First off, Parks & Rec deserves a huge congratulations for winning Best Comedy Series at the Comedy Awards. If you didn’t see it on Comedy Central last night and avoided having your tumblr and twitter feeds blown up with the announcements when the ceremony actually happened last weekend… then you are probably a better functioning member of society than I.
This week’s episode marks marks the last day of campaigning in Pawnee. Which means that Leslie’s busting out the big guns: a Bus Tour. Leslie and her band of merry pranksters will travel around on the SS Knope in a one time-campaign blitz. It will be their home for the next 24 hours and, if they win, Ben & Leslie’s home to share for ever. Maybe not, it was just an idea she had. But the good news is, Leslie’s only 2 points down.
Leslie and Ben are going from place to place having a small rally. Or does a rally denote a certain crowd size? It doesn’t matter. Dance teams! T-shirt cannons! Giant Leslie Knope face-banners! We’ll go with rally. Leslie has her speech down pat, it comes in at 10:40 each and every time she delivers it. Ben knows it well enough that he can pinpoint exactly where there will be a big laugh and when there will be an awkward silence. And I have to say, I laughed at her Rodney Dangerfield impression. It wasn’t terrible at all. It was actually pretty good. I’m choosing to believe that the Philistines of Pawnee just don’t appreciate comedy gold. Also comedy gold (and continuity swoon-worthy?): Leslie threw in a line about “together we can get rid of Pawnee’s libraries.” I love it so much, not only because it’s funny but because Ben thought it was a good idea to put in a campaign speech and that people responded positively. The crowd cheered at the possibility of abolishing their libraries. Oh, Pawnee.
There’s a Game-changer, though. When Leslie’s fielding a Q&A at the end of her little rally, she get’s a question about old Nick Newport. Leslie responds by saying that he put people out of work, had tons of mistresses, polluted this town, yadda yadda yadda. And it’s not slander, those are all real things he’s done. But that’s not what the reporter wanted to know. She wanted a comment about the news that Nick Newport, at 98 years old, passed away that morning. From here we delve into a political clusterfuck of “do you keep campaigning or do you stop out of so-called respect for the deceased and their family”. Leslie and Ben want to keep going but Ann thinks they should call off the whole shebang. They tussle and argue and, after the SS Knope drags a painting of Nick Newport around his driveway, Leslie capitulates. And I just want to say, it was kind of obvious that Bobby was going to steal Leslie’s anecdote about trying to impress a parent. It was obvious but still funny, especially since he honored her by saying that if you’re not going to vote for him vote for Leslie. Since this is a sitcom, I think it’s safe to assume that Leslie will win. Then again, Pawnee isn’t smart.
Elsewhere, the vans that the Knope campaign rented to shuttle senior citizens to the polls are no longer available. Surprise, surprise, the Newports paid an insane chunk of change to reserve the flee of vans so that the Knope campaign can’t access them. Tom, Donna and Ron are on it. They go head to head against Burt Hummel! He’s intent on tearing up their contract and taking the money from the Newports. I don’t understand why they can’t just use the campaign bus to transport people? Anyway, Donna get’s pissed/get’s even by ramming into Burt Hummel’s truck and blackmailing him into letting them use the trucks. Get it Donna!
Chris spends the episode ruminating on his shitty year with women (while wearing one of those super-tight bicycling shirts – with Leslie’s face on the front). He can’t stop moving and ends up going to April for advice, again. She tells him, “First of all, dark places are awesome. Secondly, Ann is kind of lame, so way to dodge a bullet. And Millicent is Jerry’s daughter, so… two bullets. And you’re not alone. You’ve got lots of friends somewhere.” But even after her pep talk, Chris is in a bad place. He’s totally going to do it with Jen, Bobby’s campaign manager. Because that can only end well.
Andy is wearing his FBI jacket throughout the episode and is investigating who pied Jerry. He even recreates the event over and over and over again. I was so sure – like, positive – that it was going to have turned out to be April. I could totally believe that she would have pied Jerry on purpose. And yet, I was wrong. Andy figured it out before me. I’ve never felt more inadequate.
Code Names: (as made-up by Andy Dwyer/Burt Macklin)
- Andy – Eagle One
- Ann – Been There, Done That
- April – Currently Doing That
- Donna – It Happened Once in a Dream
- Chris – If I had to Pick a Dude
- Ben – Eagle Two
- Leslie – I’d Be Lying if I said I Hadn’t Thought About It
Notable & Quotable:
- Hey, Buddy – Leslie, to Barack Obama when he comes to her swearing-in ceremony.
- Good answer, great body – Leslie, to Ben.
Sorry for the delay this week, guys. I had finals to deal with. But those are done now, so I’m going to keep my nose to the grindstone and crank out the season finale recap *sniffle* in a timely manner. Thanks for sticking with me and hit the comments with anything I might’ve missed or that you want to chat about.