In tonight’s opening scenes, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) are called out to a hiking trail because of complaints that teenagers are taking dog poop out of the trash and having a war. When they arrive at the scene of the crime, Tom immediately bails to go sit in the car. Leslie, however, is diligent in her efforts and ventures out into the poop field. She uses the trash can lid has a shield as the teens continue to pelt her with bags of dog poop. After a little bit of a struggle, Leslie concedes that poop wars are actually “rather fun”, and then procedes to throw a little poop herself. The opening credits role and the fourth episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’ is underway!
At the start of the episode, the Parks Department staff recieves a nice gift basket from a local construction company. As Tom and another staff member are splitting up the contents, Leslie quickly enters to tell them that for “corruption purposes” they can’t except gifts over $25. That’s also the reason, she says, that she goes to two towns over to rent movies with nudity in them. Tom says that he would never use his government power to cheat the system, though the video playing of him getting a free hot dog for “park business” seems to show otherwise.
Leslie unveils the social network profile she set up the for the pit project, and it already has several friends. One of which is Mark (Paul Schneider). They look at his profile only to find several picture of Mark and various women that they have never seen. Leslie suggests they could be relatives, which Ann (Rashida Jones) quickly shoots down. “Right, maybe fake boobs run in his family,” says Ann.
Leslie and Ann decide to barge in on the meeting of the “boys’ club” meeting that’s going on outside. While she’s chatting with the guys, she leans and the table which knocks it over and breaks several beer bottles. “You hear that? That’s the sound of a glass ceiling being shattered,” says Leslie. When they run out of beer and everyone wants to leave, Leslie is determined to keep the “good feelings alive”. She heads and said looking frantically for more beer when she sees the gift basket she confiscated earlier. There are 3 bottles of wine inside, and she decides keeping the party going is worth being corrupt.
The following morning, Leslie is very disappointed in herself. So disappointed, in fact, that she decides she must apologize to EVERY female politician (in alphabetical order) because she “let them down”. She also must confess to the office that she opened the basket. She also confess to Ron (Nick Offerman). Ron, of course, tries to convince her not to worry about it and blow it all out of proportions. “No Ron, I will this IN proportion… This may not be a big deal to you, but you’re a white protestant man with a full, rich mustache. I’m a woman and I must hold myself to a higher standard.” Again, Ron explains that she is punishing herself more than anyone else would. However, she is persistent. She then e-mailed everyone in the Pawnee government a confession, but not without a link to the pit’s webpage.
The next morning, Leslie discovers that April (Aubrey Plaza), the 19 year old intern, put a video of herself on the pit’s website. The video contained footage of April seeing what would make her drunker: Wine or spinning around in a chair. Now that all of the government in Pawnee had seen the video, Leslie has to attend a disciplinary hearing.
To prepare for the hearing, Tom asks Leslie some practice questions. All of the questions are completely irrelevant to the hearing, but Leslie answers anyway to the best of her ability. “Have you ever had a sexual fantasy about our boss Ron Swanson?” is one of my personal favorites. At the real hearing, Leslie has prepared a full essay-like speech to let the committee know exactly what happened. The lead committee member points out during the little speech that drinking on government property is prohibited in any instance, but Ron says that’s not his department, so they continue. While this going on, Andy (Chris Pratt) is still working on ways to please Ann while she is at work. He decides to bathe himself in the front yard in a kiddie pool. While he’s bathing, the neighbor steals his boombox, which prompts him to chase him down the street naked.
Back at the hearing, Ron and his government-hating self is starting to get frustrated with the intense questioning. “This is not communist China! You cannot make her whip herself, you cannot make her wear a hair-shirt. You wanna live in North Korea, live in North Korea. This is America!” Ron continues his little rant and declares the hearing over. Ron says he took up for Leslie only because he hates bureaucracy and his ideal government is “one guy in a small room. The only decision he gets to make is who to nuke.”
Leslie reveals to Ann that she opened the gift basket for a guy, Mark. She tells her of the affair they had in February…. 2004. In the end, everything ends happily: Ann is pleased with Andy’s cleaning, and Leslie learns that getting a letter in her file isn’t all bad; Mark says she’s now a member of the “boys’ club.”
Tonight’s episode was hilarious! One of the highlight’s of the season so far for me was Ron’s little rant during the disciplinary hearing. I think he’s got tons of potential to be hilarious. Tonight’s episode also avoided the spots of boring that have been in each episode so far, though they have never been a huge deal. Tonight’s episode of ‘P&R’ was one of my favorite shows I’ve watched all week!
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