Parks and Recreation 7×12 – 13 “One Last Ride” Recap

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I am ready to conquer many things, but I am not ready to say goodbye to Pawnee.

Episode Summary:  In order for their last day to be the greatest, Leslie convinces the team that they should help fix a broken swing. Thisgives the group time to reflect on their experiences together and fortify their friendships even further. In 2025, the group reunites in Pawnee once more and this time, they’re staying.

Review | Analysis: I loved this episode so much more than I can say. And if I’m being completely honest, I don’t know where to begin or end. The last time I’ve reviewed aseries finale was The Office and all I can remember is there were lots of tears. The thing with Parks and Recreation is that it did the most superlative job of inspiring its viewers to follow their dreams. It was cheesy, it dealt with clichés, it was hysterical, and it was brilliant. Here’s the thing, life is tough for all of us. It takes a while for our dreams to come true, it takes a while to find good friends, love, and it takes a while for us to learn how to love ourselves. And in the midst of all the difficulties we all face, we need the clichés to remind us that at some point life can be unbelievably, unexplainably, and immaculately perfect. Parks and Recreation is a series that focused heavily on the little things – it reminded its viewers that there’s beauty in hard work, there’s wonder in uncertainties, there’s power in uniqueness, and there’s strength in numbers. And that’s why I loved it so much. It’s why I have such a difficult time letting go. That said let’s begin discussing the glorious series finale.

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Parks and Recreation 7×11 “Two Funerals” Recap

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“Two Funerals” was the kind of Parks and Recreation episode that does a fantastic job of reminding its viewers that if you have good friends, you have everything.

Episode Summary: When Pawnee’s Mayor, Walter Gunderson (Bill Murray) dies, it’s up to Ben to find his replacement. Leslie helps Tom come up with a beautiful way to propose to Lucy. Ron’s barber Salvatore passes as well and Donne tries to help him find a new one.

Review: While moments within the episode were as glorious as anything done on Parks and Recreation, the episode unfortunately fell a bit flat after the greatness we watched in “Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show”. I may be in the minority when I say this, but Jean-Ralphio and his sister aren’t characters I missed and certainly felt the episode could’ve done without. At the end of the day however, I’m so incredibly happy for Tom and I’m glad Aziz Ansari got an episode to shine again. Love is everything, and on a show like Parks and Recreation, we’re constantly reminded that it’s something everyone deserves to have and should seize the opportunity to get it whenever they can.

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Parks and Recreation 7×10 “The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show” Recap

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“Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show” was indeed an awesome conclusion to Andy Dwyer’s life in Pawnee.

Episode Summary: It’sAndy’s final day on his TV series and he goes out with a bang, bringing backSpecial Agent Burt Macklin and featuring everyone from the Parks Department onhis episode. The episode focused mainly on Andy, which is a huge blessing on its own because it gave Chris Pratt the opportunity to really showcase how much Andy’s changed all while remaining the same.

Review: Note, I’m still slightly emotional over the fact that Andy is the sweetest husband ever and April’s the most perfect wife for him. And I’m extremely emotional over the fact that the series is ending next week. That said, let’s discuss how wonderful the idea of a series finale within a series finale is because in some bizarre (but good) way, the episode reminded me of All That, and if you’re a 90s kid, you know how awesome that series was. A series within the series really delved further into the mockumentary style making it the most hilarious form they’ve done.

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Parks and Recreation 7×09 “Pie Mary” Recap

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Pie Mary is an episode that could only be described as completely and utterly brilliant.

Episode Summary: Controversies arise when Leslie decides to skip out on a pie making contest because she doesn’t like what it stands for. Garry loses his wedding ring plus a bunch of other things, and Donna thinks it’s the most entertaining thing ever. After April tells Ron that she and Andy must move to Washington for her job in a few months, he asks for the spare key to his house back; however, because she hid it a long time ago, they all need to put their heads together to figure out where.

Review: One of my all time favorite things about Parks and Recreation is that it never lets us forget how proud show runners and actors are to delve into feminism. They’ve always done a superlative job of validating the importance of equal rights and debunking the conception that Feminism = girls rule, boys drool. There are countless things I loved about this episode but the main entity is that it reminded its viewers of what a sublime pair Ben and Leslie are. She supports him and he supports her – no matter who’s doing what, they’ll defend their person to the end of time all while standing their ground and letting the world know that love helps them grow as a person. Also, Ron Swanson is a complete softie and Nick Offerman’s a genius.

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Parks and Recreation 7×08 “Ms. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington” Recap

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April has finally figured out what she wants to do for the rest of her life and it’s perfect for her.

Episode Summary: Andy, Ben, and Ron continue to help April find her dream job. And during their trip in Washington, April tells Leslie she wants to leave the Parks Department. Leslie gets a promotion.

Review: The episode did a gorgeous job of showcasing Leslie and April’s relationship. Its core focus was on the two of them and the journey they’ve been on since they’ve met. Packed with outstanding performances and a fantastic script, this has quickly become one of my favorite episodes. And as always it was lovely to watch Andy’s unwavering love for April brought to life in the most inimitably stunning and hilarious manner.

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Parks and Recreation 7×07 “Donna and Joe” Recap

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Donnaand Joe’s wedding was just as sweet and fabulous as I imagined it’d be.

Episode Summary: While preparing to go to Donna’s wedding, Leslie and Ben are visited by Jen Barkley who proposes that Ben run for a position on the House of Representatives. Ron tells Lucy about Tom’s love and it causes a few problems in their relationship. April does a superb job at being Donna’s Maid of Honor. And Larry, Terry, Jerry, reveals his real name.

Review: It’s honestly so great to finally see the triplets, to see that things are in fact not easy, but Leslie and Ben have never taken that route and it’s what makes their family so beautiful. In fact, while I’m surprised with Ben’s decision, I’m also so proud and intrigued with the storyline that’s about to unfold with his second chance at a form of leadership.

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Parks and Recreation 7×06 “Save J.J.’s” Recap

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This episode was a great way for fans of Parks and Recreation to treat themselves one last time.

Episode Summary: Whenthe group learns that Dennis Feinstein plans to shut JJ’s Diner down, they rally for it together and in the process figure out a way to get the Newport land from Gryzzl. And Gryzzl was able to attain it by offering $125 million. Andy brings out a bit more serious counterpart of his (Johnathon Karate) in order to stop Dennis Feinstein. And to honor “Treat Yo Self 2017 – the best day of the year”, Donna and Tom finally take a trip to Beverly Hills.

Review | Analysis: The best part of this week’s episode was how wonderful “Treat Yo Self 2017” was. It was the most entertaining and definitely made for an epic way to end the chapter in the series. Donna and Tom’s friendship has always been an outstanding part of the show and this week especially we were reminded of why. And in this episode, “when it comes to matters of the heart, treat yo self,” became the most beautiful message stated.

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Parks and Recreation 7×06 “Gryzzlbox” Recap

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Gryzzlis a worst nightmare come to life. I’m already at times suspicious that mycomputer (an actual person behind it) knows how strange I am for rewatching my favorite scenes of a TV show a million times, so imagine if it actually did.

Episode Summary: On the last fifth episode ever, we’re once again reminded of the beautiful fact that Parks and Recreation is a show that emphasizes anything is possible. Tom becomes Andy’s agent in order to renegotiate his contract and give him the proper show life he deserves. Donna teams up with Leslie and Ben in order to take Gryzzl down for invading their privacy. April’s in charge of interviewing interns but she chooses to make a different call taking her one step further to figuring out what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

Review: The words of wisdom this week were brought to us by the ever so charmingly hilarious, Andy Dwyer: “if you want something badly, you’ve just got to believe that it’s going to work out.” Every episode of Parks and Recreation so far has made me realize why I’m going to miss this show so much. There aren’t many series, or at least ones I’m aware of which do such a fantastic job of pointing out that our destiny and our dreams are in the palm of our hands. There isn’t a show that showcases the importance of goodness prospering like Parks and Recreation and its astounding characters, and for that I’m nowhere near prepared for it to end. That said, “Gryzzl” was a delight to watch.

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Parks and Recreation 7×03 “William Henry Harrison” + 7×04 “Leslie and Ron”

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Full of heart, humor, and exceptional performances, tonight’s two-part episode is without a doubt one of the greatest in Parks and Recreation history. You’d have to not only be dealing with two insanely gifted actors but excellent writing to make an episode like “Leslie and Ron” work – by the time it was over, I was left thinking it had passed by too quickly.

Episode Summary: During “William Henry Harrison” Ron and Leslie compete towards finding someone to represent their proposal for the Newport land. Leslie finds out that ninth President William Henry Harrison has a descendent named Zach Harrison while Ron reluctantly agrees to have celebrity Annabel Porter represent his company. However, learning the secret behind Morning Star and watching Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman brilliantly manifest a full range of emotions was the cherry on top in “Leslie and Ron”. 

Review | Analysis: I imagined that I’d get emotional over Ron and Leslie repairing their friendship, but I most certainly didn’t think I’d be a sobbing wreck. No exaggerations. If I’m being honest, I probably sat in front of my screen for a good fifteen minutes and cried. Days later and I’m still having  a difficult time coming up with the proper words to do such an episode justice.

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