Holy hell, can we talk about the season finale of Parks & Rec, or is it too soon still?
I loved it so much, and it could have been a SERIES finale — it was that well done, IMO.
No real winners, but no truly awful fugging here, either. Mostly kind of blah. April — er, I mean, Aubrey — definitely has an awesome dress, but she is kind of killing its light with her styling.
Outstanding finale. I think they weren’t sure they were getting renewed while first putting it together, then found out and added a few things to make it segue into another season.
I squealed like a pre-teen when Ben’s Cones of Dunshire made a return appearance. I love that show a little too much. That said, check the attitude or just stay home, Aubrey/April!
I may be in love with Ben.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Ben (and Adam Scott IRL) is my one true fictional love.
No ‘may’ be about it for me. I AM in love with Ben.
Oh man, I’m so glad that we’re not stuck with “pregnant with triplets” plot lines. We had enough of that with Ann and Chris. It’s not right for Parks and Rec. Going forward three years is an amazing jump that I fully support.
(I <3 Ben)
Word. It would have been awkward and boring. But I wonder if they will stay in the flash-forward or fill in the missing time?
According to Mike Schur, it will stay in 2017: http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/parks-and-recreation-mike-schur-on-the-eventful-season-finale
(And I agree, it was an awesome finale with an an AMAZING ending).
I’m glad they fast forwarded through it, but I really wish they hadn’t made Leslie pregnant to begin with. I mean, I’m happy for Ben and Leslie; I just want more depictions of childfree women and relationships on TV. I loved having Ben and Leslie as a warm, caring, childfree power couple. It doesn’t change their characters, I know, and Leslie is still clearly focused on her career in the flash forward. It just was nice to have an excellent representation of people who weren’t going the traditional two-kids-and-a-picket-fence route while still being loving and real.
P&R is must-see TV for me! That finale was a whirlwind. The writers will have to work some magic next season; the series is losing steam. But, The Office managed, so I hope they do, too! I’d like to see more Ron Swanson storylines. Aubrey Plaza is OK, but Billy Eichner needs to go. There are so many genuinely funny, talented actors out there; why he was cast is a mystery to me. Like nails on a blackboard.
Lake Bell’s dress is a MILLION times better than her jumpsuit from the Tribeca Film Festival! I think she looks great here.
AND she’s is pregnant right now, which I think should get her extra points in the looking good category. A bump can not be easy to dress.
AND Lake is usually a terrible dresser. On the Lake Bell Scale, this is a total Fab!
She does look so much better. My minor notes are the way it’s bunching under the chest, and I think the color is kind of dull. I think a brighter shade would have worked perfectly.
I also give her props for not doing the “oh let me put my hand on my belly so you know I’m pregnant” pose.
I know Amy Poehler’s dickey is bad, but all I can see if that the ankle strap on her right shoe is twisted inside out. Either that, or the ankle straps don’t match, which seems CRAZY.
It’s twisted. I sat there staring at it like “WTF is happening here??!” until I zoomed in.
I bet if the ankle strap is pulled on, her dickey rolls up in some slapstick, Jerry Lewis sort of fashion.
I totally forgot to mention that! I saw a close-up of the shoes and was like WHAT THE… and then realized what was happening.
Flapping dickey is my guess as well. Makes sense for the event.
Flapping dickey should be a new handle.
Ha ha–that would be great.
I like the tube top on Leslie. I think it works well. Plunging V with nothing under it has been done soooooo many times, it has kind of become boring.
And it also looks good on maybe four or five people on the planet. If it had to be one or the other, I’ll take this over an expanse of sternum any day.
I agree that I’m tired of sternum, but I don’t love the tube top either — the little triangle of flesh underneath bugs me. What happened to simple old camisoles/tanks? Something very fitted obviously, and possibly in a great contrasting color?
I like the tube top look over the cami look only because it’s new right now.
What happened to just cutting a neckline in a reasonable fashion in the first place, is what I’d like to know!
I also concur. Yay for the covered sternum! Though perhaps she could have chosen a tube of a different color, for contrast.
Ha ha! What’s with all the “concurring”? I hope you’re using it ironically, sort of like Leo DiCaprio’s character in “Catch Me if you Can”, because the word “agree” is a perfectly good one.
No, that tube top looks insane, and it chops the top part of her body in half. It’s not as though she has giant boobs that are in danger of spilling out. She looks idiotic.
Imagine this dress in the color that the jumpsuit was. Wouldn’t that be great?
Aubrey’s dress looks like a gang grabbed her and spray painted a bunch of meaningless graffiti on her dress as she was on her way to the venue. But since I think she’s a humorless sourpuss (and I get it–that’s her shtick, but it’s not funny to me) she could show up in something stellar and incredible and I’d still think her humorless sourpuss shtick was ruining it.
Yes, she is insufferable; I’ll never forget that stupid stunt she pulled at that award show to hype her stupid film. She really gets on my nerves, and she does get way too much attention on the show. I groan whenever she opens her mouth to speak.
I think Aubrey’s dress is spectacular, but maybe not on her, even if she did do her hair and weren’t glowering. It looks like a tall, cool blonde’s dress, to me.
I read this as American Country Awards and I got really confused why Amy & Leslie were there. Reading comprehension for the win.
I so agree about Aubrey. I dont even watch P&R but I can’t stand her so the fact she’s in a great dress makes me cra cra.
Ummm, Fug Heather, are you OK? You seems more down on these 4 outfits than they deserve. You need a Snickers or something? Did Intern George get engaged without so much as a by your leave (I’m a bit miffed myself over that)?
I’m allowed to not like things! It’s each person’s individual opinion about what the outfits deserve or not. I don’t personally like very many of them, but I’m completely okay with people disagreeing with me, as long as they respect my right to have the opinion that I have. LET’S ALL LOVE. Unlike Intern George who hasn’t even brought his fiance over to INTRODUCE HER TO US, like, how rude is THAT.
Seriously? These outfits, with the exception of Bell’s are pretty much AWFUL. And the only ones Heather criticized were Pohler’s and Mann’s, which were the most egregious.
I’m glad I’m not the only person who is generally over Aubrey Plaza and her character April Ludgate. She was funny in small doses but I’ve long since just found her too obnoxious. You know who could use more lines? Donna. Freakin’ love Donna!
I think Lake Bell looks a vision. I hope I look that effortlessly beautiful if I’m ever pregnant one day. And I just like reading and hearing her name. I hear calming harbor sounds whenever I hear her name.
I want a Donna spinoff show.
Donna goes to law school: “Meagle Eagle.” Done.
Her Mercedes will be a character in itself.
Totally agree re: Aubrey/April, and Heather’s comment on Craig as well. A little goes a long way. Love Billy E, but the non stop drama of Craig has gots to go.
Donna rocks! Treat Yo Self!!
Aubrey’s hair looks like she fell asleep when it was soaking wet and just woke up and threw something on.
Staunch defender of April Ludgate here. She was that surly, deadpan girl in S1 – S3. She’s been WAY more than that ever since she married Andy and worked her way up in the Parks department and started to care about things. Even last week’s finale -she was smiling so much and she helped Andy and Tom. She’s a real, developed character; she hasn’t been that small dose, dry one-liner character for many seasons now. Eichner still is that character, but I don’t mind him as much as other people (probably because I love Billy on the Street).
Anyway sorry, personal feelings about fictional characters aside: Love Aubrey’s dress, and I do think Amy is working hers, oddly enough. Lake Bell looks amazing.
I LOVE Billy Eichner — he just makes me laugh — but I myself feel like April is still best in small doses, because her Surly Face kind of gets on my nerves, although it can be used to great, GREAT effect in the right plot. Maybe in the SPOILER future, she will totally unsurly, which would be actually sort of hilarious. And, that being said, I LOVE Janet Snakehole. SHE HAS THE FINEST CLOTHES FROM BERGDORF GOODMAN.
I love no one more than Donna, though. The episode where they’re all drunk at the Snakehole EXCEPT Donna and they tie Larry/Jerry/Terry to the roof of her car? God, she is funny. Retta 4eva.
I don’t mind Billy On The Street, but I was REALLY turned off by him on this show and how much they were using him, in a way that to me stepped all over the cast’s gentler chemistry. Too often he was an extra period on a sentence that was already finished, and finished satisfactorily. This show is good at finding ways to make characters click together — the only time I can tolerate April is if she’s with Andy — and I don’t think he has a counterpart yet that makes him work for me.
But, Retta forever.
After the finale, I definitely see potential for Jean-Ralphio and Craig. “I WANNA GO HORSEBACK RIDING!” “Deal.”
But yes, glad we all agree Donna is the gr8est.
Jean-Ralphio is a delight. I do think Jenny Slate is not as funny as his sister as they think she is? But she IS visually well-cast.
Yeah, Jenny Slate is great, but Mona Lisa as a character kind of misses the mark and comes off really annoying most of the time, whereas Jean-Ralphio is a treasure.
But they do look like true siblings!
I think playing Mona Lisa is a real challenge and Jenny Slate nails it. I mean, Mona Lisa is a woman who actually has a favorite brand of home pregnancy test (Womb There it is!). Slate makes her over-the-top nuts as opposed to super horrible. That’s impressive.
I literally clap with glee when Jean-Ralphio appears.
Agree with a lot of this. Jean-Ralphio is a true delight, his sister, though aptly cast and ably played, is just annoying.
Eichner’s character was funny for a second, and I can handle roughly one line an episode, but he is overused.
However, I wholeheartedly endorse Sarah’s take on April. She’s developed beyond being the surly one. Her character development is one of my favorite long-term things on the show.
Oh, and for reals, Retta 4 ever. She is also hilarious on Twitter. I am hopeful that she will be given a chance to develop a real love interest finally. Seems promising, right!
My take on April is that it’s one step forward, two steps back. Sometimes she’s fine with Leslie and Ron, but there was a whole episode where she went to look at college and took Ann, and they ran WAY too long with this terrible gag that Ann was her grandmother, and none of it was funny and she just came off insufferably bratty, and then at the end she was like, “Eh, college, nah,” and I felt like we’d all wasted our time. So I like her with Andy because Andy is awesome, I sometimes like her with Leslie and Ron because Leslie and Ron are awesome and therefore deserve people’s respect, and I almost never like her with anyone else.
Maybe I just relate to April because I am unnecessarily surly and I need to rethink my personal being . . .
Nah, it’s too late now. Cranky pants 4 ever.
Jean-Ralphio makes me groan but in a very good-natured, “THIS guy!” sort of way. I remember some Buzzfeed quiz that was Parks and Rec themed and I got Jean-Ralphio as a result and one of my friends got Tom Haverford and someone else got Donna. It is the perfect P&R trinity.
See, I’m kind of over Andy. The man-child thing only goes so far with me. If that were a female character, we’d be so mad that there was this mentally challenged baby-woman played for laughs. In earlier seasons he was still a dolt but he was more believable and a bit more of a dick too. I actually thought that WAS the series finale. I might be ready for it to be finalized.
RIP Mark Brendanawicz.
You mean Brendanaquitz?
Jessica, I can’t believe you like Billy Eichner! You think you know someone…
The thing with him is that his character is unremittingly mean-spirited and snarky. That’s the only note he plays. Just beeyotchy. At least other characters, like, Jean-Ralphio and his sister, can be funny-annoying.
Donna’s advice on dating for newly single Ann “Use him, abuse him, then lose him”.
I think the problem with April and Ron Swanson is that both characters became too aware of their quirks so that they both lost what made them great in the first couple of seasons. The writers are responsible for a lot of that. I loved first season April. They’ve just made her and Ron so over the top and one-note that I find myself groaning instead of laughing.
I like Aubrey in general because she plays a very specific type of 20-something girl perfectly. The singer of my old band basically was her.
I think they’ve done a better job handling Ron’s character than April’s. He found a woman he loves who doesn’t abuse him; he’s a loving dad to two little girls (seriously, I love him with Diane’s daughters) and little John [Middle Name Redacted]. He still has the hallmarks of early Ron, but with softened edges. He even liked Donna’s new dude!
On the other hand, the show TELLS us how smart and capable April is, but they do a really poor job SHOWING us how she’s changed. She’s great with Andy, but I agree with Heather that otherwise, she’s best in limited screentime. Or as Janet Snakehole.
Or Judy Hitler.
Heather, I agree with your assessment of the clothes, but not the characters. I love April – also a staunch defender. She is surly, but truly does things for others when she sees they need help. Even Ann, whom she “hated.” When she thought Jerry/Larry was dying, she reached out to him in such a nice way, I felt so bad for her. The surliness never gets to me when those little bits of thoughtfulness seep out. As far as Billy – on occasion he gets to be a bit much, but in general, I laugh at his jokes. I echo the person above who said they’d love to pair him more with Jean Ralphio (my favorite!) and see where it takes them…
Leslie Mann exonerates me from wearing a black cocktail jumpsuit to my 20th high school reunion. This is a good thing, although the bandeau top, notsomuch.
I think the shoes in #3 have made me finally decide, once and for all, that unless a white shoe is a sneaker, I abhors a white shoe.
My husband said, “Maybe that’s purple?”
I say, if you can’t make it out, it’s not a color.
Just like with the April-no-smile, I’d like Leslie Mann to stop with the smirking. I’ve seen her full-on smile and it looks great, but the look here that she gives a lot just seems condescending.
I really hope some style rag ran a headline that said, “Amy Poehler seen with Giant Flapping Dickey.” I also think “Trained Smile Monkey” would make a great band name.
Leslie Mann just keeps getting better, non? I love this woman more and more.