Two new episodes last week that will have to hold us over until the new year. That’s so far away, y’all! But the episodes we got were hilarious. I couldn’t stop laughing. The writing was so spectacular, and well, you know, you were there. Let’s get into this gif-tastic post!
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Two episodes! Huzzah! NBC fucking with schedules; boo! So here’s the deal: two recaps, one post. Just in time for the new doubleheader tonight (unless, like me, you’ll be at the Catching Fire premiere. You’ll have so much on the DVR!).
Filibuster / Ben’s Birthday
I’m not even sure if this was a good episode or if I just liked it. But it doesn’t really matter, does it? Because I did like it and that is worthy of celebration in and of itself. So buckle in for a lot of excitement and also a lot of gifs. You’re welcome.
In a really simple set-up, Mindy lost her purse at the hospital so she doesn’t have a way to get home – no money, no cell phone, nothing. Danny is still around and lives nearby so she invites herself to spend the night at Danny’s.
Can we take a second to appreciate how realistic it is that the only phone number she has memorized is her Thai place’s? I know my parents’ various numbers and the number for the chinese place near their house. That’s it. And I probably only know those because I had to know them before I had a cell phone.
Hello again, friends. Long time no see. I’ve been negligent, and I’m sorry. But I’m back now and I have some very serious questions for you. Such as:
Didn’t Timothy Olyphant look like he could be Tim Riggins’ imaginary older brother? (I had to say imaginary, because he doesn’t look a thing like Billy.) Or maybe just an age progression of #33?
Is that Timothy Olyphant’s natural hair? Because, while gorgeous, I think it’s a bit too long? What do you think? How does it make you feel? How do you think it feels?
Basically I think we should just spend the majority (entirety?) of this post pondering the existence of Timothy Olyphant while trying to forget that his character had what I thought at first glance was a hula girl, but was actually a pregnant mermaid, tattooed on his neck. But we shan’t. Instead, I have a PROPOSAL.
So Cute Guy is cute and smart, and an Arts & Leisure editor at the New York Indpendent. We come to learn that apparently is a codename for pretentious. He called Bon Jovi ‘pedestrian’ which Danny and Dr British took offense to and they claim Cute Guy has incredibly high standards. Unsurprisingly, they are incredulous Mindy could land a date with him.
But they do go on a date and it was like a sad throwback to that totally awesome date she went on with BJ Novak last season. Remember when Mindy and BJ Novak sat across from each other at the restaurant and designed the perfect RomCom? This guy did the same thing but using clichés and making fun of Mindy. Hrmph.
Hello again! Sorry this post is late but real life things (a big project at work. My roommate and I are adopting a kitten or two! The website won’t let me upload in a timely manner) got in the way. Also, I’m kind of really sleepy, so there is probably going to be a bit of rambling and A LOT of pop culture references, so just, buckle up. Honestly, I think it’s important to remember that I’m here at all, okay? Okay. (Unintentional TFiOS reference!)
So this episode was called Doppelgangers (If I hear that word one more time I might actually have to learn how to spell it) but unfortunately it was not The Tatiana Maslany Episode. Which I was kind of bummed about. Because, I’m sorry, but if you’re going to have an episode called Doppelgangers the same season you have Tatiana Maslany (the goddess from Orphan Black, which if you haven’t seen, I don’t even want to know your priorities) and NOT PUT TATIANA MASLANY IN THAT EPISODE, well Jed, I don’t even want to know you.
It’s been a week since Mindy and Casey broke up and she’s just now telling everyone at the office. She had to tell everyone because Dr British finally decided they should change the name of the practice. He even made a sign! And put Mindy’s name first! Which really surprised me, but the sign can’t stay because they used Casey’s last name instead of Lahiri. Way to assume she was going to change her name, Dr British.
Another great episode! I was worried that Ron’s privacy plot-line would just be an extended plotline of that time he threw his computer out because he found out about cookies, but it was good! Ben is the cutest, Leslie rises above it all, we finally find out how they’re going to write Ann & Chris out of the show, and KRISTEN BELL! Let’s go.
Okay, so Ron moved into Diane’s house. He’s been there less than a month, but somehow he’s already getting junk mail. His completely rational response to this is to go off the grid. Donna and Tom agree to help. Speaking of…
Donna and Tom are my new everything. I’m having Treat Yo Self flashbacks of the best kind. Her addiction to social media is a thing of beauty. #QuestforCoffee The best moment of the Ron’s-trying-to-get-off-the-grid plot, the whole episode, really, comes from him accidentally making a Vine of himself.
Guys! I liked this episode! It made me laugh, and The National showed up and Adam Pally (our beloved Max, from our beloved Happy Endings) showed up and got a job at the practice on a trial basis, and Tamra was funny. It was just good.
Okay, first off: Adam Pally (Max, from Happy Endings) plays Peter Prentice. I love you, you dumb baby. I hated that he was such a fratty bro, but the character was written really well to make me not like him. And, again, Adam Pally’s acting is just so delightful, so I was happy. The scene toward the end where the new dad was freaking out was SO. GOOD. The character is kind of abhorrent, but oh my god was that scene funny. His line delivery made him so delightful I forgot to be mad he was such a misogynistic asshole. Aw.
Elsewhere: Casey decided he wanted to be a rapper and it is just the DUMBEST thing. I don’t even want to talk about it. But I will, because it’s the biggest plot of the episode.
Welcome back, beautiful people. Parks and Recreation is back on air which means that life just got a little less depressing. The season (how are we on season 6 already?!) starts off where the last left off and we find out that Ron’s going to be a dad!!!
I love that Parks treats their characters like real people, instead of just sitcom characters. Even though a lot of the situations they’re put in are ridiculous, the actual lives of the characters seem organic. I love that this show isn’t a constant barrage of will-they/won’t-they relationships but instead we have a lot of adults settled into relationships and marriages. They are frequently faced with career changes and it’s just nice to see.
That said, Ron proposes to Diane. He was going to do it in a canoe that he built, but awwwww. Even the ring box looks homemade . They’re basically perfect so they agree that the smaller the better so they just waltz up to the 4th floor to get a marriage license from Ethel Beavers. They run into Leslie and April and they become the Matron of Honor and the Best Man, respectively. Ugh, it’s just so perfect. Diane even fucks with Ron’s head by telling Ethel Beavers that her middle name is Tammy (it’s actually Elizabeth). And in that moment, Leslie was tumblr personified.