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thoughts on parks and recreation: campaign ad

Previously on Parks and Recreation: The Comeback Kid

Synopsis: Leslie and Ben encounter their first campaign-related disagreement when trying to decide the best campaign ad she can use to go head-to-head with her new opponent. Chris attempts to become BFFs with Ron, which of course makes him uneasy. Meanwhile, Andy and April spend the week visiting various doctors and specialists.

I’m sure the two are unrelated, but PandR being this funny definitely helps dull the pain of being Community-less every Thursday night for the next few weeks. Without further delay, here are my favorite parts of ‘Campaign Ad’:

  • Paul Rudd as the spoiled rich kid, Bobby Newport. He’s the Sweetums heir. He has a candy-bar and boat named after him, Bobby Bar and Bobby’s Boat, respectively. His dad is BFFs with John Cougar Mellencamp. Also, he used the term ‘cam-pleasure’, which is his alternative to campaign. Genius.
  • Hey Ann, are you still a nurse or did they fire you because you slept with all the doctors?” I asked a nicer version of this question just last week!
  • Also, I completely forgot Andy and Ann dated, let alone lived together. But the real tragedy is that Andy thinks insurance is just for cars.
  • Donna’s new ‘do.
  • As a child, Leslie wanted her campaign manager to be Mr. Belvedere, which is odd.
  • “Ron Swanson, how are you?” – Chris “Present.” – Ron
  • Not really a part of the episode, but is Andy still taking classes?
  • Raclette, Persian grey-hound

  • “Nuh-uh, I always go negative. Even if I like the guy, I go negative. Keeps ‘em interested.” True story.
  • “When I bet on horses, I never lose. Why? I bet on all the horses.” Insight from Tom.
  • “Positive is always better than negative. Barack Obama said ‘yes we can’ and now he’s president. Ben said ‘no we shouldn’t’ and now he’s working for his girlfriend.” Leslie burn.
  • Who knew saying ‘Bobby Newport’ in evil voices over and over again could be so darn funny? And really, with the picking on Jerry? Et tu Ben?!
  • “I don’t know what happened. I declined his invitation, he started laughing and the next thing I knew, we were at lunch. Did he drug me?” I was glad they addressed that.
  • Leslie’s ad sucked, but that little jump with Charlie at the end was adorable.
  • The good news is there’s only two pieces of bad news…” is an innovative way to break bad news.
  • Ron used his Christmas present. However, it failed to be effective because Chris is super nimble.
  • Although it was also a fail, it would be nice to be able to ‘dine and dash’ your medical bills.
  • “I’m not lonely, I have me. And 4000 Facebook friends and a hot girlfriend.” Chris is too hot not to have friends. Obvi.
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parks and recreation recapping: the comeback kid

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!

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