Parks and Recreation – Recap & Review – Women in Garbage

photo: nbc

photo: nbc

Parks and Recreation
Women in Garbage

Original Air Date: Jan 24, 2013

Valentina D. – Senior Reviewer
valentina@thetwocentscorp.com

One thing’s for sure – no matter what, you can always count on Leslie Knope to make sure women have a place in government. This time, Leslie tries to dispel the notion of the government as a “boys’ club” and creates a commission to get more Pawnee women involved in the workforce. To make her point, she joins a garbage route but the men don’t take too kindly to her involvement.

While Ben and Andy teach Tom how to play basketball, Ron’s experiencing something he’s never dealt with before: babysitting. I think you know how that turns out.

While Diane’s sitter is out of town, Ron’s tasked with watching the girls in his office and he’s totally awkward around kids. Ann seems to be awkward with them, too, but the girls are interested in her nurse’s first aid kit. The girls end up taking too much of a liking to the kit, because next thing you know they’ve locked themselves in the conference room and taken the scissors to their hair. Ron is losing it, but luckily it’s Jerry (and his giant ring of keys) to the rescue.

With Ron preoccupied at the office all day, Leslie and April decide to show the sanitation workers a thing or two by taking on a route for the day. Despite being naturals at the whole thing, the men laugh at Leslie’s organization binders and then present her with an impossible task. There’s a gigantic metal fridge to be loaded up on the truck and they leave Leslie and April to deal with it. Soon enough, evening hits and someone comes out to tell her that the men couldn’t even lift it themselves two days ago. Obviously, they’ve been set up and Leslie is pretty discouraged but surprisingly, April is the one who’s determined to prove them wrong. All this time, Shauna Tweed has been following the story with Chris in tow. She mentions having to write a disclaimer in her article regarding the nature of their relationship, and this suddenly has him obsessing: what is their relationship? Later, he decides to keep it chill and see what happens.

For once in his life, Tom’s “Rent-A-Swag” business idea is going extremely well. Too well, in fact. He gets a lot of sporty customers, and they’re beginning to tell he’s not well-versed in sports, which is embarrassing for his business. He enlists Andy and Ben to teach him basketball and while they’re at the court, the trio gets challenged by a few kids who proclaim the Parks team sucks. Despite this, it’s still pretty good exposure for Rent-A-Swag.

Back in Ron’s office, Diane comes to pick up the girls and she’s not mad at all about their DIY haircuts. She tells him she loves him, and Ron, ever the stoic one, mutters he loves her, too. A fair cry from the earlier “I LOVE NOTHING!” he bellowed when the girls teased him about loving Diane.

The next day, Leslie and April show off their completed task with a little help from a few people and their completed garbage route. Their act forces the sanitation department to hire three female workers, so it’s another mission accomplished for Leslie. April gives her a special gift to commemorate their victory- a box filled with trash.

What did you think of this episode? I think we all enjoyed seeing Ron at the mercy of two little kids running around. Share your TwoCents below!

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