Parks and Recreation revs up the Ann’s Leaving Town train in “Doppelgangers,” plus the Pawnee Parks staff say hello to their Eagleton counterparts.
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- Director: Jay Karas
- Writers: Donick Cary
- 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: “Doppelgangers”
After Pawnee absorbs the city of Eagleton to prevent a financial crisis, the Parks department employees encounter their Eagleton counterparts.
- Sam Elliot: Bravo to the casting director for grabbing man’s man Sam Elliot to play Ron opposite – Ron. Both Ron’s delivered plenty of laughs. And it’s nice to know Eagleton Ron is a big Smiths/Morrissey fan. Sam Elliot’s voice is also just so awesome.
- Crazy Craig: His plot with Donna worked great, especially watching Donna react to how fired-up and over/under-medicated Craig is. Oh, and Donna has a fiance in Denver! But it won’t last.
- Chris: This calls for Celebratory Lunges. Gonna miss Rob Lowe, dammit!
- Larry/Jerry: Just every moment the man was on camera was awesome. “Gayle, put that bikini away. Becasue Pawnee needs me.”
- April/Tyynnfer Forever: This was a solid, super funny storyline for the episode. April really went the full ditz to show her fake love for a woman she despises. “Can I just say something right now?”
- Cold Open: Not as stellar as usual, but the ‘horse dancing’ part was funny.
- Best Line: Ron: “I like Ron” / “I no longer like Ron.”
- Leslie/Ann: Part one of the big long goodbye between Leslie and Ann was just so-so, mostly due to Leslie’s terrible, selfish overreaction.
- Andy: Felt a little odd not having him around. Wonder if they will show him in London at work/play.
Thus far, the Pawnee-Eagleton merger storyline has produced some fun characters and lots of laughs. Not sure how long the writers will focus on the two towns re-connecting after all these years, but the storyline does seem to open up options for new plots and possibly a few new faces. “Doppelgangers” had some very funny moments, and a few that were only so-so. It wasn’t a solid gold episode, but still kicked off Thursday night TV like a champ.
Parks and Recreation airs on NBC at 8:00 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.
What did you think of tonight’s episode?