be pirate-themed puppy baths and even Angry April would agree that’s pretty awesomesauce. It’s a simple life, really, but it’s theirs.
The truth is that there are a lot of people like you, us, with strange hobbies or talents or gifts and we try to hide it because we’re afraid that it makes us seem weird or it will turn people off, but that’s a mistake. What makes me unique has brought every person I love into my life.