It’s back to the campaign trail for Team Knope on the latest “Parks and Recreation” as Leslie and Ben face Bobby Newport’s slick new campaign manager. There are also water fountains and NC-17 rated things being done to said water fountains, which adds plenty of laughs to an overall enjoyable episode.

Check below for the complete review…

The Players:

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

Episode: “Campaign Shake-Up”

Leslie and Ben are caught off guard when her opponent Bobby Newport hires a powerful campaign manager from Washington. Chris forces Ron to start interviewing replacements for Leslie when work starts falling through the cracks, and an unlikely office-mate solves a challenging problem.

The Good:

  • Ben/Leslie: The twosome had some solid scenes together; Ben is for sure a ‘brilliant, sexy hummingbird’ of a man.
  • Kathryn Hahn: She was excellent as Jennifer Barkley, Bobby Newport’s campaign gun-for-hire. Anyone who buys the local diner a cappuccino maker is okay by me.
  • “Does it look like I drink water:” Donna just floored me with that line.
  • Tom: Tom ducking for cover during the water fight because his entire outfit is suede was great.
  • Water Fountain: Everything having to do with people putting their entire mouth over the water fountain spout was awesome and hilarious. The entire storyline worked for me, especially Andy’s water balloon hug for Chris.
  • April: She had a great episode, capped off with this choice line to Ron: “I don’t wanna do things. I wanna not do things. Just like you taught me.”
  • Jerry: Watching Jerry totally soaked post-water fight was brief, but hilarious. The look on his face was great!
  • Ballot: I am loving(!) the other names in the city council race challenging Bobby and Leslie: Brandi Maxxxx, Fester Trim, and Manrico Della Rossa.

The Bad (but not that bad):

  • Ann/Tom: Their ‘relationship’ was only touched on briefly (thank God), but I still cannot get down with the two of them as an item. Still, it does provide some funny moments, so I guess it’s not all bad.
  • Biden: Joe Biden, Leslie? Really? He’s your dream celebrity bang? Really? I just don’t see it. C’mon!
  • Water Fight: As much as I liked it, it felt a little over the top. But hey, stuff happens!


The entire ‘sucking on the water fountain’ storyline was great. I really enjoyed it. It was the better of the two plots – the other being Ben and Leslie locking horns with Jen Barkley, the new campaign manager for Bobby Newport. I actually watched the episode a second time and liked it better the second time around. For some reason I found the pace to be slow at first, and I wasn’t exactly thrilled we were back on the Team Knope campaign trail. But no denying this is a funny episode.

The Jen Barkley character is well-played by Kathryn Hahn, and I wouldn’t mind seeing her back as the season moves forward. I’m also ready for more Paul Rudd’s Bobby Newport to return.

I like that Ron begs/asks April to step up, and I can see her character getting even more enjoyable to watch now that she is taking on added responsibilities.

I enjoyed that we didn’t get too much Tom/Ann. Their ‘thing’ produces laughs, but I am not feeling the relationship. End it!

I might not love scenes with The Final Word with Perd as much as others, but the set-up did allow for some good comedy between Ben, Leslie, Jen, and of course Perd. Carl Reiner’s appearance did nothing for me, but he served the part just fine.

Overall a solid episode. Not a top five of this season, but nevertheless stocked with great dialogue and funny-as-hell moments.

Rating: 9/10

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

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