Blogger's note: While I'm taking a few days off to hang out with friends in Los Angeles, one of my good friends and fellow Parks and Rec fans was good enough to write this fab review about it.
By Katie Steiner
Before I jump in to reviewing last night's Parks and Recreation, I
would like to thank Laura for asking me to cover for her this week. I
am in LOVE with this show, and I LOVE any opportunity to talk about it.
On to the review...
It's Valentine's Day in Pawnee, and everyone is getting in the
spirit...well, almost everybody. Let's start with Leslie and Ben. For
their first Valentine's Day together, Leslie has Ben go on an elaborate
scavenger hunt to find out where he is to meet her at the end of the
night. Alone, Ben can't figure out the many, many clues that Leslie has
planted around the city. He enlists the help of Andy, who mostly makes a
mess rather than be helpful, and Ron, who turns out to be a riddle
genius and figures out the majority of the clues.
While the guys are running around town, Leslie has made it her
mission to find a man for Ann. She enlists the rest of the Parks
Department to bring eligible bachelors to the Pawnee Valentine's Day
dance. They all fail, of course, (Jerry brings a gigolo....oh, Jerry)
and Ann tells Leslie she's going to call it an early night. But when
Leslie leaves the dance, she finds Ann in her car getting glammed up for
what she assumes is a date with Chris, who is still mourning his break
up with Jerry's daughter. This upsets Leslie because of what Chris put
her and Ben through with the trial and Ben's resignation. She's about to
let it go, until she tells Ben the news and he convinces her they must
go call Chris out for going on a date with his subordinate. But when
Leslie and Ben follow Ann, they find Ann with a surprising date.
It turns out that April, who was asked by Leslie to help find
someone for Ann, noticed during the dance that the only guy who made Ann
laugh was Tom. Yes, the same Tom who has been hitting on Ann since the
show started. April approaches Ann and convinces herto go grab drinks
with Tom. We end the episode not knowing for sure how the date turned
out, but it's still great to see these two together.
To me, Parks and Recreation has never been better, and this episode
continues that trend. It'll be interesting to see where the Tom and Ann
storyline will go; I personally would love to see these two have a
fling. And this Valentine's Day, I am nominating Leslie and Ben for
cutest couple on TV. Seeing the effort she went into the scavenger hunt,
and seeing how happy they are together...I can't even handle it!