Donna Meagle has appeared in 51 of 56 episodes of Parks and Recreation. She is the only member of the regular cast (including Leslie, Ann, Tom, Ron, April, Andy, Jerry, Mark, Ben, and Chris) who has not had a significant canon love interest. Reblog if you want Donna to find love!
That is an interesting thing to bring up, and a weird oversight on the creators’ part to be sure, but quite honestly? I love me some Donna (in fact: MORE DONNA PLEASE) and I see where you’re coming from, but…I don’t think Donna’s lookin’, dudes. Not for “love”, anyway. She has a different hottie every chance she gets (hello, did you see the naked dude with a pizza box on his junk at the Halloween party?)
Do I want Donna to be the A-plot? Do I want an entire episode of Donna’s dating escapades? Abso-tutely!…I am very sorry I used that word.
But…to force a canon love interest on a character who has actually used the phrase “Use them. Abuse them. Lose them” in regards to men? I mean…okay. This is like when married people/people in long-term relationships/relatives say things like “so! when are *you* gonna get married?!1!??1!” when I…I mean, a hypothetical someone has expressed no desire to so any time soon.
And hey, maybe I’m reading “love interest” too literally…I would LOVE to see more of Donna’s dating escapades—see “Abso-tutely” above—but the character of Donna Meagle, as we have seen in her 51 episodes? Has no interest in a “love interest.”
Now. If we’re talking “love interest” as like, three sexy dudes (this would be one instance where a well-played stunt casting would be A-OK in my book) all trying to woo and win the gorgeous, hilarious, badass Benz-drivin’, breakfast-cereal-lovin’ Donna Meagle, well. I am on board, yo.
And for the love of Jameson, don’t get me wrong. Donna deserves love. Donna deserves all kinds of love, if you catch my drift. She deserves someone who can Treat Her. But—and I say this as if she were a real friend of mine and not a fictional character, what a pretentious asshole I am, seriously—I honestly do not think she’s looking for love. Which is a valid choice that I want to see more of! Which is a choice that can be mined for infinite comedic value! Leslie wants to set Donna up on a blind date and it goes accordingly ridiculously! Tom needs dating advice! Ann needs a wingman! You see where I’m going?
Hoo boy. I seem to have gone off track. It’s 130AM. tl;dr: Donna deserves love, it’s true! But…it’s okay with me that she doesn’t for now, because I think she’s enjoying the single life.
Which, now that I think about it, is the most cliche setup for being swept off your feet. It’s that old HIMYM adage: Just say you’re focusing on your career, and boom! Relationship.
….The above looks suspiciously like a blog post. BRENNA, HELP.