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Last Night's 'Parks and Recreation' Was a Parade of Farewell Cameos

By Vivian Kane | TV | February 18, 2015 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | TV | February 18, 2015 |


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Not a lot really happened on last night’s double Parks and Recreation episodes (other than one promotion and one proposal), but it sure was an entertaining hour of television. It felt in many ways like the show pressed pause on progressing the plot and wrapping things up to throw themselves a fun goodbye party. The first episode, “The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show” was pretty much just an episode of, you guessed it, “The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show.” For whatever reason (totally don’t have to justify it, just enjoy it), everyone in Pawnee is also a cast member on Andy’s show.

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The show’s announcer, by the way, was Perd Hapley, who I guess managed to take some time off from his other popular show, the Perdple’s Court.
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This episode didn’t serve much of a purpose beyond celebrating Chris Pratt, making April sympathetic to anyone who maybe thought she was doing something selfish or wrong by becoming an adult, and giving us the gift of a room full of mini Burt Macklins.
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It was a lot of fun, and at this point in the series, with only one week left before this amazing show is done for good, fun is perfectly fine.

The second episode of the night, “Two Funerals,” gave us a few major events, a chance for Leslie to say “pizza time” in an attempt to be cool, and a whole slew of cameos. The episode centered around the passing of the oft-mentioned but never-seen Mayor Gunderson. Well, we finally got our look at Gunderson last night.



And in trying to find an interim replacement mayor, there were a lot of familiar faces. First there was Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd), who thought being mayor sounded super fun, but he already had plans.
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Joan Callamezzo (Mo Collins) couldn’t do it cause she’s only 27 *COUGH*.
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Dr. Saperstein (Henry Winkler) also has his hands full.
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And Mona Lisa (Jenny Slate) just straight up misunderstood the question.
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The Douche (Nick Kroll) actually had some decent qualifications… until he emphasized a sexual innuendo with a fart app.
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Outside of the mayoral search, other old faces showed up. Ethel Beavers (Helen Slayton-Hughes) told everyone about her sexual relationship with Mayor Gunderson.
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Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) was there with a bunch of flavored condoms.
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And that damn Ron Dunn (Sam Elliott) came by, just to torture Ron.
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We were told from the start of this season they were going to try to bring back as many old faces as possible, and they got a good chunk of them out of the way tonight. With only two episodes left, we know we’ve at least got the inevitably super emotional return of Anne Perkins ahead of us. Plus all the goodbyes. But that’s okay, we’re totally not going to start crying or anything. We’re cool. How cool?
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Vivian Kane is always pizza time.


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