Parks and Recreation Review: "Fancy Party"

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The Parks Department is invited to Andy and April’s dinner party. A mash up of their two favorite things: dinner and parties. Meanwhile, Ann and Donna hit the local bar for a singles party.

Honestly, anything that gets the Parks Department to move out of the office once in a while really allows the show to up its comedy game and bring the characters forward in their character arcs, and "Fancy Party" was no exception.

Jerry's Great Shirt Picture

The invites to the dinner party had me rolling with laughter. Andy and April asking their guests to bring various things from silverware to cake to a 3D Television with Avatar is genius and something only the two of them could actually get away with.

The real twist was that Andy and April are actually getting married.

Again, genius, and I continued to wonder throughout the ceremony just how long it was going to last. I never imagined the two of them would actually make it to the end (I too would have lost the bet against Ron). The crazy thing is I think the two of them married can actually work.

Meanwhile, Leslie freaking out over the two of them getting married is pure fun. If only because we get to hear the rundown of all her failed relationships, her need to make a pros and cons list of each one, needing to take things slow, and her every attempt to get them to reconsider.

While everyone else is at the party, Donna and Ann are at a singles mixer.

This is probably one of the greatest pairings the show has ever done. Donna showing Ann the dating game through her eyes and taking her Ann under her wing is gut busting funny.

Ann can’t seem to flirt with a guy to save her life and the advice Donna gives her are some of the best lines the show comes up with. I’m really enjoying Ann’s single life, for most of the series she’s been attached to someone.

Overall, “Dinner Party” is another genuinely funny Parks and Recreation episode that also slightly changes the dynamic between our favorite city employees.

Some of last night's top Parks and Rec quotes:

Ron: "The key to burning an ex-wife effigy is to dip it in paraffin wax and then toss the flaming bottle of isopropyl alcohol from a safe distance. Do not stand too close when you light an ex-wife effigy." | permalink
Andy: "I want to spend the rest of my life, every minute, with you. And I'm the luckiest man in the galaxy." | permalink
April: "I guess I kind of hate most things. But I never really seem to hate you. So I want to spend the rest of my life with you, is that cool?" | permalink
Chris: "No Oren I don't know how I'm going to die. Wait, are you asking me or telling me?" | permalink
Tom: "Excuse me! Are there any strippers here? Former strippers? Non-dancers but you're feeling a little bit drunk?" | permalink
Leslie: "One time I fell madly in love with a civil war re-enactor that I had only known for six hours. And then I found out he wore the clothes all the time... and he was married. But the clothes thing really bothered me." | permalink
Tom: "One of my life goals is to be a best man. It's a baller position. You get drunk, you make speeches, and you make love to the prettiest bridesmaid. Usually standing from behind." | permalink
Leslie: "Are you sick? Are you terminal? Is it like that movie A Walk to Remember?" | permalink
Donna: "Do you know where you are right now? We're in the jungle. They're no friends here. It's every woman for herself." | permalink
Andy: "It's like if you could have a Xbox pancake." | permalink
Ron: "The dentist pulled the tooth out yesterday but it's always a good idea to demonstrate to your coworkers that you are capable of withstanding a tremendous amount of pain. Plus, it's always fun to see Tom faint." | permalink


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 (24 Votes)

I love this show and most episodes of this season have been great! I can't wait for Ben and Leslie to get together, but I like that they are drawing it out a bit. I also really love the addition of Ben and Chris and I hope they stick around for a long time.

Canadian mike

In addition, the facial expression on the female justice of peace's face after Andy called her a him, was sooo funny!

Canadian mike

Andy: Yes. Is it my turn? April, you’re the most awesome person I have ever known in my entire life. I vow to protect you from danger. I don’t care if I have to fight an ultimate fighter or a bear or him [points at female justice of the peace], your mom, I would take ‘em down. I’m getting mad right now even thinking about it. I’m telling you. I wanna spend the rest of my life, every minute, with you. And I’m the luckiest man in the galaxy. :)


Julie don't hate cause she's beautiful :P Everybody's got a part to play and the beautiful Rashida Jones plays Ann very well. Love her. Pretty much love the whole cast although Tommy Hilfiger aka Tom Haverford makes me cringe sometimes. He's got a good heart underneath it all though. This cast is perfectly balanced really. I don't feel there is anyone gratuitous since Mark Brendanawicz left.


I don't think there's been an episode this season I haven't liked so far. I too was waiting for *something* to happen to keep the wedding from going through and then for Leslie to feel terrible about it. But I think you're right about them finding some hilarious way to make the marriage work. Donna guiding Ann through singlehood has made for some great moments since the Harvest Festival, but I'm still kinda missing some good solid Leslie/Ann moments these last few eps. But if that's the only "complaint" I can come up with this season I think the show's doing a hell of a job. Thanks for the awesome review Nick!


I'm not really a fan of Ann's character at all. She's a whiney buzzkill. I think the storyline with her took away from the awesomeness of the surprise wedding. I agree with you about them actually going through with it. The wedding was a major shock. I thought someone would have freaked out and bailed, but I think it's a great set up for good things to come. The two of them together are amazing. Great review, Nick!


Great review Nick! I have to say the show has really sparked something since Adam Scott joined the cast. His reactions to Oren were subtle, but flat out hysterical. And I disagree with the commenter who says the Leslie/Ben thing feels forced. There is an obvious attraction between them, but they're playing it cool for now. Forced would be throwing them into a relationship already at this point. I think the writers are doing an incredible job with the pacing there, letting it develop organically. And I totally agree on Ann's character. The best thing the writers could have done for her character was having Chris dump her not once, but twice. That did a number on her self-esteem and now we are reaping the hilarious benefits of watching the resident "hot chick" so uncomfortable in her own skin as she tries to venture out onto the dating scene. Adding the severely underused Donna to the mix was perfection. Excellent review of an excellent episode!


The Ben and Leslie thing seems really forced. The writers are making it seem like they're soulmates when they haven't even gone on a date yet. It's like they want to fast forward to them being a couple in love and it's coming off as contrived. And I absolutely love Leslie Knope/Amy Poehler and Adam Scott, so this is a bummer to see.


Alright, first of all I gotta say I am LOVING the new direction Rashida Jones' character has taken... Anne has always been in a relationship throughout the whole series, and it's really refreshing seeing her struggle with being alone. And it also makes up for some hilarious moments (By the way, Donna and Anne are easily becoming my favorite on-screen pairing). Leslie was adorable as always (I laughed my Arsnoff every time she talked about April's friend who's obsessed with death). Chris made some really nice additions to the episode also (BEST CHARACTER EVER. LITERALLY). But... and yes, there's a but... I'm not sure about April and Andy. I mean, I love them together but this just seems to fast but I have faith that the writers will make it work. All in all, I truly enjoyed this show and I am loving the new directions the characters are taking. I'm betting for an Emmy nom on some of the big categories for next year.

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Parks and Recreation Season 3 Episode 9 Quotes

"I guess I kind of hate most things. But I never really seem to hate you. So I want to spend the rest of my life with you, is that cool?"


"It's like if you could have a Xbox pancake."