Sunday, January 12, 2014

What I’m Watching: Parks and Recreation (100th Episode)

Parks and Recreation: Season 6, Episode 10 “Second Chunce” (B+)

Every episode of this show is entertaining, and so it’s no surprise that the series’ 100th outing should prove fully enjoyable. Though we didn’t get to see any of Jamm, we did get another nemesis – Henry Winkler’s fantastic Dr. Saperstein – wreaking unintentional havoc on the emotions of Chris and Ann and purposeful havoc on Tom’s life as he usurped his business from him and sent him reeling while looking for the next big idea. Knowing that both Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are scheduled to leave the show is sad, but it looks like they’ll head out on a high note, both being equally obsessive and actually quite a good fit for each other. Tom enlisting his brain trust was predictably ineffective, but I’m glad that he came up with a perfect idea after all of it, which even Ron approved. Seeing Jean-Ralphio interact with his dad and then Dr. Saperstein offering up his children for adoption was funny, since we rarely get to see behind the curtain of what living with Jean-Ralphio and Mona-Lisa is actually like. Leslie’s been leaving from office for ages, and this was a fitting goodbye, a desperate and pitiful attempt to remain relevant by vying to take down Dexhart and being discouraged by everyone around her except for Lenny. Ben hiring Jennifer Barkley (played by the magnificent and undervalued Kathryn Hahn) to advise Leslie for a pretty penny was almost the best gift he could have gotten her, short of taking her on a romantic trip to Paris. I don’t know what’s next for Leslie, and I can’t wait to find out.

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