Anyway, like I've said before, Garry tends to be mocked because of his weight and bodily functions, including Tom being ruthless about Garry passing gas while having a goddamn heart attack. I know so many people who found a "fart attack" to be hilarious, but I was incredibly offended that someone would be that callous. Donna is also overweight but it literally has no bearing on how people treat her - she is sexually active with plenty of attractive men out for her affections, and no one ever points out her size - but with Garry, it's completely foreign to them that a woman like Gayle would be attracted to him, and his eating habits and various health problems are constantly mentioned. I mean, it's refreshing to see Donna portrayed in this manner, yes; I praise the shit out of it and want more shows to write characters with diverse body types. While O'Heir does play the part with his characteristic cheeriness, Garry's appearance continues to be the butt of jokes, even at his funeral where Gayle's eternal youth and beauty are compared to Garry's lack of desirability.
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We only get snippets of his family life throughout the show, and while I do wish we could have seen more of it, if only for Garry's sake, the amount of time that we are shown the Gergich household is actually pretty perfect. We see Garry in his natural habitat, completely comfortable and loved unconditionally, and he's catlike, dare I say graceful even, and confident, almost like having an environment that doesn't constantly tear you down is beneficial!
Garry's home life reflects exactly who he is: a family man who's goals were never meant to be achieved at work. He's fine being mediocre at the parks department if it means he can be home to eat dinner with his wife and daughters every night, and he doesn't want to feel the constant pull of duty to the job that Leslie does. Garry highlights a lot of what I like about Parks and Rec: that there is not one way for a character to live his or her life. Ron wants his privacy in all areas, Tom wants prestige and a constant inflow of cash, Donna wants experiences and luxury, April wants spontaneity and the absurd, etc. But Garry? Garry wants to wake up every day and spend as much time as he can with his family, and that is just as honorable as anything that any of the other characters desire.
* Usually. When he immediately supports Leslie's running for city council again as a "great idea," I groaned, "Oh, come on, Garry!" But even when he does give great advice, he's dismissed and ridiculed, because ... Parks and Rec, I guess.
** Again, usually. Sometimes, he drops vacations because the parks department needs him.
*** In "Anniversaries," Ben ends up spending most of his time with Garry and we learn a lot about Garry during this episode. It's probably one of my favorites.