Parks and Recreation: Ron & Jammy
January 14, 2015 6:34 AM - Season 7, Episode 2 - Subscribe

Leslie and Ron put their differences aside to help Councilman Jamm break up from Ron's ex-wife Tammy II. Meanwhile, Ben helps April find her true passion in life, Andy and Tom travel to Chicago to visit Tom's ex-girlfriend Lucy, and Joan Callamezzo is celebrated as a celebrity in Pawnee.
posted by everybody had matching towels (24 comments total)
 
.....is Ben the mayor of Pawnee? He mentioned to April that he's working his 'dream job' now. Did they say what it was?
posted by everybody had matching towels at 6:38 AM on January 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Leslie's [Amy's] Tammy II [Megan Mullally] impression is frighteningly spot-on.
posted by doctornecessiter at 7:06 AM on January 14, 2015 [17 favorites]


I thought Tom introduced him as town manager.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 7:13 AM on January 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Leslie's [Amy's] Tammy II [Megan Mullally] impression is frighteningly spot-on.

YES! For a moment I thought that was dubbed. It was uncanny.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:16 AM on January 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Is Ron still married?
posted by drezdn at 7:18 AM on January 14, 2015


SHE HAS HIS STOOL ANALYZED.

"Dammit Ron, engage in the culture once in a while."

JAMM AS A CLONE OF RON.

"This is a gold bar." "You keep that in your desk?"
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:27 AM on January 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


"When I was your age, I got banned from every riverboat in Germany."
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:35 AM on January 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Joan's new memoir (her seventh, I think?) is called Game of Joans. That alone made this episode worth it, and Amy's impression of Megan Mullaly was indeed scary-good.
posted by Etrigan at 7:37 AM on January 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


I really liked how the topic of abusive relationships was treated in this episode. It worked well with the fairly light tone but I feel like they did a nice job showing the different manifestations of abuse and the ways that abusers sometimes manipulate their partners to get them to stay in unhealthy relationships, and depicting gaslighting.

Anyone else think the "April acting strange lately" reveal is going to be that she's pregnant?
posted by capricorn at 10:09 AM on January 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


I had a similar thought although I forget what exactly sparked it. They have more bedrooms now, too!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:46 AM on January 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


"Gas station sushi" is the best descriptor for Jamm ever.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:03 AM on January 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


When Tammy stripped down to her nothings my husband and I completely lost it. I adore when Megan Mullally guest stars. And Amy's impression of her was great! I had to rewind because I swore she was being dubbed.

Ben is City Manager - he applied for it when Chris and Ann left Pawnee. Ben remains adorable.

I'm going to speculate that Morningstar ends up being a preschool-related feud, with Ron's son and the Knope-Wyatt triplets being about a year to eighteen months apart.

More Donna, please. And I hope Ethel Beavers shows up.
posted by kimberussell at 1:02 PM on January 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Ben is City Manager - he applied for it when Chris and Ann left Pawnee.

Yeah, I know that part, but that was three years ago in show-time. I *thought* they might be setting up a reveal that Ben is mayor of Pawnee (which circles back to his teenage mayorship) but I missed that Tom introduced him as manager.
posted by everybody had matching towels at 1:28 PM on January 14, 2015


I really hope April isn't pregnant, because we've already had a bunch of pregnancies on this show.
posted by crossoverman at 6:12 PM on January 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


It seems weird that we haven't seen Ben and Leslie's kids at all. Perhaps this is all a fever-dream Leslie has after they die tragically in 2014?
posted by Greg Nog at 7:34 PM on January 14, 2015


I really hope April isn't pregnant, because it really doesn't fit her established character at all.
posted by dogwalker at 7:35 PM on January 14, 2015


It seems weird that we haven't seen Ben and Leslie's kids at all.

At least one of them had a picture of their kids on their desk.

I'm not sure if there's a name for this trope, but it seems like some shows will have two parents who almost never have their kids with them, and it feels like P&R might go in this direction. The most recent other example I can think of is How I Met Your Mother. This did give a reason for Marshall and Lily to have a constantly available babysitter, but it was practically like they didn't have a kid most of the time.
posted by drezdn at 7:56 PM on January 14, 2015


It seems weird that we haven't seen Ben and Leslie's kids at all.

I am reasonably certain that the reason for the 3 year time jump is so that the triplets would be old enough to be at home with a babysitter or in daycare while Leslie and Ben are at work.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 9:44 PM on January 14, 2015


I am reasonably certain that the reason for the 3 year time jump is so that the triplets would be old enough to be at home with a babysitter or in daycare while Leslie and Ben are at work.

[Spoiler alert] Rachel Dratch plays their nanny.
posted by doctornecessiter at 4:00 AM on January 15, 2015 [2 favorites]


So I wonder if Amy Poehler has always been secretly creeping Nick Offerman out with imitations of his wife for years now. I doubt it but I'm going to pretend otherwise.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 6:59 AM on January 15, 2015 [12 favorites]


The kids were shown briefly in the season finale, weren't they?

The De-Ronning of Jamm. As much as I hated and loathed his character (by design), I had to feel incredible pity for him under Tammy II's thumb. The level to which he had been manicured into Ron II was awesome. Mulaney was continually awesome.

Tom goes to Chicago. I had fears that Andy might kind of get serious with the idea of moving to Chicago and I immediately thought, "No, no, crazy doll head factory workers house, you can't leave it so soon!"

Poor Joan. That's about all that needs to be said, unless you want to wonder if she's suffering from syphilis, caught from a boyfriend (who she was accusing from atop her washer), and is slowly being driven insane by the STD, which has somehow gone undiagnosed because everyone is used to drunk Joan being weird, crazy, and loving it.

I was happy that the mortuary man remained upbeat despite April's pronouncement of his job and what it took to become a funeral director/embalmer. Good for him. Be positive.

Am I the only one who thinks there may not be a boyfriend for Lucy? Or if so, there'll be an immediate break up due to long distance?

Saturn returns....
posted by Atreides at 7:45 AM on January 15, 2015 [2 favorites]


When Tammy stripped down to her nothings my husband and I completely lost it.

I have to admit I brayed when Leslie exclaimed, "What are you doing?" and somebody shushed her ...because in the Pawnee Library, nudity is OK but don't you ever raise your voice!

Overall though, these two episodes felt off for me, like they pushed a little too hard on the Zany Meter and couldn't let anything just breathe.
posted by psoas at 8:33 AM on January 15, 2015


When Tammy stripped down to her nothings my husband and I completely lost it.

I have to admit I brayed when Leslie exclaimed, "What are you doing?" and somebody shushed her ...because in the Pawnee Library, nudity is OK but don't you ever raise your voice!


The Pawnee Library is used to Tammy. "Why is that woman scream-- oh, Tammy's stripping down again. Geez, take it easy, blondie."
posted by Etrigan at 9:49 AM on January 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


I thought this was a fun epsiode, more about routine "adventures" than the season premiere, which had to work really hard to bring us up to speed.

My wife and I also lost it when naked Tammy started wrecking the library.

I chalked April being off to the ongoing discomfort she's feeling at becoming an adult. She always did the minimum amount of work to be able to feed, clothe, and house herself, and then slacked off in every other way possible. And Ron strongly encouraged that. Then she slowly evolved from a Ron disciple into a Leslie disciple.
posted by dry white toast at 10:15 AM on January 16, 2015 [2 favorites]


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