I wouldn't say that this past week's Parks and Recreation was a stand-out, but it did offer up a lot of great character moments between Ron (Nick Offerman) and Leslie (Amy Poehler) which culminated in another warm reciprocation of respect and admiration, along the lines of the superior episodes "Sweetums" and "Hunting Trip." After Ron "accidentally" wins the Dorothy Everton Smythe Female Empowerment Award, he tries to make Leslie jealous in order to make her see the ridiculousness of institutionalized gratification. By the end, both of them wanted the other to have the award, realizing that the organization that was handing out the award had no intent of honoring actual achievement. I have to say, I half expected Ron to fall for the strong-willed woman from the IOW who told him to take the award "like a man."
There was a nice bit of bickering between them, but it didn't really crackle like it could have since Ron was only playing around. He was intentionally egging Leslie on by being a bit of a mock-chauvinist. As much as they've softened Ron a bit, I think they should be wary of taking away all of his rough edges. So far Leslie's gotten him out of an unhealthy relationship, convinced him to eat better, and taken his kind advice about her own boyfriend. Pretty soon he just might not be Ron "f***ing" Swanson anymore. He's still funny, but he needs to recapture some of his awesome curmudgeonly qualities.
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