Parks and Recreation: Season 5, Episode 3 “How a Bill Becomes a Law” (B+)
No matter how many times this show does it, having characters answer phones for a day never ceases to be absolutely hilarious. Chris’s success with his therapist was the perfect inspiration for a 311 line, and it was terrific to see Ron inspired to go out and fix a pothole so that the job would actually get done, Donna talk about “Fifty Shades of Grey” for hours, and Jerry have to help deliver a baby since he accidentally got the 911 line. Ron meeting Lucy Lawless’ Diane was an unexpected plus, and I think she’s a perfect match for him, paying attention to how to fix the pothole so she could do it herself next time and then coming to City Hall to ask him out to dinner. Leslie’s efforts to get her bill into law were amusing, as it really just came down to having to give up her private bathroom to Councilman Jam, who Tom so conveniently pushed into the pool when he was about to reveal Leslie’s secret weapon. Tom’s desire not to eat racist salad was great, and I’m glad that Leslie’s half-perm, while distracting, wasn’t overly emphasized in a manner that might take away from the other great elements of the episode. Ben and April’s spontaneous road trip was absolutely fantastic, highlighted by April’s quick changing of her mind and her face while Ben was reading her his Star Trek fanfic. I would love for them to take trips together every episode – it’s quickly becoming one of the best platonic relationships on this show. Andy declaring that he loves that his life is a mess was another fabulous inspiring moment.