"Gin It Up" was a solid, if not spectacular, episode of Parks & Rec, but we may have been blinded by the appearance of the lovely and delightful Tatiana Maslany. The Orphan Black star was a great distraction from some of the less entertaining storylines of the week.
Chris, Leslie and Donna
Much as we'd like more scenes with Chris and Ben, we could do without any with Chris and Leslie. They always come across as super awkward together. And the Leslie/Donna stuff was okay, but we really don't care about the difference between #bossbitch and #bitchboss. And we weren't invested in the Twitter Watergate scandal at all. Leslie shouldn't have been surprised that Donna writes mean things about her on Twitter, as Donna's always the most verbally disgruntled and unnecessarily bitter employee in the office. And we guess we're glad it worked out in the end, with Leslie's "annoying" gift-giving habit. Yeah, what a psycho boss you've got there, Donna.
Best Leslie Line: "My things are making friendship bracelets and dancing like nobody's watching."
Best Donna Line: "Dammit, Typhoon."
He's supposed to be the villain, but his anti-Leslie stance is getting old and we're hoping we're done with this recall business relatively quickly. Perhaps it's just because of recent real-life political events, but watching a councilman sit there and deny all of Leslie's propositions while high-fiving his friend really just seemed frustrating instead of funny. So did the unnecessary attempts to expose the big Twitter scandal in the Parks office. Can we just get Olivia Pope in here to clean up Pawnee's government corruption? We've already got Orphan Black exploring the medical issues in town.
Best Jamm Line: "This will be blown way out of proportion. You have my word on it."
Tom, April and Orphan Black
Easily the best storyline of the night, and not just because we spent most of it wondering if Nadia was just another clone. Even if she's not, this Doctor Without Borders is still way out of Tom's league. It made for a great dynamic with Tom doing crazy things for a women (which we haven't had in a while) and April actually helping him, while making fun of him. Can we reserve our tickets to fly on Jet Blue Ivy now? And April deserves some extra love for taking the question mark stickers and running with them. Her gleeful face as she went to deface stop signs was an episode highlight.
Best Tom Line: "You think she'd marry me? Best Nadia Lines: "What is this place?" and "Is there something wrong with him?"
Best April Line: "We have a new policy; parks can only be reserved for witch covens or slip 'n slide competitions. Which one are you? "
Ron and Ben
Ron reluctantly agreed to put his will in a legal form after he discovered that the government could take his sizable savings if he died. And Ben figuring out the best way to convince Ron to leave his kids more than just taxi and dinner money was great. They work well together, and the way that Ron teased Ben about guardianship was adorable, but we just didn't really laugh that much.
Best Ron Line: "First joke ever. Don't care for it."
The Question Mark Stickers (and other Campaign Accessories)
From the massager that Donna was using on her neck (which looked remarkably similar to the vibrator Samantha bought on Sex and the City) to the bags, t-shirts and coffee mugs, the Recall Knope campaign certainly made some interesting (and expensive) choices. But while Leslie's "Don't" and "?" were ill-conceived, they actually worked out well with a more obvious approach. Those question marks that April stole and put all over the place were wonderfully used, especially on the "Jamm Committee Special Inquiry" sign. We hope to see these stickers appearing randomly for a long time to come.
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