Parks and Recreation Review: "Fancy Party"
The Parks Department is invited to Andy and April’s dinner party. A mash up of their two favorite things: dinner and parties. Meanwhile, Ann and Donna hit the local bar for a singles party.
Honestly, anything that gets the Parks Department to move out of the office once in a while really allows the show to up its comedy game and bring the characters forward in their character arcs, and "Fancy Party" was no exception.
The invites to the dinner party had me rolling with laughter. Andy and April asking their guests to bring various things from silverware to cake to a 3D Television with Avatar is genius and something only the two of them could actually get away with.
The real twist was that Andy and April are actually getting married.
Again, genius, and I continued to wonder throughout the ceremony just how long it was going to last. I never imagined the two of them would actually make it to the end (I too would have lost the bet against Ron). The crazy thing is I think the two of them married can actually work.
Meanwhile, Leslie freaking out over the two of them getting married is pure fun. If only because we get to hear the rundown of all her failed relationships, her need to make a pros and cons list of each one, needing to take things slow, and her every attempt to get them to reconsider.
While everyone else is at the party, Donna and Ann are at a singles mixer.
This is probably one of the greatest pairings the show has ever done. Donna showing Ann the dating game through her eyes and taking her Ann under her wing is gut busting funny.
Ann can’t seem to flirt with a guy to save her life and the advice Donna gives her are some of the best lines the show comes up with. I’m really enjoying Ann’s single life, for most of the series she’s been attached to someone.
Overall, “Dinner Party” is another genuinely funny Parks and Recreation episode that also slightly changes the dynamic between our favorite city employees.
Some of last night's top Parks and Rec quotes:
Ron: "The key to burning an ex-wife effigy is to dip it in paraffin wax and then toss the flaming bottle of isopropyl alcohol from a safe distance. Do not stand too close when you light an ex-wife effigy." | permalink
Andy: "I want to spend the rest of my life, every minute, with you. And I'm the luckiest man in the galaxy." | permalink
April: "I guess I kind of hate most things. But I never really seem to hate you. So I want to spend the rest of my life with you, is that cool?" | permalink
Chris: "No Oren I don't know how I'm going to die. Wait, are you asking me or telling me?" | permalink
Tom: "Excuse me! Are there any strippers here? Former strippers? Non-dancers but you're feeling a little bit drunk?" | permalink
Leslie: "One time I fell madly in love with a civil war re-enactor that I had only known for six hours. And then I found out he wore the clothes all the time... and he was married. But the clothes thing really bothered me." | permalink
Tom: "One of my life goals is to be a best man. It's a baller position. You get drunk, you make speeches, and you make love to the prettiest bridesmaid. Usually standing from behind." | permalink
Leslie: "Are you sick? Are you terminal? Is it like that movie A Walk to Remember?" | permalink
Donna: "Do you know where you are right now? We're in the jungle. They're no friends here. It's every woman for herself." | permalink
Andy: "It's like if you could have a Xbox pancake." | permalink
Ron: "The dentist pulled the tooth out yesterday but it's always a good idea to demonstrate to your coworkers that you are capable of withstanding a tremendous amount of pain. Plus, it's always fun to see Tom faint." | permalink
Parks and Recreation: "Fancy Party"
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