'Parks and Recreation': A tale of two cities


Springfield has its Shelbyville, Cheers had its Olde Towne Tavern, Seinfeld had his Newman. And in the world of "Parks and Recreation," Pawnee has Eagleton.The rather one-sided rivalry between the two adjoining towns was the subject of Thursday's (May 5) episode, and thanks to the presence of Parker Posey as Leslie's ex-BFF and some really ridiculous (but funny) compare-and-contrast moments between the two towns, "Eagleton" worked nearly as well as some of those classic "Cheers" episodes. That, plus a great B-story with Ron coming unglued over the threat of a birthday party made for a very fine half-hour of TV.Eagleton is as crazily, cartoonishly upscale as Pawnee is scruffy, and the show had great fun in setting out those details: the gift bags and crepe bar at the community meeting, the jail holding cell that was nicer than my first apartment (and comes with free scones) and the cops on their fancy Segways. As personified...



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