|Parks and Recreation – “Ron & Tammy: Part 2”|
I’m not sure about this, but I feel like consensus among Da Morgue’s staff is that Ron Swanson is the best part of Parks and Recreation. Now I don’t say that lightly, because the show is really good for each and every one of its cast. But there’s something about Ron’s insane libertarian manliness that helps him rise to the top. So it is a real privilege that we get an episode focused on him, and boy, this show did not waste that opportunity.
Things start innocently enough, Tammy is in her mess with Ron mood again, but this time Ron is prepared to handle her: he’s got Wendy. Most of this relationship has been off screen, but from what we can tell Ron and Wendy seem to genuinely have a solid relationship. But that’s ripped away when Wendy decides she has to go back to Canada, a place Ron will never set foot upon. Heartbroken, matters are made worse for Ron when Tom shows up with Tammy. Knowing Tammy is just using Tom to get at him, Ron leaves with his ex-wife to settle matters once and for all.
The next day, Leslie is bailing Ron out of prison. He’s wearing a kimono, has dreadlocks and is missing the middle of his mustache. Worst of all, he appears to have married Tammy again. The department tries to intervene and show Ron he’s making a mistake, but Tammy has blinded him to that logic. Only when he sees her physically beat up Tom does her spell break and Ron escapes from her clutches once again, carrying Tom away.
There were so many great moments, many of which can be summed up with a quote. “It rubbed off, from friction.” Ron blankly watching a video of himself telling him to castrate himself. “Seriously Jerry?” So good!
I don’t want to neglect the other stories, but this was really Ron’s show. April is working for Chris temporarily, despite her work ethic Chris wants her to come back with him to Indianapolis. Leslie throws a pizza party for the cops and shows Ben that he is still very much an outsider when it comes to Pawnee. I tell you, Parks and Recreation is definitely making up for lost time, it’s flying through these plots.