I really loved this episode. I feel like I don’t even need to preface posts with this sentiment, because it’s always true. It was by far the best Thursday night show that I watched (to be fair, my friend conned me into watching Grey’s Anatomy, Jersey Shore, and Dance Moms. So there’s that.). But I liked pretty much everything about this episode. I can’t think of anything to nit-pick, really. I’ll leave it up to you lovely folks to rip this episode a new one in the comments if you see the need. Moving on.
Eep. Paul Rudd as Bobby Newport. Yessss. Cam-pain? Cam-pleasure. He’s kind of the perfect Sweetums heir. Cute, charming, privileged. And dumb. Boy is this guy dumb. I mean, I could understand how he thought he was running unopposed what with the ginormous lead he has over Leslie in the polls. At first I was all, “Is Paul Rudd’s character that stupid or is he like super smart trying to undermine her?” Then I figured, no, he wants a party with magicians – he’s just a spoiled brat. He’s way worse than Billy Madison. He’s crossed over to Michael Scott territory with his childish pouting.
As far as villains go, Bobby Newport isn’t the greatest. I hope the show really does give us the Newport-Knope debate, because it’ll be fun to watch Leslie try and politely eviscerate him. I mean, she’ll skewer him. I kind of but not really hope that Poehler plays the debate as her SNL Hilary Clinton. I don’t know why, maybe because that’s what I’ll be imagining anyway? Anyway, his purpose this episode is to show that Leslie’s not running unopposed. He’s her opponent. Ben, now campaign manager, thinks the best way to combat the gigantic disparity in the polls is by running a negative ad. Leslie is, of course, opposed to this idea. She positively hates the idea of a smear campaign and going negative in any way, shape, or form. She makes her own ad, and it’s cute. Cute and amusing, but not effective. Ben comes up with a pretty good ad, but Leslie just won’t use it. I’m fine with that decision, if only because we got to enjoy Tom, Ben, and Jerry doing their dark voiceovers for a prolonged period of time and because we got this:
In the end, they agree to compromise. They take Leslie’s adorable homemade campaign ads from when she was ten and intercut them with Bobby Newport. Because, for the record, ten year old Leslie Knope cares more about Pawnee and is smarter than Bobby Newport. Also, the only thing they have in common is that they love dogs.
In the B-Plot, Andy’s feeling sick: headache, seeing double, song stuck in his head, his teeth hurt, and he’s hungry. Ann patiently explains that while some of those things are symptoms, some of them are just being a person. After explaining insurance to April and Andy, they go to every doctor they can think of. And that’s because I the list of ailments he has are hilarious. His ankles rattle like a snake; his thumb’s been broken for awhile. As a result, he got his ankles microwaved, and had his blood taken for science, among other things.
And hallelujah! the cut-aways are back. I have missed them so, so much. While I love that Andy doesn’t understand insurance, though it’s an easy joke, I have to wonder if Andy is a believable amount of stupid? I mean, I buy it as a character, and he is a well written character, but is his stupidity ever too much of a character crutch? Is it too domineering of a trait? What do you think? I like his character a lot, but I have too wonder if they’re not trying a bit to hard. I admit I laughed every time he walked into something, fell down, etc. but is it too much? Hit the comments and let me know how I should feel.
In the C-Plot, Chris tries to woo Ron. Ron’s freaked out because he doesn’t really do petty things such as ‘friends’ or ‘emotions’ and those are two things that Chris is addicted to. Ron goes a long with it for a while, even if he doesn’t understand how he got from Point A to Point B with Chris. Unable to take it after a while, Ron brings in Kyle. Kyle! The omnipresent shoe-shine recipient. I’m glad the Show managed a way to shoe-horn him in there (puns!). Also, Ron finagling to replace Chris’ little buddy is delightful. In reality, though Chris was scouting Ron as a potential candidate to replace Ben.
Can they do that? Can Ron leave the Parks office? What happens then? What if Leslie wins the elections? Will the show still be Parks & Rec and simply embrace the misnomer as Courgar Town has tried to? I kind of can’t believe that Ron would leave the parks office. If he left, he’d have to do actual work. Then again, if he stays and Leslie wins the election, he’ll have to do actual work. What will Ron Swanson do?
Notable & Quotable:
- Continutity! They brought back Leslie’s Christmas gift to Ron – the automatic door closers.
- “I’m running for office, I’m surrounded by friends, my campaign manager and I are in love. This is exactly how I dreamed it would be when I was a kid. Except, I wasn’t 70 points behind and my campaign manager was Mr. Belvedere.” Okay, yes. I mean, if I couldn’t get Adam Scott as my campaign manager / love interest, Mr. Belvedere wouldn’t be a terrible choice. I mean, not like, top ten or anything, but not a last resort either. That dude is awesome. (Was awesome? That movie’s pretty old.)
- “Have a Bobby Bar. My dad made them.” It’s like he’s trying to win a middle school class election. Actually, no, considering his campaign advert, it really made me think of the video Logan made for the Donut’s campaign in Veronica Mars. You know, it’s flashy and all, but there’s no real content.
- “We can buy a sewing kit, you can sew up my lip under a bridge somewhere.”
- “I’m thinking something raw and cucumber based. A cucumber!”
- “President Obama said ‘Yes We Can’ and now he’s president. Benn Wyatt said ‘No, We Shouldn’t’ and now he’s working for his girlfriend.”
- “Are you the kind of doctor that gets hooked to his own drugs? I bet you are.”
Well gentle readers, what did you think of this week’s episode? Will Ron accept Chris’ offer? Will Leslie and Bobby have a debate, and if so, will we see it? Is Andy a believable amount of dumb? Or is it that he’s tv show dumb, and not real people dumb? Let me know! I care about your answers. Also, I love your comments as much as Leslie Knope loves Pawnee.