Ron married his pregnant girlfriend. Ann is pregnant with Chris’ baby. And Andy will be living in London for three months to work with a super wealthy lord.
Let’s just think about those statements for a second. Would you have believed any of this would ever happen when Parks and Recreation was in its very first season?
I mean, Chris wasn’t even a character yet, and that awful Mark Whatever-wicz was still hanging around the parks department. But last night’s super-highly-anticipated season six premiere of NBC’s most wonderful sitcom proved just how far this show has come in developing its characters at the best pace possible while consistently providing hilarious, smart comedy each episode.
Last season’s finale revealed that Ron’s girlfriend Diane has a bun in the oven, so it only made sense that the season premiere began with Ron and Diane deciding that the next logical thing to do would be to get married right then and there on the fourth floor of city hall. Leslie and April were the Matron of Honor and Best Man, respectively, and Leslie, of course, tried to make a speech about her love for the happy couple before Ron stops her, saying that he can’t take not being married to Diane any longer. Suffice to say, it was a fantastic way to start the sixth season. (Bonus: Diane, holding a bouquet of colorful highlighters, said her middle name was Tammy to the complete shock of Ron, but she was just messing with him; it’s actually Elizabeth. No Tammy 3 for Ron!)
Another pregnancy was revealed when Tom ran in on Ann getting a sonogram with Chris by her side. Like the parks department (except for Ann’s BFF Leslie), I wasn’t quite as shocked by this revelation since it was clear that Ann and Chris have been trying to get pregnant for a while now, but it’s still great to see these characters who’ve been sort of lost for the past couple seasons to finally find the happiness they’ve been looking for. I’m totally not ready to see the two depart the show in the near future. There will most definitely be tears.
And we can’t forget the surprise invitation Andy received from a similarly-silly Lord Covington to live in London for three months so the two can work on Andy and Ben’s music education nonprofit. He’ll be leaving April for a bit, but, in typical April fashion, she was a supportive spouse and encouraged him to take the opportunity. This is a pretty momentous moment for the lovable lug who was introduced in the pilot sitting on a couch with two broken legs that were a result from falling into a pit. Sure, Andy was invited mostly because he and the Lord – who prefers to be called Eddie – are basically man-children and have goofy personalities. But who would have thunk we’d see our little Andy visit London for professional reasons and not be asked to leave the country?
And this is why Parks and Rec is the best comedy on network television right now. Characters are growing in unexpected, yet not unbelievable, ways, and the plot lines and jokes are always on point. There were three major developments on last night’s episode, but it didn’t feel like the show changed at all, a true feat many other shows have struggled to do (*cough* The Office *cough*). Every episode is a real treat, and it’s litrally the greatest that we have a whole new batch of episodes – and hopefully an even more incredible compilation of bloopers – to look forward to for the next few months.