The honeymoon is over, and now it’s back to work for newlyweds Ben and Leslie in the Nick Offerman-directed “Correspondent’s Lunch,” the second of two Parks and Recreation episodes airing this week.

Check below for the full review….

The Players:

  • Director: Nick Offerman
  • Writers: Alexandra Rushfield
  • Cast: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari, Jim O’Heir, Retta, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe, and Chris Pratt, Nick Kroll, Alison Becker, Mo Collins

Episode Title: “Correspondents’ Lunch”

Leslie has her speech stolen that she was going to give at an event, while Ben starts his new job. Ann continues her quest to find someone to have a baby with.

The Good:

  • Cold Open: April’s fake excitement listening to Leslie talk about her honeymoon was great, as was watching everyone get their gifts from the trip. Jerry gets stiff from the plane – again!
  • Jaguar: That is Chris’ spirit animal. Oh, and Perd Hapley’s is a doggie.
  • Ron/Ann: The two have always had a funny-quirky ‘friendship’. They really shined together in this episode, especially when Ann waltzes into Ron’s office to chitchat (thinking that finally she had crossed over into Ron’s world), and he quickly dismisses her. Ann’s ficus tree metaphor for wanting Chris to be the sperm donor was also funny.
  • Can: Leslie’s actual can of Whoop Ass.
  • Appreciative: Other than the cold open, Ben and Leslie never see or speak to one another in the episode. The writers are not going to get stuck in the afterglow of the excellent wedding episode with more Ben and Leslie stuff. Taking at least this one episode off was a very good idea, and nicely resets the remainder of the season for new story-lines to develop.
  • Best Line: Ron: “You can’t hack into a typewriter.”
  • Best Line II: Chris: “Ann Perkins, I see you hiding behind that attractive purse.”
  • Best Moment: Jerry, banished to the corner, not accepting desert.

The Bad:

  • Sweetums: Ben’s new job plot had some good moments, especially a sad Andy languishing on the floor of Ben’s new office, but it dragged a little. The Tom Loves Free Food part didn’t really pack a big comedy punch either.

Overall:

What’s nice about “Correspondents’ Lunch” is that instead of continuing with the wedding vibes from the previous episode, which aired right before this one on the same night, the show quickly gets back to the business of daily life. Ben and Leslie looked to have had a super honeymoon, and everyone is happy, but life goes on. Luckily, in the case of Parks And Recreation, life is funny as hell. So no wedding hangover here. Once the cold open ended with the honeymoon recap, we were right back into a traditional episode, three separate plots that, for this episode, each had its good points and less good points. There was bound to be a slight letdown following the classic wedding episode (“Leslie and Ben”), but “Correspondents’ Lunch” still delivered a good time for viewers.

 

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?