Parks and Recreation Review: No Spin Necessary

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Let’s take each part of “The Debate” individually, okay? Then you’re all invited up to my dad’s lake house for a party...

Leslie Debates Bobby

THE DEBATE: If one good thing came out of the 1,359 GOP debates this primary season, it was the amount of material it gave the Parks and Recreation writers. From the vacant answers, to questions from Twitter, to a discussion of how much time Leslie had left to answer that ate up the remaining time, the debate degenerated into nonsensical, hilarious sound bites.

Paul Rudd returned as the pleasant dolt Bobby Newport, and he was delightfully excited for Leslie ,even after she ripped him a new one. There might be better actors than Rudd at playing a big dumb puppy dog of a character, but he’s got to be in the top five at worst.

Nice touch: I loved the reference to Hoosiers with Ben measuring the podium.

SPIN ROOM: I know the popular opinion is that the Tom/Ann relationship is forced and that the writers don’t know what to do with Ann. And I’m contrarian by nature, so I want to argue in favor of the relationship. But I can’t. Tom and Ann are boring, and, frankly, degrading to Ann, and they must stop.

I can only hope that Ann sticks with her inclination to never date again because they still need to develop her character. If I asked you to describe any other character on the show, it would be no problem - Tom has delusions of grandeur, Leslie is Type A, Ron is manly, April is dour but has a heart of gold, Chris is incredibly positive, etc.

But Ann can really only be defined by who she’s dated and as Leslie’s best friend, which is too bad, because Rashida Jones is such a gifted comic actress.

DONOR’S PARTY: I could sit and listen to Andy act out his favorite movies - Roadhouse, Rambo - all day. (You just know Red Dawn was coming up.) This was really a showcase for Chris Pratt, and he killed it. That means there wasn’t much for April or Ron to do, though having Ron sing “Wichita Lineman” while he’s stealing cable was a great touch.

Bonus: Andy’s synopsis of Rambo: “Bottom line, they go up river - does not go well!”

So, does Bobby stand a chance in this election? Read up on the latest Parks and Recreation quotes and sound off now!


Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (33 Votes)

You write very well!


You caught the first Hoosier reference, but there was another more subtle one later in the show (or if it wasn't a reference, it was quite a coincidence). After Newport reveals his father's plan to move Sweetums to Mexico if they lose the election, Ben and Leslie are backstage creating their response. Ben lays out a plan to which Leslie stares at him. He says, "What's the matter with you?" to which Leslie responds, "I can do it." In the movie Hoosiers, Coach Dale draws up the final play in which Jimmy, their star player is to be used as a decoy to get another player an open shot. When he tells the team this play, they too stare at him blankly. "What's the matter with you guys? WHAT'S THE MATTER!?" Jimmy responds (kind of like Leslie), "I'll make it." I'm pretty certain it was a nod to Hoosiers, but I could be wrong.


Hello missyGorgeous as always! Can you stop maikng me so jealous of your awesome talent!!! ;-)Love the last pic! Good to see ya in front of the lens!Looking forward to the next blog post already!!


I agree with you Lee! I can't stand Andy, either. Being stupid, in-and of-itself, is just not funny to me. With the exception of Ann and Chris (which are ironically the characters that started it all), everyone else's stupidity has developed in hilariously endearing ways. They need to fix them or end them. And, as for the Ann/Tom relationship- - she was living with Andy when we met her, so how is Tom such a stretch???


Rashida Jones is a terrible actress! She's just annoying!


I miss the old reviewer. Bring him back.


Funny episode. The debate was funny. Andy acting out his favorite movies was compelling. Chris is so positive, I want to see him break down again.


I know I may be one of the few, but I can not stand Chris Pratt's character Andy. He was funny to start with, now he is just a moronic cartoon character. Love the rest of the show, but prefer less Pratt.

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Parks and Recreation Season 4 Episode 20 Quotes

Tom: What do you know? You don't care about things.
April: Yes I do. I care about Andy and Champion ... and I want Leslie to win. And I like sleeping.

If I had to have anybody tell me that I have cancer, I would want it to be me.