Parks and Recreation Review: Making Like MJ

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Warning to all Parks and Recreation viewers: the microchip has been compromised! We repeat: the microchip has been compromised!

Fortunately, it looks like Chris and his 2.8% body fat will be okay following events in "Flu Season," which turned this sweaty, fever-inducing illness into the funniest malady of the year.

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One of the perks of Parks is how it's done such a great job grounding it's seemingly ridiculous characters. Chris might come across as over-the-top and irritating, but all it took was one story last week about the basis behind his personality for viewers (and Ann) to understand where he's coming from.

If you were told you'd never live to see this age, wouldn't you also hilariously yell "Way to go, buddy!" at fellow hospital patients? I loved that.

Similarly, Amy Poehler could have played an overly medicated Leslie for slapstick comedy, but there's a reason Ben found himself attracted to his former rival's persistence after she showed up for that meeting.

You could see the determination on her face as she focused on walking over those walls, which, of course, had changed places with the floor. Again, great stuff. Scott Bakula from Quantum Leap agreed.

Other highlights: Tom in a hot tub, Ron lamenting how hard it would be to replace an "aggressively mean" and "apathetic" April, only to bond with Andy... over a barbecue in his office; Leslie in quarantine.

You had us at "meat tornado," episode. Herewith, the best Parks and Recreation quotes from the week:

Ben: That was amazing. That was a flu-ridden Michael Jordan at the '97 NBC FInals. That was Kirk Gibson hobbling up to the plate and hitting a homer off of Dennis Eckersley. That was... that was Leslie Knope. | permalink
Andy: Let me go to Big Head Joe's for you. They have the most insane burritos.
Ron: I don't much go for ethnic food.
Andy: No no no. Trust me. They have one that's called the meat tornado. Literally killed a guy last year.
Ron: You had me at meat tornado. | permalink
Leslie: OK, so let's, um, talk about your opening remarks. Do you want me to write you a rap? I'll write you a rap. No, you know what? You'll never be able to pull it off. You're too white. How about a show tune or something? | permalink
Leslie: It's not that I don't trust Ben. It's that I don't have faith in Ben. And also I'm starting to forget who Ben is. | permalink
Andy: Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here and it says you could have network connectivity problems. | permalink
Andy: Do I have to tuck my shirt in? Because, honestly, that's kind of a dealbreaker.
Ron: Let it fly. | permalink
Ron: The less I know about other people's affairs, the happier I am. I'm not interested in caring about people. I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes. | permalink
Ann: How was your run?
Chris: Ended with a five-and-a-half-minute mile. My personal low. I think the pavement in this town is soft. | permalink

Flu Season Review

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Parks and Recreation Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

J.J.: Sure, anything for my favorite customer.
Leslie: I bet you say that to all the girls.
J.J.: Oh no, no. Actually you are my favorite. You've spent over a thousand dollars last year on waffles alone.

April: Then I want a janitor. They can do what you do, right?
Ann: Yep, nurses and janitors are totally interchangeable.
April: Except no one dresses up like a janitor when they want to be slutty.