Thursday, April 17, 2014

REVIEW: 'Parks and Recreation' - Leslie and Ben Get a Surprise at the Ultrasound While Andy Tries to Keep a Secret in 'One in 8,000'

NBC's Parks and Recreation - Episode 6.20 One in 8,000

Leslie and Ben run a charity auction to raise funds for the unity concert. April steps in to manage Andy's schedule, while Donna asks Ron for help with her ex-boyfriend (Keegan Michael-Key).

Early in "One in 8,000," Leslie and Ben are in Dr. Saperstein's office and he tells them that they are expecting triplets. The thought of having one baby was such a magical and special moment during the last episode. The discovery that they are having three adds just so much more weight to this happy and special development. However, the plots of this episode never quite stemmed as organically as they could have. The moment in Dr. Saperstein's office moment was great, stressed-out Ben is always good and the concluding moment where everyone offered to pitch in was such a sweet thing to conclude on. The middle portion was just weird and awkward. It's nice to see the normal Leslie-Ben dynamic switched up - as he's the one freaking out and she is calm and steady. But there also wasn't enough meaningful substance for me.

Elsewhere, the highlight of the April and Andy story comes from April being nice to Larry simply because Andy lied about the secret that he is keeping. Well, his list of unbelievable lies was pretty great too. Other than that nothing noteworthy happened. They were asked to elongate a story that didn't have much to it. It's nice that he was going to tell her the truth but then he didn't have to because Leslie and Ben came bursting in.

When Donna mentions that her ex-boyfriend Joe (played by Keegan Michael-Key, half the duo from Key & Peele) is her Tammy to Ron, it brings with it a certain connotation. And that makes it seem eerily odd once it's shown that he is this really nice and considerate grade school teacher. He bonds with Ron right away and is great with his kids. Donna's in fact the wild one and doesn't want to be tied down yet. The show has gotten a lot of use and fun out of Donna's vast romantic life. However, introducing a steady guy for her may be beneficial to her ongoing development. Joe certainly fits the build so we'll see if he sticks in the long run.

Some more thoughts:
  • "One in 8,000" was written by Donick Cary & Joe Mande and directed by Dean Holland.
  • And of course, there's Craig off screaming because all of his accomplishments get overshadowed by other people's news.
  • Where was Tom this week?
  • Next week is the one-hour season finale. A seventh season has already been confirmed so I'm really excited to see how the show ends this year.