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Parks And Recreation: What You Missed On "Dopplegangers"

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10/11/2013 1:47 pm
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Parks And Recreation: What You Missed On
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Jamie Harsip

Content Editor

Just as I feared, this week’s episode of Parks & Recreation brings us one step closer to the departure of Ann and Chris. But aside from that truly depressing prospect, we get to meet the Eagletonian counterparts to our Pawnee parks and rec department! The episode is titled “Doppelgangers,” but don’t get it twisted – these Eagletonians could NOT be more different from our fair Pawneeans. Oh, and by the way, Jerry is back from retirement! Only he asked to go by his real name, but instead April dubbed him Larry Gengurch. The first Pawneean to meet her new counterpart is Donna – who gets to work with Craig. Now, Craig is…enthusiastic. Like, scary enthusiastic. So enthusiastic, in fact, that Donna tells Leslie she would choose Craig over herself. He may care more about the department than Leslie does. Then we have April and Tynnyfer. Yes, Tynnyfer (with two y’s). Evidently she had been named Jennifer but decided to rebrand herself. Huh. Well, anyway, Tynnyfer pops a Xanax and April decides she’s the worst person April has ever met. So obviously she plots to destroy Tynnyfer. She does this by bonding with her, convincing Tynnyfer she doesn't want the job, and April basically making her break into Dwayne Wade’s house in Miami. April is awesome. Ron’s counterpart is Ron. Yes, another Ron. This Ron is no-nonsense and loves the outdoors. Ron likes Ron. And vice versa. And then Ron 2 spills that he’s a vegan yoga freak socialist. Ron no longer likes Ron. Ann has Evelyn as a health department counterpart.  The two of them are waiting in Leslie’s office for her. You can tell Ann is a bit nervous when she tells Evelyn she can go. She says “I just need to talk more words into Leslie’s face.” Oh, Ann. You beautiful tropical fish/powerful musk ox/naïve newborn baby. All these years of friendship with Leslie and you’re starting to talk like her. I love it. But I don’t love what comes after it: Ann says she’s going to step down because she’s thinking about moving away from Pawnee. Leslie is not at all pleased. Then Ann presents her with a plate of waffles to distract her just as Leslie’s eyes begin to look like they’re going to pop out of her head. She also presents Leslie with a photo of shirtless Joe Biden on a horse. Somehow it doesn't work (although something tells me Leslie probably did accept and cherish the photo later.) Meanwhile, Ben and Chris get their accounting hats on and meet with the Eagletonians. Once again, we get to see this fantastic auditing duo in action: Chris pumps everyone up, making them feel happy, right before Ben swoops in and decimates their budget and crushes their spirits!  Yay teamwork! They reflect on how good it feels to be their team again, and then Chris tells Ben he and Ann are thinking about moving. Ben, unlike Leslie, is supportive. He’s happy for Chris, although he admits it makes him kind of sad. In the end, Leslie cools off and decides to talk with Ann. This is her best friend, who she loves, and Leslie wants to support her. In typical crazy-Leslie fashion, it took a while, but the episode ends with the BFFs sitting side by side to finally have “the conversation.” On next week’s episode of Parks & Recreation, titled “Gin It Up,” Leslie gets caught up in a minor scandal that gets blown way out of proportion (as is the typical Pawnee way). Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany guest stars as a potential love interest for Tom. Be sure to tune in to NBC Thursday nights at 8 for Parks & Recreation!


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