Inside are 32 amazing things I loved from the Parks and Recreation season 5 premiere episode.

Including: Tom the pig, Sparkle Suds, and a feelings update by Chris Traiger…

Parks and Recreation “Ms. Knope Goes to Washington” Review

First, a quick shout-out to the cast of Parks and Rec. Amy Poehler has never been more delightful than in her role as Leslie Knope, which is a huge feat as I find her charming even when picking her nose. (Have I seen this happen, I shall not disclose!) Aziz Ansari never misses a beat, Rashida Jones makes me want an Ann Perkins of my very own, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Jim O’Heir, Retta, Adam Scott and Rob Lowe… There’s not a weak link in the bunch. And the writing has never been better than it is right now. (Good job, Greg Daniels and Michael Schur!)

  1. “You can practically smell the bills becoming laws.” – Leslie
  2. I love Leslie Knope because she motivates me and is so upbeat. But she’s somehow even better when she’s at her worst, like a cranky little kid having a moment. I just… love Leslie Knope!
  3. Romantic reunions, government meetings, self-guided museum tours.. am I living the dream? I don’t know. Did I also just walk past a food truck and buy myself a waffle sundae? YES!
  4. She bought Andy a guide book and then told him to throw it away. And he needs to buy – of all things – flip flops!
  5. Funsplosion! Parks N Dolls! “BBQ’s should be about one thing. Good shared meats.” No corn on the cob!
  6. National Treasure Movie = Andy’s history lessons.
  7. “How do I know this isn’t a treasure map just waiting to be unfurled?” – Andy
  8. “Leslie, this is a really cool penis.” – Andy
  9. “Everyone, meet your meat!” – Ron Swanson
  10. “This is your dinner, his name is Tom.” – Ron Swanson on Tom the Pig
  11. “He’s basically a dog. A dog we’re going to cook, kill, and swallow!” – Ron Swanson
  12. “No, pig Tom.”
  13. Leslie specifically wanted to see Lincoln’s pocket watch.
  14. “I’m hungry and my legs hurt. I feel like I just exercised.” – Tom
  15. Haverkins. Haverford/Perkins.
  16. Chris Traiger feelings update.
  17. Signature dance move for Ben and Leslie.
  18. Frolicking River Otters
  19. Raisins “It’s nature’s candy.”
  20. “Did you put glitter in the laundry detergent?” – Sparkle Suds
  21. Disco Dairy
  22. “So much free food at this party, I love politics.” Shrimp claw.
  23. Ron driving off with his smoking grill.
  24. How Leslie said “I’m not cranky.”
  25. John McCain
  26. Sparkle Skin by Annie
  27. “Ha, ha. Traveling.” – Andy
  28. Hot Rebecca
  29. Amalgam.
  30. “Your work is appreciated. Eat some corn. Also, here’s Tom.” – Ron
  31. Andy as a tour guide.The White House is the whitest house in America and also noteable for being where Sinbad lived in First Kid. The Oval Office is named after Oval Reddenbacher.
  32. I love where the plot is taking us. Leslie is getting jealous of Ben… it’s just so fun to be on this ride.

Photo: David Giesbrecht/NBC

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