As previously established in this blog, “Parks and Recreation” is, essentially, a weekly, comedic guide to how to live life with honor and dignity.
This week’s episode, “Pawnee Rangers,” was no exception. It demonstrated the value of being a member of an exceptional organization and, also, why it’s a great idea to spend ludicrous amounts of money on at least one special day a year. (Or, as Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) and Donna Meagle (Retta) put it, treat yo self.)
Here are the five most significant life lessons learned from this week’s episode of “Parks and Rec.”
More ‘Parks and Rec’ life lessons:
1. You know you’re part of a fabulous organization when that organization’s handbook contains a single sentence.
“Be a man.” That’s all you need to know about what it means to be part of Ron Swanson’s Pawnee Rangers troupe.
2. You know you’re part of an even more fabulous organization when that organization throws puppy parties and s’mores offs, encourages the creation of Gertrude Steins and gives merit badges for ”Best Penguin Blog.”
And that’s why the Pawnee Goddesses, as led by Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), are way better than the Pawnee Rangers.
3. Treat Yo Self.
I know I mentioned that already. But as Tom and Donna — and, to a lesser extent, Ben — demonstrated, it’s really important to do this at least once a year.
4. “If there are needles in your face, there’s pleasure in your base.”
And that, according to Donna Meagle, is the main thing you need to know about acupuncture.
5. If the Internet connection goes out, call Batman.
Or, as Andy and April did in the show’s closing kicker, at least call Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) dressed as Batman.