"Wait, wait. I need to remember this. Wait, just hold on. I need to remember this. I need to remember every little thing about how perfect my life is at this exact moment.”
Like every other Thursday night, I got home from work and settled down on the couch to enjoy some P&R, but this night was a little different. I was unprepared for the emotional roller-coaster that awaited me. One minute I was checking Facebook because the episode was heading into predictable terrain (long distance relationships are hard--blah blah blah) and the next I was crying tears of joy while throwing my hands up in the air. It was enough to make me want to purchase a mid-ride photo keychain to forevs remember my happiness.
The episode's title, “Halloween Surprise,” sounds like the autumn cooler drink at a Frat party and it's fitting because both the episode and the drink catch you completely off guard and end with you crying on your couch. Oh and did I mention, BEN AND LESLIE ARE ENGAGED!
Leslie & Amy Poehler
"3 out of 4 married couples have met each other at spontaneous auctions!”
Despite the fact that Ben lives 500 miles away, the episode opens with Leslie choosing the house that the lovebirds will make their love-nest. Ok, so they're renting, but still this is a big step! Leslie is confident and excited about the big move--it's Ben's new job prospect potentially putting their love nest on hold that sends her into a tizzy. Between scaring Jerry into a “fart attack” (shudder… we'll get to that later) and auctioning Anne off to a man who we can safely assume has worked in a carnival ride operation, Leslie begins to question what will truly make her happy. The quintessential planner, she's feeling uncertain about her future with Ben.
After a fart-to-fart (had to) with the surprisingly wise Jerry, Leslie realizes that being with the man she loves is really all that matters. And just when you think that Leslie is going to simply default on her security deposit and tell Ben that she wants to make this work, he shows up…with a ring. Cue the waterworks.
Amy Poehler has long been neglected by the Emmys, which is a true crime against humanity. Her technique is effortless – she sucks you in with her hilarity and then before you know it, you've gone through a pack of Kleenex. Ms. Poehler fools you into thinking that she's not even trying; like Leslie Knope is simply a real person, and one that you know and love. For those of us who love to feel feelings, we should consider moments that simultaneously make us laugh and cry to be true treats. Performing two uncontrollable bodily functions at the same time…I think I finally know how Jerry feels.
“And above everything else, I just want to be with you forever.”
Ben, Ben, Ben… you really had me fooled! You lulled me into thinking that you were sooo happy on the campaign trail doing what you love, thrilled at the opportunity to manage a gubernatorial campaign in Florida, and that you wouldn't mind leaving Leslie behind. Just when I was starting to worry about you two, you show up in a suit and propose. I was simultaneously filled with happiness and curiosity at which jeweler put Leslie's engagement ring in that ginormous box. Seriously, did you guys see that thing? I couldn't be happier for my favorite TV couple but am starting to wonder how this is all going to work? Is Leslie going to eventually leave her beloved Pawnee so Ben can chase his dreams? Or is Ben going to stay in Pawnee to let Leslie chase hers? I'm trying to simply enjoy their engagement, but I'm a realist and really hope that these two can find a way to be together without sacrificing what they love. Ok this is starting to sound like Sex and the City narration, so I ‘m just going to stop before I start crying again.
“If the kids ever wanted to come to my place, I'd have to take a whole week off work to undo all the alarms and trip wires.”
Ron has survived a Tammy II and a misfired shot to the back of the head (both equally life-threatening), but now he faces his biggest challenge yet: babysitting. When Diane has to bail on trick-or-treating, Ron and Andy are left with the task. Ron does the best he can but still breaks a 7-year old's tiara and ruins the girls' Halloween. But what do you expect when LL wasn't there to show him how it's done? Ron apologizes with flowers, candy, and grout cleaner--a true modern day fairytale.
“I just want the Doctor to say that Jerry had a fart attack. Is that too much to ask?"
Could Tom possibly have a business idea that is not wildly ridiculous, impractical or impossible???! Rent-a-Swag is like Rent the Runway, except it's geared toward awkward Pawnee teens instead of wealthy sorority girls looking to save on a formal dress. Tom's development of a legitimate business is a fantastic premise because it's something we've never seen Tom do before. Well, there was Entertainment 720, but hopefully Rent-a-Swag can survive without ridiculous financial sucks like former NBA players and a party button. Both are undeniably awesome, but not necessarily essential to a small business.
I'm excited to see how Tom fares as a real entrepreneur. It's no snake juice, but this idea has some real potential.
“I am going to bid a million dollars on myself. Going once, Going never, SOLD!”
After sneaking up on Jerry at the screening of Death Canoe 4: Murder at Bloodlake, Ann and Leslie cause Jerry's fart attack. Feeling bad, they throw a rummage sale to raise money to help cover his medical bills. This gives Ann a great opportunity to get rid of all the items she purchased while assuming the personalities of various boyfriends. It was a perfect way for Ann to cleanse this bad habit and some flannel shirts (Andy), exercise equipment (Chris) and monogrammed robes (Tom). Looks like one woman's trash is another man's closet circa 1996.
Secondary Character Round-Up
A-“I'm applying to the police academy soon, and the manual says I have to work on my observation skills. So…tree, leaves, night, sky, hand, Andy's hand. What else you got?”
While working on his observation skills in preparation for the police academy, Andy's stupidity continues to dazzle. Crossing my fingers for Burt Macklin's acceptance into the world of Pawnee law enforcement.
B+“Chris Traeger – city manager, friend, aspiring life coach and recipient of Dr. Richard's Nygard's award for most improved patient from his psychotherapy sessions”
Sure, Chris received the award after he “specifically asked for it while crying,” but an award is an award. Right people voted “worst case of senioritis” in high school? To be honest, I'm a little worried about him. From the sounds of it, therapy is not going super great and he is much more fragile than we anticipated. He's on a good path but this seems like the calm before the storm and I predict a major breakdown.
- Martha the real estate agent: “Like all houses in the world, there is no trampoline room.”
- Always love a visit from Jen.
- Chris dressing up as his worst fear: an old man.
- Anne and Leslie's “Party Rock Anthem” dance break.
- THIS: “My cousin's got a kick-ass mud pit in his yard. She could watch me do belly flops. Then maybe we'd get some Thai food and a tank of nitrous and see what happens.”
- Diane's drag queen princess makeup. I know they were going for “enthusiastic mom” but the result was a little more “Tess Tosterone” if you know what I mean…
- Who was that hipster confronting Donna about her live tweeting? That was weird. Hipsters LIVE for the Twittersphere!