Parks and Recreation whips up its own take on the ‘meet the parents’ plot with an appearance from Ben’s mom and dad.

Check below for the full review….

The Players:

Episode Title: “Ben’s Parents”

Leslie tries to bring Ben’s angry divorced parents together. Meanwhile, Tom and Jean-Ralphio prepare a business pitch for Ron.

The Good:

  • He Returns: Extremely good to see Jean-Ralphio back in action. Favorite part was the line to Ron: “I just free associated all over the mustache.”
  • Tom: A growing up moment for Tom in the episode, as he decides to focus on his career and not partying with Jean-Ralphio. He called Ron, “Ron in 60 seconds,” which is funny for mediocre Nic Cage movie reasons.
  • Andy: Him telling Tom “It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in my life” after Tom and Jean-Ralphio’s ridiculous buisness pitch is/was awesome.
  • Shrimp: The tasty sea creature made two notable appearances: the Ron/Ben’s Dad standoff at the buffet for the last shrimp, and Chris bemoaning the fact that the first shrimp he ate was awesome, but the second shrimp was, sadly, not very awesome at all.
  • Rent-A-Swag: Tom and Jean-Ralphio’s test presentation for their start-up business was great.
  • Best Moment: Had to be the look on Donna’s face (alongside equally bored Jerry), to go with her ‘Thank God” comment, when Ben rushes off after he’d been rambling about Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Star Trek.
  • Chris Traeger: The man is happy and sad at the same time these days – and it’s funny to see. One could say he was the highlight of the episode, aided perfectly by April, Ann, and Andy.
  • Best Line: Chris Traeger.: “The joy that I am feeling right now is profound and unmatched in the modern era.” Honorable mention: April: “This lesbian nurse is right” – talking about Ann.

The Bad:

  • Enough With The Quilts: The central plot, Ben and Leslie dealing with Ben’s kooky parents, succeeded in being funny, but there was a point when the momentum dipped. One might say the actors playing the roles of Ben’s folks were not ideal, or that simply that of the three plots, Ben and Leslie’s story was the weakest. Just overall, because there was great humor all over the place, but at the core of the quilt that is the Ben/Leslie plot, it was just so-so.


The Ben/Leslie proposal is in the books, and now it’s time to meet the parents. With Jonathan Banks, Mike on AMC’s Breaking Bad, and Glenne Headly on board as Ben’s parents, the latest episode featured fine performances from the ensemble. Very curious to see what happens with Chris, considering his recent sadness with life. Don’t think they put him back with Ann, but something must be in the works.


Rating: 8/10

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

What did you think of tonight’s episode?