Parks And Recreation Partridge Episode 17 Season 5  – TV Review

The Parks and Recreation gang returns to the NBC lineup with a new episode, “Partridge”, which shows us Ron dealing with a lawsuit, and Ben returning to his hometown.

Check below for the full review….

The Players:

  • Director: Dave King
  • Writers: Tristam Shapeero
  • 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: “Partridge”

Ben and Leslie return to Partridge, Ben’s hometown where he’s still infamously known for his time as mayor. Meanwhile, Jamm sues Ron for punching him at Leslie’s wedding.

The Good:

  • Cold Open: Ron is subpoenaed by way of steak house trickery. He also always represents himself in legal matters and livestock auctions.
  • Donna: She had, like one line of dialogue, and it rocked. Her delivery is sublime.
  • April: Her time being questioned by Jamm’s lawyer was very funny. She refers to Ron as a “vegetarian”, and calls him “Softie Pants McHuggable.”
  • Ben’s Sister: Yes, Stephanie, let’s see more of her.
  • Tom: Scored some funny lines throughout the night
  • Ron: He believes skim milk is merely lying about what it is, because it’s just water pretending to be milk.
  • Drugged Up Ben: Ben high on morphine is really funny! His Miles Davis line was great, as was his entire time on screen. Feeding the bronze eagle! Top shelf episode for Adam Scott/Ben Wyatt.
  • Best Line: Donna: (To Chris) “Hey Traeger, you wanna make a baby? Your hair, my everything else. That kid would be unstoppable.”

The Bad:

  • Chris/Ann: Two wonderful characters trapped in a mostly mediocre storyline. Just didn’t click. Not awful, just the weakest of the three story-lines.


Hard to believe that season 5 is winding down; just four episodes to go. Every episode might not deliver a double-barrel blast of comedy – and many have -, but even just a ‘regular’ episode, like “Partridge”, is perfectly charming and funny. Lots of great work from the cast to go with a solid script. One plot of the three was just okay, but overall it’s another slam dunk terrific episode of “Parks.”


Rating: 8/10

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

What did you think of tonight’s episode?