His theory was make the juiciest, meatiest, most “How the hell are they going to get out of this one?” episode you possibly can, and then use the collective brainpower of the creative team to figure it out in a satisfying way in the summer.

Michael Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation, relaying Greg Daniels’ thoughts on season finale cliffhangers. I’d like to remember this because it just makes sense. Go out with a bang when you have so much time to clean up the mess.