"Parks and Recreation" Open Thread: Discuss Your Feels
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"Parks and Recreation" Open Thread: Discuss Your Feels

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | October 26, 2012 | Comments ()






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  • Michelle

    This episode killed me. I was already in love with Donna's live tweeting (if you aren't following Retta, do so immediately; she feels the same way about Faith from Buffy that I do!), and then to add the Ben/Leslie business...gah.

  • itsmecathyivecomehome

    I LOVED this episode (Knope-Wyatt WEDDING!! Ron Swanson & kids, Andy&April together, #Donnatwitter, Jerry's fart attack, Rent-a-swag...) but I kinda wanted them to at least give Mark Brendanaquits a shout out in Ann's boyfriend boxes. Am I the only one who kind wishes he comes back? Compared to Ann's new boyfriends, he really was the best one.

  • E-Money

    I have literally not thought about him once since his departure. It took me a minute after reading your comment to even remember he dated Ann. It was such a different show back then.

  • Margrete


  • Oh! Oooh! Did you notice that the box that the ring is in is the same box she used to give him a tiny version of the Washington Monument?

    That kind of attention to detail just KILLS me.

  • PossiblyEvenMe

    It's also the same box he gave her the Knope 2012 button in.

  • I screamed. *SCREAMED*. I'm not even joking or exaggerating. Then I started to bounce in my chair and flail my arms and I was CRYING.

    I just don't even know. I'm not even ashamed that I was so insanely happy at a TV show. It was hands-down the best thing I have ever seen that wasn't actually real.

    Because it FELT real, dammit. Their reactions were PERFECT. I don't know how, but Adam Scott's eyes were shining, his voice BROKE, and Amy Poehler looked RADIANT and for one moment the whole world was perfect. And the way it was paced, with the LONG pause and the looks in their eyes and the empty house OF THEIR FUTURE and then Ben finishing the question. AAAH!

    And then I cried and watched it ten times in a row.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I see that Figgy still hasn't checked in... Are we sure her heart survived this episode?

  • I was at stupid work all day long! And I seriously couldn't stop thinking about it.

  • I loved it, but I'm a bit worried about P&R's future. It's starting to feel like it's setting up an ending. With the ratings it's never a sure bet and 30 Rock and The Office are out the door at the end of this year, I wonder if NBC isn't just going to cut the entire Thursday lineup and start from scratch.

  • See, I think one of the reasons why the show is so consistently good is that they never know if they're gonna have another season. So unlike other shows that get lazy or complacent, they really go for broke aaaaall the time, you know? So every season has really had stories that could be tied up at the end while still leaving some room for future studies. I guess in a way having bad ratings has been a really good thing for them!

  • Wembley

    Preempted so the people in Minnesota could watch the Vikings lose to Tampa Bay. So they aired it at 2:30am. Sweet! Cause that makes sense, right?

  • efritze

    So mad I can't really constructively contribute to the conversation, just ARRRRRRRGGGGHHHHH.

  • Bryan Alcock

    Ok, all you morons comparing this to the Jim and Pam wedding: STOP IT. The J & P wedding was such manufactured hype. There aren't many shows anymore that have a good "will they or won't they" for very long because the network wants to cash in on that big wedding episode ASAP. The Office didn't jump the shark when Steve Carrell left the show; the show has sucked since that fucking wedding and got even worse once they started cranking out the rug rats (although it has shown a glimmer of its former greatness this season). Thing I loved about the Leslie/Ben proposal was that it came from left field and totally blindsided my emotions glands. No network hype, no "tune into Parks and Rec this week for a big surprise", just Ben on one knee and Leslie acting just the way you'd expect Leslie to act when proposed to. Perfect.

  • Abell

    So, I'm watching Parks and Rec, a little annoyed about a subplot where there's going to be needless conflict between Leslie and Ben because relationship vs work, blahblahblah, future, blahblah, dreams, goals, blah.

    And then Ben Wyatt walks into the goddamn living room and gets on his goddamn knee.

    And my withered black heart grew three sizes that day.

  • All the tears, man. I think I might be too invested in their relationship. I got more excited about this engagement than some real people that I know. Is that ok?

  • E-Money

    That is fine! Real people shouldn't get engaged only wonderful fictional ones. Once real people get engaged they turn into punks and want to talk about wedding crap for 10 straight months! I may or may not have just left a sorority full of, what felt like, engaged 12 year olds.

  • glittergirl

    i don't even watch the show (i know i'd like it, just haven't gotten around to watching, so don't yell at me!) anyways, just seeing the GIFs made me weep. so yeah, i might need to start watching.

  • Katylalala

    I just watched this while I sat on the couch sobbing as my husband held me and rubbed my back. I am a big old cliche right now, but I loved that proposal scene more than any other ever, with the exception of my own.

  • dizzylucy

    I think I gasped and assumed the Stefan position of hands over face for the last few minutes.
    I hope Tom's business works out - he's ridiculous, yet I root for him.
    Ron Tiara Snapping Swanson.

    Loved every moment, except what is with that knotty pine paneling in that house? I loved Leslie's other craftsman house, even if it is a hoarder's nest.

  • I did the Lucile Bluth "Crazy Hand Waving and Screaming" thing. Like whenever Gene Parmesan showed up.

  • Puddin

    Knotty pine is to the Midwest what marble columns are to Jersey.

  • dizzylucy

    LOL, I actually live in Jersey, and there's not a marble column to be seen in these parts. But I know what you mean.
    There's a lot of old beach houses here that still have it, but I hate it and found it so distracting. Ah well, Leslie hoard will cover most of it.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Learning that Leslie is a hoarder makes me actually want to watch the show now.

  • Puddin

    See, I like knotty pine. Its rustic, its cozy. It makes me want to put on sweater socks and drink apple cider. What do you have against sweater socks and apple cider, Lucy?

  • dizzylucy

    How did you know??? Cider soaked sweater socks bullied me as a child.

  • blorft

    Gahhhhh I adored this. I may believe in love again. Thanks, fiction!

  • Cree83

    I hate to say it, but I think I'm really starting to agree with the folks that say they have no chemistry. I remember feeling a spark back when they first started to like each other. I'm not sure what happened, but something about this felt kind of off to me. And I actually feel a little disappointed, realizing that I'm really going to miss the Ben and April in Washington plots.

  • Dude, you're trippin'.

  • becks

    I'm with you, Cree83. I love both people separately but they've never had chemistry for me either. I also felt that "I need to remember how perfect my life is right at this moment" was incredibly cliched. It sounds like something out of a Taylor Swift song or a Nicholas Sparks novel. At least the hardcore fans thought it rang true.

  • Arran

    I'm not shitting on your viewpoint, because it's yours and it's valid, but...I really don't understand how anyone can say that there's "no chemistry". What I find so lovely about Ben and Leslie's relationship is that it seems very real to me, based on friendship, trust, humour, and warmth. In other words, they actually REALLY LIKE EACH OTHER. "Chemistry" does not have to mean "SIZZLING SEXUAL TENSION".

    And maybe that's not what you mean either and it all simply just leaves you cold. If so...ah well.

  • Cree83

    I don't need sizzling sexual tension, but I like to be able to look at the two people and see that they appear to be attracted to one another, that they can't get enough of one another. I see it with April and Andy. Don't see it with Ben and Leslie. The seem loving and companionable. Like an old man with a favorite granddaughter.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I agree with you completely. I'd agree with you more, but I'm escared of figgy.


    Seriously, I LIT'RALLY cannot understand this ever.


  • PerpetualIntern

    It was like an episode of Parenthood all up in my living room.

  • R. Swanson

    That house needs a serious updatin'. At the very least the appliances are seriously outdated. Why is Leslie signing a lease with no home inspection? Was the house built before 1971? Has it been tested for Radon? Is that fireplace functional? Is the flue and chimney operational or is the Pawnee fire dept going to be a frequent visitor?

    Oh, you meant the emotional commitment crap. Yeah, that was fine.

  • Rochelle

    I can't imagine how weird it would be to do that scene while going through a divorce. I bring it up because it was so sweet and well done that I didn't think about AP's real life until this morning.

  • Jerce


  • JoannaRobinson

    Oh. Hm.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I must have fell asleep before that part.

  • anikitty

    I too teared up. But it also made me a little sad for the real-life demise of Amy Poehler and Will Arnett's marriage.

  • badmthfckr

    is it me or is Will Arnett one of the most underrated actors working today? The guy is fantastic. Kind of a shame about those two. They were a talented couple

  • Blake

    If as many people actually watched Parks and Recreation as Two and Half Men or Modern Family the response to that scene would literally break the Internet.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I think that covers it.

  • -S

    Ugh, that header photo, spoiler, not cool.

  • SabrinaHatesDisqus

    I'm glad I'm not the only person who cares about the rampant spoilers up in this joint.

  • OK that does suck. That's definitely the kind of episode you don't want to be spoiled for.

    I hope I didn't ruin it for anyone on my facebook. I tried to be vague but I think I was still dickish about it.

  • Snath

    People are downvoting this? Come on, guys...I know it's a great episode and it's a super happy moment...but that IS a spoiler.

  • nosio

    Oh man. I knew I shouldn't have clicked on this post.

  • danielwcarlson

    It got really dusty in my living room, is all I'm saying.

  • Groundloop

    That proposal was adorable and surprising. As I've mentioned elsewhere, I'm among the most cynical SOBs I know, and that scene turned me from Grumpy Bear to Cheer Bear.

  • JoannaRobinson

    This tops Jim and Pam for me. This absolutely cracked my heart from side to side.

  • Heart 'Splode for sure. I never ever felt that happy about a TV show. And I LOVED Pam and Jim back then.

  • badmthfckr

    Proposal yes, but Casino night and Niagra Falls wedding, no

  • John G.

    awww..I loved the niagra falls scene. Now, I'm not sure.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Oh but imagine how AWESOME Leslie Knope's wedding is going to be.

  • badmthfckr

    If Ron Swanson gets ordained...AWESOMESAUCE!

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    That's exactly how I felt last night. And I loved that dirty gas station proposal!

  • Funky_Brewster

    Without the proposal it was already a strong episode. Everyone was great. Donna's live tweeting was an awesome tribute to the twitter feed of Retta (@unfoRETTAble - go treat yo self to it - sorry, had to do it) and Jerry's "fart" attack was hilarous.
    But those last 5 minutes honestly had me in tears. It was unexpected and a great surprise. And makes me want to live in Pawnee and be best friends with Leslie Knope.

  • Ethan

    Tears! Happy tears everywhere!

  • Javier

    I literally screamed like a little girl.
    that moment right there turned a B-ish episode into a full blown A+ for me

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