One Last Field Trip

"Soon you're gonna leave, so leave us one more weekend."
The Academy Is, "One More Weekend"

A 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.


Examples:

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    Anime & 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.
  • The sequel short story to Onani Master Kurosawa has Kurosawa and his friends go on one of these to an amusement park. It was specifically organized by Magistel, who deliberately wanted to invoke this trope. It unfortunately starts to go south, as Magistel and her boyfriend, Broly, begin arguing over the trip. Initially, Kurosawa is shaken because they're fighting... but he then realizes that two people who accepted him after his painful attempt to reform himself are two people who can overcome anything together, and that their reconciling will bring them closer together. It also intensifies his resolve to improve his own relationship with the similarly Heel Face Turned Sugawa.
  • At the end of Digimon Adventure, the kids and their digimon learn that the digital gate is about to close, and they only have a few hours to spend together before the kids have to leave the Digital World. Everyone fans out to say private goodbyes, except for Palmon, who is overcome with emotion, and doesn't meet up with Mimi until the trolley is leaving. Gabumon asks Matt to play his harmonica for him before he leaves.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • The World's End focuses on the main character who (before killing himself) decides to gets his old buddies together, to return to their home town to finish a pub crawl they attmpted as youths, only to stumble upon an Alien Invasion.
  • Save Your Legs features Teddy realising that his friends are growing up and that cricket is not as important to them as it once was, and so he organises a tour of India as one last chance for him to live his childhood dream.

    Literature 
  • Invoked in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince after Dumbledore's funeral. Harry has lost his mentor and broken up with his girlfriend. He is going to drop out of school to hunt down Voldemort's Horcruxes. He is glad that he has "one last golden afternoon" to spend with Ron and Hermione.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • One episode of Moesha sees Mo and her friends decide to have a slumber party before the former goes off to college; It's also a Clip Show. Moesha's monologues are about not knowing where everyone will end up, and her hopes that her friendships last.
  • 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...
  • In the Series Finale of Boy Meets World, Feeny pays a visit to his old classroom from the beginning of the series, and is quickly followed by the main cast, who proceed to sit at the exact same desk they did back then before saying their farewells and expressing their thanks to their series-long Mentor Archetype. At this point anyone watching should prepare at least one full box of tissues.
  • In the first season finale of Better Call Saul, Jimmy returns to Cicero, Illinois and reunites with his old buddy Marco. The two spend a week pulling scams on people like they used to. When Jimmy gets ready to head back to Albuquerque, Marco pleads for him to stay long enough for them to do their signature fake Rolex scam one last time. We later find out why he was so insistent: During the scam, he dies from his Incurable Cough of Death, and his last words were to thank Jimmy for giving him the best week of his life.

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    Web Comics 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.

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