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thoughts on parks and recreation: operation ann

Previously on Parks and Recreation: Bowling for Votes

In this Valentine’s Day-themed evening, Leslie was manically playing matchmaker for Ann aka the ‘beautiful spinster’. Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday Ann was trying to fix Leslie up with Chris, the annoying MRI technologist? Oh how the romantic tides have turned in our little Pawnee.

When Adam Scott tweeted that Party Down fans were in for a surprise, I knew two things: bloggers across the interwebz were going to use (and abuse) “Are we having fun yet?” and ‘Operation Ann’ had the potential to make up for last week’s so-so episode. Mission accomplished. I watched it with the giddiness of Ron solving riddles and you know it was a good episode when creepy Oren hiding under the table wasn’t the best thing to happen.

  • Who else wants a needlepoint pillow with their name, picture and lead headline from the day they were born? Marie Osmond as the Mormon Madonna would look great in stitching.
  • ‘Gal-lentine’s Day’ should be combined with ‘Treat Yo Self’. Somebody make that happen.
  • “It’s really hard to say ‘congrats’ without sounding sarcastic.” – Ann, who is very, very right. Congrats to all of you lovebirds out there.
  • “Thank you all for being here, let’s get started.” -Ron…to his barbecue ribs.
  • Attractive. Smart. Kind. Simple, yet very good criteria.
  • Yachter Otter, the playboy otter lost at sea. When Ben gave this gift to Leslie, all I could think of was IASIP and the gang creating things out of Charlie’s ‘Dram Bok’.
  • “Millicent Gergich has literally torn my heart from my body and replaced it with a thick slab of sadness. I may never smile again.” -Chris aka DJ Chris Cross
  • “Getting wet with sound.”

  • Jerry accidentally hired a male escort via Craigslist. Oh Jerry.
  • The image of Leslie dancing to Single Ladies…alone…at her ex’s wedding.
  • “I hate riddles and other such nonsense. I want that on the record.” -Ron, who “secretly” loves riddles.
  • Martin Starr (Roman DeBeers, Party Down‘s resident bitter/jaded/judgmental/intellectual fiction writer turned cater waiter) as Kevin at the snow globe museum. His hair was a little longer, but he was still deadpan and sarcastic. I could have used more interaction, but I’m just glad the Starz HD mention wasn’t the surprise.
  • “I’m Harris. Heard you were desperate for a man piece. We in business?” How do you even turn down a man that’s been to 308 Phish concerts?!
  • Dating tip: Never, ever begin an introduction by saying you’re an amateur juggler. Noted.
  • The lustful looks Ron got at the gay bar, which were to be expected.
  • Lil’ Sebastian has a shrine and unbeknownst to Leslie, Ben is still unimpressed.
  • Ann and Ton, snuggling up like little bunnies? I could totally see that.
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thoughts on parks and recreation: bowling for votes

Previously on Parks and Recreation: Campaign Ad

Synopsis: Ben and Tom run a focus group, where the feedback inspires Leslie to connect with voters…or at least one in particular. She throws a bowling party that results in mangled hands for Ben and Tom, albeit for completely different reasons. On the other side of time (or wherever it is that Ben, April and Andy live), the rest of the department attempts to raise money for Leslie’s campaign. Jerry offers up a prize for whoever can raise the most from the cold calls and the winner is the biggest surprise.

Last week PandR was hilarious, this week wasn’t nearly as funny, nor was it on par with the show’s better episodes this season. Yet even at its most sub-par, it’s stillĀ “streets ahead” of another show I won’t name that stayed on the NBC Thursday night roster when another, much more worthy show was put on hiatus. But I digress. Here were my fave moments of the night:

  • I didn’t realize that someone could be “aggressively short” to the point where it feels like they’re throwing it in your face.
  • Does anyone notice that Pawnee doesn’t really seem like it’s ‘fourth in obesity’? Maybe Chris has had an influence or perhaps we only see the thinner side of the city.
  • Similar to Andy, I also found Chris’ elated giggle contagious.
  • “When I eat, it is the food that is scared.” Ron F*cking Swanson.
  • Tom’s new bowling swag was immaculate. “Bowl so hard.”
  • At one point during the cold calling, Donna got her Girl 6 on and Jerry gave out his SSN.
  • “I don’t care about that prize, but I’m gonna win because I want his happiness to go away.” As much as I love April, I NEVER want Chris’ happiness to leave.
  • “Straight down the middle. No hook. No spin. No fuss. Anything more and this becomes figure skatin.” Ron F*cking Swanson on proper bowling technique.
  • Tommy’s strike is the bowling equivalent to this.
  • Not only is Ice Road Truckers real, but it’s been on for years. The more you know.
  • “You’re so down with strikes, they should call you Norma Rae.” A ‘high-brow’ joke from the overly intellectual Leslie.
  • I loved Chris’ awkward whistle, almost as much as I loved Jerry’s awkward smile ,when Millie came to see Chris. But does this breakup mean a rekindling for Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger?!
  • “I wished for his happiness to go away. I might be a wizard.” April with my favorite line of the night.
  • “What Ben did was warranted and extremely awesome.” Leslie summed up my response to Ben punching that guy perfectly.
  • “King Kong ain’t got nothin’ on me…ahh my pinky hurt!”
  • Sad Chris is worse than any one else being sad…ever. So much in fact that it made April do something nice.
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