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Adding bangs to women's hairstyles in time jumps: What's the point?

Parks and Rec may have teased a big shocker in the last few minutes of its season finale Thursday night, but the actual shocker played second fiddle to the real upset: Leslie Knope’s new bangs in the flash-forward.

On the episode of Parks and Recreation, we got a look at Future Leslie… with bangs. On How I Met Your Mother‘s season finale, we got at a look at Future Robin… with bangs. In Scandal‘s first season, flashbacks are signified by Olivia Pope going from bang-free to full-on fringed. On Friends, ’80s Rachel has — guess what? — bangs.

More and more, the fringe is used on TV to indicate a time change even though it’s basically useless, both expositorily and plot-wise. Time jumps are often accompanied by a title screen indicating as clearly as possible that the scene is either from the past or future: On the Parks and Rec season finale, a caption tells us we’re three years in the future as Leslie jaunts around the office with her new blonde bangs. All the men look the same — save for Ben’s gelled-back hair — but nope, not Leslie. How would we viewers figure out it was a time jump without the fringe?

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'Parks and Rec': Paul Schneider, a.k.a. Mark Brendanawicz, has no plans to return to Pawnee

Bad news, Mark Fan-danawiczes: Even though this Pawneean lives in Indiana’s greatest town, the chances of him paying another visit to the Parks department are slim to none.

Scratching your head right about now? Here’s a refresher: Way back when Parks and Recreation first premiered, Leslie Knope’s number one crush was hunky city planner Mark, played by indie film actor Paul Schneider. Mark was basically the Hoosier State’s answer to The Office‘s Jim Halpert — wry, boyish, bored to death by his job but forced by sitcom laws to spend all his free time with his co-workers. He never exactly jelled with the rest of the show’s cast, especially after Parks morphed from an Office clone into its own sweetly optimistic thing in season 2 — and, at the end of the series’ first full year, Mark and Schneider both left Parks for good. READ FULL STORY

Amy Poehler pretends to be Pitbull on 'Billy on the Street' -- VIDEO

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This week’s big Billy on the Street takeaway? If you see someone in a Pitbull mask, chase after them. It might be Amy Poehler!

Poehler recently stopped by Billy Eichner’s show, and a preview clip released on Funny or Die this morning shows the Parks and Rec star in a Pitbull mask, running up to innocent bystanders before revealing something even better than the “Timber” rapper: Her own face.

The best part, as always with these videos, are people’s reactions, from normal excitement to blasé acknowledgment. (Also, that moment when Billy mistakes a lady for a dude.) Side note: What is with all these people not having seen Parks and Rec? DO THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE MISSING? EICHNER HAS A RECURRING ROLE ON THAT PROGRAM.

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PopWatch Planner: 'Parks and Rec' finale, 'The Blacklist' big episode, 'John Oliver' premiere, and more

As some of your favorite shows wrap up, it’s also time for those summer shows to begin. This week alone has four premieres, as well as a few finales. And, of course, The Blacklist episode that cannot be missed. Well, not if you want to know who Tom Keen is.

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