Parks and Recreation

Season 3 Episode 6

Indianapolis

5
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 2011 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Ron and Leslie take a trip to Indianapolis to get an award, with Ron hoping to visit his favorite steakhouse and Leslie trying to determine if Chris is cheating on Ann. Meanwhile, Tom hosts a launch party for a new cologne with designs on breaking into fragrance design himself, while Andy frets over not having money to spend on April.moreless

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  • Leslie receive praise for their work

    7.5
    This was a good episode with many good laughs. Ron was great in this episode. From the start going to Craig's house to the steakhouse and the diner, he was a laugh riot. The way he was reacting remained me of the way he acted in the season 2 episode with the former park directors. It was best when he cried when he found out the steakhouse closed. I also found it funny when was at Chris's place and treated his food like it was nothing. Leslie playing it cool, while grilling Chris about his alleged transgressions was also funny. I also enjoyed the scenes at the Snakehole Lounge. I liked seeing Tom and Ben start their friendship. I also liked that Ben spared Tom's feelings on his cologne line and spreed it in Dennis Finestein's car at the end. I also enjoyed seeing April and Andy as a couple for the first time. I liked that April didn't really care that Andy had much money. The way they get or try to get money was funny. While this was a good episode, I wonder what this episode would be if this was a full season.moreless
  • Steak Hunt

    9.0
    This is another really good episode I liked all four of the plots going on with different characters at different places. My first favorate one of course is the one with Ron, it was fraking hillarous, just seeing him breakdown in anger and sadness over his favorate Steakhouse being shut down due to some health problem I not sure, he even tries to physically break the boarded up door that made me crack up. I just love how he acts as though it's a great tragidy, and of course he has to endure more misery as he goes on a fruitless hunt for the perfect steak. Has it ever occured to him to go to a "Black Angus" restaurant, they have the best steaks at least I think so. Second one I really liked with April and Andy. Personally I think their a great couple (may'be for now, who know what could happen in the long run) some have compared them with Jim and Pam from "The Office" but I think April and Andy are better because both I find more colorful interesting characters. In a way their dynamic is sort of a yin yang relationship where Andy is the yin and April is the yang. I love how both schemed to get things for free which amazingly worked but also show the teamwork with both of them, I hope they do more.



    Third one with Tom and Ben I thought was touching. I really felt bad for Tom when that so called high profile perfume maker was putting him down for the perfume Tom invented and presented to him, it's true Tom's perfume was bad but that perfume maker could have just let him down gently. I like how Ben encouraged and made Tom feel better and even helped Tom get revenge by dumping the perfume in the perfume makers car. May'be Tom could sell that perfume to S.W.A.T. as a new tear gas bomb.



    Fourth one not much to say, but liked how Lesile presented a grocery list of her break ups which was funny and just shows Lesile has a very strange and somewhat brief love life. Feel a little bad for Ann, but she'll get over it and personally I didn't think it was in the cards for both Chris and her anyway.



    Nothing left to say except, enjoy your steaks.moreless
  • Leslie and Ron go to Indianapolis

    9.0
    Why does this show continue to get such low ratings? I probably mention it every other review, but it's just absurd to me. People rate this show and Modern Family so much lower than everything else, and while I think Modern Family occasionally warrants a lower rating, this show has such a high quality of comedy right now, and the way they're estabishing characters and other aspects of the show rivals any other comedy that's on TV or has been on TV.



    Parks and Recreation goes on break for a month, along with other NBC comedies, and they certainly ended on an interesting note. I'm not sure, after seeing this episode, if we'll see anymore of Rob Lowe as Chris. It's a shame, because I really liked his character, but it seems like the writers went out of their way to take his positive energy and make it into more of a negative thing than usual. I thought it was pretty clever the way that Chris broke up with Ann a week ago, but his positivity made it impossible to figure out. This development lead to some great improv from Amy Poehler where she tells Ann all the times she was broken up with.



    I also thought it was interesting how the episode seemed to have four different plots going on and somehow made every single one of them interesting and worthwhile. Every character had some sort of development, and where some of them weren't quite as revolutionary as others, they were equally great (I'm talking about Ron's love for the steakhouse in Indianiapolis, only to discover it's been shut down.. he spends the rest of the episode trying to find the perfect steak and is foiled by subpar steakhouses and Chris' portabella mushrooms. It's a small plot, but extremely effective.. tell me it's not hilarious to see Ron's book of steakhouse pictures).



    Also, for the second straight episode, we have an episode that puts Ben in a positive light. Before, he was this uptight guy who didn't seem too interested in socializing, but Tom gets him out of his shell by inviting him to the Snake Hole lounge for a party held in honor of a famous perfume inventor or something like that (famous for creating colognes such as "Thickening!" or "Allergic") The show knows its characters so well that when we learn Tom's created a cologne himself, it comes as no surprise to any of us, and it's even funnier to learn that it smells terrible. We also got more of Ben trying to be a cool guy, which was less awkward here then other episodes (although when he responds to Tom's "Hey champ!" by saying "Hey champ....ion," I lost it.)



    I'm not even focusing on the Andy/April plot, which was sweet and was able to focus on their relationship without making it seem like it's taking up the whole show (sort of like Jim and Pam for the longest time in "The Office"). However, the episode as a whole was just very strong, and I'm really intrigued to see if Rob Lowe will return. Something tells me that Adam Scott will return.. there's a lot of unresolved stuff with his character right now.moreless
  • 306

    9.3
    Parks & Recreation is definitely at it's absolute best, I have never liked this show as much as I do now, every character interaction works somehow, not to mention, this show is absolutely hysterical. I did not go one scene without laughing, and it was clearly the best thing on tonight's comedy block, definitely better than The Office. I wonder how much times this show has to prove itself until it's appreciated, hopefully more people will tune in, but as of now, this is one of the best kept secrets on NBC.



    I couldn't decide which story line I liked better, that's how great everything was. Leslie sharing her past bad experiences with breakups just reminded me of "The Practice Date" which was one of the best episodes of the series, anyway, we got the same kind of comedy tonight. Ann not knowing she had been broken up with was quite funny, and I'm interested to see what kind of dynamics this will bring to the show now that Ann is finally single, and Chris in Indianapolis.



    I was worried the magic would be gone between April & Andy after they got together, but man, did this episode prove me wrong. They were hysterical here, and you cannot help but smile when you see them on screen. Competing for free stuff in a night club? Hilarious. This show is easily becoming one of my favorite comedies of all time, keep it up Parks & Rec!moreless

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    • Ron: Just give me all the bacon and eggs that you have. Wait, wait, I worry that what you just heard is give me a lot of bacon and eggs. What I said was give me all the bacon and eggs that you have.

    • Ben: I move around a lot, so the friends I make in these cities, they're like Facebook friends, you know? "Hey, Doug from Bloomington is thinking about buying a shirt." Come on, Doug, who cares?

    • Tom: Watch the master work it, I am the Yoda of networking.
      Ben: Well Yoda wouldn't actually need networking, his powers were more spiritual.
      Tom: Shut up you nerd!

    • Tom: His real name is Dante Fiero, but he changed it to Dennis Feinstein 'cause that's way more exotic in Pawnee.

    • Leslie: (to Chris) You know what's funny about Ann? She's my best friend. And anyone who hurt her is someone I would murder probably.

    • Andy: I want to treat April like a queen, and queens deserve flowers… and massages. Chocolate. Booze. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds. Them treasure chests, full of scarves. Different kinds of lubes that warm up when you rub 'em on stuff!

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