Review: Parks and Recreation - Christmas Scandal
by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 11th 2009 1:10AM
(S02E12) This week's episode of Parks and Recreation was bittersweet-- but mostly sweet. After being MIA for several episodes, Louis C.K. returned, only to say goodbye. However, sweet scenes between April and Andy, Mark and Ann, and the entire office finally realizing how much they need Leslie, made up for the sadness.
It wasn't all sappy, though. When you have a councilman who gets a babysitter pregnant and then proceeds to have sex with four delivery-room nurses and a woman who's husband is getting a liver transplant, there is bound to be some funny-- and apparently an ass shot or two.
I'm glad they brought the cave-sex having councilman back, because he's always good for a laugh. Having Leslie get caught up in a sex scandal was pure genius, because she's obviously the very last person who would ever be involved in one. It was also a nice comment on the "something out of nothing" nature of 24-hour news channels, and the endless speculation that has a tendency to make a story into something completely different that it was when it started.
As far as relationships go, this episode was great for all of them. Well, not so great for Dave and Leslie, since he asked her to move to San Diego with him, but the scene in the restaurant where she turned him down and he kissed her hand was lovely. Parks and Recreation shows heart sometimes, but the sentimental moments are rare enough that a simple kiss on the hand is a big moment.
I'm also big on Team April/Andy. They're completely adorable together, and it's nice to see her nervous around him, instead of all cool and above it all. The age difference is a little weird, and would ordinarily bother me, but since Andy's emotional age is about eleven, I'll allow it.
I know some of you hate how I'm constantly complaining about Mark and Anne's wet blanket of a relationship, so you'll be pleased to know that I really enjoyed the one scene they had together. Sometimes a rad computer back really is exactly what you need. Plus, Mark being astute enough to know that not having to go to a Pacers game with him would be a great present for Anne really won him some points.
In all, it was a really nice episode, with one major exception: More Tom!
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