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Parks and Recreation Recap: Behold Your Spirit Kangaroo

  This was an episode of Parks in which everything that sounds like the wrong thing to say was exactly the right thing to say. Leslie asks Ron if the Parks Department still needs her; he says, “No, we don’t.” Chris gets down on one knee and proposes to Ann; she says she doesn’t want to get married. Ron wins Pawnee’s Employee of the Month award; he takes his plaque into the woods and immediately burns and buries it.  Read More... //www.vulture.com/2014/01/parks-and-recreation-recap-season-6-leslie-returns-parks-department.html


Leslie's first few days back at her old job may have been bumpy, and filled with petty jealousy over inside jokes she couldn't be a part of, but in the end she realized that she really was never meant to return to her former position in the first place. And that, as Ron pointed out, she'd eventually leave to do bigger and better things. That being said, she'd also managed to, through her years of manic over-achieving and sugar-fueled perfectionism, inspire the slackers around her to become invested workers. Simply put: She made her job irrelevant by developing others. The cornerstone of both leadership and management. Read More... //www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/17/parks-and-recreation-new-beginnings-review

Parks and Recreation 6.11 “New Beginnings” Review: Stuck In the Middle With You

“New Beginnings,” last night’s episode of  Parks and Recreation , was simply fine. But that’s just it.  Parks and Rec  is never usually just “fine.” After last week’s big 100th episode, it should be expected that this week’s  Parks and Rec  would be a little bit of a letdown. However, for the first time in a long time, I found myself not nearly as invested in Leslie Knope and the characters of Pawnee as I have been in the past. Perhaps this is because it feels like the series is stuck at a standstill. As acknowledged by Ron and Leslie in tonight’s episode, characters like Tom and April have grown up and finally assumed the responsibility within the Parks Department that Leslie had always hoped they would. While this character evolution for both Tom and April is something that has transpired over the past five plus seasons, and is thus very satisfying to witness, it always leaves  Parks and Recreation  with a big problem: How can the show itself change and evolve along with its characters? Read More... //www.tvovermind.com/parks-and-recreation/parks-recreation-6-11-new-beginnings-review-stuck-middle-227820