I started watching Parks and Rec when Amazon Prime added it and I love it as it describes how working for a public can be sometimes.
Parks and Rec follows the lives of the employees of the Parks and Rec department and all the shenanigans and things they get into/work on.
Ron Swanson is the head of the department and he is a libertarian who loves alcohol, meat, and trying to stop the government from “overreaching”. Under him is Leslie Knope, who loves Pawnee, government, overachieving, and doesn’t let anything stop her enthusiasm. The rest of the department is rounded out with Tom Haverford-who cares about fashion and making money, only being in government for “contacts”. Donna Meagle who is “mysterious” and cool: Gerry “Jerry” Gergich who everyone picks on; April Ludgate the intern who hates everything; and Andy who was musician, turned shoeshiner, turned P&R employee. Also thrown in is Leslie’s best friend Ann Perkins, a nurse, who at first doesn’t work for the department but ends up being roped in by Leslie.
Auditors Chris and Ben come for a visit to get the town back into shape, but end up staying in the town.
Most Romantic Moment #3: What You Care About is Important to Me
And while I love Leslie and Ben:
But before Ben was Officer Dave Sanderson, and I loved Leslie and him together (at least until Ben came along).
So, this episode is from season 2 episode 3. In this Leslie is judging a beauty contest and is asked out by Officer Dave Sanderson, who she met in the previous episode. Officer Dave asks her out, but Leslie’s hopes are dashed when he thinks the picture of Madeline Albright is a picture of her grandmother. Feeling like they will have zero in common, she blows him off.
Leslie goes into judging the beauty pageant and is full of joy and optimism, but then finds out that it means nothing. All the other judges don’t care about brains, talent, answers, etc-just who’s the hottest. And they keep going on and on about the empty headed Trish.
After the pageant, Officer Dave comes in and tells Leslie point blank he likes her, and hands her his number so that she can call him if she wants to go out. He then storms off-crashing into Trish without giving her a second look.
Yes, he didn’t care about “hottie” Trish that every guy has been salivating over.
Then Leslie knows she has a winner. She later calls him and he comes to her office. She asks him out to dinner and he agrees, naming all the “powerful” political women on her walls.
Aw! It’s so cute! He went and researched all the women, and even their policy, so that he could talk to her about it. I searched and searched but couldn’t find a screencap or clip. But if you watch it on Amazon it is adorable!
So this title of course references The Policesong, even though it has nothing to do with the episodes plot.
Sorry, anytime I think of Sting and The Police I think of that scene from Footloose. But yes, the song:
I’d rather not be watching this. I have already watched two episodes and have not been impressed. I can see why it was canceled after one season.
I know harsh, but I speak the truth. Basically, the story is that Marianne and Elinor Dashwood live together and are friends with Elizabeth Bennet, Emma Woodhouse, and Grant/George Knightley. All live in modern times and are an accountant, jobless, real estate agent, divorce lawyer (!!! I know Emma, really?), and I don’t know what “Grant” does.
So we start off this episode with Marianne trying to make eggs and falls of course because she is a dumb blonde. Why do they make her that way?
Elizabeth is over and complains about the awful Darcy, who she has been emailing and she can’t stand him.
I am with her, they make him too jerky-seriously I hate him.
I know, I know
This series killed me okay. It made me utter what never should be uttered and then I died. It is a ghost of my former self that is writing this.
An angry ghost
And I’m sure if Jane was around, she sure wouldn’t appreciate what you writers did!
Elizabeth gets a call about a house and it is Collins looking for a realtor. Remember in the last episode he had his date where he tried to pump Elinor.
See Hook agrees with me.
Elinor, the accountant, has to deal with a tough client, who’s angry that she has to pay so much. I actually like this part of the episode because that’s what I have to deal with sometimes at work. It feels very real and it isn’t silly or stupid like a lot of other parts of these shows.
What I wish I could say to some people.
Poor Elinor, that sucks.
Yes, Elinor I know exactly how you feel.
She’s complaining to Knightley, I find that interesting. I like that he has taken that friendship role with all the girls. Plus in Sense and Sensibility, Elinor and Colonel Brandon talk quite a bit (as everyone feels the need to confide in her) so it kind of meshes that with this. Good job TV show, there are two things you are doing right.
But will it last?
For the thousandth time
Elinor has a promotion, woohoo!
Meanwhile, Marianne is shopping online and Emma hires her as the receptionist at her firm. Marianne is thrilled to be around hot lawyers, but down about that she has to be there at 8.
So Elinor’s promotion, she doesn’t get much time to settle in. Not only does she have to start her new job that afternoon, the IRS is coming and she has to deal with them. I know the show is trying to add drama, but I really don’t think that is how it works. I don’t think they would just “throw you in”. And certainly not throw you to the IRS, I mean I think she could defintely complain about that to HR.
An IRS agent is coming and all I can think of it it kinda makes me think of Parks and Rec when Ben comes and Leslie’s all mad about it and then they fall for each other-I just have a feeling Edward Ferrars is to be the IRS agent.
But seriously, you have a giant IRS dilemmea with your firm and you are going to promote someone from lower to take care of it. I mean I get they are probably trying to set up a fall guy, but wouldn’t you want someone who knows to take care of it and make sure all is good?
Woohoo, gold star theIRS agent is Edward Ferrars-did I call it or what?
Edward is like really cool and collected…I never pictured him that way since he was so controlled by his mama.
Anyways, the two hit it off and he acts really sweet and gets command of the situation and calm a freaking, babbling Elinor down.
Interesting, a very different portrayal…
Hmmm…I don’t know of I like it.
All the girls meet up and Emma complains about Darcy, And oh my gosh he is so awful. No wonder this TV show was canceled. Like can we just sock him in the face. Please leave.
I know, I know-I said the dreaded words again-but I’m already dead inside from watching this.
Marianne offers to get revenge by mixing up his messages, but then she will get fired, so I’m not sure that is a good revenge idea.
So not fun…
So Elinor and Edward are eating breakfast and hanging out-telling stories and it is pretty cute. I like their interactions.
Elizabeth meets with Collins to discuss “houses” but its a total date. Like seriously Lizzie, he has you meet at a restaurant for DINNER!!!
Liz is all business and Collin is all let me try and get info because I want to date you. The vibe is as strong as a 7th grader spraying himself with AXE for the first time-super ob.
Emma is working and Darcy is throwing a full on B.F.
Ugh I hate him. Like I want to STOP WATCHING. If I could I would throw my fist into the TV and punch him in the face. UUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!
I hate you, I hate this series, I hate the writers…
Back to Liz and Collins, nothing is getting done and Collins is all yeah she’s into me.
Emma and Darcy fight some more-ugh
Marianne is too dumb to know the difference between a fax machine and a copy machine. Although, I have to admit that happens a lot at the library.
So Liz goes to Elinor’s home and she’s all “glad you are home” So Liz lives with her? I thought in the first episode Elinor was all “it’s my apartment Marianne” and going on and on and on about how it was her home and she wasn’t sure she wants to share with her and she has everything just how she likes it, blah blah blah. But if Liz lives there too, shouldn’t she have a say in her home? And shouldn’t she have spoken to her about Marianne living there? This makes no sense within the context of the first episode, but I guess it explains why all the girls are there all the time. I thought they were just limited on sets, I mean Collin takes Liz out to the same place he took Elinor. Which does work for his character.
Liz complains-and Elinor knows why he is flirting-but doesn’t tell her. Bad friend.
See Hook agrees with me.
Finally she spills and Liz is so angry- and she’s right, she been wasting her time getting her chained yanked while he is just goofing around pretending to buy. I’d be so angry.
Marianne is on the hate Darcy train as well after dealing with him.
Marinne tears a message for him, hmm…
Darcy is all blah, blah Emma I’m an angry stupid prick and I want you to do all this work even though I’ve complained that this is my area of expertise and I don’y want you touching it. I can’t find a file and its all your fault ad I hate how they make him.
I hate this
Do I have to finish this series, because I don’t want to. Why did they make Darcy so awful, he was not that awful in he book.
Emma is angry and justifiably. She should report him to HR. He should not treat her that way.
Liz is walking and Collin surprises her. They meet to discuss her dropping him. And he’s infuriating . Liz is pretty nice, I think I would have been more upset.
Marianne and Emma are walking and eating. Marianne left Darcy fake messages to the movie theater and weather station. She tells him, sorry the numbers came in too fast, maybe try a few combinations. It’s pretty funny, but Emma warns her he could her fired for it.
Marianne does’t care as it is only a temp job. Marianne shares some backstory on her family, and the writer’s got it right, thank goodness. When their dad died, Elinor took over taking care of everything, and making sure things were done-causing her to quickly grow up and adopt the “sensible persona”. And how her mom just let Marianne be herself, she’s always been the one taken care of versus taking care of others like Elinor.
Edward and Elinor grow closer together, and they are very cute. I like it! More Edward please and less Darcy.
I think a thousand fangirls died over that statement.
Darcy starts acting like a human being and actually tells a not really apology which makes me still want to punch him.
They have a loooooooooooooong way to go to fix him.
I am NOT happy!
Collins stops by Elinor to see Liz. He wants her to show him a house as he has settled on an idea of what he wants. Liz gets mad an tells him he needs boundaries. True dat. Good job Liz-stick to your guns.
Collin leaves and calls her on the phone to set an appointment.