Louis C.K. makes his return to “Parks and Recreation” as Leslie’s ex in a funny episode that focuses on relationships and music. I wouldn’t slot “Dave Returns” into the top five of the season, but still we are treated to a show that is currently in the middle of a ridiculously awesome streak of producing great comedy.

Check below for the complete review…

The Players:

  • Director: Robert Weide
  • Writers: Harris Wittels
  • Cast: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Jim O’Heir, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe, and Chris Pratt

Episode: “Dave Returns”

While seeking an endorsement from the police chief, Leslie and Ben run into Leslie’s old flame, Dave.

The Good:

  • Ben: He rocked a “Dead Poets Society” reference and that’s all that matters. His fear of cops is also played for a lot of laughs.
  • Ron: Ron Swanson is Duke Silver. Duke Silver is Ron Swanson. My head just exploded.
  • Words of Love:”I think you sound like an angel and everyone else sounds like demons.” That’s Tom spreading the charm on extra thick to Ann.
  • Ann: I loved watching Ann continually swat away Tom’s advances. She eventually caved, but still. And she looked good. Just like Tom said about Ann: “Too hot to hide!” Still not sure the writers know what to do with Ann week-to-week, but Rashida Jones is a great talent and just having her on the damn show is a pleasure for fans.
  • Andy & April: Andy going all diva music producer and April bashing cymbals in Jerry’s face was terrific.
  • We Are The World: ‘Parks and Rec’ meets We Are The World – and it was just as uplifting! I really liked all the scenes in the music studio. Rob Lowe singing was terrible and funny all at once.
  • Double Endorsement: Leslie’s right, it does sound like an Ashely Judd movie. A favorite line in the episode for sure.

The Bad (but not that bad):

  • Leslie/Ben/Dave: I thought Louis C.K. was funny and quirky, but I was somewhat bored with the bizarre love triangle. It lost steam midway through. It lacked – simple as that. But Ben’s fear of the police bit did not get old.
  • Tom: Tom’s wooing of Ann started funny then aggravated me. There were just a few too many whines for me tonight.


You drop a line like ‘cookie tush’ within the first 30 seconds of the show, and I know the ‘Parks’ team means business. Did I love Louis C.K.’s return? Love is a strong word. I liked it. I thought he was funny in spots, but the Ben/Leslie/Dave storyline was only so-so for me. The Ben/cops stuff and Leslie handling the situation with a remarkable amount of calm and understanding was entertaining, but lost some steam at the end.

The music studio parts were funny, which blended all of Tom’s advances on Ann, Ron trying hard to bury any evidence that he is, in fact, saxophone extraordinaire Duke Silver, and Andy doing his best tortured music producer act. All first-rate.

I am not down with this Ann/Tom thing. It provides laughs, definitely, but I have to hope this non-starter just fizzles and is forgotten. Again, I’ll take the kick-ass laughs that come with it, I just don’t see Ann and Tom together.

“Parks and Rec” continues to delight. The writers are on their A-game, and the cast is just killing it.

Best. Comedy. On. TV. Right. Now.


Rating: 9/10

“Parks and Recreation” airs on NBC at 8:30 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.

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