Five Takeaways From Andy and April's Relationship (Parks and Recreation)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fictional love stories are, I think, one of the many things that a lot of people obsess over. Mainly because these are things that we wish it would happen at least once in our lifetime. Though some people would say they hate cliche "boy meets girl" love stories, deep down there's a teeny tiny part of themselves who wishes that they'd meet their soulmate while reading a book alone in a cozy corner of a coffee shop.

A little warning: there are tons of spoilers in this post but I don't think these are the kind that would bum anyone out. So read on if you want :)

I'm pretty sure that out of all the romance (or romcom) movies or TV shows you've watched, you have at least one favorite OTP (one true pair). Is it Ross and Rachel? Ted and Robin? Chuck and Blair? Allie and Noah? Whatever your "ship" is, you've got to admit that at one point in your life you thought "Damn, I wish I was living their love story" or you know something similar to "I wish I'd meet a guy like Chuck Bass" lol 

In my previous post, I've mentioned about watching and re-watching episodes of Parks and Recreation. Those days in limbo made me obsess over Andy Dwyer and April Ludgate's relationship. Andy is played by Chris Pratt before, during, and after his role as Starlord in Guardians of The Galaxy. April is played by Aubrey Plaza who also starred in Dirty Grandpa, About Alex, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. 

Andy and April is one of the most unconventional couples that I've seen on TV (or at least on my computer screen because I basically stream all the episodes). Entertainment websites and some posts on Tumblr said that if a cat and a dog got married, they would live like how April and Andy did. There's no better representation than that.

There are quite a lot of stuff that I want to talk about here but I've decided to stop myself at five. Here are five takeaways from their relationship:

1) Sometimes the best moments in life happen unplanned

Sounds familiar? I know because I've probably heard and read this countless of times before and it still rings true. Andy and April got together in the earliest parts of season 3 and got married out of the blue during the episode "Fancy Party". They were boyfriend and girlfriend for less than a month but that didn't make them second guess their decision to tie the knot. Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) tried to stop it from happening but preventing the inevitable is impossible. They were going to get married in one way or another.

The whole thing got me thinking, how many moments in my life do I consider as the best ones that are planned? Okay maybe there are some like a trip to somewhere unfamiliar, but I definitely think that the ones I didn't spend so much time stressing about turned out to be the most unforgettable ones.

Sometimes people can get so obsessed with trying to control everything, and most of the time doing such make them do otherwise. There are times in my life when I almost kill all my brain cells, mulling over a life-changing decision. While thinking a hundred times before reaching a final decision is good, there are just some things that you've got to let go and see what'll happen.

Despite the fact that April was too young for Andy (she just turned 21 and Andy was 29); April was still an intern, and Andy was basically very broke, it was still without a doubt the best thing that happened to them.

2) Being young and reckless can be a good thing

One of my most favorite episodes of the couple was the one when they crossed out what they can from Andy's bucket list in a span of one day. The last item on the list was "See The Grand Canyon". Andy hesitated at first because he thinks it was impossible but April thought differently. They acted on it even if they had to steal April's dad's car.

"No thinking, just stupid" can be a good thing. This is actually just a continuation of the points I've talked about in the previous item. Again, how many more moments do we have to miss if we focus on the bad stuff that could happen all the time? Sometimes we simply have to surrender to our gut feelings and hope for the best. It brought these two to witness the sunset at the Grand Canyon  something that Andy didn't think he would achieve until April hyped him up about it  and had one of the best road trips they could possibly do.

3) Love is supporting each other (even when you dislike what the other one likes) 

Throughout the entire series, the couple was never short on scenes that showed how they support one another. There was one episode when April and Andy joined a pretend game show by one of their co-workers called "Know Your Boo" and the questions really tested the couple. Andy got upset knowing that April didn't think his band was the greatest in the world. April was clueless on how to make it up to him that she even resorted to asking advice from Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), Andy's ex-girlfriend.

April told her several reasons why she didn't like his band but Ann told her, "Andy just wants you to be proud of him and his music. So this isn't really about being right but about being more supportive," and I think it's totally accurate for every couple out there.

Okay, so I'm not an expert when it comes to love and relationships. The things I know are mostly taken from movies, TV shows, and some first-hand and second-hand experiences. But one of the things I do know and truly believe is that support and compromise are the building blocks of a good relationship. Not perfect (because there's no such a thing duh), but good.

While I believe in that, I also believe that too much compromise will kill the relationship. To be honest, I refuse to understand how some couples sacrifice their dreams to keep the relationship or the other way around. Some of my goals and aspirations in life are simply non-negotiable, and I bet that's true for my (future) partner too. Standing in the way of my partner's dreams is plain cruel. But well... that's just me. I don't know about you guys haha

Anyway, since that episode aired, more scenes came out that showed how the couple pushed each other to pursue their dreams. Andy supported April when she applied to vet school and when she got several promotions. April supported Andy when he worked overseas for a while and when he started a TV career. Talk about real relationship goals <3

4 & 5) Never hide your crazy and lose your childlike personality

You know how sometimes you want to be a different person to impress a guy or girl you like? Well, that's going to be a problem in the long run. Sooner or later you'll mesh into this mask you're wearing and you'll forget who you really are. And realizing that will suck so bad. I should know because I've had a couple of experiences.

I think you'll never know true comfort until you act like the crazy weird person that you are. And finding someone who shares your crazy is one of life's big "Aha! Where have you been all my life? I've been waiting for you!" moments. April and Andy knew how weird they are from the start. It's one of their common grounds despite their many differences.

In the episode "Jerry's Painting", Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) moved into Andy and April's house and taught the couple how to "adult". Andy was open to the idea but April was quite hesitant. Deep down she was afraid that they were going to be one of those boring married couples that they know. But Andy assured her (in the cutest way possible lol) that they'll never be boring.

I think it was a good reminder that just because you're an adult and everyone expects you to be responsible and making good life choices, it doesn't mean that you have to lock up the child in you. Go crazy with Nerf or water guns! Go jump in bouncy castles! Go dive in a pool of super soft rubber balls! But make life decisions, hustle hard at work, save money, pay bills  basically do all the stuff adults do — at the same time haha!


Andy and April are definitely one of my all-time favorite "ships" because of their genuine relationship. They are unapologetically just themselves and they love each other for it, which is I think how relationships should be. Their love story is fictional and can probably only happen to a few lucky ones. I can't help but think I'm one of those hahaha :D

What about you guys? Who are your all-time favorite OTPs and why? I'd love to read all about them in the comments section below! :)

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