Monday, April 30, 2012

What I’m Watching: Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation: Season 4, Episode 20 “The Debate” (B+)

This episode walked a thin line in terms of ensuring that it didn’t let its populace seem too stupid and portray Leslie as the bad guy just because she was actually trying to make logical points while Bobby Newport was shilling out nonsense. After a lively flurry of amusing sound bites from the other candidates, the gun supporter, the animal rights activist, and Brandi Maxxx, things got serious when Bobby purported that Sweetums was going to have to move to Mexico if Leslie got elected. Bobby’s wowed reaction to Leslie’s rebuttal was telling, and it was the perfect moment for the poor viewers at April and Andy’s to finally have their cable hooked up. I like how Ron didn’t get up and make a speech in Leslie’s defense but instead went outside to steal some cable from the government for the occasion. Andy’s tireless reenactments of his favorite films were both mind-boggling and impressive at the same time, and it was a lot of fun to watch him display so much energy to entertain the highbrow crowd. Chris’ efforts to rekindle his relationship with Ann were rather sincere, and it’s good that Ann realized that they shouldn’t in fact restart things. Being with Tom may not make sense either, but his glee at watching her tell Chris it wasn’t going to happen made him perk up amazingly, to the point where he was easily out-spinning Chris with his enthusiastic and exceptionally positive comments about Leslie’s chances and what a good candidate she would be for Pawnee.

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