Parks and Recreation: Pie-Mary
February 10, 2015 8:20 PM - Season 7, Episode 9 - Subscribe

Leslie becomes the center of attention when at Ben's Congressional campaign announced that she will not participate in a "Pie-Mary" pie eating contest and turns into a big protest. Meanwhile, Ron, April and Andy go on a scavenger hunt to find Ron's spare key to his house that April lost. Elsewhere, Donna bonds with Garry.
posted by everybody had matching towels (15 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
I liked how the MRAs had signs reminiscent of the Westboro Baptist Church.
posted by Small Dollar at 9:34 PM on February 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


"You're ridiculous and men's rights is nothing."

I loved this episode.
posted by lunasol at 4:16 AM on February 11, 2015 [11 favorites]


That's just the attitude toward men that one would expect from a woman driven and produced show. Yeesh! -Men's Right dude.

I thought the title of the episode and the name of the event was meant to evoke the Hendrix song, "The Wind Cries Mary" and so far as Wikipedia claims, the song was based on an argument over cooking that resulted in Hendrix' girlfriend storming out of the apartment. I want to believe they went that deep with the name of the event and the ruckus it caused.

I want to believe there's a deleted scene where Ben's desert calzone wins the pie tasting contest. Please, at least shoot it for the dvd extras.

I enjoyed the return of scavenger hunt Ron. It's rare that he becomes as excited as a school boy and hence, quite fun to watch him scamper from one clue to the next. Again, why isn't there a spin off with him chasing down things like the Spear of Destiny or the Holy Grail? Or even a local Pawnee spin off, "Ron Swanson, P.I."

Garry and Donna. It was almost meta to have the two characters talking about an event that we watched, as it seems rarely do tv characters really reminiscence about past events on a show, unless their specific callbacks to make a moment funnier. It didn't serve that purpose here, but only to help convey the emotional friendship between the two. Great stuff.

I'm glad Champion is still present tense.
posted by Atreides at 6:46 AM on February 11, 2015 [5 favorites]


Is this the first time they've acknowledged the fact that Leslie kept her last name? I've been loving that they haven't made a big deal of it. And I also love that the fleeting glimpse we saw in this episode of one of their kids is the only time any of them have been on screen. It's almost as if Leslie and Ben have kept being themselves despite getting married and having children. You don't really see that too often on TV.
posted by something something at 6:57 AM on February 11, 2015 [3 favorites]


God I'm being pedantic today about Parks and Rec but we saw a moderate amount of the triplets in the wedding episode when the nanny was there. That said, yeah, it's nice that it didn't become a Show About Kids, it's still a show about adults who happen to have kids as some adults do.

Also, how is Jen Barkley so phenomenal all the time? God she is so great. I've spent the past few weeks murmuring to myself "Your life is gross. My life is amazing! I'm so happy with my choices."
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:04 AM on February 11, 2015 [14 favorites]


Is this the first time they've acknowledged the fact that Leslie kept her last name? I've been loving that they haven't made a big deal of it.

I'm not sure but there is the WONDERFUL joke the night they decide to hurry-up-and-marry so they can't see each other, and Ben and Leslie are standing back to back and Ben says he needs to tell her that it's really important to him that she take his name but he's just fucking with her. (I may have watched that episode more than any sitcom episode released in the 21st century.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:19 AM on February 11, 2015 [4 favorites]


"Pie-way* to the Calzone-zone."

*Not sure if Ben said pie-way, but if he didn't he should have.
posted by drezdn at 12:19 PM on February 11, 2015 [5 favorites]


'I am going to a city, where things happen.'

Jen Barkley is never not amazing.

Back when she was Ben's opponent I hoped that she and Chris Traeger would be together. They're both quite enthusiastic even though he's relentlessly positive and she has boundless cynicism.
posted by Monochrome at 7:35 PM on February 11, 2015


It's heartwarming to see Donna be so nice to Garry. He was so happy for her when she was surprised with Treat Yo Self 2017 a few episodes back even though there was no chance he was invited. Between this and the wedding table place card, it's nice to see him get some wins (besides his perfect home life, of course).
posted by Gary at 1:12 AM on February 12, 2015 [3 favorites]


NBC has a 5 minute longer version of this episode up now.
posted by inturnaround at 1:52 AM on February 12, 2015


Back when she was Ben's opponent I hoped that she and Chris Traeger would be together. They're both quite enthusiastic even though he's relentlessly positive and she has boundless cynicism.

The thing I really loved about her back then was that she was actually really friendly and positive too, it's just that she was really good at her job (running the opposition) and had enough perspective to not make business personal.
posted by psoas at 10:55 AM on February 12, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, Jen's completely cynical, but that's no reason to be any ruder than perfect honesty demands.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:53 PM on February 12, 2015


It's heartwarming to see Donna be so nice to Garry...
posted by Gary at 1:12 AM on February 12 [3 favorites +] [!]

You can't fool us, Gary! Get out of here!
posted by rabbitbookworm at 7:09 PM on February 16, 2015 [7 favorites]


He spells his name with two Rs. What a bozo.
posted by Gary at 8:00 PM on February 16, 2015 [1 favorite]


Whatever Lary.
posted by Atreides at 6:54 AM on February 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


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