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Another great one that made Leslie even more sympathetic while showcasing how no one, not even Ron Fucking Swanson, can fill her shoes. It's a shame Louis CK was written out so soon (it's not a shame he's getting another show, though.)

I liked Tom and Mark's talk about getting Ann a blood diamond. "Yea bitch, get me somma that blood diamond. Make 'em extra bloody!" Mark and Ann are kind of a boring couple, but they're kind of boring people, so they're well matched.

The Councilman was a real piece of work. Really funny commentary on 24 hour news cycles and gotcha "journalism."

LESLIE KNOPE: DEFINITELY DEXHART'S MISTRESS?

Andy to April: "I've been thinking about your gay boyfriend all day..."

Who doesn't get a little giddy each time April looks into the camera and shy/excitedly smiles?

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We randomly picked one Parks and Rec to watch during dinner before this and it was "The Practice Date" with the first appearance of Dexhart so that worked out quite well, as did tonight's episode.

Echo the Tom love on blood diamonds. Boy's giving me a hard man crush.



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<3 <3 <3 Andy and April <3 <3 <3
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April fake-smoking the pen & asking if she should seduce the councilman = WIN. I was laughing my Aznoff.



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I didn't completely buy in to Parks & Rec being immediately better at the start of this season, as there were still issues, particularly Leslie. But it's been great for the last few episodes, and I think it can be traced to the pit. Leslie got success and was able to show confidence. (Also, Amdy got the shoeshine job, which has also been a great source of comedy.) Which makes me wonder: is the filling of the pit the first (or at least most dramatic) de-Jumping of the Shark?



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    Originally posted by hansen9j
    Is the filling of the pit the first (or at least most dramatic) de-Jumping of the Shark?


Whoa. This is wrinkling my brain.



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    Originally posted by hansen9j
    Which makes me wonder: is the filling of the pit the first (or at least most dramatic) de-Jumping of the Shark?


Showing my age here, but I would say, at least to my best memory, the first de-Jumping of the Shark was Shelly Long leaving Cheers and Kirstie Alley coming in, which made the show better in every way.

I would also argue season five of South Park when the writing got much sharper and the commentary on hot button pop culture issues began, where South Park originally made its name on the kids' swearing (although the movie was the real flashpoint for South Park's improved creativity so maybe it doesn't count.)

But I would hold that Parks and Recreation had the greatest season one to season two improvement in maybe the latter half of the 2000's. And fixing Leslie was a key reason.
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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
      Originally posted by hansen9j
      Which makes me wonder: is the filling of the pit the first (or at least most dramatic) de-Jumping of the Shark?


    Showing my age here, but I would say, at least to my best memory, the first de-Jumping of the Shark was Shelly Long leaving Cheers and Kirstie Alley coming in, which made the show better in every way.

    But I would hold that Parks and Recreation had the greatest season one to season two improvement in maybe the latter half of the 2000's. And fixing Leslie was a key reason.


Gotta disagree with you about Long/Alley in a big way. Rebecca's character became dead weight very quickly, whereas Diane/Sam were the heart of the show in its first five seasons.

Agreed about P&R making the biggest improvement over two seasons, though. The only other comparison I could think of is, ironically, the US Office --- it wasn't until the second season that it really found its own voice and stopped being a general rehash of the British original.



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Loved this episode. I want to love Andy and April but I'm still working out the age math in my head. Just how old is he????

The thing about P&R and the Office "filling the pit" after their first season is that both shows only had six episodes in their freshman season. I think most shows take at least that long to find their voice, and usually that will happen within the first season. I credit the turn-around to the development they've given to Ron F***ing Swanson, but regardless of the why, I've consistently enjoyed P&R this year.



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In an episode that was chock full o' funny, Michael telling David Wallace he was being "uslurped" was the best of all.

Did you notice that when Michael was being Petulant Jesus, he finally figured out how to properly roast people?



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Oh man, first I thought they'd run out of "Globetrotters" eps but now I realise they're only running the Gary Coleman/Globetrotters power hour on late night Saturday/early Sundays.
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