The Parks and Rec Open Thread

image of Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope standing in her living room, pointing at a pot-bellied pig at her feet
"Are you talking about this one? This one right here? Yes, that is a pig."

OMG. Thank Maude for the return of Parks and Recreation! That was the longest hiatus EVER! (No it wasn't.) (But it felt like it.)

[Spoilers are Voting Knope herein...]

Okay, I could not even stop laughing when Leslie adopted all the animals. (Ben: "What's your game plan here, m'dear?" LOL FOREVER!) Mainly because Iain, upon the reveal, said with a raised brow: "That's exactly what you would do in that situation." Me, snickering: "What on earth would make you say that?" Iain, giving a great, heaving sigh: "Long experience." Ahhhhhahahahahaha!!!

There was A LOT I loved about this episode, and I'll get to the Swansonpoints in a moment, but I also have to give a special highlight to Tom giving April the picture of the little girl with her adopted puhhhhhhhhhppy. "If Leslie taught me anything, it's that, yes, 98% of the time this job is frustrating and you hit brick walls. But the other 2%? It's stuff like this kid and that puppy." Blub.

I bet that kid and her puppy are jumping for life.

Ron Swanson head bullet-point Amenities! True Fact: Rolling around with scATX in impossibly soft blankets on Tom Haverford's bed is now on my bucket list. Yes, I know Tom is a fictional character, but whatever, I don't even have a bucket list!

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "Hey, honey! Good morning! How did you sleep? I adopted 32 cats and dogs. Do you want pancakes?"

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "I'll stand."

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "What—this cat was in Boogie Nights?!" (Also: Donna's reaction shot to that? PRICELESS.)

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "My one reservation about you as a coworker was that you seem inflexible, and merely by agreeing to an activity you're not interested in, you showed flexibility." (I kind of love Chris Traeger.)

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "In a week, we have a debate. And your guy, Bobby Newport, is gonna have to show up, and he's gonna have to open his mouth. And I'm gonna kick his ass." HIGH FIVES!

Ron Swanson head bullet-point Everything else. Five-cat record. A bigger bottle would break the rules. Enticing the dogs to play poker. Gyro. Whiskey. All of it.


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