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Review: Parks and Recreation - The Set-Up

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 15th 2010 3:25AM
parks and recreation, amy poehler, will arnett
(S02E13) "I don't wanna date a twin ... because I've been tricked before."

I guess Leslie decided not to have that long-distance relationship with Dave. As much as I liked him, he's not around, and I'm glad Leslie is moving on. It may not have gone very well for her, but I love how Leslie is confident enough to not disguise her disgust for Chris. Seeing the real-life husband and wife on a terrible blind date was fun, but I'd like to see Will Arnett on the show again, and the way things ended didn't leave a whole lot of room for that possibility.

Speaking of possibilities, Justin Theroux is going to be back next week as Justin, so we get to see how that first date went. By the way, great casting call on that one. I can totally understand why Leslie and Anne are into him; I got all swoony just sitting at home and watching him on screen.

I'm glad they found a reason for April to stick around, instead of just going the lazy sitcom route of keeping her as an intern indefinitely. The storyline with Andy is great, and I love the way they're taking it very slowly. It's not some overwrought, unrequited love; it's a very relatable story about a girl who likes a guy, but doesn't want to come out and say it.

Mark and Anne had their first good relationship episode, as well. The whole jealousy issue with them was handled well, and actually showed that these two have feelings for each other. When it first popped up as an issue, I was thinking that this was going to be how the writers broke them up and ended this boring couple, but instead, I was pleasantly surprised at how it actually strengthened the relationship.

Tom was kind of in the background this week, but as usual, Aziz Ansari managed to make his scenes count. For all of his talk of bottle service and club openings, the man is still wearing his wedding ring. I sincerely hope that this means that there's more to the storyline between Tom and his ex-wife, because those were some of the most interesting episodes in the first part of the season. Perhaps he can text her in eight weeks and ask, "what's crackin'?"

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Mark might be the worst character on any show ever. He's completely bland and horrible. It's like they tried to re-create Jim from The Office but failed miserably.

January 15 2010 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tom is easily the best character on the show. Ron is a close second. The 8 weeks quote is hilarious--been trying to find a clip of it on the web unsuccessfully...

January 15 2010 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Aziz really adds to the show, and is a really funny comedian. He has a DVD coming out and I think that it will be just as funny as his character on this show. There is a great preview that has been going around here: http://cli.gs/HsjmXZ .

January 15 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Honestly for my boyfriend and I, Aziz's character is the weakest link on the show. He's just a caricature and way too over the top. But we love almost everyone else but especially Ron.

January 15 2010 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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