Pushed to the sidelines by NBC for the past three weeks, Parks and Recreation returns with a double-header of episodes, beginning with “Filibuster”.
Check below for the full review….
- Director: Morgan Sackett
- Writers: Harris Wittles
- 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: “Filibuster”
Leslie is forced to abandon Ben’s ’90s-themed birthday party to defend herself in an epic filibuster.
- Ben’s T-Shirt Wins the Night: Ben rocks the sweet Toad the Wet Sprocket t-shirt for his ’90s themed birthday party.
- Andy-April: Great to see Andy return to the show. And the plot was quite good, including the kick-ass cold open.
- Ben: His riff about REM albums “Monster” and “Automatic for the People” was funny. Nice job, writing staff!
- More Ben: His ‘thing’ for Leslie and her roller skates produced some humorous moments. He was great throughout the entire episode.
- Jamm It: Councilman Jamm was bringing the laughs big time in the episode, just one zinger after another. “Reverb is the best part!” Frozen Marg…” “I’m a blades guy.”
- Ron/Donna: Excellent plot between the two, plus a video game where you shoot helpless deer.
- Best Line(s): Ron: “Is this a hunting game?” Nadia: “Why does Blossom have my bear?”
- Leslie: The filibuster plot wasn’t very good, except for all the parts featuring Jamm.
Last time I wrote about Parks and Recreation in this section I mentioned how the show felt like it had lost its fine-tuned comedy rhythm. And just like that, NBC yanked the show off the schedule for three weeks. We’re pleased the show is back, but honestly it feels as if the show has been off the air for months. No idea if the show will even have the chance to play out the full season six, but “Filibuster” proves “Parks”still has some hi-octane comedy fuel left in the tank. It was a damn funny episode, and it’s good to see such an excellent comedy recapture the magic – at least for this episode.
Parks and Recreation airs on NBC at 8:00 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.
What did you think of tonight’s episode?