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Parks and Recreation Review: "Christmas Scandal"

This week's episode of Parks and Recreation brought back a lot of familiar faces, including Councilman Dexhart, Leslie's mom, and the television reporter, but it also said goodbye to one of our favorites, Office Dave (Louis CK). Since the actor got his own show on FX and hasn't been in the last few episodes, we knew it was only a matter of time, but it was sad to see this sweet-natured, often hilarious character leave. The rest of "Christmas Scandal" was much happier with the A story involving Leslie getting unwittingly involved in a sex scandal with Councilman Dexhart, without the sex part. The media simply caught wind of her meeting with him at a bar and began analyzing video from up to four years ago with the two. While some of it felt a little out of character for Leslie, we thought it was still well done and very funny. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Review: Parks and Recreation - Christmas Scandal Season 2, Episode 12

This week's episode of Parks and Recreation was bittersweet-- but mostly sweet. After being MIA for several episodes, Louis C.K. returned, only to say goodbye. However, sweet scenes between April and Andy, Mark and Ann, and the entire office finally realizing how much they need Leslie, made up for the sadness. It wasn't all sappy, though. When you have a councilman who gets a babysitter pregnant and then proceeds to have sex with four delivery-room nurses and a woman who's husband is getting a liver transplant, there is bound to be some funny-- and apparently an ass shot or two. I'm glad they brought the cave-sex having councilman back, because he's always good for a laugh. Having Leslie get caught up in a sex scandal was pure genius, because she's obviously the very last person who would ever be involved in one. It was also a nice comment on the "something out of nothing" nature of 24-hour news channels, and the endless speculation that has a tendency to make a story into something completely different that it was when it started. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Parks and Recreation Review: "Tom's Divorce" Season 2, Episode 11

This season of Parks and Recreation just continues to prove to be one of the best comedies on television right now. We're going to go so far as to say this week's episode beat out The Office. The episode entitled, "Tom's Divorce," saw the end of the surprisingly fleshed out greencard marriage between Tom and Wendy. Tom tried to keep the divorce until Leslie spotted him while running an errand on the fourth floor. Leslie forced Tom to fake heartbreak over his fake marriage only for the poor little guy to realize he really did have feels for his fake wife. It was amazing to see "Mr. Slick Too Cool" himself display some emotion. Our hat's off to Aziz Ansari for hisincredible performance. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Review: Parks and Recreation - The Fourth Floor Season 2, Episode 11

Since it's December and it's time for all of those end of the year lists, can I just say that Aziz Ansari is one of my favorite people on television right now? Everything that he does as Tom Haverford is completely amazing, and every time he speaks, I just want more of him on the screen. Even though I was dismayed to find out that Tom and Wendy have a Green Card marriage (I kind of wanted the creepy little dude to win just once and get the hot wife), I like how they've stretched out the storyline and have really made it into something interesting. It's been slow, but each time we see something about it, it's a nice little payoff. First we had the Halloween episode in which we saw, once again how adorable Tom and Wendy actually are together, along with first being introduced to the horrifying potential of a Wendy/Ron Swanson relationship. I was actually taken a little off guard when their marriage ended with such little fanfare, but I like how they just snuck it in there and had Leslie find out by accident. However, the thing that caught me really off guard was learning to what extent Tom and Wendy were really faking their marriage. I don't know why, but I just assumed that since they had been married for so long that even though it was fake, there was some affection, so when Tom said that they had never even kissed, I felt really badly for the little guy. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Parks and Recreation: "Hunting Trip" Season 2, Episode 10 - Review

I'm very happy about the fact that Andy's (Chris Pratt) move into the Parks and Rec building feels totally organic. At first I thought the notion of a shoe shine boy was a bit gimmicky and un-relatable, but now he just feels like a seamless fit into the gang and adds a great sense of whimsy and childishness. Most everyone in the office is a grump, with different variations, so it was awesome to see them all get so excited about Andy's free piggyback rides. In fact, I think it's wonderful when the entire office comes together and gets behind something truly absurd like the mural contest in last week's "The Camel." Their giddiness over Andy's silliness was great, and I think the show benefits from showing how all these bureaucrats are the same when it comes to simple pleasures. I could literally watch Andy and April (Aubrey Plaza) for a full half-hour. Their pairing was amazing, and might I add, very naturalistic. It didn't feel like they were just two quirky characters, I felt like they were really interacting on a sweet and real level. Their "spit take" game was totally awesome and I can even relate, having once spent an entire day at Disneyland practicing the perfect "spit take" with friends. And how great is it to see April crack a smile? In fact, there were moments during the spit game where it seemed like she was literally holding back her laughs so as not to choke on the soda. I'm not sure if I'd like to see these two head into full-on "couple" status just yet. I think that it's way too much fun just seeing them hang out as friends right now. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Parks and Recreation Review: "Hunting Trip" - Season 2, Episode 10

Last night during "Hunting Trip", Leslie Knope proved what she's set out to do throughout Parks and Recreation: she's just one of the guys. When Ron tried to have his annual hunting trip with just the guys, Leslie decided to tag along. One of the things we like about Parks is that despite its mockumentary roots and obvious parallels to The Office, they actually allow their cast, and in particular, Leslie to have moments of competence. In this case, she's actually an excellent hunter. Despite Leslie being able to just use her ability to hunt Ron, she decides to take the fall for Tom when he accidentally shoots Ron. In the end, however, it proved more of her worth to Ron than anything else she could have done. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Parks and Recreation Season 2, Episode 9: "The Camel" - Review

I'm sorry, but this was just a funny-as-s*** episode. "The Camel" revolved around all of the misfits at the Pawnee Parks Department coming together to try and come up with a new and non-horribly racist concept for a town mural. The results were hilarious, with each character being able to instill their own level of brand-specific insanity into the mix. April (Aubrey Plaza) makes a dark, experimental morbid collage out of garage and misery, Ann (Rashida Jones) constructs a quaint picture of a park and Leslie (Amy Poehler) pulls out an old archival photo of a burning bread factory. They all want the Parks department to win the mural contest, but they also can't see beyond their own issues enough to present a mural idea that would actually have reach and appeal beyond their own personal taste. Donna's mural, complete with Greg Kinnear Jesus, was just amazing, especially since her character isn't that well-defined yet and isn't known for her hilarious antics. Tom's (Aziz Ansari) initial flippant and dismissive attitude toward the abstract art piece that he buys was to be expected, but the slow build of his newfound and passionate appreciation for the collage of colors and shapes was one of the best thing his character's done in a long time. It was nice to get a break from his normal sleazy hustler persona and use that base to create some funny. The fact that Tom's cultural awakening happens so quickly and unexpectedly was amazing, and by the end he's throwing money at the poor artist just to try and gain another emotional relationship with a painting. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Parks and Recreation: "Ron and Tammy" (Season 2, Episode 8) - Review

As a testament to how good Parks & Recreation has become I have to mention that every time I've written something along the lines of "I just finished watching the best episode they've ever done," they're still able to produce a funnier one the next week. I think I can actually stop writing about all the improvements this show has made and just fully acknowledge that Season 2 is really strong and very funny. "Ron and Tammy" was particularly solid episode that was able to use Leslie (Amy Poehler) in a different and fresh way - as the voice of reason. That's not to say that Leslie was left without occasional moments of her trademarked idiocy, but she was definitely the captain of the sanity vessel in this episode and it really helped give her character a boost. It's one thing to have all the other characters put up with her hyper-moronic, yet well-intentioned, schemes and another to have her awaken and then deal with the insanity of someone else. I'd like to note, that for all of Leslie's exaggerated mania, she's actually right when it comes to labeling the suburban evil that lives within Pawnee. We all thought she was out of her gourd last week when she had her sights set on the seemingly innocent Greg Pikitis - and look at what a devious little imp he turned out to be! This week Leslie is appalled to learn that the Library has put in a bid to build on her precious empty lot. And it's not just the fact that someone else wants to take away her project, it's that, in the world of Parks & Rec, the Library division is comically filled with insane and devilish miscreants. Of course, just like last week, we feel like Leslie might be embellishing the truth a bit, but it's not long before we realize that she and Ron (Nick Offerman) are right about the wretched librarians. "They're like a biker gang," Leslie reveals. "But instead of shotguns and crystal meth, they use political savvy and shushing." To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Parks and Recreation Season 2, Episode 7: "Greg Pikitis" - Review

"Greg Pikitis" was probably the best conceived and most hilarious episode of Parks & Recreation that I've seen in this show's short span. Every character worked on the levels that they should and I was very relieved that they found something meaty and meaningful to do with Andy (Chris Pratt) now that's he's out of the pit. As funny as his pathetic pining over Ann (Rashida Jones) was, it was something that just couldn't endure. Now he's been paired up with Leslie (Amy Poehler) at the Parks Department and I hope that we get to see a lot more of these two dimwits together - feeding off each other's stupidity. Leslie and Tom (Aziz Ansari) make a great pair because Tom's such a selfish leech, but Leslie and Andy's combined mind-numbing numbskullery has great potential. Watching Andy clumsily assume the "grown up" role of an FBI agent to interrogate a local teen, Greg Pikitis (Cody Klop), was amazing. It reminded me of when he showed up at Ann's door in a suit, trying to convince her that he'd take a job at a desk downtown. Both of these are his idea of what it's like to be a mature adult. "My name is Bert Macklin and I'm with the f***ing FBI!" he screams right before he throws his empty coffee mug against the wall, shattering it. Wow. It brought me to tears. And speaking of tears, it wasn't long before that rapscallion Pikitis had Andy, the tough G-Man that he was, in tears during his own interrogation. "I'm not crying! I'm allergic to jerks!" To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Parks and Recreation Season 2, Episode 6: "Kaboom" - Review

Do Andy (Chris Pratt) and Ann (Rashida Jones) belong together? I'm still not sure. I used to have more of a definitive opinion about their pairing back in Season 1 when I didn't find Andy all that funny and was extremely puzzled as to why a smart capable woman would be shacked-up with a worthless dope. But those kinds of pairings are commonplace in TV comedies. The hot, capable female with the shlubby mandchild. Hell, even 30 Rock had Liz (Tina Fey) paired up with The Beeper King for a while. But Ann seems different in that she's one of the few tethered characters on Parks and seems to spend most of her time dealing with cartoonish buffoonery. By the end of "Kaboom," we see that Ann's weakness might be grandiose gestures of affection. The fact that she's a nurse most likely gives her a complex where she feels like she needs to care for the weak - which then extends into her relationships. And I can see that in action with how she deals with Andy. But there's still an element where, on a maturity level, he's eight years old and she's a full-grown adult. At one point, when he shows up to her house naked, she even calls him a "big naked baby." "Kaboom" was a funny episode of Parks, but some of the scenes fell flat and, in the end, the episode wound up being a character-explorer. I enjoyed Ann and Leslie (Amy Poehler) working together at a KaBoom charity event (which is a real organization), where Human Giant's Paul Scheer gets everyone jazzed up to build a playground in one day. But Scheer's character wasn't very funny and his "KaBoom"-isms didn't really make much sense - even in terms of him being a motivational-speaker parody. The scene was useful though because it showed us Ann and Leslie working together and being friends in a non-goofy manner. It's important to have those two relate to each other in a quasi-realistic manner every so often, so that we can actually buy their friendship. Again, Leslie is so dopey that it takes a lot to believe Ann would hang around with her. But if Ann belongs with Andy, and hanging around and taking care of dopes is her deal, then maybe she's the perfect fit. Of course, it would be forever funnier if Ann and Andy remained apart. The break-up's been the funniest thing to happen to either of them. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now