Parks and Recreation

Season 3 Episode 14

Road Trip

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM May 12, 2011 on NBC

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  • Ben and Leslie go on a road trip.

    Man, NBC should do more of these "two half-hour" episode blocks of "Parks and Rec." There's a big difference in The Office doing ONE hour long episode and Parks doing two half-hour episodes... the Parks and Recreation method is way more enjoyable.

    Anyways, back to the episode: I've heard people flip flopping on what episode was better, this one or "The Fight." The fact that it's so difficult to choose is a true testament to the quality of the show. For me, "The Fight" was a bit better, but this was still a pretty darn good episode.

    Leslie and Ben, who's sexual tension is at an all time high, attempt to avoid each other to avoid a possible hook-up. Chris mentioned early in the season that people in the government can't date each other, but Leslie and Ben like each other too much (watching Amy Poehler and Adam Scott tip-toe around each other is pretty hilarious to watch). However, their plans are foiled after Chris forces them to go to a meeting in a different town to bid on having a Little League tournament in Pawnee. This puts them both in awkward situations where they want to be with each other but can't for fear of being caught.

    On the other side, we have Tom getting the entire department to test out a new game show he's trying to create. I believe it's called "Know Ya Boo." Anyways, Andy and April team up against Jerry and Donna, and much to everyone surprise, Jerry and Donna know more about each other than Andy and April (even though Jerry and Donna aren't "boos." For the first time in the show, Andy and April's relationship seems strained, and for the first time, possible repercussions of their quick marriage seems as if it's rearing its ugly head.

    That being said, both storylines not only come to a satisfying close, but both also have their fair share of hilarious moments. With Leslie, Ben and Chris' plot, it's Leslie's mixtape of banjo songs, whale sounds and Taiwanese tutorials, Ben's reaction to said banjo songs, Chris air strumming to the songs, his proclamation that he has "a bladder the size of a thimble." Then, there's the kiss between Ben and Leslie, which isn't quite as momentous as Jim and Pam's or even Andy and April's, but it still stands out among other hook-ups on other TV shows. Some have complained about how fast they've hooked up, but don't complain until you see the rest of the story is my thought process.

    As for April and Andy's plot, I loved the Neutral Milk Hotel references as well as the return of the "Pit" song. An all around great episode of "Parks" here.
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