Parks and Recreation Season 5 Review “Ben’s Parents”

Parks and Recreation Season 5 Episode 6 Ben's Parents (5)

One of the great joys of watching television is seeing some of your favorite characters pop up on screen in other places. While every actor has roles or shows that they become known for, it’s always good to see some of them get out and stretch their legs a little bit. Such was the case with Parks and Recreation tonight. We got to see the great Jonathan Banks (AKA Mike Ehrmantraut) grace our television screen in a bit of different role for him. Still, as Ben’s crazy father, he effectively used a lot of the same beats from Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking Bad in tonight’s episode. Only tonight, he was using his menacing intimidation to make sure Leslie understood that “We’re a Twizzlers family.”

Banks was but a part of an outstanding A plot in tonight’s episode. It was yet another case of Leslie’s indomitable will versus a seemingly impossible situation. In this case, the situation was unifying Ben’s parents. While the unity quilt didn’t bring the Wyatts together, it was a rather funny setpiece used to symbolize Leslie’s hopes for a beautiful evening. While the Wyatts won’t be burying the hatchet anytime soon, at least she got a hardcore makeout session in the back of a cab out of the evening.

While the Knope-Wyatt engagement party was worth watching, I also found the plot surrounding Tom’s new business idea quite humorous. If nothing else, it called for the return of another popular Parks and Recreation character: The immortal Jean-Ralphio. Jean-Ralphio by himself is funny, but anytime you can put him into a room with Ron Swanson, the potential for something really wonderful to happen exists. Also, it was really good to see Tom finally step away from Jean-Ralphio as he attempts to get more serious about his life. As a man of principles who has held a job since age 9, Ron Swanson only does business with serious people. It seems that Tom may be in danger of becoming a serious person.

Finally, a special thank you to the person who wrote the Mike and Ron shrimp staredown into the script. I have to check the stats, but I’m pretty sure it was the 14th best scene in television history. I may never forget it.

What did everyone else think of tonight’s Parks and Recreation?