You never see yourself more clearly than when you see yourself through the eyes of someone else. When Tatiana Maslany comes to Pawnee in the form of a Doctor Without Borders, we see the town and its residents through her eyes and end up realizing all the crazy stuff we’ve been taking for granted since 2009 – like DJ Roomba, Tom’s cartoonish desperation, and April’s devilish laziness. So much wonderful, crazy stuff.
But – Tatiana Maslany! That’s really all that matters this week. Tom seems to fall in love with Maslany’s character pretty much instantly. Anyone who watched “Orphan Black” can certainly empathize, only this time, instead of a sexy rebel (and a sexy Russian, and a sexy soccer mom, and a sexy crazy chick, etc.), she’s a sexy doctor. But she still has the most amazing hair. How is her hair?!
Love is a powerful thing; it can make you do crazy things. Like fake British accents, change outfits every three minutes, commit acts of gross political incompetence, and stalk people at their work. Lucky enough for Tom, sometimes the universe works in the favour of crazy. It helps if the person you love needs a way to kill two weeks before heading to Rwanda.
In Leslie’s continued struggle to waylay this recall vote, things get a little messy (nothing a little tongue bath can’t fix, I’m sure). One saucy Tweet later, and suddenly it’s “Twitter Watergate” in Pawnee, Indiana. Turns out Donna’s to blame – in her haze of social media over-saturation, she got confused and tweeted from her employer’s account instead of her own. So she tweets nasty nothings to her sexual partners? How 2013 of her. I’m sure this is another youth craze I’m blissfully unaware of.
Councilman Jamm and is helmet hair are back to their moustache-twirlingly evil ways, running the hearing into Pawnee’s dirty tweet. His most evil act of all? Trying to pit Donna and Leslie against each other, sending Leslie into a #BitchBoss/#BossBitch spiral of self-examination. But it’s okay. Good friendships can weather some annoyances and some smack talkin’ hashtags. Sistas before mistas, and Jamm is out.
In the battle between lawyers and the government, Ron chooses lawyers. Turns out he’s a millionaire? Billionaire? TRILLIONAIRE? It’s a secret, but it’s all in gold and/or gems. It’s pretty adorable to watch as Ben tries to puzzle out the enigma that is Ron and all of Ron’s libertarian mountain man beliefs. He doesn’t need to worry, though; Ron knows what he’s doing. Despite appearances, he’s a good dad, a caring husband, and an excellent personal investor. This is why we can take such delight in Ron Swanson – he’s at once completely crazy and completely sane; totally irrational and totally logical. We can relax while we enjoy his antics because we know that ultimately, he is capable of taking care of himself and the people he cares about (because yes, he really does care about people). We laugh at the bristly moustache while taking solace in the level head it sits upon.
And… still no mention of April’s abandonment of vet school. I thought maybe the show was going to flesh her out a little by giving her some genuine interests and passions. I kept waiting – now for three weeks in a row – for some acknowledgement of the weirdest, bluntest plot transition this show has ever seen. But no. Tell me, am I reading too much into this? Was vet school never that big a deal anyway? Or am I being too impatient? Should I just move on and focus my give-a-damn energy on Tom’s new romance?
What did you think of this week’s episode? Do you wish you could get your hair cut by Typhoon? How long till someone is selling replicas of that Leslie Knope doll? ‘Cause I really want one.
Hannah McIlveen is a freelance graphic designer and TV-obsessed writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. She grew up riding horses and reading Roald Dahl books, got an art degree, and then spent the next several years moving around the country and watching television. Her greatest goals in life are to write good stuff, produce a web series, build a house with her husband, and have six cats at once. Hannah has contributed to BitchMagazine.org and is a staff blogger for the soon-to-launch TeenSized.com. She also writes her own daily blog, Click Watch Write. Hannah can be accosted on Twitter @ClickWatchWrite.