One Last Field Trip
Soon you're gonna leave, so leave us one more weekendA group of friends reach a turning-point in their lives, a moment when they're coming of age. What do they do? Go back to a favourite haunt and re-enact an important ritual from the life they are leaving behind. Maybe they go to their regular pub or coffee shop for one last time, or spend a day revisiting all their usual haunts and reminiscing. Whatever they do, it's made clear to the audience/readers that this marks a turning-point in their lives. They're growing up, moving on and they want to fix this period of their lives in their memories (and revisit their youth) before they leave. Related tropes: Growing Up Sucks, What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?. This is often an Ending Trope, so there be spoilers ahead.
— The Academy Is, "One More Weekend"
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Anime and Manga
- Azumanga Daioh ends with the girls all having graduated High School and soon to begin college, the following semester. Before going their separate ways, they decide to take one last trip to the Magical Land amusement park, for old time's sake. Chiyo's voice-over, along with the music at the end, makes it bittersweet, bordering on Tear Jerker.
- Toy Story 3 ends with Andy, having outgrown his toys, donating them to a playful Shrinking Violet named Bonnie. His loving one-by-one description of his old favorites sparks him to join Bonnie for one last big play session in one of the most emotional farewells in cinema history.
- The World's End focuses on the main character who (before killing himself) decides to gets His old buddies together, to return to thier home town to finish a pub crawl they attmpted as youths, only to stumble upon an Alien Invasion.
- Played for Laughs in Friends when Ross and Monica try to revive their childhood tradition of the Thanksgiving American Football game.
- Played Straight in the Series Finale when they all go to Central Perk for one last cup of coffee.
- In another episode Ross & Chandler's party animal friend from college comes to town and they all go out partying. He bails on them, so Ross, Chandler and Joey decide to go out on their own, only to discover that they needed a guy like that to really be able to party hard.
- The last episode of The Inbetweeners and then the film deal with the sat summer before the boys leave and go to university, knowing that their friendships may not survive.
- In How I Met Your Mother, Ted and Marshall do one last of those Tantrum-fueled road trips they used to do during their college years. Only by now, Marshall is married to Lily, and thus she tags along...
- The title character of Luann and her friends throw a party to celebrate them turning 18 soon, and Luann sarcastically suggests they "eat Fruit Loops and sip Kool-Aid while watching Toy Story in our jammies". She was kidding at first, but they end up doing just that in the next strip and find themselves getting all emotional.
- Golden Age of Adventurers flips the concept around with its premise, which is four elderly adventurers wanting to have one final quest together before settling into retirement.
- In one episode of American Dad!, after some classmates make fun of them, Steve and his entourage decide to have one last slumber party (and try to make it a memorable one).
- Subverted and Played for Laughs in The Simpsons: When Bart starts worrying about growing up he does some childish things to prove he's not, such as going on a mechanical riding pony outside a store. Then we see him thoroughly bored doing it.