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Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 11/04/2011

‘Parks and Recreation’: Five life lessons from ‘End of the World’

A weekly rundown of the key things we learned from the latest episode of “Parks and Recreation.”

Was it just me or was this week’s episode of “Parks and Recreation”actually kind of touching? I mean, I felt empathy for Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) as she struggled with her feelings for ex-boyfriend Ben (Adam Scott) in a way that made most people’s romantic behavior circa seventh grade seem remarkably sophisticated. I genuinely thought it was sweet that Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) was so happy to see former love Lucy, even if Jean Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) invited her to their superb end-of-the-world party only because he planned to “hit that.” And the awe with which April (Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Chris Pratt) greeted the Grand Canyon honestly moved me.

But more important than the emotional impact of this episode, dubbed “End of the World,” was the fact that, as “Parks and Rec” always does, it taught us some important things about life. Here are five of them. (Also, watch the full episode below.)

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1. If you decide to form a cult that is convinced the end of the world is coming, call yourselves The Reasonableists.

It really will make you seem much more rational, as well as reasonable, as we learned from the group of Pawnee citizens awaiting the arrival of Zorp.

2. Redo your bucket list, ASAP.

Unless, of course, it already includes Andy Dwyer-inspired items like “make the best grilled cheese sandwich ever,” “fly first class” and “remake the movie ‘Kazaam!’ with Shaquille O’Neal, and get it right this time.” If your bucket list already mentions all those things, then you’re good.

3. An exceptional party must include: a live tiger, a moonbounce pirate ship, a money grab booth and a drumline.

If it doesn’t, just cancel it, because whatever soiree you’re throwing will pale in comparison to the Entertainment 720 end-of-the-world bash.

4. “No thinking, just stupid.”

I mean, that’s the first thing most of us learned in preschool. Then grown-up life takes over and we totally forget our priorities.

5. It is possible to predict the end of the world. Just make sure you schedule it on a night when a Pawnee park is available and not hosting an event like the Spring Spectacular Ice Cream Giveaway.

If I know one thing, it’s this: Zorp is going to show up. But it’s going to happen solely on a night when one of the local parks is available for rental.

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