I know this post is hellishly late. But you know what? I’m on spring break. That means that I get to do everything at my own pace. And there’s no new episode of Parks until mid-April anyway, so I don’t want to hear it. That being said let’s dive right in.
Leslie Knope knows her way around fashion. As with my first Parks & Rec post, I’m demanding a “fashion show, fashion show, fashion show at lunch!” (Because, honestly, Mindy Kaling is a girl after my own heart). Leslie runs the gamut of outfits looking for the winning interview ensemble. Maybe lose that hat, though. Or perhaps not wear the glittery-assed “Nympho” pants. No matter how well they’re working for the public, they’re kind of sending a mixed message. A hilarious mixed message.
I love Leslie Knope in all of her incarnations, but Drunk Leslie is a particular favorite of mine. So Leslie shows up drunk to her “very important interview” at the municipal airport with Jack from Will and Grace. I know he was in other stuff, but that’s all I’ve got at the moment. (Also, I have in my notes about him – “what is he doing with his mouth?” I don’t remember writing that down, but I do remember he was doing weird facial expressions. Was he high on something?) So anyway, Drunk Leslie shifts gears to become Intellectual Drunk Leslie until she botches the interview by mentioning how sauced she is (is that still a phrase people use?). Because, yes, when you have a jumbo margarita and a flaming tequila shot you might get drunk.
So how do we feel about Leslie being drunk during her interview? I’m for it because of the laugh-factor and because, let’s face it, when you’re drunk things aren’t as bad of ideas as they are in the harsh light of sobriety. I could totally see myself doing the exact same thing. But what about Ben? I love the shrimpy, shoulder-less man, I really do, but he kind of dropped the ball this week. Was he just down-trodden and overworked or what? He didn’t even notice that his girlfriend/candidate was plastered. I miss happy Ben. I love this election plot-line like it’s nobody’s business, but I can’t wait for it to be over if only for a stress-free Ben.
I wrote a couple recaps ago (and won’t shut up about the fact) that I’m irrevocably in love with the Parks writer’s room and their keen focus on continuity in this show. Like, to the point that I want to make out with it (the room. Obviously). It seems like the writer’s room wants to make out with me, too, because they keep hitting on me. You know, sending me subliminal messages via their awesome continuity. In this week’s edition of Continuity: Pawnee – April and Andy are still at their college class. They’re still at their college class. That was introduced 10 episodes ago!
So Andy is taking the final exam for the class. It’s a simple oral exam, a chat about the class, because he’s just taking it pass/fail. He studied super hard and wants to show off his knowledge. Which, good for him. He accomplished something. He deserves every single one of those Pavlovian treats.
I officially don’t care about April and Tom. I just can’t understand what it is that keeps them together. They even admit that it’s a struggle for them to stay together for more than a day at a time. I just don’t like it, okay? I’d be happy to see them dating or in relationships, just, with other people. They do not suit each other well at all. I find this coupling irksome.
April being nice to Chris is wonderful. Even if it is only to get him out of her life. I love how she begrudgingly cares about the guy but will never, ever admit it. Like, on pain of death admit it. She tries her damndest to get him laid. She is unsuccessful. The rando girl and Chris had plenty in common – salads, exercise – but she wasn’t emotionally ready for him. So she bangs Ron instead. Natch. I love this because Ron doesn’t do anything to try and make this happen. But I really love this because we get to see the Tiger Woods red polo of SEX again.
Last but not least – JERRY! He’s just so good at menial tasks. Like, he was born to stuff envelopes. He does it wrong, of course, but still. He is fascinating. And Donna just watches him. SHE BLOWS OFF A DATE to watch Jerry. I seriously need these two to have webisodes.
Notable & Quotable
- I’ve got a date with my bathtub, a glass of red wine, and a gigantic fireman named Marcus. – Donna
- Are you hitting on Leslie for me? – Ben, to Tom
- We’ll let you pay for your own food because of equality. – Andy, to his women’s studies prof
- It’s like dealing with a strict mother who I am confusingly attracted to. Ben is like a MILF. – Drunk Leslie Knope
- Both of the cabs in this town are busy. But I still have 8 hours left with that hot tub limo, so it’s on the way. – Tom, saving the day
- I don’t consider myself an anything-ist. – Ron effing Swanson
- Do I need a hat? Or a scarf? No, one of those scarf chains that you pull out of your sleeves! – Leslie Knope, fashion goddess
- Donuts, go nuts. – Ron
- I GOT A P! I was hoping for a P+ but that does not exist. I’m a college graduate. A college course graduate. – Andy
- We’ve gone 30 hours without breaking up. Our personal best is 47. She went out of town for a weekend and forgot we were dating. – Tom
- 48 of them. A different flavor for each hour. – Tom, on the celebratory condoms he bought for Ann
Okay folks, how did we feel about “Lucky”? On the whole I rather liked it. Then again, I like every episode of this show. I’d like to take this opportunity to once again apologize for the horrendous late posting of this recap. But, PSA: Parks won’t be back until April 19th. Don’t fret, in the meantime we get Community back! Hurrah! Hit the comments for anything you loved/I missed/what-have-you.