“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.
Jerry and Donna: A
They were nonentities in this episode, but I’m giving them a great grade because they were part of the scene where the whole gang crowded around Leslie and Ben for a toast/Ben-threatening session which may or may not have totally made me cry a little bit.
I loved the actual proposal because of course, especially given the intimacy we got to see between Ben and Leslie. Parks & Rec usually leaves those ultra-personal moments behind closed doors (unless they happen in front of other characters, like in “The Trial of Leslie Knope”), so seeing Lesliben in this private and romantic scene felt really very candid, if not a tiny bit strange. Did I think about how it is sad that Amy Poehler is getting a divorce in real life while her fictional character gets to have this beautiful engagement on her show? Pshh, writing that would make me sound like some kind of crazy fangirl, heh heh. Now please, give me a second, because I need to remember this moment and every little thing about how perfect Amy is at this exact moment.
Theory: Ben didn’t go into the office party with Leslie because he’s going back to her apartment right now, decorating the hell out of it and planning to propose.
Ben, on the other hand, had the advantage of very little screen time, making all of his moments that much funnier. Jury’s out (pun intended!) about his convenient decision to take all the responsibility for the Lesliben affair — it seems like too quick a resolution to see our lovers together, but I trust Parks & Rec to show us in the future that Ben simply quitting his job wasn’t exactly the easy way out. I don’t want to spoil anyone who doesn’t follow entertainment news, but let’s just say someone is coming back who I always secretly wanted Leslie with.
Best Line of the Night: “Yes, it was. Because I love Leslie. I want to be with her. I don’t want to hide the way I feel about her any more. So, yeah, it was worth it because I’m in love with Leslie Knope.”
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