Parks And Recreation Gin It Up Episode 5 Season 6  – TV Review

Parks and Recreation drags Twitter – and with it some naughty Donna Tweets – into the action in the latest episode, “Gin It Up”.

Check below for the full review….

The Players:

  • Director: Jorma Taccone
  • 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, Ben Schwartz, Lucy Lawless

Episode Title: “Gin It Up”

Scandal abounds when Donna accidentally tweets a lewd message from the Parks Twitter account, fueling the Leslie Knope recall movement.

The Good:

  • D’s Without B’s: The Tom-Nadia-April plot produced some solid laughs, plus a darn good British accent. It was fun watching Tom just fall super hard for the new girl.
  • Tongue Baths: Anytime Donna Meagle gets extra screen time it’s a good time. Not a superb plot, but she was funny.
  • Ben: The delivery of his line, “accountants are a little more bad boy” was awesome.
  • April: Her part in the Tom-Nadia storyline was actually quite amusing – especially when she breaks it down for Nadia at the hospital by revealing Tom’s massive crush.
  • Chris: Strong turn by the loquacious Chris Trager. “A tweet has been tweeted!”
  • Intraxidance: This is not a word! Councilman Jamm was in rare form during the media circus.
  • Ron > Boar: Ron’s wealth management plot had some slow moments, but he delivered the goods as expected. The Ron – Ben connection always seems to produce laughs. Loved when Ben walks in to find Ron with cross-bow. They need more scenes together.
  • Best Line: Ron: “Where is this lawyer you speak of?”

The Bad:

  • #BitchBoss: Leslie is annoying, as is the recall storyline. When do we get some resolution on the Knope recall? Let’s wrap this up already.
  • Andy: As in, still no Andy? One wonders if there will be an episode when we hear April actually mention his name, or if anyone inquires about his gig in London. Still not sure if we will get to see Andy in action overseas. Is Chris Pratt filming a movie?


Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur is working double-duty this season; his other show is the Andy Samberg cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Through five episodes of ‘Parks’ something is off, and Schur’s hands on two separate TV show wheels might have something to do with it. There is a spark missing. The smart comedy is still there, but the rhythm is not quite as smooth as what we have seen in previous seasons. Maybe they’re struggling to find the right story-lines, but so far the show is lacking a little something. It’s not panic time, but “Gin It Up” was just okay, which is a step down for a show that is usually superb week after week.


Rating: 6/10

Parks and Recreation airs on NBC at 8:00 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.

What did you think of tonight’s episode?