Parks and Recreation Review: "I'm Leslie Knope"
After watching "I'm Leslie Knope," the fourth season premiere of Parks and Recreation, there was one thing that was readily apparent: I’ve missed this sitcom. A lot.
While I’m a big fan of Ben and Leslie and the relationship that was developing between them, this split was handled very well. Though forced road blocks can be very annoying, the occasional bitter truth is that these obstacles can create an even more entertaining storyline when handled within the context of a show.
It was funny and heartwarming to watch Leslie grapple with her decision because her love for Ben is so obvious. Who wouldn't delay breaking up with someone after they bought you an awesome eclair?! But it looks like both of them are on the same page and are willing to put their love for each other on hold so it won’t interfere with her campaign.
With Ben free from Leslie, he now has the opportunity to interact with other members of the Parks Department, something we haven’t had the joy of witnessing very often. If the run-ins he had with April and Andy as roommates were any indication, we're in for a treat.
Ron’s level of Godliness,meanwhile, was knocked down a notch with the return of Tammy 1... although his escape was absolutely fantastic because only Ron would have a pack of emergency preparedness supplies stashed away in an air vent.
The one aspect that gets me every time is the mutual respect Ron and Leslie have for each other, as evidenced by Ron’s line of “I’m Ron Swanson and you’re Leslie f***ing Knope." The two of them aren’t the type of people to run from their problems forever, even if that means we had to lose the opportunity to watch Ron in his natural element.
As if all of that wasn’t enough, the final scene with the return of Tammy 1, played perfectly by Patricia Clarkson, was beyond hilarious. Who could have guessed it was possible to elicit such far from Ron and April?
In closing: thank goodness Parks and Recreation is back. Now, enjoy the following quotes from its premiere:
Ron: Knope, follow me!
Leslie: Just one second.
Ron: Now! | permalink
Tom: Wow, how long has it been?
April: Three weeks. | permalink
Chris: I want to apologize to all the women and Jerry. If I could go back in time and cut your eyeballs out, I would.
April: Wow, that is so sweet.
Chris: Thank you. | permalink
Chris: Ann Perkins you really know your testes!
Ann: ...thank you? | permalink
Chris: Oh my God, your inbox is literally filled with penises. | permalink
Parks and Recreation: "I'm Leslie Knope"
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