Parks And Recreation Animal Control Episode 18 Season 5  – TV Review

In the latest edition of Parks and Recreation, titled “Animal Control”, manly-man Ron Swanson is under the weather and requires a visit to the doctor. No easy task!

Check below for the full review….

The Players:

  • Director: Craig Zisk
  • Writers: Megan Amram
  • 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: “Animal Control”

Leslie decides the Animal Control Department is due a much-needed makeover. Meanwhile, Ann tries to get Ron to see a doctor.

The Good:

  • Ron: Ron’s plot worked out marvelously simply because it’s about Ron. Every word he says in the hospital room scene with Ann about his paperwork is hilarious. His sexual history, as one would expect, is ‘epic’ and ‘private.’ His exercise consists of love-making and work-working. Had to love his reaction to the type of wood in the tongue depressor.
  • Dennis Feinstein – Scent Artist: Jason Mantzoukas returns, and he is funny as usual. The ‘Go F**k Yourself on the charity check scene was great. The plot wasn’t particularly special, but Mantzoukas scored with some great dialogue, helped along with funny work from Ben, Tom and Andy. “Stupid foxes!”
  • Jerry: Once worked in Animal Control. Did not know that.
  • Cold Open: Harris Wittels and Colton Dunn provide plenty of laughs in the opener, two very stoned goofballs who have put Animal Control to shame. “That’s a cat, or a possum.”
  • Best Line: Ron: “What is cholesterol?”
  • Best Moment: Donna. Cigar. Lounge. Ultimate Cool.
  • Best Moment 2: Ron and banana.

The Bad:

  • Jamm: It’s great when Councilman Jeremy Jamm, D.D.S. uses the word ‘Jamm’ in all kinds of funny ways to verbally illustrate how he’s feeling, but too many ‘Jamm’-related zingers can become irritating. Let’s drop that ‘Jamm’ comedy count a few notches next time. And yet, “Retro-jammed” was still effing hilarious!


Not mind-blowing awesomeness, which is usually the case, but still loaded with great comedy via script and cast. Fans of Ron Swanson are happy; the banana scene alone deserves a standing ovation.


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?