Missing in action since early December, Parks and Recreation returns to Thursday night’s on NBC (in an earlier time slot) with dueling bachelor/bachelorette parties for Ben and Leslie in “Two Parties”.

Check below for the full review….

The Players:

Episode Title: “Two Parties”

Ben and Leslie’s rival bachelor and bachelorette parties each take on a very different tune.

The Good:

  • Shoop: It was but for a moment, but the guys in the car singing a few lines from Salt N’ Peppa’s “Shoop” was downright funny.
  • Chris: He has ‘thousands of seconds’ and will now apparently date someone who eats burgers. Shauna Malwae-Tweep, come on down! Chris shined in the episode as the ideal Best Man.
  • Board Games: If you plan on playing a game of The Settlers of Catan with Ben, just remember that the dude is nationally ranked. ‘Boo-ya!” It also seems that Ben is an avid Homeland watcher.
  • Ron Swanson: The steak-eating part of the ‘bachelor party for all’ night included a nice toast from Chris to Ron: “To Ron.” Simple and perfectly Ron.
  • Newt: Nice to see the former Speaker drop by, yet another political bold name to appear on the show. But his look when Jerry mentioned the two might be related (Gingrich/Gergich) was great.
  • Andy: His enthusiasm during he group’s time with the Colts players was fun to see. It was great when told to QB Andrew Luck to keep a tight spiral before he threw him a touchdown pass.
  • Best Moment: April recognizing the stripper, dressed as Abraham Lincoln, as one of her classmates from middle school.
  • Best Line: Donna: “Tear it up, 16!”
  • Best Line II: Ken: “That is not great.”

The Bad:

  • Bachelorette Party: April was super funny, as was Councilman Jamm, but the bachelorette party that wasn’t turned out to be just so-so.

Overall:

It seems like forever since the last episode of Parks and Recreation.”Two Parties” might not be a classic, but it yielded numerous laughs. The episode featured some nice feel-good moments, plus terrific writing. It might not have been fireworks from start to finish, but it was certainly a well-written, well-acted 10th episode.

 

Rating: 7/10

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

What did you think of tonight’s episode?