Parks and Recreation
exists in a reassuring universe where no matter how many things go wrong, eventually everything’s going to work out. This isn’t uncommon for a sitcom, where every week brings new wacky shenanigans that will be forgotten next episode, but Parks
is an uncommon sitcom; it’s serialized in a way few other TV comedies are. “London” begins right where “Are You Better Off?”
left off, with the just-realized news that Ron’s going to be a father. Diane confirms the news, and before long, they’re married, the gang’s in London, Ripped Andy’s working with Darth Maul, and Ron’s sent on a mysterious mission that leads him to the Lagavulin distillery.
A lot happened in the two-part premiere (I didn’t even mention Anne and Chris, or Tom meeting Jean-Ralphio and Mona Lisa’s father, played with a villainous edge by Henry Winkler, or April’s letter, etc.), but the episode wasn’t overstuffed or tedious; it was heartening just to exist in the Parks world for an hour, after so many months away. Parks is the corgi of shows: a goddamn delight to look at, able to make you smile in even the most Breaking-Bad-is-ending-soon-and-ironically-TV’s-going-to-be-even-more-bleak-without-it of circumstances. Hooray, indeed, Leslie.
1. Mr. and Mrs. Ron Swanson!
2. 25 Across
3. They did reference Andy’s weight loss.
4. Donna deserves her own detective series.