Parks and Recreation 3.03 "Time Capsule" Review

"Pawnee: first in friendship, fourth in obesity."

The parks department is putting together a time capsule to bury so that future residents of the city can see what life was like in the past. This sounds like a job for...Leslie Knope!

There have been countless hilarious cold opens for the show, but this may have been one of the best. Leslie reciting the former town slogans was great. From "the Paris of America" to "the Akron of southwest Indiana" to "it's safe to be here now," they just got funnier as they went along. I especially liked that at one point, Pawnee's slogan was "the birthplace of Julia Roberts," which was a lie resulting in a lawsuit from the actress. This led to their next slogan, "home of the Julia Roberts lawsuit."

The main storyline had Kelly Larson (guest star Will Forte) demanding that the Twilight books be put into the time capsule. She declines, and he begins his pleading by telling her the life story of Stephanie Meyer, followed by explaining the film shot for shot. Leslie still says no, so he handcuffs himself to the chair in her office. I'm admittedly not a huge fan of Forte, and I really felt that the episode was chained down the second he locked himself up to that chair. It was funny at first, but then it just seemed a bit forced. Still, there were some laughs to be found there. Tom, hurt over his breakup with Wendy, reads Twilight and is enthralled, coming in to work the next day raring to talk to Kelly about it. Read More...


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