Parks And Recreation Jerry's Retirement Episode 20 Season 5  – TV Review

And it’s’ ‘so long, and good luck’ to lovable Jerry in “Jerry’s Retirement,” the second of two Parks and Recreation episodes this week.

Check below for the full review….

The Players:

  • Director: Nicole Holocfner
  • Writers: Norm Hiscock & Aisha Muharrar
  • 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: “Jerry’s Retirement”

Leslie tries to come up with a way to commemorate Jerry’s retirement; Chris and Ann get ready to have a baby; Tom worries about how Jerry’s departure will affect him.

The Good:

  • Ben’s T-Shirt: Ben’s day off includes breaking out the always impressive Letter to Cleo t-shirt. He also wore the t-shirt, representing the long-disbanded ’90s alt-rockers, last season in episode 10, “The Comeback Kid.”
  • Eggs, Bacon and Toast: The final fives minutes of the episode were pure joy. We’re very blessed to get another look at Jerry’s gorgeous wife, Gayle (welcome back, Christie Brinkley), and his three, insanely beautiful daughters. Just when you start to feel bad for Jerry and the ho-hum professional legacy he leaves behind, you quickly realize the guy’s personal life is about as aces as it gets. Great way to wrap up the character, even though he looks like he will be back as an intern.
  • More Jerry: For Jerry, a tasty surprise from his wife means a meatloaf. Hells yeah!
  • Ben, Fringe Viewer: Late in the episode Ben delivers a great slice of dialogue regarding his re-watching of “Fringe” season one for plot holes: “As I suspected, airtight.” The whole thing works because Adam Scott just plays it superbly.
  • Mayor Stuart Knudson: It was quite enjoyable to see that the deceased Mayor’s tombstone has inscribed on it: ‘Husband, Mayor, Gifted Dog Racer’
  • Best Line: Andy: “See ya tomorrow, Jerry.”
  • Best Moment: Donna had many, specifically her introduction to the (handsome) new intern. And her annoyance at his ouster – “I object in the strongest possible terms.”

The Bad:

  • Ann/Chris: It’s nice to see the duo falling back into a relationship as they start trying to have a baby, but the plot wasn’t all that great. But they both looked real nice.


Jerry’s exit from his long, and not quite distinguished career in public service, went about as one might expect if they have been following Jerry Gergich throughout five crazy seasons of Parks. It had the funny, and the sweet, which always makes for a top-notch episode. The last few minutes with Jerry and his family – wife Gayle, as played perfectly by the ever-pretty Christie Brinkley, and three super good-looking daughters – really hit the mark in illustrating the Jerry character. The guy at work is definitely not the guy at home. And it is home where he is not the bumbling Jerry we all know, rather the confident, fun-loving family man who shows us there is something to be said for clocking out at 5 o’clock each day to get home and enjoy life with the people you love. Great episode.


Rating: 9/10

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

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