“Pawnee Commons” wasn’t the type of Parks and Recreation episode that will make any Best Of lists, nor will it probably convert any people who aren’t regular viewers into Pawnee fanatics, but it was satisfying, sweet and funny, and what I talk about when I talk about why I’d take an average Parks & Rec over most other sitcoms on TV right now. We knew from the second Leslie mentioned Eagleton what kind of people and places we were about to see, and I enjoyed every second of it… and felt quite empty in that I don’t get to have a balloon-artisan made Leslie and Ben at my desk this very second.
Joe Biden: A
First of all, how cute were Leslie and Ben talking about moving into the White House? It set the tone for the Vice President’s cameo nicely, and watching Leslie freak out was obviously really cute and fun. To be honest, I had trouble separating the actual Joe Biden with Onion Joe and I actually think that ended up making this scene funnier to me, so there’s a definite chance I’m overscoring. Also, I generally just love Joe Biden… not quite to the extent that Leslie does, but you know what I mean.
Best line of the night: “Well Leslie, look into my eyes, take a deep breath and everything will be fine.”
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Submitted Episode: “Win, Lose or Draw”
The results of Pawnee’s City Council election are announced, eventually leading to a Leslie Knope victory after a recount.
Our Pick: “Pawnee Rangers”
For starters, Leslie Knope was literally a Pawnee Goddess is this episode. Her rivalry with Ron (which eventually led to a sweet closing moment and the creation of the Swansons) and her plucky feminism weere in full gear, and those just so happen to be two of our favorite things about this whole series. “Win, Lose or Draw” is not a terrible choice by any means — after all, it shows Leslie’s passion, skills and her relationship with Ben excellently — but it sorely lacked in puppy parties.