Parks and Recreation – Recap & Review – Are You Better Off?

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photo: nbc

Parks and Recreation
Are You Better Off?

Original Air Date: May 2, 2013

Valentina D. – Senior Reviewer

I know, I know – sorry for the (extreme) lateness of this recap, folks. Though better late than never, I suppose! Let’s jump right in and see how our favorite Parks gang wrapped up season five.

Leslie celebrates one year as a councilwoman by asking Pawnee, “are you better off than you were a year ago?” Her undying passion for the Indiana town burns strong, yet with great power comes a little bit of a backlash- there’s a new movement calling for her resignation. Will Leslie succumb to the pressure?

Plus, say hello again to Bert Macklin who’s back to solve the mystery of the positive pregnancy test he found at Ron’s cabin!

To celebrate Founders’ Week, Leslie decides to hold a public forum asking Pawnee citizens how their lives have improved over the past year. Surprisingly, not everyone is there to support her and in fact, a group of folks are actively opposing her policies, claiming she stripped their personal freedoms once she took office. Apparently, banning the sale of jumbo soda and canceling the construction of yet another Paunchburger struck a nerve with these people.

At Rent-A-Swag headquarters, business is jumping but Mona Lisa asks to go home due to an upset stomach. Pregnancy suspect #1? Say it ain’t so! Tom is approached by a lawyer who claims his client is interested in purchasing his company. Who’s the client? Lawyer can’t say, but Tom suspects Diddy. Tom consults his investors and gets mixed answers as Donna tells him to sell and Ron tells him to keep making money.

Around City Hall, Andy resurrects the ghost of Bert Macklin to help him find out whose preggers. He rules out Ann and Donna quickly, and then interrupts Leslie’s public forum to eliminate her from the list, too. That only leaves one person – April- though it turns out she’s not pregnant, either. She does have some great news, though- she’s been accepted to the veterinary school in Bloomington.

At the peak of Founders’ Week, Leslie and Ben watch the float until she sees a slightly, er, unfavourable one. The anti-Leslie brigade has their own float and publicly calls for Leslie’s resignation, prompting Leslie to climb the float and speak to the crowd. Later, Ben tells her a bigger profile in politics means more people hating you and Leslie comes up with an idea. During a press conference she organized, she states she belives the town is better off now than they were a year ago. She invites them to lobby for the recall anyway, telling them to bring it on.

Since none of the City Hall ladies are preggers, that only leaves one person- Mona Lisa. She admits it with Jean Ralphio by her side, and Tom suggests getting a house until PSYCHE! Mona Lisa was faking all along, much to the amusement of her twin brother. In another meeting with the lawyer, Tom decides he won’t sell and the lawyer says his client is prepared to open a rival business across the street called “Tommy’s Closet.” And no, it’s not Diddy, but I’m intrigued to say the least.

At the very end of the episode, Andy’s in Ron’s office when Diane surprised Ron at work and she’s a bit flushed. Andy puts two and two together and with a look of glee, he knows Ron’s life is about to change forever.

What did you think of the finale? Will Leslie gain enough haters to remove her from council? Will Ron’s baby be born with a mustache? Come back for season six in the fall!

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