Any episode of Parks and Recreation that gives Ron F'ing Swanson a free reign to be a dick without the audience hating him is pure genius. That's why "Woman of the Year" is one of our favorite Parks episodes yet.
The main storyline involved Ron winning a Woman of the Year award from the IOW and using it as a chance to mess with Leslie and make chauvinistic jokes. The reason they worked so well is that Ron told the audience he was doing it to teach Leslie and lesson.
The jokes didn't drag on too long and our mustacheoed, masculine man got plenty of laughs before he teamed up with Leslie to put those women back in the kitchen and let the real feminists out.
Meanwhile, the side story gave Tom and the rest of the Parks cast (except for Ann, who was absent from the episode) a chance to shine. It was fun to even see poor Jerry and Donna so prevalent in a storyline.
Other than the very brief soccer scene at the beginning, very little of this Parks and Recreation episode had to do with actual parks, but who cares. This show has shaped up to be one of the best character-driven comedies on television.
Our favorite Parks and Recreation quotes after the jump.
Ron: Awards are stupid, which is why I fully intend to decline this nonsense and recommend it go to Leslie because she works really hard and I don't. However, she cares way too much about crap like this, which is why I can't pass up this opportunity to tease her about it. | permalink
Tom: This VIP card gives you exclusive access to the investment opportunity of a lifetime. Where? Multipurpose room F. When? 3 p.m. Dress code? Black tie optional. Just like life. | permalink
Andy: April, you're like an angel with no wings.
April: So like a person? | permalink
Leslie: The IOW is a bunch of sexist jerks who need to get back in the kitchen where they belong and leave the real feminist work to actual feminists like Ron Swanson. Oh my god what is happening? | permalink
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