PopSyd: Season finales call for recaps
Not only is the school year coming to a close, but the spring TV season is now pretty much over, too. I’m happy and sad all at the same time.
To delay the post finale depression, I’m taking a look back at favorite moments from “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation,” “and “The Mindy Project” if only because living vicariously through my favorite characters is what I do best. Warning: If you’re not up to speed with these shows, it’s best to proceed with caution.
“Parenthood” – This entire show is full of heart wrenching, well-written, relatable storylines. But I think one of the most prominent moments of the show’s fifth season was the return of Adam and Christina’s daughter Haddie, in the episode “The Pontiac.”
Haddie hasn’t been seen much since she moved to college at the beginning of the fourth season but in the season finale, Haddie returns to Berkeley, California, bringing her girlfriend, Lauren, with her – even though Adam and Christina have no idea that Haddie and Lauren are together.
When Christina confronts Haddie about Lauren, Haddie simply says, “Lauren and I are dating.” She does not define her sexuality, which is a bold statement to the audience that says there isn’t a need to define ones self in any way. In this, “Parenthood” is setting a great example for other TV shows.
“The Mindy Project” – I don’t think any episode from the second season of “Mindy” pleased me more than the episode just before the show’s hiatus in January. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll know that I’m referring to Danny’ and Mindy’s big “finally!” kiss on the airplane in the episode “The Desert.”
The kiss did exactly what it was supposed to do – it kept fans interested and wondering what would happen between the co-workers and good friends when the season returned. The episodes following, which resumed in April, were good for Mindy and Danny as a couple, but as time went on things got rocky and seemed to completely crumble almost entirely.
I’ve not yet watched the season finale (which aired Tuesday, May 6) so I can’t comment on it, but I’m definitely rooting for Danny and Mindy’s relationship.
“Parks and Recreation” – Although it was one of the sadder moments during “Parks and Rec’s” sixth season, the departure of Ann and Chris sticks out in my mind the most. I know it’s just a TV show, but the writers crafted the friendships of Ben and Chris and Leslie and Ann so well that I felt like it was my friends who were moving to Michigan to start a family. To be honest, I even teared-up a little…
Really, I’ll just miss watching Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe on my TV each week. I “LIT-erally” have no idea what I will do without them.
Well, that’s it for me, Towson. I had tons of fun talking pop culture with you this semester, and I look forward to continuing to write this fall. Join me next semester as I chronicle my time abroad in London as the study abroad columnist. Until then, cheerio!