Parks and Recreation

Season 2 Episode 13

The Set Up

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 14, 2010 on NBC
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Leslie's blind date with a friend of Ann's does not go as well as planned.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Ann sets up Leslie on a date

    8.0
    This was another enjoyable episode. Leslie has always been about work and had little time for a love life. The choices in men she had have not been the best that is until Dave. But he left for another job. The role of Leslie's date was a great choice. In real life he is my Poehler's real life husband. I love it how creepy he was with out being a pervert. My favorite part is at the end when Leslie ended the date and Chris got into Leslie's car because she drove. This episode shows how much Leslie has grown in terms of having a boyfriend. Another part of this episode is the man crush Tom had on Justin. This episode also introduced another recurring character who I like, Jon-Ralphio. Somehow the actor plays him likeable. This episode first showed the crack in Ann and Mark's relationship. Another funny part is Ron dealing with all the people due to the new policy Pawnee created. Rom is not a people person and his reaction and the people are very funny. Another important part is April getting a new job. This was a very good episode with some important developments in some characters.moreless
  • Ann sets up Leslie

    9.5
    This episode showed off the strength of both Leslie and Ron's character. Whenever Ron has do some work, hilarity ensues and in this episode his search for an assistant is great. His Libertarian views are hilarious and his ad that he handed April is so definitive of his character. It also gave Tom a chance to shine in his search for Ron's assistant. But the perfect one for him was already in the office, I'm happy that they gave April a real position so that her staying past her internship will make sense on the show.

    The date with Will Arnett was great as Poehler has great chemistry with her husband and their awkward MRI date was hilarious and the way that she ended up with Justin at the end capped off a great episode.moreless
  • Parks and Recreation comes back as good as ever.

    9.5
    "The Set Up," was another episode of "Parks and Recreation." Hilarious lines, great characters, and a standout moment by each of the characters. Leslie meeting the MRI guy was a great plot and all of that was hilarious. Leslie being scared that has a disease because her set up tells her so was dark but Leslie's reaction when she finds out that she doesn't have a disease was great. "The Set Up," also managed to have awkward humor, which makes it cousin, "The Office," great too. And although Ann and Mark are horribly boring characters considering that they were great and more fun last season, they had an interesting plot this episode, even though it was a bit contrived. Anyway, this episode was a great episode to come back too after the winter hiatus, and without question was one of the best episodes of the series.moreless
  • Leslie gets set up with a doctor

    8.5
    Having just broken up with Dave, Leslie attempts to get back into the dating game by turning to Ann to set her up with somebody. Will Arnett just so happens to be the man married to Amy Poehler in real life, so their date on the show, as to be expected, is completely disastrous. I love Arnett in everything he's in, and here, he played his usual awful character.. at first, it seems as if he could be charming, but it turns out he's just a really straight-forward, slightly foolish guy who wants Leslie for sex.. so basically, a tame Gob Bluth.



    For the most part, the episode works.. there were moments where I felt like Will Arnett was about to descend way too far into comic mode and every time I expected him to do so, he'd pull back a little bit and do things a little more subtle. Arnett is undoubtedly hilarious, but this show isn't all about the belly laughs/broad humor. Overall, he did a good job.. and his attempts to snuff out the candle and failing, burning his hand and cursing at the same time was perfect. It reminded me of Gob's attempts to do magic and failing.. awesome.



    We also had a new guest star in the form of Justin Thoreaux, the man that Leslie ends up being set up with in the end. I've never been a huge fan of Ann and Mark's relationship, but the introduction of Justin gave us a good chance to see some actual tension in their relationship, something sorely lacking. And Andy is his usual Andy self, proving himself to be jealous of Justin even though him and Ann are broken up. Overall, this was a pretty great episode of Parks and Rec. Arnett was nearly a comedy anchor that threatened to drag it all down, but the supporting cast here is so strong that it's difficult to not love every character.moreless
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Steven C. Bennett

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Rod Britt

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Jerry Gergich

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