Parks and Recreation Season 5 Review “Women in Garbage”

Parks and Recreation Season 5 Episode 11 Women In Garbage (2)

When a series as Parks and Recreation goes big as it did in last week’s “Two Parties”, a more straightforward episode like “Women in Garbage” can almost come across as disappointment. While there may not have been anything “special” about tonight’s episode, it was still Parks and Recreation being its usual consistently funny self.

The storyline involving Ron babysitting Diane’s two daughters was Comedy 101 at its finest. The show has put Ron with small children before, and it always produces predictably funny results. Seeing an exhausted Ron sitting on the floor of his office while the girls paint his shoes red was an excellent visual. The storyline wasn’t used entirely for comedic value since it had an underlying sweetness to it revolving around Ron’s continually evolving feelings for Diane. The real winner of this segment was Ann. The show has done better by her this season than last, but tonight’s episode was some of her funnier moments of the season. She’s always great at acting downtrodden when Ron continues to express his lack of desire in knowing anything about her. Plus, it was good to see her awkward routine finally click as she was introduced to Diane’s daughters (“So, you guys like Coldplay?)

Over at the Pawnee gym, Tom, Andy, and Ben put on a physical comedy performance for the ages. Tom once again show’s his complete lack of athletic prowess, but his lack of knowledge about the game produced the most worthwhile laughs (“Did I do basketball?”). Of course, the comedic glory didn’t end there as we got to watch Andy plow through young kids on his way to the basket, and the trio get worked over by group of Pawnee youngsters. Ultimately, Tom finds his niche within the basketball crazy youth by showcasing Rent-a-Swag as the one-stop shop for all a teenager’s post-game press conference needs.

Leslie’s struggle led her into a place ripe for Pawnee-based comedy: sexism in government. Pawnee has a disturbingly hilarious past oppressing many different groups of people (and having the salads to go with it), but the treatment of women is something that appears more rarely than the others. The garbage truck route was pretty standard stuff with the exception of some moments involving April’s invasion of others’ privacy. Also, we learned the valuable lesson that you cannot sneak up on a fridge.

This episode certainly lacked the panache of last week’s episode, but a standard episode of Parks and Recreation remains superior to most comedy on the dial.