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Mar 3, 2015

Parting from your TV friends at the end of a season is never easy, but when you'll have to wait a long year to see them again, as with Catherine's favorite Downton Abbey, or there'll never be another new episode, as with Terri's favorite Parks and Recreation, it's especially hard to say goodbye. For this week's Round 2, we chatted about those season and series endings. Catherine celebrated some plot developments in this Downton season while wondering why others are still, still, still going on, and looked forward to following promising developments waaaay down the road in January. Terri bravely held back tears while talking about the super-sweet, upbeat, hopeful, and time-hopping Parks final episode and season, and the value of finding your team of pop-culture soulmates with whom you can celebrate shows that the wider world ignores.

If you just can't get enough of these series, Catherine recommends the recaps of Downton Abbey at Go Fug Yourself, and Terri recommends HitFix's huge batch of articles to see off Parks and Rec, as well as the epic YouTube/Twitter battle between Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) and Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), with the great Rob Lowe line from "Flu Season" as the equivalent of crying uncle.

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