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The Office Premiere- “Gossip”- Recap and Review

Michael, Andy, and Dwight open the show by imitating parcore, an internet sensation from 2004 that includes running and jumping off of things.  Andy “parcores” off the dumpster right into an empty Vance Refrigeration box that doesn’t do anything to break his fall.

Back in the office, Dwight gives an intern the order to “go put all those files in random order, then come talk to me about what’s wrong with the order.”

After the credits roll we find that Pam is pregnant with Jim’s offspring.  Well congrats Jim and Pam!  They say they aren’t going to tell the office members, and I can’t say that I blame them.

The latest office gossip is that two of the interns, Eric and Megan, are a couple, and Michael is very sad that he doesn’t know about it.  One of the interns tells Michael that he saw Stanley and his wife at a club and Michael thinks he’s got the latest gossip that Stanley is having a midlife crisis. Michael soon finds out that Stanley’s wife is out of town, so he gets mad at the intern for lying.  Through further discussion, Michael and the intern decide he is having an affair.  Michael then realizes that he does have the latest gossip so he tells Kelly.. and everyone else.  “It’s wonderful to be the center of attention,” said Michael.  Jim quickly puts an end to the gossiping by telling Michael he could ruin Stanley’s life. Michael must know, so he asks Stanley.  Naturally, Stanley initially denies the claim, which causes Michael to say its just “racial profiling  and gossip”.  Eventually, Stanley  admits to the affair and talks about the “long walks on the treadmill” he had with Cynthia, the woman he’s having an affair with.  Michael assures Stanley he can keep a secret.

Back inside Michael tries to “untell” the affair story by spreading “false gossip so everyone thinks what was said is untrue” about office members.  The first batch of rumors he starts are hilarious and include: Angela is dating an 81 year old billionaire, Kelly is anorexic, Andy is gay, and Pam is pregnant.  Uh oh.

Michael then calls everyone into the meeting room to wish the departing interns a fairwell.  During the meeting, everyone dicusses the rumors of the day.  Andy tells Jim the evidence is stacked against him and he may be gay, and Jim advises him to have sex with both genders and compare.  Andy then tells him congrats on the “baby tuna”, causing Jim to go find Pam.  Other rumors include that Oscar is the voice of taco bell dog, Toby is a virgin, and Kevin has someone inside him working the controls.  The staff traces the rumors back to Michael and they demand an explanation.  Michael explains he was trying to “untell” a rumor and is about to reveal the true rumor when Jim steps in and says that the true rumor is that Pam is pregnant, saving Stanley from the the news of his affair from going public… for now.

Michael has Jim and Pam in his office to scold them for not telling him their news before telling everyone else.  While they’re chatting, Stanley’s wife returns Michael’s call about the affair and he accidentally breaks the news of the affair to Terry.  In the closing scene you can see Stanley beating the crap out of Michael’s car.  I think he’s angry.

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Parks and Recreation Premiere “Pawnee Zoo”- Recap and Review

If acting doesn’t work out for Amy Poehler, I see some rapping in her future.  When approached by Ron she started rapping some song and strolling casually around the office before Ron informed her someone was “on fire at the park”.  In typical Leslie fashion, she shoots off to save the day.

According to Leslie, she’s been doing a lot of promotion for the Pawnee Zoo including; a party for an elderly parrot, an attempt to get chimps to throw prizes into the crowd (they just threw crap), and finally a marriage ceremony for two new penguins.  That last one gets her in hot water because the two penguins she marries turn out to be both be boys.  Uh oh.

The next day at the office, Mark confronts Leslie and calls her an “activist” to which she says, “No, no, no, no.”  She then explains that Pawnee is not very receptive to activism,”A garbage man was once suspended for wearing a livestrong bracelet.”  Later, Ron delivers a cake and a shirt sent to Leslie by The Bulge, a gay bar that Leslie says she’s “wasted many nights at”.  Aprille brings in her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s boyfriend who wanted to meet Leslie and thank her for taking a stand for gay marriage.  Though Leslie is resistant, she agrees to go to The Bulge and be their guest of honor.  They hand her a picture of herself colorized like the Barack Obama posters that say “Hope”, only hers says “Knope”.  That’s hilarious.

Later, Marcia Langmen of a family activist group enters the office to ask Leslie for her resignation because she used tax payer dollars to push a gay marriage agenda.  Marcia demands either the annulment of the penguins’ marriage, or Leslie’s resignation.  In the midst of all this, Mark asks Ann to go out on a date but she says no because that would be too weird.

That night at the gay bar, Leslie plans to tell the gays present that she was not taking a stand and that she was very sorry.  But she is overwhelmed by her supporters chanting her name.  With all the pressure, Leslie backs off her previous stance of having no stance.  The gays in the bar give her free drinks, and we know how she gets with alcohol.  “You know why tonight’s fun?  Because everyone here is so guy.  Just stone cold gay.”  She’s also very excited because she found two bisexuals and got their numbers.

The next day, Ron enters Leslie’s office and tells her she has to go on “Pawnee Today” and take a stand because Marcia is calling for her resignation.  While Marcia and Leslie are debating she says she just wants her to annul the marriage and then resign.  “Is that it?” says Leslie, “You sure you don’t want to me jump off a building too?  This is why people don’t go into politics, because I bust my butt around here and I have one night of fun and this is what I get!”  Leslie then takes to the phones and quickly finds that the callers are in favor of her resignation.  One caller says “Would you let me marry my guinea pig, because I’d like to.”  Marcia responds, “See, that’s a reasonable concern.”  Leslie replies, “I didn’t murder anyone or have an affair, I just made something cute.  I will not annull.”

In the mean time, the “new and improved” Andy comes back to see Ann.  “I think it would behoove us to try again.”  He says he’s taken an office job and has learned new words,  though we quickly find out that he’s living in a tent at the bottom of the pit.

In the end, Leslie ends up transferring the penguins to Iowa because gay marriage is legal there and they will be happy together.

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Parks and Recreation “Boys’ Club” Recap, Review, and Video

Recap

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.”

Review

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!

5 Elephants

5 Elephants

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Parks and Recreation- “The Reporter” Recap

‘Parks and Recreation’ just keeps getting better and better.  Read the recap below if you missed tonight’s episode!  Also, look for a link to the full episode at the end of the recap.

Tonight’s episode kicks off with Leslie (Amy Poehler) on a “Pre-Teen Nature Walk”.  “For a while, it was a teenage nature hike, but we changed it because… a girl got pregnant,” said Leslie.  Leslie then eats the Pawnee huneysuckle, which is not your average huneysuckle.  This causes her tongue to swell, but, hey, “it has a sweet after taste!”.

Leslie informs Ann (Rashida Jones) that she will be getting an interview with the Pawnee Journal to promote their park idea.  According to Leslie, keeping your project in the press is the key to success.  She sites the Tucker Park Graffiti Removal Project as evidence of this.  After eliminating 5 graffitied penises (not even 10%!), the project ran out of steam.  So, somewhere in Pawnee, you can still find the penis wall.

Leslie takes Mark (Paul Schneider) to a meal at JJ’s Diner, which she says is the place where all of the political elite meet.  During their meeting, Leslie asks Mark to help her prepare for the interview.  He says the first question will probably be “How do you spell your name?”.  “Ahhh… of course!  Because of the silent ‘K’,” says Leslie.  Then Leslie reminds us that she and Mark “made love” once.

When the interviewer arrives at the office, Leslie insists she take her on a quick tour.  Leslie takes her back to the wall of murals, a familiar place for us viewers, to show her the mural of Cheif Wamapoe that apparently everyone seems to complain about.  Leslie then introduces her to Ron (Nick Offerman), who apparently hates the media as much as he hates the government because he offered up a simple “no comment” in return.  Tom (Aziz Ansari) and Ron have some friendly scrabble competition going, though Tom throws every round in an attempt to suck up to his boss, Ron.

Leslie takes the interviewer to the meeting room where she introduces everyone as follows:  Tom “boy genius, smooth like milk chocolate” Haverford, April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) “so cool she could be invited anywhere, but chooses to be here”, and Ann and Andy “the real heroes of this story”.  The interviewer wants to record the interview, but Leslie can’t handle the pressure.  Each time she has to answer a question, she has to pause the recorder because she doesn’t want to answer incorrectly.  We then find out that Andy was going after a toaster in the bottom of the pit, and he was “wasted” in the process.  Apparently, no one knew these details yet, which causes quite a stir.  “Ann, your so innocent and sweet and pretty.  The press are like sharks and you just dumped a bucket of chum in the water.”

There’s a hilarious little exchange between Tom and Ron about Tom’s “lack” of Scrabble skills, and about how much Ron thinks his ex-wife is a bi*** who can’t play Scrabble.  You have to see it to get the full effect.  The interviewer tells Leslie they will resume tomorrow at the pit, and she and Mark exit together.  Much to Leslie’s dismay, they are back together the next morning and Marks drops her off at the pit.  It takes Leslie a minute, but she eventually puts the peices together and discovers why Shauna (The interviewer) was with Mark.  The rest of the interview, Leslie is very upset, and cannot answer the questions very well.  This part was hilarious, and you just have to see it.

Leslie leaves the interview early to go talk to Ann about Mark and Shauna’s little fling.  She leaves from their home to confront Mark.  “It is unethical for a public servant to have sex with a member of the press corp, Mark; especially when it’s with some one so skanky.  Come on, Mark”.

Leslie calls Shauna to inform that she ate a bad burrito (but not a mexican burrito), and that caused her weird behavior at the pit.  She asks for a do-over and Shauna accepts.  For this interivew, Shauna gathered several quotes from people who are sure the park is not going to happen.  “You should write an article about unicorns, because unicorns are more likely to happen than this park”, and “You should write an article about the Pope getting married because that’s more likely to happen than this park”.  Apparently, Mark is also sure it’s not going to happen, or at least, that’s what he told Shauna.

Ann and Mark meet Shauna outside her office to ask that she please not print that article, and she agrees not to because she and Mark are “romantically involved”.  Mark disagrees with that, so she prints it anyway.  The article ends with, what Leslie calls a positive note with a “We’ll see”.

4 of 5 Elephants

4 of 5 Elephants

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Amy Poehler Spruces Up Thursday Nights with ‘Parks’ Debut

Doesnt she look like shes got it all together.

Doesn't she look like she's got it all together.

First off, I know this is a political blog, but as I’ve said numorous times, there is more to life than politics.  Sticking with that theme, I plan to do more of these entertainment style posts throughout the week.  Never fear though faithful reader, there are no plans to eliminated the wildly popular (slight exaggeration) “No Politics Tuesday”.  Those days will simply be more in-depth on the nonpolitical scoop.  So without further ado, I present to you the first non-political post made outside of “No Politics Tuesday”:

When I saw the ‘Parks and Recreation’ commericial last Januray, I was thrilled.  Amy Poehler had just left SNL the month before, which left a hole in my heart that only she could fill.  Her Hillary Clinton impersonations, though baring little to no resemblence to real-life Hillary, summed up her personality perfectly and were always hilarious.  Her great sense of humor also added life to the Weekend Update segments, and subtracted from Seth Myers overal suck factor that really brought down the mood.  So naturally, a show that starred Amy was something I had dreamed of.

After much anticipation, when ‘Parks and Recreation’ finally aired last Thursday after The Office (personal favorite show) I was beyond pleased.  You can certainly tell that it was made by the genuisess behind The Office, but it still remained original.  Leslie Knope, Amy’s character, is in charge of the parks and recreation department for Pawnee, Indiana.  Her boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), is quite an intriguing character.  He hates government and dreams of privatizing everything, especially the parks and recreation department.  Leslie also reveals she slept with Mark Brendanawicz, a colleague that she finds all important for her work.  “If you want to get anything done, you gotta ask Mark Brendanawicz,” says Mrs. Knope.  Her partner Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) is lazy, creepy, and confusing all at the same time.  One minute he seems like a loyal employee, the next he is passing embarrasing images of Leslie around on the internet.  He’s like a sneakier, more evil Dwight Schrute.  The pilot episode set the groundwork for some hilarious character development.

In this episode, Leslie (Amy Poehler) gets the ball rolling on a new park for the city after much discussion with her government hating boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman).  The park is slated for development on a lot that was abandon after it’s developer went bankrupt.  The decrepit state of the lot causes one resident to fall in, breaking both legs in the process.  Poehler’s character is oozing with likeability.  Unlike The Office’s main character Michael Scott (Steve Carrell), she is less about the funny business and more about productivity.  That doesn’t mean, however, that she isn’t funny.  Her sincerity over even the slightest of issues gives plenty of humor, and her off-the-wall communication skills are even better.

Parks and Recreation is a true gem that you should definitly add to your Thursday night lineup.  Anyone that doubts the potentail of this series must remember that even the award winning series The Office started out slow, and got better with time.  I feel very confident that this series is going to be following in the footsteps of its predecessor to the top of the comedy television world.

Don’t miss next weeks Parks and Recreation when Leslie Knope sets out to bring her new park idea to the public via the local newspaper, set to air Thursday, April 16th at 8:30 on NBC.

Rating:

4.5 Elephants

4.5 Elephants

Thoughts From Around the Blogosphere

**This is a new thing that I want to start doing with posts about commong topics.  I will go around and find thoughts on topics similar to what the particular post is about and post the quote, as well as a link to the article.

Critics say it’s a little too close to The Office (mockumentary style, talking head interviews, naive protagonists you want to root for, etc.) While this critique may be valid, I’m not complaining. If three Law & Order’s, and three CSI’s can coexist (under the same title no less) than I am a-okay with a show with a similar format to The Office. edubTV.wordpress.com on critics’ comparisons to The Office.

But to be honest I laughed pretty hard whenever she said anything throughout the show.  Her character is a bit dopey, really optimistic and super cute.  readwatchbuy.com on Amy’s character, Leslie Knope.

Overall, I think that the show has great potential. It may never be The Office, but it could come close. stevenmiller2008.wordpress.com on Parks and Recreations prospects.

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