This was a relatively slow week in terms of new episodes of my favorite shows, which was fine with me—because one episode used up an entire week’s worth of feelings for me. Sunday’s Grammy Awards showcased some memorable performances—from Beyonce and Jay Z’s too-hot-to-handle opening to what was quite possibly my favorite Taylor Swift performance ever. Wednesday’s episode of Nashville pushed Scarlett to her limit and brought Avery and Juliette together at last. Thursday’s Parks and Recreation allowed us to say goodbye to Ann and Chris. And last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live brought back the incredible Melissa McCarthy for yet another hilarious turn as host.
If you thought anything I saw on television this week would be better than Parks and Rec‘s perfect little tribute to the love stories we create with our friends, then you must be new to NGN. From Ben and Chris’s heartfelt farewell to April admitting she loves Ann, everything about the way this episode handled the friendships between the show’s characters was perfect. And then there was Leslie and Ann’s perfect sunflower of a friendship, getting one last glorious moment in the spotlight—a place where it has been much more often than female friendships on most other television shows. Their conversation while waiting to break ground on Pawnee Commons was such a beautiful, honest look at female friendship and the way our platonic soul mates can change us for the better just by being our friends. Even more than the episode’s conclusion, this moment—when Leslie tells Ann, “You totally changed me, you know?”—makes me cry every time I watch it (which has already been more times than I should probably admit).
What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?