Parks And Recreation Article Two Episode 19 Season 5  – TV Review

This week’s double bill of Parks and Recreation kicks off with “Article Two,” an episode that takes a look at life in Pawnee in the olden days – including funnyman Patton Oswalt!

Check below for the full review….

The Players:

  • Director: Amy Poehler
  • Writers: Matt Murray
  • 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: “Article Two”

Leslie works to get rid of outdated laws from the original town charter that no longer make sense. Chris gives April and Ron management training, while Ann and Ben get in a bidding war over a present for Leslie.

The Good:

  • CTMTS: Watching Ron and Chris match motivational wits with an unsuspecting Jerry as their folder-filing lab rat helped keep this plot in the ‘good.’
  • Patton Oswalt: He scored some funny moments in the episode, most specifically the appearance at the Pawnee City Council meeting and his filibuster on a proposed vote that contained a breakdown of his ideas for J.J. Abrams’ new Star Wars movie (episode VII). Big highlight, best part of the episode.
  • Donna: She dropped a Terence Howard/Hustle and Flow reference that was out of nowhere. Random and funny.
  • April: Her letter, as it pertains to the CTMTS, was a nice and funny way to close out the storyline.
  • Best Line: Tom: “Just be new.”

The Bad:

  • Ted Party: Spots of quality humor, but nonetheless a weak plot that was saved by the excellent Patton Oswalt.
  • Naked Andy: Still not sure what his jumping into the river naked was all about. And it was not that funny.
  • Waffles: Not void of humor, but Ben and Ann’s plot to find the waffle maker was just so-so.

Overall:

Patton Oswalt did yeoman’s work in “Article Two”, helping out an otherwise flat episode with some good comedy, and a terrific scene about Star Wars to keep the sci-fi film buffs excited for the next couple weeks. Perhaps the weakest of the 19 episodes in season 5, “Article Two”, directed by Poehler, did feature some funny moments from Ron, Chris, April, and even a naked Andy.

 

Rating: 6/10

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

What did you think of tonight’s episode?