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Review: Parks and Recreation - Greg Pikitis

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 30th 2009 12:15PM
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Pikitis! I loved this episode. After hitting a real low for me two weeks ago, last week's episode was an improvement, but this week's really lived up to its potential. Even Andy, who I haven't been completely thrilled with as a character this season, was hilarious ("I'm not crying; I'm just allergic to jerks!"). It's also really nice to see people on Leslie's side. How awesome was Dave with her? I wasn't so sure about him when he first showed up, but he's becoming more and more fun every episode he's in.

So we find out that Leslie's mortal enemy is a high school kid who just happens to have a name that's a lot of fun to yell in anger. Which, of course Leslie's mortal enemy is some 16-year-old punk. I will say this though: he's good: Between hiring the fake mom off of Craigslist and his janitor disguise that he used to break into the Parks office, maybe Leslie wasn't being completely ridiculous when she classified him as a James Bond-type criminal mastermind.

Speaking of the Parks office vandalism, am I the only one who totally thought it was an inside job? That maybe Jerry had just finally snapped after all of the abuse he takes week after week (his designated role as office whipping boy is something else that I love) and TP'd the whole office? Especially because when Andy and Leslie were cleaning up, one of the things that was spray-painted on the wall was, "your coffee sucks," which, as far as graffiti goes, is pretty random.

I'm also glad to see the pit not get mentioned in this episode. While there's still stuff that needs to be done with it, since it's just a pile of dirt now, I'm glad that every episode doesn't need to center around it. No matter how funny everything is, I'm not sure of, "it's a show about a pit," as a lasting concept.

I was dismayed when we found out a few weeks ago that Tom's marriage was a Green Card marriage, because I really wanted the creepy dude to win, just once. However, the little scene with his wife talking to Ron about how they can split up in a few months without raising any eyebrows, looks like it's going to lead to some interesting storylines. I don't want to see little Tom sad!

Also, I'm with April: Anne's nice and all, but I would definitely rather watch three Jonas brothers making out with three Robert Pattinsons.

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The thing about the pit though was that it gave an excuse to have Ann (and by extension Andy) spend all that time down at the government offices. Without it, you have to buy into the idea that she really actually does like Leslie enough as a friend to spend all her lunch hours and spare time hanging out, which is a real stretch especially since Leslie was initially portrayed as such an annoying buffoon that nobody could possibly want to really be around her constantly. To their credit they have been doing a good job of sanding down her rough edges and making Leslie more human, so the show still works at a basic level. And I'm not necessarily saying that I would want every episode to be about the pit; just that having something like that in the background does serve a rudimentary purpose in that it brings all the principal characters together.

October 31 2009 at 3:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

NBC really did a great job with Community and Parks and Rec. Thought both eps were great and almost every character was firing on all cylinders. You're right, Andy was hilarious as the FBI. I still think the Rashida Jones + that guy pairing is horrible. He doesn't really have a personality. I can't even seem to remember the actor or the character's name.

October 30 2009 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loving Louis C.K.'s character... hopefully he sticks around as a guest star for quite some time. By far one of the best, if not the best, P&R episode yet.

October 30 2009 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

.......and his wife seemed to be hitting on Ron which would be demoralizing for the guy since he looks up to him. Yes Tom is creepy, but his creepiness comes from genuine social awkwardness, and not some sort of lecherous pervy side. I really hope I was reading too much into that scene.

October 30 2009 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Chapa

I love this show more and more every week. I loved Tom's T-Pain costume. Although it was a little sad knowing his wife doesn't plan to stick around.

October 30 2009 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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