Leslie Knope continues to fight the good fight on Parks and Recreation, tonight’s episode, “New Slogan,” yet another chapter in her bid to unite Pawnee and Eagleton.
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- Director: Dean Holland
- Writers: Sam Means, 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, Jon Glaser, Henry Winkler
Episode Title: “New Slogan”
Leslie runs afoul of local shock jocks when she creates a new town slogan; Andy discovers an interesting secret about Ron while scouting for bands to play the Unity Concert
- Duke Silver!: Watching Ron do his jazz thing on stage was a highlight; his cool intro that included the words “…a warm bathtub full of my jazz” was just classic.
- Bobby Knight Rangers: Not sure if there really is a Night Ranger cover band with the name, but by god there should be – immediatley. Too good.
- Craig: Not a lot of yelling was appreciated, and bravo on dropping the sweet “Ironweed” reference. Nice!
- T. Rex: The Jurrasic Fork deal was funny, as was the line about the “load-bearing T. Rex.”
- Tom: When it comes to finding the right spot for his new restaurant, he would not ‘kick a skylight out of bed.’
- Ben: Just the picture of levelheadedness this evening; keeping Leslie from totally falling off the edge seems like a full-time gig.
- Nick Kroll: His Douche schtick can get tiresome, but he delivered some good comedy moments in the episode.
- Larry: Give me Larry, a belt and a chair anytime. Larry stuck to the chair via his belt definitely was the best moment of the episode. Twice!
- Best Line: Ron: “A smooth and silky evening to you all.”
- Duke: The Duke Silver-Ron-Andy plot really didn’t go anywhere special once we watched Duke get jazzy on stage. Kind of a letdown.
- Job: They are going to run this ‘Leslie might/or might not take a new job’ storyline right down into the ground, aren’t they? The two binders of questions was funny, however.
We were treated to more of Leslie’s career anguish as she remains on the fence about the idea of taking the new job. How does a new job in Chicago work with Ben in Pawnee? Have we addressed this issue at all? For what few scenes Ron appeared, he was terrific – especially since he was able to break out the cool shades and hat for a little Duke Silver jazz action. Sweet to see Donna and April try to keep Tom around with their plan to only show bad restaurant locations, but the plot was just so-so. Enjoyed the Bitcoin reference.
Parks and Recreation airs on NBC at 8:30 pm (ET/PT) on Thursday nights.
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