'Parks and Recreation': Camping, Batman and fine leather goods


"Parks and Recreation" told three very distinct, separate stories this week. Normally that would be a cause for some concern, as the best episodes tend to involve characters overlapping and intersecting.But in Thursday's (Oct. 13) episode, "Pawnee Rangers," each one worked so well on its own that it didn't really matter. By using some of the show's most reliable comedy combinations (Ron and Leslie, Tom and Ben) along with a couple new pairings (Chris and Jerry, Donna along with Tom and Ben), it delivered maybe its start-to-finish funniest episode of the fall.Rangers vs. Goddesses: Ron, no surprise, is pumped for the annual Pawnee Rangers camping trip, presenting as it does so many opportunities for young men to learn about solitude, self-reliance and making shelters out of a cardboard box and a canvas sheet. Leslie is just as excited to take her group, the Pawnee Goddesses, on their retreat, presenting as it does a chance to...



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