Parks and Recreation "Doppelgangers" Review: Let's Grade the Pawnee Gang's Eagleton Counterparts

By Kaitlin Thomas

Oct 11, 2013

Parks and Recreation S06E04: "Doppelgangers"


Having spent over five years with the Pawnee Parks Department, Leslie, Ron, and this merry band of misfits feel a bit like family now, so it was a lot of fun to see their Eagleton doppelgängers (shout-out to The Vampire Diaries for teaching me how to spell that!) tonight as the two towns were once again united as one. Last week, we met Leslie's counterpart Ingrid (Kristen Bell), and she was fun, but now let's grade the the rest of the doppelgängers:

– Ron (Ron Swanson): At first, Eagleton Ron seemed like the perfect match for meat-loving, privacy-craving Ron Swanson. But that idea was flipped on its head when it was revealed that he was exactly the opposite. Eagleton Ron is vegan, he wears sandals because he doesn't believe in caging his feet, he does yoga, he loves Morrissey—he's the anti-Ron in just about every single way. I can't support any guy who wears mandals, but dammit Sam Eillott was great. C

– Craig (Donna): Craig suffers from a medical problem which causes him to care too damn much. He cares more than Leslie cares. And he's awesome. While I'd never want to get rid of Donna, I adore Craig. A

E.R.I.C. (Tom): E.R.I.C. isn't a person, "he" is a computer system. But Tom was so worried that he might lose his job to a computer (since when does Tom work anyway?) that he made up a story about a racist, unreliable, possible felon named Eric. And Leslie believed it, so I'm going to rule in favor of Tom here because he deserves to win some every once in awhile. B+

– Tynnyfer (April): Tynnyfer is basically the worst person in the world, and April pretended to be her new bestie in order to trick her into leaving Pawnee so she could keep her job. After talking about yoga and life coaches and doing lots of hair twirling, the payoff was that April sent Tynnyfer off to Miami with Dwayne Wade's address in hand, hoping he'd throw a basketball at her. What the hell, it was hilarious. A

Evelyn (Ann): No one can replace Ann in Leslie's life, and since Ann's the only Parks and Rec character who's actually leaving Pawnee, I do wonder if, when, or how we'll see Evelyn and her "kind of pretty mouth" again. But we didn't really get to see much of her i this episode because Leslie was preoccupied with Ann's announcement that she'll soon be departing Pawnee for parts unknown. N/A

Larry (Jerry): Okay, Jerry didn't have an Eagleton twin (he's just a file temp right now anyway), but since everyone is calling him Larry it kind of works. A+ 



FROM THE JOKE BOOK


– "Ron is basically a better version of George Washington."

– "This calls for some celebratory lunges!" 

– "I'm just trying to stop time with legally binding friendship contracts. What part of that do you not understand?"

– "Mmmmm, sugar mustard."

– "It's called the Good Earth Salad, but really it's just cheese, toffee, and gummy bear worms."


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  • lachie101 Oct 14, 2013

    I really enjoyed this episode, it was the best of season 6 so far. The interactions between April and Tynnyfer were hilarious and was classic April. The Jerry thing is getting a bit annoying and old. Craig really annoyed me. I'm not sure what annoyed me about him but I wanted to strangle him through the computer screen. Hopefully Evelyn is back because she looks like she would be a great addition to the cast. Its a shame that some of the Doppelgangers aren't in for a couple of episodes.

    All in All I really enjoyed this episode. Hopefully their's a more exciting ending to the Chris-Ann story line other then she just leaves to another town with Chris.

    Although I really don't care much about Ann but I will miss Chris.

  • Lionleanne Oct 13, 2013

    I hated the episode....a lot...Oh who am I kidding? I actually can't hate a episode of Parks and Rec. I am just extremely upset that we are losing A. Our beautiful tropical fish Ann and B. Our, literally, most positive person in the world Chris Treger... Waaa I am going to go cry in a corner ): On another note I loved the counterparts to the cast, my favourites were anti-Ron and Tynnyfer :)

  • kpk001 Oct 12, 2013

    I could give a flying fornication about whether dopple...is plural or not, or a Wade (or Elliott) typo, but what's up with the crazy grading system. Sam Elliott's bizarro Ron was spot on and the funniest of the bunch and it gets a C, yet the lame Larry/Jerry gag (and the overdone group mock scene) gets an A+ ??? Exactly what were the grades supposed to represent?

  • ElisabethMuld Oct 12, 2013

    I literally squeeled when I saw Sam Elliott and having him be the anti-Ron was a great twist! April with Tynnyfer were genius. Of course, the whole episode was basically designed around the fact that Ann (and Chris, but we all know he is not who we'll be crying about) is leaving or at least it was designed around Ann anouncing that she's leaving. They even held off on the conversation with Leslie till next episode!! How much does this show rule and how much does it care about its characters, that it would devote not one but TWO episodes just about the characters announcing that they're leaving!! I mean, I'm not certain we'll see the conversation, but I'm kinda assuming that we will somehow...
    I already feel sad about it though. We all know Leslie loves Ann. A lot. And Ann loves Leslie! Good thing Rashida has already kinda said she might be bac every once and a while, but still! Sad, sad, sad.

  • lucdejonge Oct 12, 2013

    Damn, loved Ron Dunn, after that first exchange I thought he was perfect for Ron, loved the 'twist', but nothing in this episode will beat those ridiculous celebratory lunges. Had me cracking up.

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  • Dudekotka Oct 11, 2013

    Ron Dunn was great, if only because he made me rewatch The Big Lebowski right afterwards,

  • jessicakroeber Oct 11, 2013

    I was pretty sad that Leslie got rid of so many of them so quickly! I would have loved to see them all fumble around the office together for a bit longer.

  • torque_smacky Oct 11, 2013

    "Mandals"? NO. "Mandals" is not becoming a word. Ever.

  • JagPatel Oct 11, 2013

    No Kristen Bell makes me sad :(

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