The Parks and Rec Open Thread

image of Andy with water balloons, some broken, strapped to his chest, and Chris LITERALLY drenched with water

[Spoilers hereafter.]

Oh my god, this episode. RAMP UP, PAWNEE! Ron Swanson's guttural visceral response to Chris' suggestion to hire more people for the Parks Department! CARL FUCKING REINER! The Pawnee water fountain regional quirk! Perd Hapley! "Let's start the show by beginning." LOL! The cappuccino maker! April! WATER FIGHT! Pretty much everything else.

It was super clever to have Leslie's insecurities about Ben's competency come out in backhanded compliments about his appearance. It was realistic, not very nice, true to Leslie's aversion to confrontation, and hard to watch.

And then came that moment, oh that great moment, when Leslie asked Ben: "What are we going to do?" and he said, "I dunno," and they both smiled, because somehow just acknowledging you're flailing always steadies you a bit.

I really loved Kathryn Hahn as Bobby Newport's campaign strategist who's forced to play chess with herself. Kathryn Hahn is funny as hell, and what a great addition to the show. I hope she gets to hang around awhile.

And yay Parks and Rec for finding room for yet another brilliantly funny lady.

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