Review: Parks and Recreation 5.08 "Pawnee Commons"

Parks and Recreation, Season Five, Episode 8 "Pawnee Commons"


Ahhh, another trip to Southern Indiana.

In the opening, Leslie was on a PBR-type radio program. She discussed the upcoming park project, begging the local the community to send in ideas as what they had already received was about the quality you would expect from a five-year old. A dumb five-year old. We also learned that playing jazz on top of other jazz is a smash hit in Pawnee. “Our research shows that our listeners love jazz.” Cannot argue with that.

Leslie’s plea leads to some submissions – including one great one from Eagleton. Leslie reacts as she always does towards her arch town rival, while the future Mr. Knope (no way he does not take her name) tries to talk her down. They head to Eagleton to view their park and it is marvelous, of course. We learn that a sewage leak in Pawnee has been all cleared up, except for the sewage smell that will persist for 40 years or so. Ben has quite the man-crush on the Eagleton park architect, while Leslie is suspicious. The architect tells Leslie that he does not care for the rivalry and, despite all Leslie’s attempts to push him away, the architect remains civil.

Leslie struggles to apologize the architect but finally does. The architect’s team brings up a mock-up of the design – of course, the design mocks Pawnee, its smell and its residents. The architect and Ben meet, where the architect reveals that he fired the people who pulled the prank and apologizes. Leslie shows up and doses him with shaving cream, before Ben tells her that the architect was innocent. Doh! A real design is presented and its perfect – which means only about 60% of it needs changed, per Leslie.

Tom has a storefront for Rent-A-Swag and shows it off to the gang. A raccoon corners Jerry as everyone walks away and leaves the poor guy to fend for himself. Poor Jerry never gets a break. Tom seems to be changing and leaving his past ridiculous entrepreneur ways apart. DJ Roomba makes his long awaited return, setting the tone. Tom, thanks to an assist from the team, opens the store and it looks good. Will it last?

Andy has begun his work as a weekend security guard at city hall and it is not everything he thought it would be. Surprisingly, ‘Die Hard’ does not break out on the weekends in Pawnee. April shows up and convinces Andy that this is right out a Bert Macklin (!) case. This leads to April being tied up, as she role-plays being Ms. Hitler and having a necklace with all Germany’s secrets. Ms. Hitler slips away and Macklin is back to square one. This leads to a funny gag where Macklin runs into Leslie, Ben and the architect. “You can’t run Hitler, 82nd Airborne is everywhere!” April praises Andy’s work at getting a lost child back to their mother and tries to convince him that Andy is a better officer than Bert Macklin ever was. Macklin turns in his badge and is done with the F.B.I., as guns go off (on April’s phone).

Chris tries to do some bonding with Ron, asking him about woodworking. Ron tries to distract Chris and get him out of his smooth mustache hairs, giving him blueprints for stairs that lead nowhere.

A cute episode – predictable, but cute. A B grade.



- Parks and Recreation

Written by: Hamatosan
Nov 29th, 2012, 8:03 pm


Message Posted On Nov 30th, 2012, 8:57 am
Great review! This was, for me, the best episode of the season so far. I loved Judy Hitler and Bert Macklin, Leslie was a little over the top. I hated to see Parks & Rec hit the “I Can’t Say Sorry” trope, but otherwise I loved it. Due to a schedule shift at work though, I forgot it was Thursday until I saw some of my DISH coworkers talking about the show on Facebook. Of course, this was after the show was over. Luckily, though, my Hopper from DISH records everything on the four major networks using PrimeTime Anytime so I still got to watch it. Best of all, with Auto Hop, I can skip the commercials, too! Can’t wait for next week!
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