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Review: Parks and Recreation - Hunting Trip

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 19th 2009 10:56PM
parks and recreation(S02E10) This episode is nice, because Leslie finally gets what she's wanted since the very beginning of the series: to be one of the guys. I know I talk about this a lot, but it's just because the writers have done such an exceptional job: I love how Leslie is actually competent in some areas, instead of being the bumbling fool they wrote her as at the beginning of the first season.

When she says she's an excellent hunter, it's not just self-delusion: she's actually an excellent hunter. Well, we really don't see enough to determine whether or not she's "excellent," but she totally bagged a quail on her first try and she didn't shoot Ron in the head, so she's at least pretty good compared to the rest of her hunting party.

This week's episode, along with last week's, are among the few that manage to make pretty good use of all of the characters. Oftentimes, Donna and Jerry especially are left out, but here, they each had some funny moments, with Donna tackling Leslie and Jerry finally being able to pee standing up. I could have used a little more Tom, but that's really the case during any episode: Aziz Ansari never fails to completely crack me up.

Here's the funny thing about April and Andy (besides the array of hickeys he ended up with): I'm sure no one ever thought, now that's a pair that needs to get together. However, when they were practicing their spit-takes and throwing the football around, they displayed more chemistry and sexual tension than Mark and Anne have all season. Yes, it's a weird pairing, but they're weird people. It totally works for me.

I do like how Parks and Rec doesn't feel the need to inundate us with relationship storylines all the time, and I appreciate how they just continue to grow in the background. However, they've got to do something with Mark and Anne soon, don't they? With Mark and Leslie's history, as well as Ann and Andy's, I feel as though this has to come into play more, but so far, they are the most boring couple ever invented. I see absolutely no point to the relationship, and in fact, if you haven't seen the episode where they got together, there's almost nothing in their interactions that would indicate that they are even more than casual acquaintances. I just really don't see the point.

However, here's something I do see the point of: Leslie's explanations to the park ranger of why she shot Ron in the head:

"I got that tunnel vision that girls get."
"I let my emotions get the best of me."
"I cared too much, I guess."
"I was thinking with my ladyparts."
"I was walking and it felt icky."
"I thought there was gonna be chocolate."
"I don't even remember!"
"I'm wearing a new bra, and it closes in the front, so it popped open and it threw me off."
"All I wanna do is have babies!"
"I'm just going through a thing right now."
"I guess when my life is incomplete, I wanna just shoot someone."
"This would not happen if I had a penis!"
"Bitches be crazy."
"I'm good at tolerating pain; I'm bad at math, and... I'm stupid."

Fact: I now have a list of excuses for everything. Thanks, Leslie!

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Martin

Did April ever get through to give the numbers on the phone line. I cannot remember?

November 20 2009 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ann

Can someone post a link to the video Ron was watching on his computer when Leslie came into his office (the one with the crazy guy dressed like a horse)?
I wanted to show it to my husband so he doesn't think I'm crazy, but I can't remember what that guy called himself...

November 20 2009 at 10:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ann

just kidding...I found it: (http://www.youtube.com/user/AlexKovas)
but I re-watched the episode and it wasn't on this show...maybe it was on the office or community instead? so much comedy on one night...it all bleeds together

November 20 2009 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sean

One of the funniest episodes yet. I loved Donna. I was crying from laughing so hard during this episode. From Leslie's suspenders to Donna tackling her, it was comedy gold. And all the women were badass. Can I say badass? Anne was very commanding, Leslie was a good shot, April used her wit, and Donna was aggressive...and sorta crazy. Great even use of characters! They're getting really good at that. It's not just an episode about Leslie anymore! This show has become my favorite show of the week. I used to look forward to The Office and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and now it's Parks and Phili...and South Park too. I can't ever forget about that.

November 19 2009 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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