I'm glad that Parks & Recreation has ventured out to explore other Pawnee, Indiana happenings other than those that revolve around "The Pit," but a beauty pageant seems almost too much of an obvious jokey event. It almost mocks itself. It's already sort of a grotesque Americana spectacle that creeps us out. Throwing Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) in there as judges made for quite a predictable episode, even though I'm still in favor of pairing them up more.
I've never been a huge fan of Nick Offerman's Ron character, but he made me laugh so much last week that I was kind of upset to see him written out of this one. April (Aubrey Plaza), Ron's hilarious partner in crime last week, was great this week, entering the Miss Pawnee Pageant in order to win 600 bucks. For some reason, the moment that stands out as the greatest to me in "Beauty Pageant" was April doing her dry impression of her sister as her talent and causing the oldest, most lecherous judge to laugh hysterically. It was amazing. I do wish that April had a funnier capper to her story. It was so great that I really wanted a better ending than her just quitting and walking out.
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