Andy Dwyer

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Andy Dwyer
Parks and Recreation character
Andy Dwyer.jpg
First appearance "Pilot"
Portrayed by Chris Pratt
Information
Aliases Bert Macklin
Kip Hackman
Andy Radical
Tim Buckanowski
Johnny Karate
Gender Male
Occupation Shoeshinist (shoeshiner)
Musician
Assistant
Possum Tackler
Spouse(s) April Ludgate
Significant other(s) Ann Perkins (ex-girlfriend)

Andrew Maxwell "Andy" Dwyer /ˈdw.ər/[1][2] is a fictional character in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. He is a shoe-shiner at Pawnee City Hall and April Ludgate's husband. He was later promoted to Leslie Knope's assistant. He is portrayed by Chris Pratt. Pratt was credited as a guest star for the first season, despite appearing in every episode. He is part of the main cast for every season after season one. Andy is one of the few starring characters not to appear in every episode, as he was absent for a multi-episode arc in Season Six while Chris Pratt was filming Guardians of the Galaxy (film).

Background[edit]

At the start of the series, Andy Dwyer is the boyfriend of Ann Perkins. The two met and fell in love in college,[citation needed] but Ann matured faster than Andy did; while Ann entered into a career in nursing, Andy remained lazy and spoiled.

Andy remained unemployed after school but was the lead singer and guitarist for his rock band, which has gone through numerous names (starting with "Teddy Bear Suicide" when it was started prior to the show's first season), including "MouseRat," "God Hates Figs," "Department of Homeland Obscurity," "Flames For Flames," "Muscle Confusion," "Nothing Rhymes With Orange" (then, "Everything Rhymes With Orange"), "Punch Face Champions," "Rad Wagon," "Puppy Pendulum," "Possum Pendulum," "Penis Pendulum," "Handrail Suicide," "Angel Snack," "Just The Tip," "Jet-Black Pope," "Four-Skin" (later "Three-Skin" when one member quit), "MouseRat" (again), "RatMouse" (without Dwyer), "Scarecrow Boat," "Tackleshaft" and then "MouseRat" (yet again).[3]

Storyline[edit]

Season one[edit]

Before the start of the season, Andy fell into a large construction pit and broke both his legs while, in an intoxicated state, attempting to retrieve a discarded toaster from the bottom of the pit. Although Ann was unaware at first that he was drunk at the time of the fall,[4] the incident inspires her to attend Parks and Recreation meetings to advocate the pit be filled in, which leads Ann to befriend Parks Deputy Director Leslie Knope.[5] With both legs in casts, Andy is pampered by Ann, who brings him food and lets him play video games all day. When the doctors inform Andy that the casts can be removed, Andy delays the removal for several weeks so he can continue receiving this treatment from Ann. After the casts are removed Ann discovers the truth and becomes extremely angry with Andy, quickly leading to their break-up.[6]

Season two[edit]

Andy moved into a tent pitched in the pit and watches Ann, claiming to be protecting her. He made many failed attempts to reconcile with Ann. He does not like Mark because he is dating Ann, but pretends to whenever Ann is around.[7] Andy is injured in the pit a second time when Leslie arranges to have it filled with dirt, unaware Andy is inside at the time. Andy considers suing the town with the hopes of getting money and winning Ann back, but Leslie convinces him to settle out of court in exchange for the pit being filled in.[8] Leslie gives Andy a job as the shoe-shiner at the Pawnee City Hall as part of his settlement.[9] It is here that April Ludgate, the parks department intern, begins to develop a crush on Andy, but he is for a long time unaware of her feelings toward him.[10] As time goes on Andy begins to develop feelings for April, though he is unsure about dating her due to their age difference and his own unresolved feelings for Ann. Simultaneously, Ann begins to show similar feelings for Andy after her relationship with Mark ends. At the end of the season, having broken up with Mark, Ann kisses Andy, who does not reciprocate. This later causes him problems with April, who continues to believe he is still in love with Ann.

Season three[edit]

Andy has been unsuccessfully trying to get in touch with April. When she finally returns from Venezuela, she arrives with a new boyfriend, Eduardo. Leslie encourages Andy to not give up. In the episode "Time Capsule", Andy befriends Eduardo at the advice of Chris Traeger. As a result, April begins hating her new boyfriend and he moves back to Venezuela. Andy also becomes the new coach of one of the two youth basketball teams, with Ron being the other coach. Andy's coaching style is much lazier than Ron's strict style. He was also briefly Ron's receptionist in "Flu Season". In the episode "Media Blitz" April leads Andy to believe that if he completes the tasks she hates every day for a month, she will consider being with him. Although she begins this as a bluff, after seeing Andy complete these tasks happily, she kisses him. In the episode "Andy and April's Fancy Party" Andy reveals that he had proposed to April a day earlier after only one month of dating to which April replied, "Fine." They are married at the end of the episode in a surprise ceremony.

Season four[edit]

At the beginning of season four, Tom asks Andy to join his new company. He declines Tom's offer and instead joins Leslie's campaign as her assistant and head of security, a role he enjoys very much. At the end of the season, he is encouraged by April to pursue a career as a police officer as all his "dream jobs", minus being a rock star, revolve around law enforcement.

Season five[edit]

During the fifth season, Andy continues to pursue his ambition to become a police officer, routinely seeking help from others to better his chances of passing the police academy entrance exams, notably asking Chris to help him get fit enough to pass the police physical. His marriage with April is not strained by the long-distance between them, frequently sending her (and receiving from her) care packages (some filled with his laundry), as well as visiting her in Washington, DC.

When Andy fails the personality portion of the Police Officers entrance exam he gets a rousing pep talk from Chris. He had scored a perfect score on the written portion of the exam. Ben gives Andy a job working with him at the Sweetum's charity foundation he works at.

Season six[edit]

Andy's role is reduced in the sixth series as Chris Pratt was busy filming other commitments. Andy spent the early part of season 6 in England attending to Sweetum's charity work. He lost 50 pounds after giving up beer. He briefly returns and does not want to return to England until April convinces him to go back. In the season finale Andy reunites with MouseRat and sings a Li'l Sebastian memorial song at the Pawnee Unity concert.

Development[edit]

Chris Pratt was credited as a guest star throughout the entire first season, but was promoted to the main cast in the second season.[11] The Andy character was originally supposed to appear only in the first season, but the producers liked Pratt so much that almost immediately after casting him, they decided to make Andy a regular character.[12]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Brown, Brigid (2009-04-23). "TV Recap: Parks and Recreation - The Reporter". Cinema Blend. Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  5. ^ Phipps, Keith (2009-04-09). "Parks and Recreation: Season 1 : Episode 1: "Pilot"". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  6. ^ Fowler, Matt (2009-05-15). "Parks and Recreation: "Rock Show" Review". IGN. Archived from the original on 19 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  7. ^ Fog, Henning (2009-10-02). ""Parks and Recreation" recap: Herstory lessons". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 8 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  8. ^ Fog, Henning (2009-10-23). ""Parks and Recreation" recap: Kaboom!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  9. ^ Fowler, Matt (2009-11-06). "Parks and Recreation: "Ron and Tammy" Review". IGN. Archived from the original on 10 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  10. ^ Heisler, Steve (2009-11-19). "Parks and Recreation: "Hunting Trip"". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on 22 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  11. ^ "Rashida Jones and Chris Pratt Talk Parks and Recreation". MovieWeb. 2009-10-30. Archived from the original on 7 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  12. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (2009-09-17). "Parks and Recreation: Interviewing co-creator Mike Schur". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2010-01-01.