It’s exit stage left for Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger, two of the most likable TV characters you will ever meet – on TV. Say goodbye with Parks and Recreation to Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe in the aptly titled episode, “Ann and Chris.”
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- Director: Dean Holland
- Writers: Aisha Muharrar
- Cast: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Jim O’Heir, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe, and Chris Pratt, Nick Kroll, Alison Becker, Mo Collins, Ben Schwartz, Lucy Lawless, Jon Glaser, Henry Winkler
Episode Title: “Ann and Chris”
Everyone tries to find the perfect going away present as Chris and Ann prepare to leave Pawnee.
- Chris Traeger Forever: Love the character. Rob Lowe was terrific just about every second his therapy-loving, fitness-loving, well-coiffed character was on screen. So many great lines, so many funny moments… Great work Rob/Chris. You will be missed.
- Ann: Had some nice moments along the way. Usually lost in the shuffle from one episode to the next, but still remained a strong, and funny, part of the ensemble.
- Orin: Orin as the Easter Bunny just about won the night. Great scene! Watching super intense Orin put the bunny head back on and immediatley go into super-happy-fun bunny mode was so funny!
- Card: Ron’s card with his name on it as a gift was hilarious.
- April/Ann: This was a superb moment in the episode that delivered some fine tenderness – and totally played out exactly how you’d expect such a goodbye scene between Ann and April would go.
- Tears: They stay in your eyes!
- Box: The box Ron made with all the guys’ names inside was absolutely a sweet gift for Chris. GLGG forever!
- Best Line: Tom: “I wish you guys were Donna!”
- Best Line II: Ron: “Goodbye, Ann. I have enjoyed parts of our time together.”
- Best Moment: The Ann and April goodbye rates high, but let’s go with Ben and Chris at the end. It’s nice the writers allowed for a moment between the two friends, who arrived in Pawnee together and found so much happiness. It was a short scene, but kudos to the writers for putting it in the episode, and to Rob Lowe and Adam Scott who played it just as perfectly as one would expect.
- Goodbye: The episode was filled with sweet moments of tender goodbyes, but overall it was not a good episode. It was twenty minutes of goodbyes to Ann and Chris, which is cool, because it worked, but this was in no way a top shelf episode of Parks.
- Literally: Not hearing Chris say “literally” anymore. That sucks. Becasue even though he’s said it a thousand times – it is still funny!
This reviewer is losing one of his favorite cast-members in Chris Traeger. Rob Lowe could not have been more excellent playing the role of the wonderfully optimistic, health-obsessed character since he arrived on Parks, along with Adam Scott/Ben Wyatt, at the close of season 2. Lowe was originally set for only a guest-starring role on Parks, but thankfully he, and Adam Scott, were bumped up to series regular; no coincidence the show hit its stride when those two arrived in town. The episode was super sweet, as to be expected, but it was forgettable. With Ann and Chris riding off into the sunset, Parks now begins a new chapter, but we will have to wait and see how the show shifts, if at all, until after the Winter Olympics.
Parks and Recreation airs on NBC at 8:30 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.
What did you think of tonight’s episode?