After probably almost being cancelled like three or four times, it’s nice to see Parks and Recreation celebrate episode #100; “Second Chunce” zeroes in on Leslie’s last day on the City Council.
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- Director: Dean Holland
- Writers: Amy Peohler, Michael Schur
- 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, Jon Glaser, Henry Winkler
Episode Title: “Second Chunce”
Parks returns for its 100th episode! Leslie devises a last-second scheme to get back onto the Pawnee City Council.
- Ben’s Wins the Night: Dropping a sweet, Requiem for a Dream reference was great. Ben was the voice of reason throughout Leslie’s city council-style freakout. And he was rockin’ some sweet suits and ties.
- They’ll Always Have Paris: Solid episode closer with Ben and Leslie catching their collective breath in beautiful Paris. That Ben! How super sweet.
- Jerry: Wasn’t featured a lot, but killed it in every second he was featured.
- Leslie: Her face when Jerry said he was excited for her to run again. Nice!
- Speech: Leslie’s speech was short and sweet and well played. She finally lets go of the past and prepares for the future, all by announcing she is going to have lunch with Ben. And Perd has no microphone!
- Want: Tom’s talking tissue box. Annoying at first, but now you totally want one.
- April: Macaroni and poison. She actually delivered some funny stuff in the episode, especially when she was listening to business pitches.
- Shauna Malwae-Tweep: Looking good! And loved her line about being able to ‘fix’ the over-sexed councilman Dexhart.
- Best Line: Jerry: “Am I Lenny now?”
- Chris & Ann: No one loves Chris Traeger more than this person, but the Chris-Ann plot tonight was not very good, which is to say not funny.
The big takeaway from “Second Chunce” is What Will Leslie Do Next? Does she eventually leave Pawnee? It seems everything is set up to bid Leslie and Ben adieu at the close of the season, as well as wrapping up the series. This was not a great episode, but Ben shined, as did most of the writing, and the closer with Ben and Leslie in Paris really did gloss over whatever boredom we had to endure with the Chris/Ann/Fonzie plot, and most of the Tom plot.
Parks and Recreation airs on NBC at 8:00 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.
What did you think of tonight’s episode?