Oh I totally agree that Ann is a great foil/straight woman for Leslie. I just don't think she works particularly well with anybody else given how tenuously she's connected to most of them. The last 2-3 episodes she's been paired up with Ron and those stories have been superfluous. Leslie is already Ron's mentee/surrogate sister and April is already Future Girl Ron. There's no room at the inn. I really think they need to keep Ann in storage for when they need her in Leslie stories (and occasionally to have April shit on her) and just not use her besides that. Have her be more of a Donna and not the second female lead she's been the last 2 years.
Ok, yeah I definitely agree with that (using her like Donna). The stories with her and Ron have not been very entertaining. But I think we need to accept that TV just gives more time to the bigger stars, and Rashida Jones is going to be onscreen as much as possible because she so prettayyyy.
Chris/Rob Lowe (don't know what to call him since the whole reason he's on the show is because he's Rob Lowe, star actor/ratings bait, and not Chris Traeger, integral character.) is just an odd case because there was never much expectation that he'd be on the show long, until he was. He would have played a big part as an antagonist had Leslie and Ben not broken up, until they did. Now he's just there banging Jerry's slutty daughter and taking up space.
Yeah but still...it's funny that he's doing Jerry's daughter. I still like having him on the show as long as they don't build the main subplot around him, like they did in the episode where Ann films him for the health PSA.