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parks and recreation recapping: i’m leslie knope

Last night’s season opener was packed full o’ penis, which sounds like a way to get lazy laughs…but it wasn’t. We picked up pretty much where we left things: Leslie considering whether or not to run for City Council and Tom leaving the department to work with Jean-Ralphio at Entertainment 720.

Ron’s emergency “Tammy 1” kit, Tom’s chest hair and Chris’ comparison between ears and testicles were among the funniest things about this episode. Ann receiving “dick pics” from almost every male member of Pawnee’s government and Tom’s Entertainment 720 swag were also funny, but the plethora of quotables reigned supreme as the funniest thing(s) about this season premiere. However, the best parts of last night came from my two favorite couples: Ben + Leslie and Andy + April.

Leslie has never been short on ambition (and the s’more rations she keeps in her car are proof that she was the Girl Scout who got multiple preparedness badges), so it was no surprise that she decided to run for City Council. While she spent a great deal of the episode avoiding telling Ben, since this meant they would have to end things, he already knew and fully supported her decision. This was bittersweet for me. I want Leslie to move up the government ranks because she works hard, but she genuinely deserves to be happy with Ben. Why can’t she have both?! I think she should and I’m hoping the writers find a way to make that happen, otherwise it’ll be just another tale of a strong woman choosing between her career and her love life. Yawn…where’s the fun in that?

April and Andy “The Shoe Shine-ist” are adorable. They kept him bumbling without being too pitiful to deserve anyone’s love, while keeping April bitchy yet softer when it comes to her hubby. Aside from the comedic value, Andy as Leslie’s new assistant means he may just fulfill April’s 1-year prediction for him and that he’s not the same guy that lived in a whole for a good portion of the second season.

Next week I’m looking forward to seeing more Ron. I think they kept him in the background because Tammy 1 will require a full half-hour and they had to properly set things up. One final note, did anyone else think “OF COURSE HE DOES” when it was revealed that Jerry has a huge penis? It makes complete sense.

Quotes

 “Warning, high levels of swagger coming through.” – Tom

“While other girls were playing with Barbies, I was playing with a Geraldine Ferraro action figure that I made myself from a picture of her that I glued to a Popsicle stick!” – Leslie

“I’m just now getting really good at shoe shining and I mean, I’m still pretty bad at it.” – Andy

“Black print, black background. It’s the coolest possible color scheme.” – Tom

“Ann Perkins, you really know your testes!” – Chris
“…thank you?” – Ann

“I don’t know what you mean, but it had the cadence of a joke” – Perd Hapley (I always wonder if this is a play on derp)

“Your inbox is li-ter-a-lly filled with penises.” – Chris

“Sit up straight, you’re not doing your breast any favors.” – Tammy

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it’s always sunny in philadelphia: frank’s pretty woman

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is able to venture into more mature storylines because it’s on FX where no one bats an eye if “shit” or “bitch” are used freely. We’re not sure how much we loved “the gang” relapsing and being addicted to crack for pretty much the whole episode (if they weren’t mentioning it in every scene or smelling freshly burned crack rock in the air, someone was actually smoking it up). The overall plot may have lacked a little bit, but the individual moments more than helped pull the episode together.

The story behind Mac’s supersizing worked out. We were originally scared that he had just let himself go, something that would have been very un-Mac. But no, he’s “cultivating mass” and looks at his extra 50+ pounds as beneficial. Besides having Type-2 adult onset diabetes (pronounced die-a-bitus if you’re Mac) everything is looking good for him. Stay jacked Mac!

Roxy the hooker made us cringe visually and LOL with every raspy zinger she threw. Although she met her demise last night, she went out in a stylish jacket that was “tighter than dick skin”. Oh Roxy, setting the standard for all TV hookers.

It’s almost impossible not to love Charlie, especially when he and Frank team up for their inane ideas. Charlie’s Texan millionaire persona/accent and the projectile vomiting was….surprising? Revolting? Gross? Appropriately inappropriate? But Frank and Charlie are the epitome of what it means to be semi-disgusting creeps so we go into every episode mentally preparing for these antics by now.

Geoffrey Owens (Elvin from The Cosby Show) as Tiger Woods was definitely an excepted bonus although his Donovan McNabb was the tops. Another bonus? Mac’s chimichanga dance.

Quotes

“I’m gonna give you all 24 hours to do what you have to do but tomorrow night I’m proposing to that dirty whore.” –Frank, to the gang, about proposing to Roxy

“Shut-up Baby D**k.” – Roxy to Dennis

“This whole thing is blowing my mind, your life is way more glamorous than what I was picturing.” – Dee
“Yeah…now help me dig these crack rocks outta my ass.” – Roxy

“Like right now? Dude, I am doing leg lifts that are imperceptible to the human eye, they’re called humming birds.” –Dennis trying to motivate Mac

“We boil all our denim.” –Charlie on the sanitary level of his new jeans found under the Brooklyn bridge

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hung in there

I watch Hung, but I’ve never talked to anyone about it. Mostly because it’s not a show that’s discussed in casual conversation and once the season ends, I forget about it. None of that is said to take away from this HBO dramedy, because it’s actually really good.

Ray, the show’s main character, is living a life that isn’t all that dissimilar to millions of other people across the country: divorced, limited amount of cash flow and trying to keep his children from knowing just how bad things have become. So how does one combat the recession? By getting a pimp (or two) and using his….physical endowments…to make some extra money. It sounds like a soft-core plot you “accidentally” turn to on Cinemax during the late night hours, and although there are plenty of gratuitous sex scenes, the show does offer more.

He’s the prototypical underdog and constantly tries to find the good things around him and latch on. Ray doesn’t get a “win” very often and he’s not appreciated for much more than his talents in bed. But he keeps at it and you identify with his struggle.

The Season 3 trailer for the show has been released and premieres on October 2nd. HBO will probably throw it somewhere into their lineup and continue to diligently NOT promote this show. Bummer.

Oh and for all of you hipsters people who like The Black Keys, Hung’s intro does them justice.

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donald glover is a weirdo

It’s no secret that I’m a card-carrying member of the Donald Glover fan club. He tells a joke? I’m laughing. He tweets? I’m reading it. He makes AMAZING mix tapes? I’m listening to all of them. On repeat. But we’re not here to talk about my love for Donald Glover, so I’ll get to the point.

In March Glover recorded a comedy special for Comedy Central and on Nov. 5th it will FINALLY air. The special is titled Weirdo and unlike his I AM Donald tour, which was a mix of Childish Gambino and Donald Glover, it will be stand-up alone.

Honestly, he could stand in the middle of a dark room and whistle the title music for Metroid and I’d tune in. Suffice to say, November cannot come soon enough.

 

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