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!
You are currently browsing articles tagged NBC Thursday Comedies.
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
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.
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.
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.
Founder’s Week. Wait, is this the highly anticipated Parks & Rec / Vampire Diaries crossover event: Vampires & Recreation?
No, it’s just a week-long celebration of all things Pawnee culminating in a parade that “Makes the Rose Parade look like a ‘turds on wheels’ convention”. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There was so much happening in this episode that I probably missed a few things, but whatever, a great episode.
So. Okay. Yeah. There wasn’t too much going on in this episode. It was a good episode, a decent episode, but it was just another episode. Nothing spectacular. Everyone was perfectly in character so it got kind of…
boring predictable. Ron decides to fight Leslie over the Pawnee Palms Public Putt-Putt, Andy considers quitting Mouse Rat and Tom needs help to break up with Mona-Lisa. That’s it, that’s the episode.
Two, count ‘em, two new episodes last night. So I’m going to do my best to make this a quick, but thorough, recap of the both of them. Because, you know, I have some final papers to write.
Pawnee is home to some ridiculous traditions, but I’m a particular fan of this one: Ted Party Day, in which they commemorate the Tea Dump of 1817. But, classic Pawnee, the word ‘tea’, when written by the Founding Fathers, looked like ‘Ted’, so now they find a guy named Ted and dumping him into Ramsett Lake. “I don’t even go by ‘Ted’, I go by ‘Theodore.’ Poor guy.
This episode had so many small but wonderful moments. So. Many.
Chris and Leslie visit Animal Control and it’s kind of a shitshow. As Leslie put it, “The animal control department has been a disaster at catching animals. They’re great at ingesting and selling marijuana.” Case in point: one tried to turn a dead bird into a work whistle, like in the Flinstones. Guys, I’m still laughing about this. To top it all off, Chris then stepped on an open coyote trap. So obviously he fires everyone in animal control. Probably the best decision he’s made in a while. (I’m looking at you, Ann.)
It’s here, it’s back, and there will be five new episodes over the next five weeks. Rejoice! And what an episode. I really liked it. It made me happy. All of the characters were playing to their strengths.
Ben & Leslie
I was so excited the show sent them to Partridge, Minnesota. Leslie taking pictures of Ben standing on the exact spot where he was inaugurated as an 18 year old mayor was too cute. They’re in the city because it’s time for Ben to finally get the key to the city as every other former mayor had already received one. And I’m with Leslie, there’s no chance that any of them had as cute a butt as Adam Scott’s.