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Parks and Recreation: The Practice Date

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 8th 2009 10:28PM
amy poehler(S02E04) Last week, I talked about how I was beginning to identify with Leslie Knope. This week, I have to say that I identify with her a lot less, but that's mainly because my dating life hasn't been anywhere near as awesome as hers. I have never downed Ambien instead of Tic-Tacs, I have never had a dude show up for a date with another woman, and sadly, my sleeve (or any other clothing item) has never caught on fire. All this says to me is that I haven't lived, man.

I also really like what they're doing with the Dave character. I was afraid that they were making him kind of stupid, but that wasn't evident in this episode. He was just kind of bumbling and charming again. Plus, it was super-sweet how he wasn't scared away when she showed up to his house drunk. Because really, if you can't show up at some dude's house and ask him if he's impressed that you remember it's a bathroom and not a whiz palace, then what's the point of life?

I loved the game the rest of the office was playing that had them digging up dirt on everyone. My favorite part of that whole thing is not necessarily that Ron leads a secret double life as a jazz saxophonist, but his amazing, amazing CD covers. If NBC doesn't make those into t-shirts, then they're obviously more stupid than even I believed.

I will tell you what disappointed me about it, though: The revelation that Tom's marriage is a Green Card marriage. I really loved the idea that Tom was the creepiest dude on earth, but still managed to get a hot, smart, rich doctor to marry him; it really tickled my fancy. So I feel a little let down to find out that it's not the case at all. I was really looking forward to learning more about her and seeing them interact. This storyline was a potential goldmine, and they just kind of ruined it.

There wasn't a whole lot of Ann and Mark action in this episode, which I'm kind of happy about -- they bore me as a couple. Also, Mark slept with a married woman when he was 16? Gross. Especially because it probably wasn't a four-way in a cave. That's really the only way to go.

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    PARKS AND RECREATION Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope and Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson star in the episode "Boys' Club." Airs Thursday, April 30, 2009.

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    PARKS AND RECREATION Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, Amy Poehlaer as Leslie Knope and Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins star in the episode "Boys' Club." Airs Thursday, April 30, 2009.

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    PARKS AND RECREATION Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope and Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins star in the episode "Boys' Club." Airs Thursday, April 30, 2009.

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    PARKS AND RECREATION Chris Pratt as Andy stars in the episode "Boys' Club." Airs Thursday, April 30, 2009.

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    PARKS AND RECREATION Chris Pratt as Andy stars in the episode "Boys' Club." Airs Thursday, April 30, 2009.

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    PARKS AND RECREATION Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope and Paul Schneider as Mark Brendanawicz star in the episode "Canvassing." Airs Thursday, April 16, 2009.

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    PARKS AND RECREATION Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope star in the episode "Canvassing." Airs Thursday, April 16, 2009.

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    PARKS AND RECREATION Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Paul Schneider as Mark Brendanawicz, Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins and Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate star in the episode "Canvassing." Airs Thursday, April 16, 2009.

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    PARKS AND RECREATION Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Paul Schneider as Mark Brendanawicz, Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins and Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate star in the episode "Canvassing." Airs Thursday, April 16, 2009.

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    PARKS AND RECREATION Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Paul Schneider as Mark Brendanawicz, Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford, Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins and Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate star in the episode "Canvassing." Airs Thursday, April 16, 2009.

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izikavazo

"Are you impressed that I knew what it was called?" that was the best line. And that list of all her terrible dates was outrageously funny.
I think they pulled the trigger on the green card wedding because it was clear that the first season was moving too slowly for most people. So they're kind of going fast and furious now. It makes for very funny episodes, but I agree, they could have handled that better. (At the same time, I think they always intended to make it a green card thing.)

October 13 2009 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cress d

I am quickly starting to find this to be one of my favorite shows. Poehler and Jones are great, and I find Ron and Tom to be hilarious!

Favorite scene:
Tom-"Is that all?"
Ron-"No. I'll have your wife tonight."

October 13 2009 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

Not much love for P&R...
I loved the episode. It doesn't bother me that Tom's marriage is a fraud, I think it sets up interesting possibilities for new storylines. And I loved Ann's date from hell. I even more loved Leslies reaction...

October 10 2009 at 3:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Key Rick

The practice date might have even been funnier if Ann had made peace with her ex who is living in a tent in the pit long enough for him to stand-in as a horrible date for Leslie instead of her pretending. Ann should have at least referenced him as her role model.

October 09 2009 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LRM

Pretty good episode. I think the series is really coming into its own. Mark and Ann are a horrible couple. No chemistry and from what we know of their characters, I have no clue how Ann could be into him, much less chasing after him like she is.

October 09 2009 at 3:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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