How a Bill Becomes a Law.
"I am big enough to admit I am often inspired by myself."
Oprah loved last night's episode of Parks and Rec because it was chock-full of makeovers! Leslie got a perm (well, half of one at least), Ron transformed into a pretty pretty princess, and Ben and April went from enemies to friends (well, kind of).
"Ann has told me repeatedly not to get a perm. But Ann's not here. While Ann's away, the mice get perms."
Last night Leslie Knope pulled off a nearly impossible feat; making a bill become a law while looking like half woman, half Sammy Hagar. One of my favorite things about Leslie is that she occasionally does things that are extremely out of character, like having an incredibly messy house or in this case, wanting a perm. Leslie's perm was reminiscent of one of my favorite sitcom moments of last year--Dave getting permed in his sleep in the Happy Endingsepisode "Code War."
While her curls were transformed from loose to jheri, Leslie herself changed from government idealist to scheming politico. Sure, this wasn't Nixon level, but Leslie did have to bribe a fellow councilman to make her "Fun in the Sun" law pass. Leslie's place on city council is obviously going to be a huge plot point this season, I just hope that each week does not center around Leslie trying to make governmental change, encounter opposition, and eventually overcoming it. The last few episodes have been fun, but this could start to get repetitive.
Meeting a woman while repairing a pothole in front of her house sounds like the start of some weird government sanctioned porn, but for Ron Swanson it's par for the course. At first glance, Ron's makeover appears to be as simple as blue eye shadow and pink lipstick but the real metamorphosis was opening himself up to a new lady friend. Because of his romance track record, any Parks and Rec fan should be both thrilled and terrified at the prospect of Ron's next relationship.
Ben & April
A-April: Are you busy? And writingStar Trek fan fiction doesn't count. Ben: Haha. And I finished that last week.
Ben and April together in DC has been a really good character pairing. April will always be April but I am glad to see that she is staying dry and sarcastic without undermining Ben. The pair embark on a road trip and despite not getting further than the parking garage, they get to know each other in exchanges that are hilarious without getting too mean. I think these two are finally starting to get each other.
"Ron, messy is fun. My whole life is a giant mess and I love it!"
My recaps are turning into love letters to Andy but I can't help it! This week he didn't drop as many one liners as usual but the way he acted with those two little girls just made me melt. He has demonstrated many times that he is a huge kid and incredibly immature but what made this exchange so wonderful was its genuineness. It really shined through that Andy wasn't just humoring these kids but really having a blast which is what made the whole thing so damn heart warming. I know that just got deep but I'm 23 and my ovaries do weird things to my brain sometimes.
Secondary Character Round-Up
"My therapist said I need to be more vocal about appreciating myself. Thank you, Chris. You're welcome, Chris. I sound insane. I need to call my therapist."
Chris only had a few lines this episode but I hope we get to hear more about his therapy. He seems to be making progress but I feel like an entire episode centered around one of his therapist appointments would be delightful.
"How a Bill Becomes a Law"
- Lucy Lawless as Ron's new love interest. They will try to play her off as the female Ron but I think we all know who we're really dealing with here. Seriously though, I found her to be incredibly charming and can't wait to see where their relationship goes from here.
- I can't be the only one who wants a copy of "Benji's Cool Times Summer Jamz Mix". And I'm pretty sure that everyone loves the song "Shoop."
- Ron's princess makeup; more specifically, the rhinestone star affixed to his mustache.
- Councilman Jamm's poop and Councilman Milton's salad dressing. Both were funny but old people eating and middle aged men pooping is generally disgusting.
- Jerry's 311 line being crossed with 911 was an absolutely hilarious premise they should have used more. It felt like a missed opportunity.