Parks and Recreation

Season 3 Episode 16

Lil' Sebastian

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM May 19, 2011 on NBC
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The Parks Department celebrates the life of Lil Sebastian and Chris visits a doctor.

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  • Season 3 Finale

    9.0
    A season finale is supposed to end on a good note and make you look forward to the next season. This did not disappoint. From Season 2, when we meet Chris, he has always been a very positive person. In this episode, it was something different. While this was unusual to see him like this, it was kind of funny to see. The scene with the doctor was very funny. The main part with the Memorial was great to see. I think the site was on the old lot. I wished that they would've have mentioned it. That's my only complaint about this episode. I like that Ron was genuinely upset that didn't get to lay the wreath. It's something you didn't expect. Also enjoyable was how Leslie and Ben tried to hide what happened with them to keep everyone from finding out. On a small note remember what the guy was wearing when he caught Ben and Leslie kissing. It will come up later. Two scenes that were funny that involved Leslie and Ben were when Ron played the message when Ben accidentally butt dialed him and the cube butt scene. I really liked Andy's song. I also like how Andy was really into April being his manager. This was probably one of the better episodes of the season and a great way to end the season.moreless
  • R.I.P. Lil Sebastian

    9.5
    This I thought was a very good season finale to a good season even if it wasn't on the same level as season two in my book. A great big funeral for a little horse has to be one of the daftest and funnest things I've ever seen that horse has some power over the people of Pawnee, the only other time I've ever seen a big funeral for an animal was the Elephant funeral in the horror film "Santa Sagare" I'm not kidding.



    What I really liked in the episode was everone had something to do and there were some game changers that will be applicable to the next season. From Chris, I really love how he is panicing over the possibility of death even though he really isn't going to die, but at the same time you can empahsize a bit with that fear because death isn't a plesant thought after all. But I liked that interaction with Ann which was plesent.



    Ron is great as usual, I liked that verbal jokes about the flag not going all the way and that small speach on the times he cried one where he got hit by a school bus when he was 8 (how the heck did he survive that). And the visual joke on lighting the eternal flame which unfortunately synged his mustashe and eye brows. Plus that small moment with his ex wife, loved what he said to her it was comic bronze.



    And the little moments with Andy and April whom weren't in the episode that much but their moments were good. I liked that first draft of the song Andy was going to sing for the funeral, "Your the Chanpion of Death" comic bronze. But he did construct a song "5000 Candles in the Wind" which was acutally really good. But the best moments were with both Lesile and Ben as they are doing everything they can to keep their relationship and jobs intact. I really loved hearing that accendental recording of their sex role play game they were doing which I'll admit was unusal but hillarous. And at the same time you do feel sympahpthy for the two, it's easy to emphasize with personally I always felt the no romance with anyone in the office policy is stupid, the thing is we don't really chose who we love or want to have a relationship with, two people are bound to connect one place or another, it's human nature you can't stop this.



    For the game changers we see that look that Chris gives Ann and it looks like he is starting to reconsider what he's done. Discovering Ron has another ex wife, I wonder who the next guest will be and how that conflict dynamic will go. Tom starting up his business, hopefully he'll keep in touch with the character which he probably will cause knowing Tom I have a feeling the business won't last. Andy and April's relationship has taken another step. But most of all Lesile's dream is finally about to come true but would that mean her dream of romance with Ben will end? Only time will tell, till next season.moreless
  • The funeral procession for L'il Sebastian takes place.

    9.3
    Who would've thought that a tiny horse that was introduced in an episode early this season would have such a large impact on the rest of the season finale of the third season of Parks? I know I didn't, but I'm very glad the writers decided to go in this direction. The episode was filled with some great game-changing moments, as well as some smaller, equally hilarious moments.



    Yes, the episode focuses on the funeral of L'il Sebastian, and we also get multiple plots dovetailed into this. There's Leslie and Ben's continuous efforts to keep their affair hidden from the office, something that ultimately fails after Ron freakin' Swanson (who hilariously cries at the news of L'il Sebastian's death) gets butt dialed by Ben and hears Leslie and him role playing as Ruth Ginsburg and Ronald Reagan. It's a great moment where we see once again how Ron likes Leslie enough to cover for her and not let her get in trouble. We get Tom and Jean-Ralphio creating some sort of production company with money Jean Ralphio made from getting his foot run over by a car.. they use this company to cater the funeral for the horse. There's also a minor plot involving Chris and his fear of death after the horse dies.. he sees some parallels between them.



    There was just so much going on here that it's a wonder the writers didn't lose control of the story. Instead, we got a fantastic look into all of these characters, while we also got a final few minutes that could potentially change many of the characters' lives, unlike the Office finale, which was hugely anti-climatic and extremely disappointing. Here, we see Leslie facing the prospect of not only running for a City Council seat but also having the entire town learn of her affair with Ben, Chris possibly dating Anne again, Tom leaving the department to work with Jean-Ralphio and Ron meeting his first ex-wife Tammy, who we never see on screen.



    And as for individual moments, we get them in spades, whether it's Jean-Ralphio's insane quotes to various characters, the horse pooping on stage, Ron's eulogy about the horse, Andy's "5000 Candles in the Wind" song or the return of Detlef Schremph (!). So many funny moments crammed into twenty minutes.. it's hard to see why this show doesn't get more recognition from award ceremonies. I hope this is the year it gets that recognition.moreless
  • Season 3 Finale

    7.5
    Well, Parks & Rec has done it again. It's finale was way better than that of The Office's. The whole little horse funeral was a bit far-fetched but considering all the eventful things that happened in the episode, I didn't mind it.



    People are finding out about Ben & Leslie, they redefine the relationship and Leslie gets quite a job opportunity. I'm interested in seeing where this goes with Leslie in the spotlight next season and her real job at risk.



    Tom leaving the Park Department really could have been done better in my opinion, but it was still a fine plot regardless. Overall, the finale was a success and it definitely sparked my interest for next season. The Office did the opposite of that unfortunately but at least I know this show still remains strong quality-wise.moreless
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