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Josh Hurst

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Last night's episode may have been the funniest ever.

Leslie and Ben going completely ballistic during the Model UN-- all while remaining true to their characters, mind you-- and then Leslie's coalition with the moon... genius.

Anne and Chris's storyline was maybe the funniest Rashida Jones has ever gotten to be, and, like last week, it pulled Chris back from the brink of cartooniness.

Ron walking very fast is always funny.

And Andy trying to buy up all the world's lions... well, gosh.

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Last night's episode may have been the funniest ever.

It was pretty funny, but, AFAIC, the "Snake Juice" episode still reigns supreme.

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Tonight's episode was directed by Nicole Holofcener. It was also the worst of the season, except for the last scene.

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The worst episode of the season? Wow. Well, I loved tonight's episode, and thought it was stronger than the last few.

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The worst episode of the season? Wow. Well, I loved tonight's episode, and thought it was stronger than the last few.

The "Andy goes to college" plot was annoying (though I think pretty much everything with him is these days), the Tom/Jerry thing didn't do much for me, and while the dragging out the park concept was a nice reversal of the first season's arc, I didn't really like the execution for some reason.

Also, why is Anne still on the show?

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The episode won me over with the opening scene, which, as far as I'm concerned, is the funniest opener of the season. And this is coming from a guy who doesn't find Jerry-related jokes all that funny. That put me in a good mood for the rest of the episode, which didn't have any really grand moments, but nevertheless lots of little character bits that had me laughing out loud. I don't mind Andy, and thought the college stuff was funny (Ron's contribution was a big part of the appeal), and was happy to see the big romance finally come to a head. It was nice to see an episode that wasn't burdened by many of the annoying subplots that have carried through some of the preceding episodes.

Also, why is Anne still on the show?

She's very extraneous, but I suppose they want Leslie to have a genuine gal pal.

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Well, I have loved every episode of the season except, perhaps, for the first one-- which was fine, just too plot-heavy. As for this one... I think that, within the context of sitcom romances, the Leslie/Ben one has been handled PERFECTLY thus far, and the payoff in this episode was just incredible.

As for Anne, I love the character and the actress; the problem is just that they haven't given her much to do this season, I think, but I agree that she's important as a sounding board for Leslie, and also loved her post-mortem of her Chris relationship (last week's episode) and her palling around with handyman Ron in the Halloween episode.

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Okay, I admit that was unfortunate. Nothing Freudian about it, though, I assure you.

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Hard to fight back the tears during last night's very moving, and very funny, Christmas episode. "Ron Swanson: Any other damn thing you might need." Just killer!

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Yeah, initially, I thought the writers had become uncertain where to take "Leslie Runs for Office", and were just trying to wrap the story up. And then they showed they had a different plan. I like that this allows for reasonable reasons for her to continue her interaction with everyone when she runs.

"Nobody told me we were doing this!"

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The last two episodes of the season before the break were stellar. Chris suddenly became a wonderful character once again, and the Leslie/Ben romance went somewhere very satisfying.

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The last two episodes of the season before the break were stellar. Chris suddenly became a wonderful character once again, and the Leslie/Ben romance went somewhere wonderful.

YES!

The Ben/Leslie romance has become my favorite sitcom romance of all time, I think.

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The Ben/Leslie romance has become my favorite sitcom romance of all time, I think.

It's mine, for sure.

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You know, I said before that this season has not used Ann very well, but I think her role in the Knope campaign is really bringing out a good side of her-- and certainly, the glare she gave Ron for not remembering her name last night was priceless!

Plus: Pleased with the resolution of the Chris/Milly plot, if only because of a great April scene at the end.

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I really enjoyed the way they played with April feeling the tinges of guilt for what she believed was her fault. I found it rather endearing watching her strugle to try and fix what she believed was broken by her... and how unnatural it all seemed to be for her.

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Louis C.K. returns to the show tonight.

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The other side of the Community coin: Parks and Rec will be off the air for a month while NBC burns off the rest of Up All Night's episodes.

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NBC has renewed Parks and Rec for 22 episodes next season.

Also, except for the Andy/April subplot, last night's finale was pretty much perfect.

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Alan Sepinwall's interview with Mike Schur explains the planning of the (brilliant) season finale, and where the series might go in season 7. The 3 years in the future coda is a major part of that. (Watch the episode before you read the interview, by the way.)

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Loved the season finale for so many reasons, and the coda definitely has my wife and I intrigued. It's amazing how consistent this show has been and I can't wait to see how season 7 -- which it sounds like will be the show's final season -- wraps things up.

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Loved the season finale for so many reasons, and the coda definitely has my wife and I intrigued. It's amazing how consistent this show has been and I can't wait to see how season 7 -- which it sounds like will be the show's final season -- wraps things up.

 

I feel like the last few seasons haven't been as good overall as the third or fourth season, with some dud episodes to balance out the good ones. That said, by this point I have so much goodwill toward the characters that I'll follow them anywhere. (And really, the last few episodes of the current season were really strong, even factoring in the terribleness of Billy Eichner.) 

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I must be one of the few who find Craig pretty funny... particularly his attempts at becoming a sommelier.

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