As far as goodbyes go, Parks and Recreation Season 6 Episode 13 really nailed it.
Chris has always been hugely lovable, so saying goodbye to his constant positivity and bizarrely optimistic mannerisms and idiosyncrasies feels like a big loss. And although Ann has never been my favorite, I love her relationship with Leslie and will definitely miss their scenes together.
But this series is successful because not only do we fall in love with the characters and their relationships, we root for their happiness and success. So even though we'll miss seeing Chris and Ann around, we, as the audience, feel similarly to Leslie and Ben: sad they're leaving, but thrilled for their future.
And, really, it's the right choices for the characters. Ann's moving to a place that works for her to raise kids and she'll be closer to family.
What struck me about this episode was how well this show showcases a woman's capabilities. Both Leslie and Ann taught one another so much about going after what they want and standing up for what's right. And in the end, they both are such fiercely strong women.
This is probably why I loved both of April's goodbyes the most. April and Ann have always been Leslie's friends, but it took until the last season or two for the two to finally break the ice and become good friends themselves. And April can't fool anyone - she does love Ann.
April and Ann's sincerity in the scene where they told each other that they loved one another was really believable and quite touching.
And Chris adding on to April's recitation of his goodbye that he was proud of her? Super sweet.
Parks and Recreation knows how to do goodbyes. Well done! I hope to check back in with these characters soon.
Will you miss Ann and Chris?