This was a BIG WEEK, with the end of Parks and Rec, plus the season finales of Agent Carter and Sleepy Hollow. Lots to talk about!
Episode of the Week
Parks and Recreation - “One Last Ride”
Could it possibly be anything else? The series finale was total perfection.
I completely loved the show’s approach to its final hour. Nothing big and fancy, just one last ride for the Parks team, helping to fix a swing for a citizen of Pawnee. And even that was mostly a framing device for the meat and potatoes of the episode – glimpses of everyone’s futures. It was not lost on me that Leslie’s touch is what triggered all the flash-forwards. She has always been the engine for this show (and an enormous influence in these characters’ lives) – it seemed very fitting.
Apologies for going MIA last week, I had a completely insane schedule and watched basically nothing. It’s hard to write about things you haven’t seen. On to this week!
Episode of the Week
Agent Carter - “A Sin to Err”
I am completely in love with Agent Carter, you guys. The show has been SO good in its short run so far, and although I’m excited for Agents of SHIELD to come back in March, I will be very sad to see Peggy leave us so soon.
The main event this week was Agent Sousa letting the rest of the SSR in on what he discovered at the end of last week’s episode – that Peggy was the mystery woman from the club and cabin incidents. Most of the second half of the episode focused on Peggy attempting to avoid being arrested. The show did a terrific job with the fight sequence in the diner, in particular – one minute, Peggy and Jarvis are having a polite conversation, the next, she’s taken out multiple SSR agents and Jarvis is looking all kinds of pleased with himself for whacking a guy over the head with a tray.
As we race towards the series finale of Parks and Recreation, I wanted to take some time to talk about the reasons I love the show so much, what I think has made it so special, and why I’m going to miss it. Apologies for looking and sounding so gross – cold season is evil, you guys.
After the jump, I’ve listed out some of my favorite episodes and moments. Leave yours in the comments!
This weekend marked the long-awaited (at least by me!) premiere of Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s Breaking Bad prequel focused on Saul Goodman. I’d been excited about the show since it was first announced, and thankfully the two-night premiere did not disappoint.
I was sold on the show from the beginning of the first episode, which offered us a quick glimpse into Saul Goodman’s post-Walter White future. It was, as you might expect, pretty bleak. As he predicted, Saul (now going by Gene) wound up working as a manager at a Cinnabon in Nebraska. He goes home at night, drinks, and watches his old ‘Better call Saul!’ TV commercials. The entire sequence was done beautifully – no dialogue until Saul hit play on the VHS tape, and shot in black in white. I felt fairly confident when the credits rolled that we were in for something good.
After 6 seasons of life, laugh and lots and lots of tears, Thursday night was the finale of Parenthood. We’ve gone through a lot with the Bravermans over the years – Max’s asperger’s diagnosis, various romantic relationships for many family members, Kristina’s cancer battle, the rise and near-fall of the Luncheonette, Zeek’s health crisis – and I could not have asked for a more perfect finale.
Missed this last week due to some sort of mystery illness, but I’m back! I should probably mention that the Parenthood finale was BY FAR my favorite thing that aired this week, but I’m working on a full review of that episode to post separately, so I left it out of this.
Episode of the Week
Broad City - “Wisdom Teeth”
I continue to be completely in love with the ladies of Broad City. This week’s episode was weird in all the best ways, and utterly hilarious as a result.
The episode focused on Abbi getting her wisdom teeth removed (by Lincoln, but more on him in a moment). Ilana, of course, jumped headfirst into being Abbi’s caretaker post-surgery – something she is absolutely not competent enough to do. So we were treated to the lovely combination of a stoned-off-her-ass Abbi and a panicked Ilana throughout a good chunk of the episode, and it worked WONDERFULLY.
I had my wisdom teeth removed shortly after I graduated high school, and I remember how dopey and unable to function those drugs made me. Abbi’s insane ramblings right after the procedure (not to mention her complete lack of awareness that any time had passed or the surgery was finished) were perfection.
By the time most shows hit their seventh seasons, they’re past their prime. They might still be funny, and even have great moments, but I hardly expect series-best quality episodes that late in the run of a show.
Parks and Recreation is not most shows.
Last night’s second episode “Leslie and Ron” instantly made it on my list of favorite episodes of the show, right up there with “Flu Season”, “Andy and April’s Fancy Party”, “Win, Lose, or Draw”, and “Leslie and Ben”. It was the perfect blend of funny and emotional that this show has always done so well.
Parks and Recreation - “Ron and Jammy”
Both episodes in this week’s Parks and Rec double feature were fun, but I especially loved the second one.
Tammy has long been one of this show’s best comedic weapons – her once a season appearances are always a highlight. Megan Mullally is fantastic in the part and totally commits to Tammy’s particular brand of psycho.
There were two things that were particularly fun about this installment of the Tammy saga. First, it made Jeremy Jamm funnier than he’d be in ages. The character had gotten a bit tired by the end of last season, but turning him into Tammy’s hopeless love slave gave Jon Glaser some really great material to work with.
Second, Ron and Leslie are barely on speaking terms in 2017 Pawnee. Seeing them unite to help Jamm detox from Tammy was delightful. It was particularly great to see them have a brief moment hinting toward reconciliation at the end of the episode.
Elsewhere in this episode, it was great to see the return of Lucy, Tom’s ex-girlfriend from a few seasons ago (played by the lovely Natalie Morales, which made me miss Trophy Wife). I really like Lucy with Tom – she seems to be a good fit for him – and I’m curious to see what the show has planned for them in these last episodes.
I also really loved April’s story in this episode. April is right around my age, and I’ve had (am sometimes still having) the same “what am I doing with my life” job crisis she had in this episode. I hope they explore that idea further and it wasn’t just an excuse to watch Ben look deeply and painfully uncomfortable at the morgue (although that was hilarious).
All in all, a great season premiere for Parks and Rec. It is so good to have the people of Pawnee back on my TV, even if it’s only for a few more weeks.