Parks and Recreation – Recap & Review – Two Parties

photo: nbc

photo: nbc

Parks and Recreation
Two Parties

Original Air Date: Jan 17, 2013

Valentina D. – Senior Reviewer

Leslie and Ben’s wedding is still some time down the line, but this week has them dealing with some fun stuff: the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Maid of honour Ann has planned quite the girlie shindig for Leslie, while Ben fittingly settles for a low-key guys night complete with beer, Homeland, and an intense game of Settlers of Catan. It’s very Ben, but the other guys have other plans up their sleeves.

It’s not all fun and games, though, when Councilman Jamm butts heads with Leslie, forcing her to take an extreme action and putting a bit of a damper in her party plans.

Ann’s worked pretty hard on this party, but she’s nervous it’ll, well, stink. Another dent in the day comes when they find Councilman Jamm overseeing the construction on Lot 48. He tells Leslie he doesn’t care that they have two weeks left in their deal to draw up plans, and he’s going ahead with constructing Pawnee’s new Paunchburger location. Needless to say, this puts a dark cloud over Leslie’s bachelorette, and she can’t seem to unwind or enjoy herself. Even the Abe Lincoln stripper doesn’t lighten anyone’s mood, except Donna, who enjoys herself very much. A lightbulb goes off in Leslie’s head, and she ends up burying Womapoke artifacts on Lot48 with the hopes of halting construction.

Over at Ben’s, the guys are bored and Tom suggests they hit up an “experimental alcohol” bar in Eagleton. Only Tom seems to like the place, especially after they serve Ron his beloved scotch in lotion form. Once they settle in and start talking, the guys all realize that for one reason or another, none of them have ever had a proper bachelor party. They agree that tonight, each of them will pick an activity, starting out at the ice cream store where Jerry met Gayle. Andy then decides he wants to play football with the Colts, and one quick phone call later courtesy of Chris, they’re on the field with some players throwing around the pigskin. Finally, they end up at St. Elmo’s Steakhouse (nice nod to Rob Lowe here!) where they toast to Ron and Diane, and run into Newt Gingrich.

Leslie’s party is…not going so well. She realizes what she’s done and enlists everyone’s help to dig up the artifacts. Donna’s even put Abe Lincoln to work, since they paid for an hour. The next morning, Leslie still can’t believe she tried to use the Womapoke for her own gain, but it’s too late: Shauna Tweep is already on site, interviewing Jamm about the artifacts.

Hey, everyone: Ken Hotate is back! I loved his character during his other appearances, so it was great to see him again. Leslie admits what she’s done and apologizes to him. He’s not too happy with her, but he’s even less impressed with Jamm going back on the deal. He calls a meeting between the two, which ends up being hilarious because he’s clearly messing with Jamm and offers to smoke a celebratory peace pipe with him once they settle the problem.

Overall, Ben’s bachelor party went swimmingly compared to Leslie’s, and Chris even has commemorative t-shirts made for the gang. Ben feels bad that Chris didn’t get his moment, so the guys give him a novelty award for Best Man. He admits that the old Chris would have gone for someone who had the same interests as him, but now he just wants someone who values important things in life. Afterward, Ben runs into Shauna who tells him about the story she was writing and how she likes to write about the important things, and Ben has an idea of his own. He introduces Chris to Shauna, and we can only assume a new relationship will blossom from there.

What did you think of this episode? Did you expect Ben to have a better party in the end? Should Leslie have a do-over? Share your TwoCents below!

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