Monday, May 14, 2012

What I’m Watching: Parks & Recreation (Season Finale)

Parks & Recreation: Season 4, Episode 22 “Win, Lose or Draw” (A-)

It was always unknown whether Leslie was going to win this thing, and it couldn’t have played out any more perfectly. Jennifer offering Ben a job in Washington right at the end of the campaign was a curveball, and I enjoyed the back and forth in which Ben was ultimately persuaded to go and Leslie had a Washington Monument ornament all ready for him. Those two are strong, and they’re going to make it. Bobby initially winning by twenty-one votes seemed like the end of things, but a recount can always be helpful, as evidenced by Ann’s purposely sneaky style of telling Leslie that she was now the winner. Bobby’s inability to comprehend the ballot was amusing, and his concession speech in which he said he was relieved that he lost made Leslie’s victory nothing but a happy occasion for all. Jerry not getting to vote because he was out canvassing all day and didn’t realize that the polls closed early was quite funny, and I enjoyed how Donna was able to rectify April’s accidental deletion of files because she had built a backup to prevent Jerry from doing just that on a regular basis. Andy was sweet to take care of April in her panicked state, and her suggestion that he become a police officer is just to lead to plenty of follies, but Andy is just the type of person that would end up being a cop in Pawnee. Chris’ exuberant undressing on his way to the closet with Jennifer was amusing, and that was one brief relationship I liked a lot. While Tom’s attempt to trick a drunk Ann into not taking back her agreement to move in together shouldn’t work out, something tells me that Ann won’t be able to squirm out of that one as easily as perhaps she should. Like those before it, this was a superb season, and I can’t wait for more! I couldn’t be more thrilled that the report that surfaced last week that this show would be renewed for a final thirteen-episode season was false, and instead we have a guaranteed twenty-two episodes coming this fall. Sign me up! I’m eager to see Leslie in her new role.

Season grade: A
Season MVP: All

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