Boys & Girls Clubs... and Batman: "Parks & Recreation" Recap - "Pawnee Rangers"
by Ernio Hernandez
If you missed the last "Parks & Recreation," I'm not sure we can be friends (as you have no respect for continuity), but I'll recap the latest episode - "Pawnee Rangers" - for you anyway. The great Ron Swanson (the great Nick Offerman) starts the show talking to a troop of boys about Wilderness Weekend - "There will be no video games,... no Internet pads." (Ron is tough-as-a-bear outside but inside: he's a ferocious, man-eating bear with a teddy bear lodged in its teeth.)
Meanwhile, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) prepares her badge-happy Pawnee Goddesses - a troop of girls she created when "a plucky 5th grader" was denied entrance to the all-boy Rangers. Leslie prods Ron to admit her club is better and main plot: set. (Andy - aka Bright from "Everwood"/not-so-bright here, Ann and the you-will-never-be-cool-enough-for April take a backseat as helpers in this storyline.)
Cut-to: B-plot. Ben (I miss "Party Down" - Adam Scott) is noticeably disgruntled (see: Leslie/Ben split-up). So when Tom (Aziz - no last name necessary, he's the only actor you know named Aziz) comes to the office, Donna (Retta - no last name, 'cause she's got it like that) suggests they bring Ben for "Treat Yo Self 2011" - an annual day they spend relaxing and relax spending. Elsewhere, Chris (Rob Lowe) declines joke-butt Jerry's invite to lunch with his daughter, until he discovers the DNAfail; she's "literally" gorgeous.
Wilderness Weekend comes to a head when a boy wants to join the Goddesses, mostly for the candy. During an outdoor forum to debate whether the once-shunned girls should allow boys into their club, the argument becomes moot when a lady arrives with puppies for the Goddesses' "Puppy Party." (Cute trumps all.)
Ben's "Treat Yo Self" epiphany comes when he gives over and fully nerds out by trying on a Batman suit. Unfortunately, he breaks down in very un-Dark Knight-like fashion and cries - yes, in the cowl. Batnipples or not, there's no crying in Gotham.
Ron concedes that Leslie's club is better. Later, once back in the office, Ron discovers kids answering an ad Leslie placed for the true outdoorsy - to make a troop of "Swansons" - boys and girls welcome. Best line: Ron asks troops, "Before we proceed, do any of you have any dietary restrictions?" They nod no. He juts "Correct! You do not." And... (neatly-wrapped-up) scene.