Kind of a slow week, but time for the weekly wrap-up post!
Episode of the Week
It’s worth noting Agents of SHIELD was probably my favorite thing on TV this week, but I did a full review of that earlier in the week, so I’m excluding it here.
Parks and Recreation – “Flu Season 2″
This was one of those wonderful episodes of Parks and Rec where every plot worked, all the characters had something great going on, and there were plenty of laughs to go around. All directed by the wonderful Nick Offerman, to boot! When this show nails it like it did this week, there aren’t many other comedies that can compete.
First off, the title is a reference to Season 3’s hilarious “Flu Season” (STOP. POOPING.), but the episode only vaguely builds off that idea. Gary/Jerry/Larry is quarantined in an ABSURD flu tent because Leslie won’t let him go home but also doesn’t want to catch the flu. When she starts barfing all the time, she assumes it’s from the flu, but turns out – she’s pregnant (thanks for giving that away, by the way, NBC promo department)! BEN AND LESLIE BABY! I could not be a happier fan girl. Her excited reaction and phone call to Ben when she found out was the sweetest (“Ben! It’s your me!”), and I loved that of all people to be with her at the moment she discovered the news, it was an oblivious but super-supportive-without-even-realizing-it Andy.
Ben was unable to receive the news immediately, of course, because he was off with Ron (and the rest of the gang) at a wine-tasting event. Ben was bothered by some family stuff and tried to confide in Ron – a mistake you’d think these people would have stopped making by now – and they bought a bunch of blueberry wine and went for a walk. I will never grow tired of drunk Ben Wyatt. Especially when he’s got blue teeth, is jumping over fences, and dealing with Eagleton Ron. Such hilarity. All of which helped him reach the conclusion that he wanted to start a family, just in time to get home to Leslie’s big news.
While Ben and Ron were off doing their thing Tom was using the wine-tasting event to try to hire a sommelier for Tom’s Bistro. April, Donna, and Craig were along for the ride, and various levels of shenanigans ensued. Donna paid for April to enter the event (can I just say that I love that those two are friends now, by the way?) so she could basically make an elaborate point about how snobby and ridiculous they all are. Craig entered for real because he swore he was great at wine – and, ultimately, wanted the job at Tom’s restaurant. When Tom couldn’t afford any of the high-end sommeliers from the event, the group gave Craig a HILARIOUS test to see if he could keep his temper in check – which he did, at least while he was in the room with them. Billy Eichner has been a really fun addition to the cast and I hope they keep Craig around next year.
This episode hit all the right notes for what I look for and enjoy in a Parks and Rec episode and it was one of my favorites this year.
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