I truly love Donna with every fiber of my being. She’s smart, complex, talented, confident, and beautiful, and she steals every scene she’s in. Sadly, there aren’t many gifs of my two favorite Donna moments – no, I could not eliminate one of them – but I do have screenshots!
After Chris Traeger takes over as city manager, he makes a lot of changes in the parks department, as evidenced by Ron’s hellish circular desk (and lack of an office) and Donna’s supposedly ergonomic keyboard. Her response, especially the made-up word “perflipifsclump,” still makes me laugh, even when I’m not watching. Just remembering the exasperated expression on her face as she pleads with Ron to talk to Chris about his “modifications*” brings out the giggles.
If you can’t read the text, it says, “This spaceship keyboard is driving me crazy. I’m down to one word a minute, and the word is PERFLIPIFSCLUMP because I can’t. Fly. Spaceships.”
Annabel Porter is such a hilarious character**, and any time she graces the screen, it’s bound to have an aura of pure pretentiousness. For the uninitiated, Annabel was the face of the Eagletonian phone book who went to LA to be a model or actress (can’t remember which) but ended up befriending a bunch of celebrities and creating her own lifestyle brand called Bloosh. When the lovely Ms. Porter invites Ron to one of her Bloosh parties, Donna and Tom join him, but it’s Donna’s impeccable style and reactions to the absurdities surrounding her:
Donna completely understands that everything at this party is ludicrous and is only there to 1) mingle with celebrities and 2) support Ron. This is one of the major differences between Tom and Donna; while Tom soaks in the luxe lifestyle so as to puff up his ego, Donna simply revels in the drama of it all. Sure, she likes nice things, but she will gladly bankroll April to sign up for sommelier certification or secretly admit that she wants her estranged brother Lavondrius at her wedding. She just wants to see shit go down. This is why I 100% believe Donna and I would be friends; shit just sort of happens around me, and she would enjoy the hell out of the show.
* They include moving Tom up to the 4th floor to file with Andy but with no one to impress, placing Garry in a more prominent role, forcing April to be the assistant to everyone, and getting rid of Ron’s four walls and putting him in the very center of the parks office. It was a disaster.
** My favorite quote of hers is in regards to Joan Callamezzo complimenting her hair: “Thank you. It’s genetic and unattainable.”