On tonight's new episode of 'Parks and Recreation,' Leslie settles into her new (old) job, but fears that she might not be needed, while Ben acclimates to his new job as City Manager and gets pranked by Donna, April, and Andy. Meanwhile, Tom prepares for his first big presentation as business liaison, and Ann and Chris discuss the possibility of -- wait for it -- marriage! Or not. Well, maybe. We'll see.
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'Parks and Recreation' returns from its winter break with an all-new episode, and they've brought a few familiar faces along with them! On her last day in office, a desperate Leslie plots her next career move, but she doesn't set her sights very far. Meanwhile, a very pregnant Ann and Chris debate over whether they want a boy or a girl, and Tom tries to figure out what to do with the money he earned from selling Rent-a-Swag.
Tonight brings another double dose of 'Parks and Recreation' with two all-new episodes to prepare us for next week's holiday absence. In "Fluoride," with Leslie's time coming to close on the city council, she sets about trying to tackle some goals, like teaming up with the Indianapolis Colts and putting fluoride in Pawnee's water supply. And in "The Cones of Dunshire," Ben discovers a new hobby, while Tom, April, and Donna join forces to help Ron sell his beloved cabin. Meanwhile, it seems the city council isn't quite done with Leslie yet when she has to square off with Jamm once again.
'Parks and Recreation' returns from its brief hiatus tonight with two -- that's right, two -- brand new episodes! In "Filibuster," Andy returns to Pawnee for a brief visit and Leslie has to ditch Ben's birthday party for an emergency late-night filibuster. And in "Recall Vote," Leslie helps Ben with a haunted house in a belated Halloween episode on the eve of her -- what else -- recall vote, while Tom seeks Ron's help to save Rent-a-Swag. It's a double dose of 'Parks and Rec,' which doubles the laughs, and we sure are happy to see Andy ... even if his visit is only temporary. Someone has to be the Guardian of the Galaxy, you know.
Though the exit won't yet take place for a few months, 'Parks and Recreation' fans are already lamenting the series loss of stars Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones, whose characters Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins have already begun to eye their Pawnee exits. 'Parks and Recreation' may have its own scheduling problems for season 5, but Lowe assures fans that both he and Jones will find the space to return to the series, with no Amy Poehler to stand in their way.
While initially we were grateful NBC decided to shake up its schedule in canceling both 'Ironside' and 'Welcome to the Family,' paving the way for 'Community''s January return, it seems as if NBC's replacement programming will have serious consequences for 'Parks and Recreation.' The network has opted to preempt the next three new episode of the season, including a Halloween episode that was to fortuitously air on October 31. Should we be worried?
'Orphan Black' star Tatiana Maslany guest stars as Tom's awesome love interest on an all-new episode of 'Parks and Recreation.' In "Gin it Up!", Donna's tweet gets Leslie in even hotter water with her constituents and colleagues when she's already trying to avoid their ongoing attempts at a recall.
'Parks and Recreation' debuts the highly-anticipated "Doppelgangers" episode tonight, in which Pawnee and Eagleton formerly merge, thus uniting all of their departmental employees under one roof. And since there are so many similar jobs, everyone has their own doppelganger ... kind of. It's actually not quite what you think, which makes it even funnier.
NBC's 'Parks and Recreation' may count among its permanent losses this year Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, but Lowe at least doesn't seem to be going very far. NBC has already given a pilot commitment to 'The Pro,' a new tennis-themed comedy for the former Chris Traeger, but will it prove as literally hilarious as its predecessor?