Parks and Recreation Review: Cats are Stupid and Useless

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Even though the end of tonight's "Emergency Response," was perfect and centered around Leslie and Ben, the true MVP of this episode was Ron Swanson. And truth be told, he's kind of the MVP of every episode that's he's ever been on. He is the true constant on this series, always serving up winning lines and being the most consistent character.

The weakest parts were centered around the disaster drill, although I did enjoy some of the Animal Control quips about killing all the birds. The animal jokes in this episode were great overall. But I was more interested in watching the gala come together.

And couldn't have been happier when Joan Callamezzo was rendered incapacitated and Ron was forced to take over the show. It's quite clear Ron is capable of anything, but his television personality, which is no different than his regular personality, was perfection. If I had to choose between seeing Ron on television taking calls and Duke Silver performing, my hands would be tied.

Tom's attempt at persuading the chef to cater the event was great too. And I'd love to see Tom get married, just so I could see his registry. In fact, I think NBC should create a fake registry, just for Tom Haverford. Who's with me?!

Leslie's Fundraiser

Ah, poor Andy. He doesn't even understand his first name is Andrew! What's the most depressing about this particular storyline is that what can Andy really do if he's this dense? It makes sense that he would fail the personality test, but I am quite curious to see what comes next for Andy. This show does such a terrific job of growing its characters; it would be a shame for Andy to be one character who just can't take the next step in his career.

As for Ben and Leslie? Even in the above picture, it's so painfully clear she's in love with him and him with her. And I couldn't think of a better way for these two to get married, under a tent with all of their friends, family, and community. And for a great cause. Next week's is an hour long episode! So check your DVR and load up on the kleenex. I'm willing to bet this wedding will be a tearjerker.


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (30 Votes)

@johnny what makes this episode different from any other? The characters were their normal selves… it's not like they wrote a bunch of plots that were outrageously out of character. It was just a set up episode for next week. It's obviously not going to be the best, but it was still great!


I can't believe this review. This episode was the most terribly written crap I've ever seen on tv; in clear contrast with the previous episode, which was excellent.
I never once had the feeling that I was watching a story, but rather I was conciously seeing actors trying to deal with the terrible dialog they were given. Never put Hiscock and Mande on anything again.


Next week is gonna be the wedding of the century! I was tearing up just from the previews! Her and Ben are the greatest couple on tv. It's impossible not to root for them. I can't even express how excited I am for next week. The wedding is going to be amazing! I'm glad they are giving it the time it deserves. I was afraid they were going to cram it into this episode. An hour isn't even long enough!

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Parks and Recreation Season 5 Episode 13 Quotes

If I told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it? I hope so! Because the only way that this gala is going to happen is if you do everything I say.


Love fades away. But things...things are forever.