After last week's epic hour-long trip across the pond, "The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip Off Classic" was bound to be a letdown. And while it wasn't our favorite half-hour of the show, it still had a lot of redeemable elements. We couldn't totally hate anything that involved Ron Swanson learning to Vine and Kristen Bell being mean to Leslie. Also, we're always down for anything that involves learning more about the fascinating, and fiscally troubled Eagletonians.
Leslie and Ingrid
Former Miss Indiana and Eagleton councilwoman Ingrid de Forrest (Kristen Bell) swaped insults with Leslie Knope when setting up for the annual basketball game (wormy apples from Pawnee and Swarovski oranges from Eagleton are at stake). Things got complicated when we found out that Eagleton is bankrupt because they've indulged in HBO for all their residents, kept Michael Bublé on retainer and filled their swimming pools with bottled water. After some expected gloating by Leslie, and her demanding that Ben and Chris not help the hated Eagleton residents, she's the one that comes up with a plan to merge the two towns in order to benefit everyone, in what sounds like certain disaster for all parties involved. But since most of Pawnee already hates Leslie, she really has nowhere to go but up, unless she actually merges a man and a dog. And we hope to see more of Ingrid and Leslie butting heads in the future.
Leslie's Best Line: "Damn it, you look beautiful."
Ingrid's Best Line: "It's not TV."
Chris and Ben
Always enjoy watching "Butch Countsidy and the Sumdance Kid" working side-by-side, especially given that Chris is heading off soon and we know there won't be many more opportunities to see them putting their noses to the calculator to try to solve a city budget crisis. But most of their scenes were dominated by Leslie's Eagleton hatred, so we didn't get as much nerdy togetherness as we'd have liked.
Ben's Best Line: "The debt-to-equity ratio is ridonkulous."
Chris's Best Line: "What a hilarious word. It reminds me of a ridiculous donkey. "
Ron, Tom and Donna
Ron wanted to go off the grid, and we're most surprised that he hasn't fully done this before. He enlisted the help of Tom and Donna (excellent use of Parks Department resources) to get him off of mailing lists and remove all traces of him from many places of eating. There were some great quick gags playing around with technology, but naturally the Tom and Donna facial expressions really sold this, as did their layered Vine-within-a-Vine-within-a-Vine. For us, the highlight wasn't Ron's ginormous cell phone, his attempt to erase an computer tablet with his sleeve or his secret appreciation of Ebony magazine, but the way he attacked Paul the mail carrier for daring to deliver a Penny Saver to his new residence.
Best Ron Line: "Why is everyone else so bad at eating?"
Best Tom and Donna Line: "Erase all pictures of Ron!"
Anne and April
The duo headed to Bloomington so that April can get a tour of the veterinary school she's supposed to be attending in a month and so Anne can do some shopping in a city where the baby stores aren't next to potential toxins. This whole story was totally flat and annoying as even the normally sharp April seemed to be phoning in her teasing of April with the grandma nonsense. It was all one giant and very obvious set-up to give Ann a reason to love the exotic and clean town of Bloomington and to want to get out of Pawnee to raise her baby. The gut-feeling stuff really just seemed particularly forced.
Best April Line: "It was right when it told me that you would be the worst person that I would ever meet in my life and I've met Guy Fieri, Ann. So gross."
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