Parks and Recreation Season 5 Review “Leslie vs. April”

Parks and Recreation Season 5 Episode 7 Leslie vs. April (1)

One of the things that makes Parks and Recreation an enjoyable to watch is the fact that almost nothing is introduced without a later payoff. The show is constantly using new additions to old storylines to bring up things that made us laugh in the past while bringing in a fresh spin on the situation. It’s a tightly wound, beautifully drawn world that takes into account all of the character developments that have occurred over the past 4+ seasons.

The first of these satisfactions is Leslie’s meet and greet with Vice President Joe Biden. Given Leslie’s weirdly entertaining sexual aggression, you knew some sparks were going to fly when she ran into the man that encompasses the entirety of her celebrity sex list. Regardless of your political leanings, you should take the time to appreciate Vice President Biden being a good sport with the whole scene. He serves his purpose effectively and allows Leslie to paw at him in ways that would make a lot of men blush. For her part, Amy Poehler completely sold this scene. I have yet to meet someone from my “list,” but I imagine my reaction would be something similar to Leslie’s. Great work (as expected) by Poehler in that scene.

Another defining characteristic of Leslie Knope is her dogged determination to get things accomplished that manifested itself early on with her attempts to turn The Pit into a park. Now known as Lot 48, the space is tabbed by April to be the ideal place to put a dog park. In this season, we are seeing real growth from a lot of characters. Tom’s Rent-A-Swag idea has been getting a lot of run, but April’s ever-increasing maturity is also worth noting. While she likely remains a devout believer in the Ron Swanson Dogma regarding government work, she loves dogs. Therefore, she finally finds an outlet for her considerable talents. Of course, that comes in direct conflict with Leslie who tries to shut it down. The resulting anger from April is perfectly understandable. For years, Leslie has attempted to prod April into being the person Leslie believes she can be. When April finally tries to apply herself, her biggest supporter tries to smack her down. It’s one of the rare instances where Leslie’s stubbornness proves detrimental, and it was a lot of fun to watch.

Given the hunky-dory state of the previous few episodes, it was nice to see two of our characters in conflict. Pawnee is a happy, cheerful place, and the members of the Parks Department behave as such, but they are still people. People disagree over various issues far more wide ranging than what to do with a park. I certainly like my Pawnee sunny, but it’s good to see some conflict between our group on occasion.

What did everyone else think of tonight’s episode?