Kristen Bell drops by Parks and Recreation this week as Leslie Knope’s well-dressed rival, Ingrid de Forest, in “The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip Off Classic”, which also features basketball star Chris Bosh.
Check below for the full review….
- Director: Nicole Holofcener
- Writers: Alan Yang
- 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, Ben Schwartz, Lucy Lawless
Episode Title: “The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip Off Classic”
Trouble follows Leslie, Ben and Chris on a trip to Eagleton to discuss financial matters with a snooty city councilwoman.
- Cold Open: Knope out! Not a bad way to open the proceedings.
- Williams-Sonoma: Tom needs to get his mitts on their mitts!
- Chris: The “Ridicoulous Donkey” line was funny. Classic Traeger!
- Donna: On camera for more than 30 seconds, so that’s a win right there. And she was her usual hilarious.
- Bell: Kristen Bell did excellent work as Eagleton councilwoman Ingrid de Forest. Love the HBO response (“it’s not TV”), plus the retort to Leslie about her receiving a degree from the Sorbonne (“There was a fashion component, yes”).
- Slideshow: Leslie’s slideshow – negative slideshow – calling out Eagleton’s financial woes was great.
- Jazz Man: Enjoyed hearing from Chris that Eagleton has Michael Buble’ “on retainer.” Of course they do.
- Ben/Chris: The nickname riff on “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was clever.
- Dr. Buttons!: Ben calls his calculator “Dr. Buttons.” A highlight, for sure.
- Best Line: Mailman: “That seems harsh.”
- April/Ann: Other than start the ball rolling for the exit of Ann and Chris, the storyline never went anywhere – at least nowhere humorous.
- No Jerry: Repeat: No Jerry! C’mon!
- More Ann: So now what? Is she really bailing on Bloomington, or do we pick this issue up in future episodes.
Not the finest episode of “Parks” ever to air on network TV, but still charming and humorous in enough spots to make the evening a pleasant viewing experience. Still, even the Ron Swanson Goes Off the Grid plot never really achieved total awesomeness, just minor awesomeness. However, Donna and Tom did good work alongside Ron. It wasn’t a bad episode, it was just – an episode, if that makes any sense. Now that Eagleton has been absorbed by Pawnee, curious to see if this development will spur any future story-lines.
Parks and Recreation airs on NBC at 8:00 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.
What did you think of tonight’s episode?