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Parks and Recreation Review: Into the Belly of the Douche

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This show is on a roll.

Granted, I'm not a big Ann fan, but when you throw something like "Sperm Bank of America" into an episode, seriously, what could be bad? "Ann's Decision" is a big one. And while I do support her right to make it, I'm with Leslie: this isn't something that is decided quickly. Ann needs to think this one through. And her judgment is seriously questionable right now, especially after choosing Howard, "The Douche," as the man with whom she wants to have a child.

Ann is Parks and Recreations' Cece of New Girl. Both beautiful, occasionally funny, but with much more limited range than the rest of their respective casts as far as comedy goes. But, again, I was sold on tonight's episode. Once Ann held up the binder with the reproductive system drawing, it was a done deal.

Ann Breaks the News

It's interesting that in both New Girl and Parks and Recreation, the conventionally beautiful supporting cast members don't have boyfriends on their respective shows. Yet I digress.

Tonight's episode was funny and even had a bit of poignancy. April has had such a long arc over the series of becoming more serious about her work and it's especially rewarding to not only see her wear one of Leslie's power suits, but also to handle the Pawnee community with the candor and attitude only April is capable of. And the ritualistic burning of Leslie's power pants suit was just the icing on the cake.

Has Howard Douche been introduced to us before? Leslie certainly was familiar with him, but I don't remember. Regardless, his presence worked. I would have loved to see him, Tom and Jean Ralphio in a scene together. I suppose I'll settle for the influx we've been getting lately of all the scenes with a number of the male cast. The food poisoning scene a fun way to showcase what kinds of physical comedians all these men are. Impressive, men. Impressive. Almost as impressive as Ron's breakfast order.

Ben's final decision to chose Leslie's favorite waffles place as their wedding caterer was just the kind of feel-good stuff this show is made of. I'm guessing this wedding is going to happen during May sweeps. And I, for one, can't wait!

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Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Yeah the Douche is a radio presenter, we've met him a few times... Definitely memorable!

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@draik
Agreed!

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Would you please, please, PLEASE STOP GOING ON AND ON ABOUT YOUR DAMN DISH DVR. SEEING COMMENTS ABOUT DISH ON LITERALLY EVERY REVIEW OF EVERY SHOW HAS MADE ME NEVER, EVER, EVER WANT TO EVER BUY ANYTHING FROM DISH EVER.

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how could you not remember he had a pretty big part in one the best episodes of all time! the fight!!

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Wow, surprised you weren't familiar with the Douche, I think we were first introduced to him in season 3. And we saw those episodes where Ann dated him briefly. The Douche really is a douche. My favourite part of the episode was Ben dialling the phone with his nose. His physical comedy was top notch!

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"Has Howard Douche been introduced to us before?"
Seriously?
He's been in a few episodes now.

Fortyseven

I only liked Ben's betrayal line.

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Leslie and Ben went on crazy Ira and the douche's show to promote the harvest festival. And Ann dated him briefly. She was with him at the snakehole the night her and Leslie got in the drunken fight the night before she interviewed for her new job. That was one of the best episodes ever! I can't wait for Leslie and Ben's wedding, but I'm getting really disappointed with their lack of shared screen time! I crave their chemistry! April is such a funny character. She gets better and better.

Parks and Recreation Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

We'll do a double date. You and you. And me and Ben!

Leslie

I'm going to get 12 eggs and part of a dead animal. Dealer's choice. Please and thank you.

Swanson
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