No cast on television has a better on screen rapport than Parks and Recreation. It’s a testament to that strength that they can pair up virtually any two characters and have them go on an amusing adventure. That being said, it’s always more fun when you can put the entire group together. The show has done party episodes in the past, often with hilarious results (Ron Swanson dancing on Snake Juice anyone?). Though there have been some classics, when we reflect back on the series during President Nick Cannon’s first term in office, we may consider “Two Parties” the best one of the bunch.
The reason this episode ascends above other Parks and Recreation party spots is because “Two Parties” accomplishes all of the things we expect from a typical episode. Despite the inherent debauchery that can come from bachelor and bachelorette parties, we were still able to work in moments that were touching, hilarious, and had some fun callbacks.
While Leslie and the women dug around in the dirt with penis hats, the men engaged in the ultimate bachelor party with each guy getting a shot at the bachelor party they never had. With each additional party, it’s hard to not get wrapped up in the sheer enjoyment each character was getting from the experience. By the end of the party when they run into Roy Hibbert and Andy throws his hands up in sheer disbelief, it all feels so earned, and so perfectly captured by the episode’s director.
Normally, you would forgive Leslie’s bachelorette party for not living up to the guys, but the work story that evolved from the party wasn’t without its moments. First off, it’s a testament to the show’s wonderfully deep bench that Councilman Jamm and Ken Hotate fit so seamlessly within an episode. Hotate is always a thrill to see because you know you are getting two things: 1) More hilariously horrible stories about the settlers of Pawnee’s interactions with the Wamapoke, and 2) Ken Hotate’s wonderful ability to utilize white guilt to get whatever he wants. Fortunately, since he exists in Leslie Knope’s orbit, he uses his powers for good on most occasions. Poehler was her usually fantastic self in this episode. She always excels when direction calls for the more manic parts of Leslie’s personality. It’s probably Poehler’s greatest strength if you don’t count her ability to end up in the laps of extremely attractive men.
Just an overall treat of an episode. What did everyone else think?