Previously on Parks and Recreation: Dave Returns
I will miss this show when it makes way for the return of Community, but luckily we have two more episodes left before the brief hiatus and come April, we’ll have both shows on at the same time. Comedy win.
Sweet Sixteen was the perfect Jerry-centric episode. It should have been all about him and his special day, but instead we watched Tom and Ann’s ongoing love affair, Chris and Andy bond over Champion, Leslie try and prove she could handle all of her growing responsibilities and Donna show off her huge family cabin. And of course Jerry would have a Leap Year birthday, completely fitting for the character. So let’s jump right into my favorite moments (and quotes) of yet another solid episode (I have to note that this show has been increasingly consistent in terms of being hilarious.)
- “Oh Ann, you beautiful rule-breaking moth.” Leslie’s names for Ann never get old.
- “Boss, I need your Herbie Hancock on this.” Andy being dumb is also something that never gets old.
- Wheels for Meals on Wheels. I’m sure someone over at that nonprofit wishes this was real.
- Lollipopping does sound like something the kids are doing, but not in the way Leslie meant it.
- Andy’s face when Chris described Champion (who is a mutt aka half amazing and half terrific), in German.
- Jerry’s ridiculous shirt. By the way, they mentioned he’d be retiring in four years, but if I recall Jerry’s retirement and full pension should be coming up in the next year.
- Donna Meagle, cousin of Ginuwine, has the SWEETEST family cabin.
- Tom’s “My Oh-No-No’s” List #3: Not loving 90s R&B music (This isn’t really all that outrageous and should be an important part of anyone’s deal-breaker list)
- The minimal acceptable thread count for sheets? If you’ve seen Intimate Moments, you already know that 700 count is like ‘sleeping in lotion’ and 296 count is ‘sandpaper’. Other Ann faux-pas: Never seen a Paul Walker movie. Doesn’t care about Blu-ray. Owns less Uggs than Tom. Goodness Ann, that’s just ridiculous. Except for the Blu-ray thing, which can be overrated. There’s no reason anyone ever needs to see Crazy, Stupid, Love on Blu-ray. Ever.
- “Thank you alcohol.“
- They may suck at making signs, but Sign-tologist is a GENIUS company name.
- “Everything you just said makes me like me more.” Tom’s response to Ann’s complaint that he has 20-inch rims on his Volkswagen Golf and calls himself the “Brown Gosling.”
- Did anyone else think Ben had company on that couch when he popped up?
- Organic gluten-free soy bones. Chris is so adorable.
- This is a really childish request, but can we pllleeeassseee see Tom and Ann kiss?
- Tann or Haverkins? I’m a little partial to Tann.
- “Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing.” Ron Swanson, who was a man even at the tender age of 11.
- Jerry loves Muncie, Indiana. I’ve never been, so I’ll withhold any judgment on that one.
Parks and Recreation has ended its winter hiatus. Leslie and Ben are still together. Andy is still adorably dimwitted and has the lovely, perpetually apathetic April at his side. Tom and Donna surely spent the break gearing up for Treat Yo’ Self 2012 (no, seriously writers, please make that a recurring event). Chris and Ann are literally the best semi-background characters on the show. Ron Swanson is still and will always be Ron F*cking Swanson. And Jerry…sweet, sweet Jerry…is still the unloved bastard child of the bunch.
Campaign season is in full gear, so let’s look back on the great parts of The Comeback Kid…of which there were many.
- “Oh Ann, you beautiful tropical fish.” Leslie is so cute when she’s being condescending to Ann. Speaking of Ann, did anyone else forget that she’s a nurse?
- “Leslie, I tried to make ramen in the coffee pot and I broke everything.” Oh Andy.
- Champion the 3-legged dog.
- Ben is hot when he’s jobless and depressed.
- Actually Tom, the casual Hawaiian shirt is making a comeback. Point for Jerry!
- “I don’t want to paint with a broad brush here, but every single contractor in the world is a miserable, incompetent thief.” Ron Swanson, builder of stages and other wooden things.
- Pistol Pete was played by Tuc Watkins (aka Bob from Desperate Housewives).
- Red-carpet insoles?! Tom is a mini-genuis.
- Leslie Knope is the worst. break dancer. ever.
- Ben’s idea for a fast-food Italian eatery, since pizza isn’t quite fast enough: The Lo-Cal Calzone Zone.
- “No thanks Chris, I’m kinda tearing this claymation video a new one right now.” This was the second mention of Ben’s video and I was prepared to write the show a heavily worded e-mail if we didn’t see the actual video.
- Did anyone else think Chris said “fapping around” when he actually said “faffing around”? The two sound so similar, do they not?
- Ben Wyatt presents: Requiem for a Tuesday. Music provided by R.E.M.’s Stand. Given more time, was this going to be a Tuesdays with Morrie/Requiem for a Dream mashup?
- “Windows are the eyes to the house.” – Andy “Wow.” – Tom
- Community fans: Is it worse to pull a ‘Jerry’ or a ‘Britta’?
- “Eeew, don’t make out, it’s making Champion sad.”
- Leslie’s campaign team making their way to the “stage” requires a breakdown of its own best moments
- Gloria Estefan’s “Get on Your Feet” on repeat every 10-15 seconds.
- Champion peeing on Ron
- Watching the whole team try to walk on ice since the red carpet ended long before they got to the “stage”.
- Leslie being pushed onto the “stage” by the human steps.
- Leslie saying she wants to “defeat obese children”.
- And the pièce de résistance: Pistol Pete trying to make his famous dunk…on ice. An amazing fail to close out the rally.
I’m glad we got one great episode of Leslie’s campaign being led by the PandR Department, but I want her to win, so I’ll take the calmness that will probably come with Ben as her new campaign manager. Leslie Knope 2012!