Parks and Recreation Season 2, Episode 2: "The Stakeout" - Review


It will be interesting to see how Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) eventually deals with the budding relationship between Ann (Rashida Jones) and Mark (Paul Schneider). During "The Stakeout" there seemed to be a momentary disturbance in her force when she unintentionally witnesses them going out on a date together, but all the rest of the signs point to the fact that she might just be fine with them as a couple. For now. There's even a possible love interest introduced in this episode in the form of "by-the-book" Police Officer Dave (Louis CK), who by the end of the episode winds up expressing his attraction for Leslie in a one of those docu-confessional moments. Again, it's best not to over-analyze why this documentary crew would be interviewing the police officer. It's what the show is.


"The Stakeout" continued Parks new Season 2 streak of being significantly funnier than Season 1. I'm not chalking any of this up to any sort of tremendous character moments; it's just that the jokes are better. Plain and simple. Ron is still Ron (Nick Offerman) and April (Aubrey Plaza) is still April. Both of them are droll and apathetic, but their interaction in this episode, concerning Ron's hernia, was hilarious. "It's just a minor medical issue," Ron winces as he sits paralyzed in his chair. "AIDS?" April asks. Wow. Great stuff. These characters don't have much to offer, but when put together, their super dry sarcasm creates a mountain of funny.


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