Leslie continues her work as city councilwoman on the latest Parks and Recreation. Also, Ron stumbles onto a possible love interest while fixing a pothole, while Ben and April decide a road trip is in order. Lucy Lawless guest stars.

Check below for the full review….

The Players:

  • Director: Ken Whittingham
  • 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 Title: “How a Bill Becomes a Law”

Leslie tries to pass a law extending the community pool hours; Chris thinks of a new way to solve people’s problems around the city, which leads to Ron fixing a pothole for a local mother (Lucy Lawless); April and Ben plan a road trip to Paawnee.

The Good:

  • April, Ben, Car: All of it, the Ben and April road trip to Pawnee plot, was awesome. The laughs were plentiful and perhaps reached an apex with April listening to Ben’s Star Trek fan fiction, followed up with her, “I’m going to murder you” quote.
  • The Look of Love/Hate: There were some supremely good April facial expressions in this episode. An episode of just April reacting to others with various expressions would probably work well.
  • Shoop: Who doesn’t enjoy Salt-n-Pepa’s ridiculously groovy 1993 hit “Shoop”? The scene with Ben and April when she puts in the CD mix and this song starts up – terrific.
  • Donna: Whenever Donna was on screen, it was damn funny! Her, “keep us out of your bedroom,” line to Jerry was great.
  • Tom: Killed it with the ‘racist salad’ / ‘you can really taste the ignorance’ double whammy of dialogue in Councilman Milton’s office.
  • Perm: Yes, the “perm must wait” line by Leslie was nice, only to be outclassed by Leslie’s actual half-perm.
  • Jamm: Councilman Jamm (John Glaser) offered great comedy from the moment Leslie found him in her private bathroom.
  • 311 Is Not A Joke: Any scene with Jerry receiving a real emergency call with an uninterested Donna beside him transfixed with her copy of the book “Fifty Shades of Grey’ cannot go wrong.
  • Best Line: Ron tells it straight: “Government is inefficient and should be dissolved.”

The Bad:

  • Wall of Inspiration: Leslie’s wall of inspiration has a photo of Nancy Pelosi! What?! Are you kidding?! Well… something needed to go in the Bad category. It was either a) bummed Ann wasn’t in the episode, or b) the former House Speaker.

Overall:

Much to be commended in “How a Bill becomes a Law”. The three story-lines focused on duos, illustrating how superbly these actors work with one another. It’s a solid offering, with all the funny facial expressions and quick-witted dialogue the ensemble delivers expertly. It’s a fairly straightforward episode, nothing earth-shattering, but steady all the way. A special nod to comedian John Glaser, whose Councilman Jamm delivered some hilarious dialogue in the episode. He is proving to be a terrific adversary for Leslie as the show moves forward.

 

Rating: 8/10

Parks and Recreation airs on NBC at 9:30 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.

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