Parks and Recreation 6.12 “Farmers Market” Review: Leslie on the Loose

Over the past couple of weeks, Parks and Recreation has been showing us the “other side” of Leslie Knope, and by her “other side,” I mean her pushy, selfish, and hyperactive side. While it is certainly important to portray this side of Leslie (she is a layered character, with many faults to go along with her abundance of admirable qualities), shoving it down your viewers’ throats three weeks in a row isn’t exactly the most pleasant experience for the audience.

It’s not that I love Leslie any less after watching “Farmers Market,” or that I thought this episode or even Leslie’s storyline in particular (as she and Ben tried to figure out how their marriage would affect their new work relationship, since, as the new city manager, he is now technically her boss) were off-putting. Simply put, after two previous weeks of showing Leslie concoct crazy schemes and plans to help push her agendas forward, I would have loved to have seen a different part of Leslie’s personality, which I’m sure I will during next week’s Parks and Recreation, which will be Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones’ final episode as series regulars, when Chris and Ann leave Pawnee.



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