Parks and Recreation Review: Ron Loves Nothing
I've never seen a better basketball scene on television.
Granted, I can only thing of a few other times I've seen basketball actually played on television (Parenthood, The Office, and probably anything on The CW come to mind) but this one actually had me rewinding my DVR to watch Tom, Andy and Ben lose over and over again. And their loss was perfectly appropriate in an episode about equality.
Sure, "Women in Garbage" was designed to be more about women and men being equal, but it also worked to convey some ideas about agism. I digress.
So many great moments throughout. And even though I've seen a man overwhelmed by children before when he gets stuck babysitting, there's nothing better than a humbled Ron Swanson. He will do as Diane asks because he's in love with her! Even if he claims to love nothing, which is a stellar Swanson-ism.
And April loves garbage! Could anything be better? Well, maybe her gift to Leslie at the end of the episode of a beautifully wrapped box of trash. But really, Leslie fighting for women is one of the best parts of this series. Leslie is always willing to go to bat for females everywhere and she inspires everyone she sees in her path. Her solution to the unmovable refrigerator was perfect; she always manages to kill two birds with one stone, all while remained principled, but good-natured.
Can we have Leslie run for a higher office? Or is that just asking for some recycled material with the councilperson election?
As for Chris and the reporter? I love how the underlying theme there was basically, "These kids..." Him having to read the paper to find out the status of his relationship is definitely a generational gap issue. It was a nice add-on to the kids versus adults basketball game. And to Ron and Ann being duped by a pair of young girls.
Leslie did dress up as Rosie the Riveter for Halloween this season. It's nice to be reminded again of all that she is capable of regarding women's rights.
And please, please, give us more of a chance to watch Tom play sports. It's so worth it. I haven't laughed that hard at this series' physical comedy since the "Get on Your Feet" debacle at the ice rink.
Well done, Parks and Recreation. Loved this one.