mtv lifer writing a Joss Whedon biography to come out in 2014.
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(not as much lately)

queen-poehler:

I’m just so thankful and grateful that Parks and Recreation is a show that exists. Every week, you just feel like you can do anything, you can be happy, you can be something great. I honestly don’t know what I would do without it.


“…And then I came here and I realized that this whole time I was just wandering around everywhere just looking for you.”
“…And then I came here and I realized that this whole time I was just wandering around everywhere just looking for you.”

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Leslie and Ben (And Us!)

 

This moment was one of the most emotional for me in “Leslie and Ben”— April and Tom have presented Leslie and Ben with a “Leslie and Ben (and Us!)” scrapbook, complete with City Hall nametags a la Leslie’s birthday present for April in “The Master Plan.” The framed gift that April mocked in the episode where Ben arrived.

Leslie and Ben don’t “aww” and smile and give them hugs — she makes them stop. Leslie (and possibly Amy’s) reaction is to wave them away, because it’s making her cry. It’s all too too much right now — the emotional rollercoaster of the night, the support of their friends to not only throw a wedding together at the gala in two hours but then again a small, intimate surprise wedding in the Parks department. It hit me as hard as Leslie’s Christmas present/new campaign team reveal in “Citizen Knope.”

This teeny tiny moment, a wordless one at that, is one that you don’t see in sitcoms and yet another reason that I love the writers in trusting that its fans love its characters just as much as they do — and that we feel the emotional truth in everything that lead up to this moment. Not just the evolution of Leslie and Ben’s relationship, but of the friendships that were forged and nurtured and honored in that office.

shananaomi:

Two months ago this guy said something very similar to me, about what I was so sure I could do with my writing and what — apparently equally obvious — was keeping me from getting it done.
I was exhausted and emotionally strung out and I cried — like I actually sat across a table from Stephen Chbosky at Swingers and had to steal his napkin to wipe my face off, because sometimes things are so obvious you just have to cry about it.
I heard what he said then, but I needed to hear it again.

I hated, hated Perks of Being A Wallflower and even Shana’s adoration of it and Chbosky could not sway me to a kinder opinion. But this just spoke to me and lodged itself in that little place in my heart.

shananaomi:

Two months ago this guy said something very similar to me, about what I was so sure I could do with my writing and what — apparently equally obvious — was keeping me from getting it done.

I was exhausted and emotionally strung out and I cried — like I actually sat across a table from Stephen Chbosky at Swingers and had to steal his napkin to wipe my face off, because sometimes things are so obvious you just have to cry about it.

I heard what he said then, but I needed to hear it again.

I hated, hated Perks of Being A Wallflower and even Shana’s adoration of it and Chbosky could not sway me to a kinder opinion. But this just spoke to me and lodged itself in that little place in my heart.

latenightjimmy:

Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama Get Their Game Faces On

Tune in tonight to see the FLOTUS on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon — 12:35pm EST on NBC

First, I just adore Michelle Obama.

Second, I want that dress.

stillscape:

Ethel Beavers being super good at dating is maybe the most delightful tiny bit of continuity yet. Pawnee’s seniors know how to get it on

I just hope that she practiced safe sex. We all know about the STDs in the senior community. 

I feel that Ethel would be a most excellent Sex Ed counselor for people of all ages. April and Andy would most definitely be her assistants — as her adopted grandchildren and because they both have a soft side for seniors (which we know from "Galentines Day" the first).

diaphenia replied to your post: Leslie and Ben (And Us!)

BAWLING

i know bb. i know. me too.

iloveyouandilikeyou replied to your post: Leslie and Ben (And Us!)

When I saw Toms ID, I thought the same thing. And the reveal hit me with the same emotion and depth of Citizen Knope they do it for their friends because they love them and they help each other.

Exactly. It’s been a show where they all support each other and show up for each other. I particularly love it in all the small moments like in  ”Indianapolis,” when Leslie tells Ben to go to the Snakehole Lounge with everyone after he refuses Tom’s invitation. And then he’s surprised at the small things — Donna buying him a Miller Lite, saying “that’s your drink, right?”, the easiness of his conversations with Andy (who is oddly his only confidant) and talking to Tom and genuinely wanting him to feel better about his dreams, which smell horrible. And perhaps it was Ben’s first reaction as a Pawneean when he sprays Tom’s perfume into Dennis Feinstein’s car in a show of support and revenge for Tom.

dashakay replied to your post: Leslie and Ben (And Us!)

Thats what I love so much about Parks and Rec. Its chock full of those little details that harken back to other moments, other episodes. Emotional continuity!

I think you can look at every character at the beginning of the series and right now and see their emotional and narrative arc and it MAKES SENSE. they’ve all grown — even in smaller ways like Jerry and Donna — and you can easily trace it through big and small moments. 

there is SO MUCH academic work on Joss Whedon’s work and I honestly feel like Parks and Rec offers up an incredible wealth of source material — especially for a sitcom — to do the same. 

stillscape:

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amypop:

stillscape:

Ethel Beavers being super good at dating is maybe the most delightful tiny bit of continuity yet. Pawnee’s seniors know how to get it on.

I just hope that she practiced safe sex. We all know about the STDs in the senior community.

I feel that Ethel would be a most…

Can you see Ethel handing out condoms? “Take one, or don’t take one. Use it if you feel like it. I don’t care, do what you want.” 

That little scene makes me happy that I once had Ethel fantasizing about shirtless Chris, I must say.

dashakay:

This really needs to be an episode. And there needs to be 100% more Ethel Beavers on the show.

iloveyouandilikeyou:

That was one of my favorite early April & Andy moments—they both like old people. And, as we saw in in “The Bubble” old people think they’re adorable.

So basically April and Andy need to work with Ethel to teach old people about safe sex. It would be perfect.

You know, with Andy working with Ben at Sweetum’s Charity Foundation, I think it makes PERFECT SENSE that he goes to check out a non-profit sexual health organization that focuses on seniors. But he needs a senior to go with him, so he takes Ethel and April ends up having to drive. And of course, hijinks and confusion abound and it’s either assumed that they’re all in some kind of polyamorous relationship or that Andy and Ethel are in a May-December romance and April is Ethel’s disapproving granddaughter.

princessgeorge replied to your post probably an unpopular opinion

Nope, I’m with you. Not interesting, even as a device.

code-name-duchess replied to your post probably an unpopular opinion

I’m basically just pretending that part didn’t exist.

judygrimes replied to your post: probably an unpopular opinion

nah def a popular opinion no one likes him and his five bathrooms

parksandseth replied to your post probably an unpopular opinion

i agree! but i’m so happy that somebody punched him

iloveyouandilikeyou replied to your post probably an unpopular opinion

not unpopular. it didn’t make sense to me, but on the whole, i’m forgetting about him in the grand scheme of the episode.

I get that he and his actions were the catalyst to get everyone back to City Hall and the Parks department, but it was poorly done. It felt stupid, in a show that is filled with absurdity yet never feels stupid. if Jamm had been a better developed character, it have MAYBE upped the stakes but it never seemed to feel like the wedding was really in jeopardy. And because there were no stakes, they went for stinkbombs which, again, felt cheesy and stupid, without even a shred of cleverness.

sullenaquarian replied to your post probably an unpopular opinion

I do not understand how he can keep his job after what he did at the gala.

Ugh, I know. Unless they’re going the Dexhart route wherein NO ONE EVER HAS TO DEAL WITH REPERCUSSIONS, he should be recalled. We know he won’t resign as the only characteristic he’s been given is that he’s an asshole.

pleasant-tomorrow replied to your post probably an unpopular opinion

no i’ve seen a lot of that. not a good character at all. he’s not funny to watch, just painful.

stars-inthe-sky replied to your post: probably an unpopular opinion

Nope, right there with you. I loved the end results, and the Leslie-Ron scene in the jail, but Jamm was just awful. I had the same sort of issue with Bobby Newport (who at least meant well)—they’re just not interesting opponents.

I think this is the place where Parks tends to do a less-than-great job in the later season: creating villains/opponents. It’s almost like they’re intimidated by making a whole-season villain so the ones that come out are fairly one-dimensional and cartoonish. Yet the recurring antagonistic characters — Joan Callamezzo, Marcia Langman, Tammy 2 — actually have a point of view and are far more relatable and compelling. 

The only longterm interesting opponent so far has been Jen Barkley.

adamquordero:

S05E14 Deleted Scenes | Ron’s Wedding Speech

if ANY episode needed a Director’s Cut, it’s this one. This is all perfection. 

ginamak replied to your post: loading principia-coh replied to your post:…

I love the scarf! Why did I not think of this before (I sweat like mad too)?

We bought a ridiculous amount of silk and cotton scarves at the Siam Reap Old Market, because it’s easy to bargain down when you buy a ridiculous amount. I carried one around in case I needed to cover up when going into a temple, and then used them to wipe all the sweat from my head. Which lead to me wrapping it around my head and realizing that kept ALL THE SWEAT from pouring down my face and hid my drenched hair. It’s really the best idea ever.

princessgeorge replied to your postloading principia-coh replied to your post:…

A) you both sound like delightful traveling companions. B) I share a problem with you - I don’t think my hair was ever dry the whole time in SE Asia. Have a shower, start to sweat. Maybe that one weekend at a Malaysian hill station…

We were! I had learned many lessons the year earlier with an incredibly difficult traveling companion (thank goodness for my new Xanax prescription!). On the first night, I told Angela that if she ever needed time to herself or if I was annoying her to just tell me. I’d recommend having that deal with anyone you travel with – it takes the pressure off everyone having to be in the best!mood!ever! and gives you an out when you need some time alone.

does this fic exist?

the only person that ben ever confided his crush on leslie to was andy — particularly in “jerry’s painting” and “the fight.” 

there’s been a lot of fics that reference ann’s “rent a limo, ask her to prom, I’m sure she’ll say yes” line — but has any fic shown andy divulging ben’s crush to leslie?

and if not, who will write it for me? :)