Parks and Recreation Season 2, Episode 21: "94 Meetings" Review


"Councilman Houser. I saw your penis." Man, it feels so good to have Parks and Recreation back. I know it's only been a month or so, but I don't think there's another comedy on TV right now that contains such "miss-able" characters. I love how the little details remain on this show, even after they've been addressed. Leslie (Amy Poehler) will always have awkward moments with Councilman Houser. Jerry will always be the shlemiel and the shlemazel, even though they already had a Jerry-focused where they specifically called it out. The 4th Floor will always be a drunken cesspool of filth and the Library Department will always be a bunch of punk-ass book jockeys...


And Ron (Nick Offerman) will always be a misanthrope who doesn't believe in the effectiveness of government. One could expect that the premise of Ron having to deal with 93 meetings (his own personal "nightmarish blood-soaked hellscape") in one day (an April snafu) would be comedy gold, but the reason that this episode worked so well is because Ron got the entire department to chip in and take meetings with him and each of the other character's (Andy, Ann and April) interactions with the public were pitch perfect. I loved Andy's (Chris Pratt) roundabout way of saying "yes"; swirling his finger about and "booping" a woman on the nose. April (Aubrey Plaza) was typically callous, but I really enjoyed it when she put on a fake bureaucrat smile and talked to a lady about the hassles of interdepartmental red tape. And of course, Jerry offered to lend a hand but Ron was quick with the "No we're good, thanks. In fact you can head home early."


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