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Parks and Recreation Review: "Christmas Scandal"

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This week's episode of Parks and Recreation brought back a lot of familiar faces, including Councilman Dexhart, Leslie's mom, and the television reporter, but it also said goodbye to one of our favorites, Office Dave (Louis CK).  Since the actor got his own show on FX and hasn't been in the last few episodes, we knew it was only a matter of time, but it was sad to see this sweet-natured, often hilarious character leave.

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The rest of "Christmas Scandal" was much happier with the A story involving Leslie getting unwittingly involved in a sex scandal with Councilman Dexhart, without the sex part.  The media simply caught wind of her meeting with him at a bar and began analyzing video from up to four years ago with the two.  While some of it felt a little out of character for Leslie, we thought it was still well done and very funny.

Meanwhile, the B story involved Ron Swanson giving Leslie the day off to lay low during the scandal, and taking and dividing her workload.  As usual, Ron killed during all of his scenes and it was nice for the rest of the office to finally realize how much Leslie does.

Oh and in sappy relationship news, we loved seeing April and Andy flirting and don't care about their massive age difference.  These two are great together.  Meanwhile, the normally boring Mark and Ann even had some cute scenes together.

We'll have plenty more quotes up later, but for now enjoy some of our favorite Parks and Recreation quotes from the half hour, with the absolute best line going to Tom for his advice to Mark on giving Ann some diamonds.

Tom: Even the liberal chicks are all like "Yeah, bitch, gimme some of them blood diamonds! Make 'em extra bloody!" | permalink
Ron: There's a bunch of messages waiting for you about a bunch of things I don't understand. | permalink
Leslie: For the first time, our tree-lighting ceremony will be simulcast on internet radio. | permalink
Ron: My name is Ron. You don't need to know my last name. Whoever wants to talk, go ahead and we'll be out of here in a tight fifteen. | permalink

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