'Parks and Recreation' recap: Defending Your Love Life

Wow. That was a curveball. That was deep. I'll be thinking all week about that ending: Jerry's real name is…. Gary?

Oh, oh, right -- you’re talking about Ben and Leslie. Indeed, the lengths to which Ben went this week to be with Leslie (AND to allow her to keep her permanent record relatively unblemished) was an unabashedly noble romantic gesture, and one that further cemented these two star-crossed civil servants as one of prime time’s most endearing will-they-or-won’t-they couples in recent memory. He had sacrificed for her before, ending their relationship so she could run for office. And here was again, sacrificing his job, so they could be together and she could still run for office. (On couches across America, women poke their half-attentive husbands and ask, ‘Would you do that for me? Why aren’t you more like Ben?) His selfless act and their end-of-episode reunion could have melted even the most frozen of whores, and it delivered an emotional payoff to a different kind of Parks episode (one that contained no B- and C-plots). Let’s re-open the official record and recap the action from "The Trial of Leslie Knope." Ethel, are you ready? Read More...



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