The Parks and Rec Open Thread

image of Ron Swanson and Ben's Dad approaching a buffet tray with only one bacon-wrapped shrimp left
Two men enter. Only one man exits with the last bacon-wrapped shrimp.

(Spoilers are making unity quilts herein.)

Ohhhhhhh this episode! IT MADE ME SO ANXIOUS! So many parents not getting along and being total d-bags! I really want to just SKIP AHEAD to the things that I liked and did not make me want to crawl into a fetal position under a unity quilt! BUT. There were two other things I did not like about this episode:

1. I felt like Ulani's character was...weird. Like there was some joke I was supposed to be getting about her being a woman of color and/or bigger and taller than Ben's Dad. Or something? And also I was like pretty much on their side? If they've been together for a long time, which was clearly the suggestion, why wouldn't she come to the party and why wouldn't she part of the quilt, even if they're not married? Surely, Leslie and Ben don't actually believe that only marriage makes a family.

2. April calling Ann "this lesbian nurse," though I realize it was supposed to be a reference to Ann saying she is dating herself, doesn't seem like a joke April would make. When we first met April, she was part of a poly triad with two bi men. And also wasn't there an episode where April promised to stop busting Ann's chops all the time? It just seems like the writers won't let April grow up, which is getting kind of frustrating.

Now onto the good stuff...

First! Can we talk about the reaction shots in this episode? There were so many great reaction shots!

a strip of three screenshots: Ben looking into the camera confusedly as he is engulfed in a group hug; Donna looking into the camera with a sly grin as Chris weeps on her breast; Ron looking into the camera with simmering contempt as John Ralphio bothers him

And then there was this stuff!

Ron Swanson head bullet-point The Knope-Wyatt Unity Quilt! Joe Biden! Glenne Headly, you Dirty Rotten Scoundrel! Mike from Breaking Bad! Stars collide and a whole new beautiful universe is born!

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "My family situation is complicated. They got divorced thirty years ago and they hate each other. Okay, I guess it's not that complicated."

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "Of all my metaphorical art projects, this is by far the coziest."

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "There's no more tissue! Everything ends! Everything goes away!"

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "I'll admit it—things are going surprisingly well. Aaaaaaaand pack it up it's over we're screwed."

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "Slight speedbump—everything is terrible. But I am going to fix it!"

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "Ann, you are such a good friend. You are a beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk ox."

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "Ever since I got my first job at the age of nine, I put all my money into gold, which is currently at an all-time high, so I have a certain amount of money. I've said too much."

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "Snails crawling out of your mouth!"

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "Rethink that move, son."

Ron Swanson head bullet-point "Get ready, driver. We're gonna make out so hard in the back of your cab."


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