Ann Meredith Perkins, RN (born July 21, 1976 and portrayed by Rashida Jones) is a fictional character in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. She is a nurse and Leslie Knope’s best friend.
Ann and Leslie meet after Ann requests at a town meeting that an abandoned construction pit be filled, and Leslie pushes to have it turned into a park. Even before getting her part-time Pawnee job, Ann often spent time at city hall and helped the parks department on their endeavors due to her friendship with Leslie.
Ann was dating Andy Dwyer at the start of the show, but she broke up with him after the first season after learning Andy faked the severity of an injury so that Ann would pamper him. She started dating city planner Mark Brendanawicz, but they split up by the end of the second season.
Ann briefly dated Chris Traeger until he broke up with her, leaving Ann emotionally distraught and prompting her to go on a string of dates with multiple men. The two got back together in the sixth season and Ann became pregnant. Shortly after, Ann and Chris moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. She had a son, Oliver, on Galentine’s Day.
• “One Last Ride”
• Rashida Jones
• Health Department Public Relations
• Director of Pawnee, Indiana
• Chris Traeger
• Andy Dwyer (ex-boyfriend)
• Mark Brendanawicz (ex-boyfriend)
• Tom Haverford (ex-boyfriend)
• Oliver Perkins-Traeger
• Leslie Perkins-Traeger
At the start of the series, Ann Perkins was dating Andy Dwyer, her live-in boyfriend. Ann matured faster than Andy did and, while Ann entered into a career in nursing, Andy remained lazy, spoiled, and unemployed.
After Andy falls into a large pit next to her house and breaks his legs, Ann is inspired to attend Parks and Recreation meetings to advocate for filling in the pit, which leads Ann to befriend the department’s deputy director Leslie Knope.
Eventually, after Andy’s leg casts are removed, Ann learns he could have taken them off weeks prior, but did not because he enjoyed being pampered and spoiled by Ann. This leads to an angry confrontation, and eventually the two break up, much to Andy’s despair.
After Andy, Pawnee city planner Mark fell into the construction pit (at the end of season one) and is nursed by Ann during his time at the hospital. The two develop a romantic interest in each other and start dating only after Leslie, who previously harbored feelings for Mark, assures Ann she is fine with the pairing.
At first, Ann seems to be happy with Mark, but as time goes on, she starts getting bored having a normal and healthy relationship, remembering that her relationship with Andy, while terrible, was more interesting.
Furthermore, she shows a hint of jealousy toward Andy’s budding relationship with April. However, she continues to date Mark unsure of what her true feelings are for him.
Yet, when Mark attempts to propose to her, she realises that her feelings for Mark have left and wants to be with Andy. She and Mark break up, and Mark leaves his government job to work in the private sector.
In the season finale episode, after Andy crashes his motorcycle, Ann kisses him while nursing him at the hospital. On another night, she gets drunk and kisses state auditor Chris Traeger, which prompts him to continually ask her out on a date, which she declines because she is put off by his excessive positivity.
Ann continues to be asked out by Chris but continually declines. Leslie sees an opportunity to utilize Chris’ positivity to bring more funds into the Parks Department by having Ann bring it up on a date.
While out, Ann learns of the reason for Chris’ positivity: he had a rare blood disorder and was expected to die as a baby, and so he is happy to still be alive many years later; as a result, she takes a genuine liking to him.
Their date is ruined when both Leslie and Ben crash it, and Leslie accidentally reveals the motive behind the date. Ann later apologizes to Chris and asks him out on another date, and the two soon enter into a relationship.
Initially, Ann was intimidated by Chris’ intensity, calling him “the perfect human man”. But after he is incapacitated by a serious flu virus and so drops his appearance of perfection, Ann relaxes. After a few weeks of dating Ann is infatuated enough with Chris to have no issues with the idea of leaving Pawnee and following him to Indianapolis.
When the two discuss the issue of a long distance relationship or the notion of Ann’s moving with him, Ann believes that things are a bit cleared up although she came up with no definite solution on the issue.
Ann later tells Leslie Chris became distant after their “talk”, which prompts Leslie to search his house for items that could suggest his infidelity, when she and Ron visit his house in Indianapolis. There, she finds a pink razor and pink swim cap, and calls Ann about it.
Ann then storms into Chris’ house drilling him about whether he is cheating on her, only to find out that he had actually broken up with her in their conversation the week before; Ann did not realize he had dumped her, because Chris was so cheerful about it, and Ann had never been dumped in her life before that point.
(The razor and swim cap both actually belonged to Chris.) Ann is shown to be emotionally affected by the break up, and she begins engaging in impulsive behaviors, such as dyeing part of her hair red and making out with a patient during the Harvest Festival.
When Chris returns to Pawnee as the temporary city manager, the two of them discuss their relationship over dinner, where Ann is fooled again by his positive attitude into thinking their relationship is back on.
In order to cope, she decides to start dating again, which causes her to be more distant from Leslie. Leslie, in response, recommends her as the new Health Department public relations director. Ann ends up taking the job part-time so she can still be a nurse at the hospital.
In season four, Ann moves on from Chris after they shoot a PSA. Ann gets closer to Ron and April after she tells them a disgusting medical story. This results from several failed attempts to engage in small talk, over fact-checking Leslie’s book. Ann is again a big supporter in Leslie and Ben getting back together.
She also agrees to help Leslie with her campaign and temporarily became her campaign manager. In Operation Ann, Leslie tries to help Ann meet a date. She ends up going out with Tom Haverford, even though almost everything he does frustrates her and they frequently break up. On election night, a drunken Ann agrees to move in with Tom.
In season five, Ann and Tom have moved in together. Despite realizing, within two days, that it was a mistake, they stay together to thwart their co-workers’ expectations that it wouldn’t last, and so Tom won’t lose his $1,000 bet with Donna. They publicly break up when Donna tells them she knows the truth and lets Tom off the hook.
Ann decides she wants to have a child and begins the process of fertilization, asking Chris Traeger to father her child. Chris accepts her offer in the episode “Bailout”. Ann and April’s friendship expands this season, culminating in a hug and an admission on April’s part that she considers Ann a friend.
In the season six premiere, Ann reveals that she is back together with Chris, and she is pregnant.
In the episode “New Beginnings”, Chris and Ann briefly get engaged but decide that they don’t need to be married since they’re both happy with their relationship. They also learn they’re having a boy.
Chris and Ann decide to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, as Chris is offered a job at the University of Michigan coupled with their desire to be closer to Ann’s family, who reside in Michigan.
Upon hearing the news, Leslie decides to throw Ann a goodbye party and start groundbreaking on “Pawnee Commons”, the lot that was a pit at the start of the series, which Leslie vowed to turn into a park. On Ann and Chris’ final day in Pawnee, Ann tells Leslie she will always be her best friend and invites her to come and visit, then she and Chris leave Pawnee until moving back in the final episode of season 7.
On “Galentine’s Day”, Ann hangs up on Leslie from their scheduled phone call. Leslie later finds out that Ann did this because she was in labor and didn’t want Leslie to drop everything to come see her because she could be in labor for hours. Ann is later visited by Leslie at the hospital, and she is seen holding her newborn son Oliver Perkins-Traeger. Chris is not featured in the episode because he was asked to be the birthing coach for another patient, since he did such a great job with Ann.
Ann and Chris, now married, return for a guest appearance in the series finale in order to advise Leslie in 2025. It is revealed that after Oliver, the couple had a second child, a daughter named Leslie.
While in early stages of developing Parks and Recreation, Greg Daniels and Michael Schur had been considering ideas for a possible show involving Rashida Jones before the concept of the series was even established.
Both Daniels and Schur had worked with Jones on the Daniels-created NBC comedy series, The Office, in which Jones played the character Karen Filippelli. It was only after Amy Poehler was cast as protagonist Leslie Knope that the concept of the show and Ann’s character were fully developed.
While most of the Parks and Recreation character work for the local Pawnee government, Ann Perkins was initially conceived as a political outsider who became indirectly involved in municipal government and, in Schur’s words, “got drawn into Leslie’s world”.
Ann Perkins appeared in every episode of Parks and Recreation until Season 6, except for “Woman of the Year”, which she missed because she was filming scenes for the David Fincher film The Social Network (2010).
Her last name was inspired by Nancy Perkins, one of the casting directors who worked on the show. In crafting the Ann Perkins character, the staff were drawn to the idea of building a show around a female relationship, namely Ann and Leslie Knope’s.
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