So much happened in this episode. Despite being called “Halloween Surprise” it was was only tangentially about Halloween. So, as a Halloween episode, Season 2′s “Greg Pikitis” is still my favorite. As for everything else about this plot? Ding-ding-ding. We have a winner! I’m still an emotional wreck. I want to live inside this episode because it’s just such a vibrant and beautiful place where nothing bad ever happens.
Ron’s going trick-or-treating with Diane and her kids. So is Andy, because he is a giant child. Diane and her girls dress as princesses while Ron wears his Season 2 pirate costume and Andy dresses as a cop.
Diane has to take care of a “Vice Principal Emergency” (a kid shat on the soccer field) and Ron and Andy are left with her girls. Predictably, Ron has 0 children skills. Once Diane finds out how terrible he is with kids she dumps him. April can tell that Ron’s actually really sad, so she endeavors to help him out.
Ron makes it up to the girls for going to trick-or-treat again. He demands the person in the house find some candy for them and then pays the guy that answered the door. So sweet.
Chris put together some City Hall movie screening that will play Death Canoe 4: Murder at Blood Lake. According to Donna it’s the best of the Death Canoe series. In the fifth one, the canoe’s actually a hero. It’s a crazy twist. Donna plans to live-tweet the movie, which – I love this so much. Because Retta, the actress that plays Donna, live-tweets TV shows like nobody’s business. She’s been working her way through Buffy recently, which is just delightful.
The 2 second exchange between Ann and Leslie about their costumes actually had me rolling. I was laughing so hard, y’all.
At the movie screening, Ann wants to cheer Leslie up after a phone call with Ben so she suggests they scare Tom as he leaves the bathroom. Because nothing could go wrong, right? Of course not. They scare the shit out of Jerry. At first he’s kind of laughing it off, but then he can’t stop farting (and the fart sounds are so ridiculously fake and over-the-top) but then it’s not just farts, it seems that Jerry’s actually having a heart attack. Tom makes the requisite billion complaints about Jerry until they explain the heart attack.
Leslie puts together a garage sale / auction fundraiser for Jerry’s medical costs. At one point, desperate for higher bids on items, Leslie tries to sell Ann Perkins at auction. Two of the guys that vote are actually pretty cute, but the 3rd is an older dude in a tank top with a ton of tattoos. He’s also missing some teeth and likes to do belly-flops in mud pits. So there’s that.
Everyone else has the opportunity to get rid of some stuff. Ron is selling a very nice wood table he made himself. Ann is selling stuff from her old relationships. I love that Ann has a Chris box. Just like Rory had a Dean box and Lorelei had a Max box.
The whole garage sale also gives Tom’s the idea for a new business venture: Rent-a-Swag. Renting high-end clothing to teens, tweens, and everything in between.
The Happiest Place on Earth:
The campaign that Ben has been running is finally winding down. Their guy has an 18 point lead and every other contender has dropped out. April keeps congratulating herself on how great she’s been, but as soon as Ben says she can go home early she peaces. Smart girl.
In preparation for Ben to come back to Pawnee, Leslie’s looking at a house for them to move into together. He won’t move into her place because, “It’s a scary nightmare hoarder nest.” Facts.
Ann and Leslie having a dance party after Leslie says “Martha, I want to lease this house.” is the cutest thing. I love their friendship.
Katheryn Hahn (Jen) is back and she’s trying to get a feel for what Ben’s next career move is going to be. She wants him to help her turn a Florida business man with the Classic Florida Success Story: Gator eats penis, into the next governor. While he really wants to further his career, he really misses Leslie. So he decides to surprise her.
OH JESUS STOP BEING SO CUTE! I tearfully yell at my computer, hoping they never, ever listen to me. Why did I break down? Only because THIS happened:
”I am deeply, ridiculously in love with you above everything else, I just – I want to be with you forever.”
“Wait, I need to remember this, give me a second,” Leslie said. “I need to remember every little thing about how perfect my life is right now at this exact moment.”
This scene was played PERFECTLY. From the cracks in their voices to the awkward pauses and everything. Because, honestly, I love both of their reactions. They just seemed so genuine and adorable and great. I’m so happy.
Notable & Quotable:
Guuuyyyyyyys. The box that Ben had the ring in? Is the most important box. It also had Leslie’s first “Knope 2012″ campaign pin, the one that Ben gave to Leslie to encourage her to follow her dreams and run for office, despite their relationship. And then it held the miniature Washington Monument that Leslie gave to Ben when she gave him her blessing to run the campaign in DC. And now it’s back to Leslie with the engagement ring. And now all I can think about is how they’ll pass that box back and forth every time something important happens in their lives and, goddamn if that’s just not the happiest box. Now I’m crying over a stupid box. You win, show. You win.
While I was trolling Tumblr for gifs, I saw that someone made the connection that on The Office, Michael proposed to Holly during a garage sale. Maybe if we all have garage sales we’ll get engaged?
“I was gonna get a chicken parm and watch blade runner.” – Ben, on plans for his future
“If the kids ever wanted to come to my house, I’d have to take a whole week off work just to undo the alarms and tripwires.” – Ron
“I just want the doctor to say that Jerry had a ‘fart attack’ is that so much to ask?” – Tom