Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What I’m Watching: Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation: Season 5, Episodes 13, 14, and 15 “Emergency Response,” “Leslie and Ben,” and “Correspondents’ Lunch” (B+)

What could be better than two episodes in a row of this show? I’m not sure. I’m tackling three as part of the tail end of my two week catch-up, and it’s a pleasure to take them together. I love the city of Pawnee, and the fact that Councilman Jamm had an emergency response scenario called to divert Leslie’s attention away from her gala fundraiser was absolutely brilliant. Even more impressive was the fact that she managed to pull it off without even being there. Chris’ response to dying and Ron filling in for Leslie on “Pawnee Today” were among the best parts. Seeing a brief snapshot of Andy’s horrendous Police Academy interview was well worth the entire lengthy process. It was wonderful to see Leslie and Ben decide to have a spontaneous wedding, which was actually quite beautiful in both of its parts. It’s so great to see them finally married, and it’s reassuring to know that even a last-minute ceremony proved to be perfectly fitting. Their gifts upon returning from their honeymoon were superb and hilarious too. Ben’s new post at the Sweetums foundation made for an extraordinarily entertaining day on the job with April, Andy, and Tom there to help, and it’s wonderful that Ben has found something for Andy to do professionally after his disappointment following his failure to become a police officer. Leslie’s effort to take down her Pawnee Post nemesis was spectacular, particularly because she planted a story about midi-chlorians and attributed its cleverness to Ben. It makes total sense that Ann would ask Chris to be the father of her baby, and if he says no, it’s just a matter of time before the perfect opportunity for Mark Brandanawicz to make a return to Pawnee.

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