Monday, April 8, 2013

What I’m Watching: Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation: Season 5, Episode 17 “Partridge” (B+)

Field trips are a lot of fun on this show, and going back to Ben’s hometown to see just what his former constituents think of him was a blast. This show handles pain meds extremely well, and Ben’s medicated responses after he passed his kidney stones were hilarious. I enjoyed the casting of Annabeth Gish, of “The X-Files” and “Brotherhood” fame, as Ben’s sister, who had the chance to interact with Leslie’s exuberant self for a few minutes, and J.K. Simmons as the Partridge mayor so disappointed by Ben’s absence during the humiliation ceremony they scheduled for him. Giving him a key made of ice that melted was truly terrific. I love how the process server tricked Ron into confirming who he was and accepting his subpoena, and I think that Jamm really is a fantastic villain for this show. Tom and April offering such differing versions of untruth during their testimonies was fun, and I enjoyed the way that they managed to get Jamm to back off and proclaim that he himself had been Jammed. Andy’s obsession with law enforcement is proving to be continually amusing, and it’s always great to hear him testify to anything. Chris’ desire to win the compatibility test was wonderful, and I like that he managed to find a way to make Ann feel good about the notion of them parenting a child together. I can’t wait to see how it turns out, and I think they’re definitely going to make for fun parents with vastly different parenting styles.

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