'Parks and Recreation' - 'Park Safety' Recap
by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 19th 2010 12:05AM
(S02E19) How do you guys feel about Jerry? As amusing as it is to see Leslie, the moral center of the show, make fun of someone, the whole "ridiculing Jerry 24-7" thing makes me kind of uncomfortable. He acknowledges that he gets made fun of, but unlike PIerce on 'Community,' he doesn't seem in on the joke at all.
Mark pops in toward the end of this episode to make a good point: Leslie's problem is that one of her employees would make up a story about a mugging because he's afraid of his co-workers' reactions. With that said, "What would you do for a Klondike bar? Kill your wife?" was pretty freakin' hilarious.
In addition to the relentless mocking of Jerry, I also wasn't too keen on Andy Samberg's character. He just seemed like the personification of an 'SNL' skit instead of a real character. In fact, I'm pretty sure Will Ferrell actually did that character on SNL. While he was funny at times, in general, he just seemed to take up time. Probably not coincidentally, that's pretty much how I feel about Samberg on 'SNL.'
What I found to be the most interesting thing about this week's episode of 'Parks and Rec' was the B plot. I mentioned last week how Ron Swanson makes the best use of his time out of anybody in the world, and that was only further boosted this week when he held an emergency self-defense class for everyone. Not only was he able to book a Dojo on such short notice, but he actually had some major skills. Ron Swanson truly can do anything, can't he?
I was also quite intrigued by the fact that Anne seems to be falling for Andy again. We've seen hints of this in the past few episodes, but this is the first one in which she's really laid it out there. Honestly, I don't understand this. I get the idea that something only becomes appealing once you can no longer have it, but beyond that? I've got nothing. The only reason I can think of that they're doing this is because Mark (Paul Schneider) is leaving the show, and they want a good reason to break them up.
Realistically, Anne should know that April is exactly the type of person Andy needs: She's a kid. She doesn't care that he barely has a job and he can't really pay his bills. He's kind of cute and he's in a band. That's really all she needs. Anne is a little bit older, she has a career, and she's outgrown that part of her life. Obviously, logic doesn't often apply to love, but still. If they go too much further with this, I'm going to have a hard time swallowing this story -- much as I would a soggy breakfast burrito pulled from a creek that I refused to share with my dog.