Monday, November 18, 2013

What I’m Watching: Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation: Season 6, Episode 6 and 7 “Filibuster” and “Recall Vote” (B+)

I can’t comprehend why anyone felt the need to preempt this show for three weeks in a row, but that does mean that we get two weeks of double episodes, which is never a bad thing. Leslie getting recalled is a big shock, but there’s always a silver lining, mainly that she delivered a fantastic filibuster performance and now still has thirty days to do as much as possible before she is officially removed from office. I absolutely loved Tatiana Maslany as Nadia, who gelled completely with Tom after a less warm first appearance in episode five. Her banter with him is perfect, and hugging Ann just so that Tom could steal the bear was fantastic. I wish she didn’t have to go to Africa, and I hope she’ll be back soon. Tom getting the offer for his business was an interesting twist, and the best part was the lawyer’s stipulation that they would be interested in purchasing his thinking pajamas. Ron being recognized for his chairs by a ridiculous trendsetter was hardly surprising, and it’s nice to see him sticking by Tom even if he was never going to let other people make his chairs anyway. Andy’s return was fun, mainly for what it provoked in April, and I like that she actually said something nice to both Chris and Ann after realizing that they were both trying to help her. Drunk Leslie and Ben is perhaps one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen, and I think that, while Leslie doesn’t necessarily need to be taken down a professional peg again anytime soon, I wouldn’t mind seeing them drown their sorrows on a regular basis.

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