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Parks and Recreation Review: "Eagleton"

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Another solid episode of Parks and Recreation this week. The show has really found it’s groove lately and it’s showing with episodes like "Eagleton."

I really enjoyed Parker Posey as Lindsay, Leslie’s ex best friend and new nemesis, especially since it offers something new and funnier than Marsha.

Lindsay and Leslie come from the same cloth, you know, until someone fixes their deviated septum, loses 35 pounds, and their soul. That was seriously one of the funniest lines the show has delivered this season for me.

Parker Posey on Parks and Recreation

But the part of Lindsay I really loved is something you just can’t take away: Pawnee. Even with all the wealth and power and well to do in Eagleton I still sensed something very Pawnee in Lindsay. That Leslie can-do spirit and nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic.

But even with all of the gift bags and great food from Eagleton, none of that can compare to the greatness that was a Ron Swanson surprise birthday.

If I were a betting man I would be out a lot of money right now because I thought for sure Leslie was going to throw Ron a big surprise party.

Instead, what we got was something much better.

Leslie throws him a very "Ron" birthday party. Lots of meat, plenty of alcohol, his favorite movie, and absolutely no company. I always knew how much respect Ron and Leslie have for each other but to know a little bit more about their history together makes me love them even more.

Ron was the main reason why Leslie turned down the job in Eagleton.

Because although he disagreed with her opinions they work well together and he respects her. Because although Leslie will get plenty of job offers she’ll only have one hometown. It’s not often I get choked up watching a comedy (in fact the last time I did was during Friends) but, this was a really sweet moment.

It brings to light just the kind of person Leslie is too. She’d rather work with good people in a place that might not have as much wealth or power or prestige. And in the end she puts that to good use in the Pawnee side of the park, offering an olive branch to Lindsay and a new baseball field for the children.

Other thoughts:

  • I loved the prison gift bags.
  • I was left wishing for a little more Ben in this episode.
  • Who knew waffles make a great laxative?
  • I loved the little toothpick bow on top of Ron’s steak.

What did you think? Check out some of the night's best Parks and Rec quotes and leave a comment below with your thoughts on all things "Eagleton."

Review

Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 (20 Votes)

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I knew waffles make a good laxative.

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OMG I laughed my ARSNOFF when chris kissed ron! damn it this show is the best

Nick-m

@jmaddi The sheer terror Ron went through almost the entire episode left me in stitches.

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chris kissing ron after he found out it was his birthday was one of the funniest moments. i was dying at rons reaction.

Rbirdie

This show is so great! It's really one of the funniest shows on T.V. It reminds me of the early Office episodes. The really funny good ones from like seasons 1-3. Aziz is amazing. Amy Poehler=LOVE.

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loved this episode! garbage fight! lol!

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this episode was AMAZING! really truly one of the best of the season... I love the "mythology" of the show and all of the little elements that add up to one of the funniest most beloved group of characters in a sitcom (at elast for me).