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Parks and Recreation: Season 2

2x12 Christmas Scandal

  • 2009-12-10T17:00:00-08:00 on NBC
  • 22 mins
  • United States
  • English
Leslie designs the Pawnee Winter Wonderland Festival, but has to hide from the press when a meeting with a disgraced Councilman lands her in the middle of a sex scandal. Meanwhile, Ron offers to cover for Leslie for the day, and quickly discovers how much work she really does.

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Such a great episode. The main plot with Leslie's sex scandal, is a very funny satire of Clinton-esque scandals (replete with a riff on the Monica hug video). It builds up to a delightfully absurd conclusion with "no-mole gate" and manages to lampoon the media just as well. At the same time, there's emotional stakes to the story in Dave asking Leslie to come to San Diego with him, and I love Louis C.K. as the big awkward teddy bear.

Ron trying to do Leslie's job is hilarious, and has a great town hall scene. The budding romance with April and Andy is at peak adorableness. Mark and Ann are the only weak links as their pretty bland character, but otherwise every inch of the show has so much charm at this point. I always forget how hilarious this show is, and it's impressive they'd found such a great comedic rhythm by the middle of their second season.

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