Parks and Recreation: "The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show"
February 17, 2015 5:52 PM - Season 7, Episode 10 - Subscribe

Andy has his last day of his Children's show. Ben, Leslie, April and Ron reminisce how far Andy has come in Pawnee. Andy finds it difficult to leave Pawnee.
posted by everybody had matching towels (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Heh: "Veri-xx-otle - Proud to be one of America's 8 companies."
posted by porpoise at 7:32 PM on February 17, 2015 [3 favorites]

The callback to that ad at the end was pure genius, as well. I have to admit, the PaunchBurger one fooled me for a second.
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:32 PM on February 17, 2015 [2 favorites]

Oh, this was great! The commercials were marvelous. Ron's commercial definitely made me laugh audibly. Glad to see the return of Champion, and that the loose spider didn't eat him. Nice to also see the return of Burt Tyrannosaurus Macklin, FBI (I guess Kip Hackman just couldn't hack it) and Ben's Game of Thrones obsession (what can't that man be? An accountant, a TV scientist, a mayor, a city planner, a Congressman, the owner of a cute butt, a knight?)

I would watch a show with Retta as a no-nonsense police chief. Carmen Sandiego reboot?

Though I kind of wanted Andy to just be able to transfer his show to DC, I'm glad they went a more emotionally-honest, less wish-fulfillment route where a character actually does have to at least temporarily compromise and close the door on a dream to keep what's more important in life.

Cheers to the one science-loving kid in the audience. He will be mayor some day, or at least city planner, and nobody will listen to anything he has to say.

I realize why they didn't, but I thought this would be a great episode to have Chris and Ann (particularly Ann) return, so we could really see Andy's whole journey. Mostly, I just miss them.

Today was Pancake Tuesday, but I had waffles instead, because Knopeism is also a valid religion.
posted by ilana at 10:24 PM on February 17, 2015 [6 favorites]

Winter is coming for Sir Ben Lightstorm. I love how much of a nerd he is.
posted by Gary at 11:04 PM on February 17, 2015 [3 favorites]

I believe that would be "Ser" Ben Lightstorm, closed captioner! [I hate that I just typed this but it's what Ben would have wanted]
posted by ilana at 11:17 PM on February 17, 2015 [11 favorites]

In the Parks universe, have they mentioned if the next Game of Thrones book has come out?
posted by drezdn at 6:06 AM on February 18, 2015

They mention the show having had its last episode, where Daenerys marries Jack Sparrow and Ben says it makes sense if you've read the books, so I assume both are supposed to have been finished.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:11 AM on February 18, 2015 [3 favorites]

The complete disclaimer
posted by drezdn at 6:34 AM on February 18, 2015 [10 favorites]

That was fantastic. I laughed my butt off all through this ep. The commercials put it over the top. Well done!
posted by Thorzdad at 7:35 AM on February 18, 2015

True confession: my mouth watered at the gross PaunchBurger ad and is again just thinking about it.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:51 AM on February 18, 2015 [7 favorites]

The thing that's hilarious about the PaunchBurger ad is that it actually dovetails with McDonald's current no-apologies slob-appeal marketing strategy. Welcome to the future!
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:31 AM on February 18, 2015

I can believe I got teary at the end of The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion a Show. That April Ludgate Karate-Dwyer is a lucky lady. *sniff*

I just watched the episode on Hulu. Did they replace all of the real commercials with the fake commercials during the regular TV broadcast too?
posted by donajo at 4:33 PM on February 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

The broadcast version did just the first and last commercials for each break, with real ads in between. Does Hulu go 100% fake ads on this one? I figured that NBC would be keen to get every last penny from the final vestige of their once-proud Thursday night comedy lineup, even on streaming.
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:11 PM on February 18, 2015

I'm a sucker for gimmick episodes like this (that episode of The Office where Michael has finally completed editing Threat Level Midnight is a favorite) and this one was outstanding. Looks like a lot of fun to shoot, too.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:39 PM on February 18, 2015

Does Hulu go 100% fake ads on this one?

Hulu aired the fake ads with some real ads.
posted by drezdn at 4:45 AM on February 19, 2015

This might be my favorite episode ever. So adorable. And Ron's commercial! Bwah!

And poor April, feeling terrible in the background through the whole thing.

I really hope they figure out some way to start this up in the DC area.
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:45 AM on February 19, 2015

The PaunchBurger ad looks exactly like the Hardee's ads from a couple years back.
posted by freecellwizard at 10:32 AM on January 22, 2016

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