'Parks and Recreation' recap: Greg Pikitis must die

parks-and-rec_lOn a very special night of Halloween-themed (or at least tinged) NBC programming, our four sitcom leads dealt with the holiday in their own true-to-character way. Jeff Winger dressed up only to try and sleep with someone. Michael Scott donned a “D— in a Box” costume and terrified little Scrantonites. Liz Lemon ignored it. And Leslie Knope…detained an underage vandalism suspect hostage at the office, then egged and TPed his house. “I WILL waterboard you!” she screamed at the kid in question, Greg Pikitis. I think we have a winner!

Of course it wasn’t all torture humor in Pawnee last night. While Leslie and Officer Dave (now an official couple, at least according to her) were busy prying a confession from Dennis the Menace, Raggedy Anne (pictured) was busy throwing a…not that fun Halloween party. The Almond Joys and “Monster Mash” soundtrack weren’t even enough for one of her awkward doctor friends, who left early. And grabbed the bottle of wine he had gifted on the way out. “Nobody was drinking it, so I’m gonna take it.” Who will save this party?!

ENTER TOM. Dressed as T-Pain, the man Anne had actually avoided inviting to the party showed up with his pseudo-wife, Wendy (“She’s a surgeon at county general. And she’s SUPER-HOT!”), and got things popping by turning the living room into a dance floor. Doctors, nurses — even Ron f—in’ Swanson got in on the action. Party saved!

Back at the ranch, Greg’s mom showed up to chew our heroes out for detaining her son. She got to Andy, the newest Parks employee: “I don’t even know WHO to talk to about YOU!” “The President of the United States.” The Pikitises threatened to sue before storming out of the building. But Leslie was still convinced that no one but Greg could have vandalized their office. Vowing revenge in a way only Leslie would deem age-appropriate, she and Andy went to Greg’s house with eggs and toilet paper.

A woman came out of the house, demanding to know what was going on. Turns out “Greg’s mom” wasn’t actually Greg’s mom, but an impersonator he hired on Craigslist (it wasn’t the first time). And he wasn’t even home, but back at the statue Leslie was convinced he’d vandalize the way he did the year before. Leslie, Dave, Andy, and Greg’s mom went to catch him. Suspicions confirmed. Suspect proven guilty. A Happy, happy Halloween for the Pawnee Parks Department.

Tonight’s choice quotes:

“It takes us like ten days to clean his mess up. But more importantly, Greg Pikitis sucks. And I want to destroy him.” – Leslie, explaining her personal vendetta to Anne

“She’s focused, she’s committed, and she made out with me in my cop car. Pretty neat.  …I shouldn’t have said that, that’s clear to me now.” – Officer Dave, on Leslie

“My name is Burt Macklin. I’m with the f—in’ FBI.” – Andy, taking on interrogation duties with Pikitis

“Take the pigs in the blanket and put ‘em to sleep. We ’bout to get wild!” – Tom

What did everyone think about last night’s episode? Does your upcoming Halloween party need a little T-Hav action? Is this the last we’ve seen of Greg Pikitis? Fire away in the comments, y’all.

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  • apd09

    I am torn on what to do about the teased break up of Tom and his “hot surgeon wife” it will be interesting to see how it is handled.
    good episode last night, and I think Leslie might have slipped back into the caricature of herself mode a little bit that she was starting to get a way from, but overall it was not bad.

  • Isembard

    Well pleased. Anyone remember a slightly amusing but not funny show that NBC had on a while back also called “Parks and Recreation”? Glad they cancelled that one and put this one on instead. Love the Pawnee gang.

    • Ceballos

      Totally agree.

      It’s so weird. It’s the same cast, and the same writers, but it’s a COMPLETELY different show. (Meaning that it’s really good now.) Nice job out of everybody.

  • Emily

    Every time Leslie Knope screamed “Pikitis!” I was cracking up. Last night’s ep had me laughing out loud a lot. Keep it up, Parks and Rec!

  • E.

    Haha, totally agree with lsembard. It’s like Parks & Rec is a whole new show this season, and it just keeps getting funnier! I’m shocked to say I look forward to this every week now as much as I look forward to 30 Rock. I hope people start watching!

  • weezfreek

    Hilarious!!! Love the fact that Leslie’s arch nemesis is a teenage boy.

  • Joseph

    loved the line
    “I’m not crying…I’m just allergic to jerks!!”

  • Tom Brazelton

    Burt Macklin is my new nome de plume.

  • Lemon

    Did anybody else catch the subtle subtext to Ron/Wendy and Tom/Wendy?! I wasn’t expecting that at all, but count me intrigued. I’m loving that this show got better.

  • jim

    What a great surprise this has show has been. They have writing thats funny.

  • Elizabeth

    Every teacher in America was feelin’ Leslie last night.

  • EP

    Tom dressed up as T-Pain was the best. He is always the best part of the show. But I agree, this show has gotten so much funnier! I am really enjoying it.

    • Sydney

      I love Tom! I felt so bad for him when his wife was talking about the divorce party.. those big eyes looking so sad. Can’t wait to see how he handles it.

    • LC

      I felt bad for him too! I loved his costume Tom is hilarious! This show has gotten so much better than the first season.

  • izikavazo

    That was the funniest episode of the night. The costumes on the Office were better, but this storyline was the best.

  • Abigail

    I ardently believe Louis CK is the reason the show is better now. What the Office always understood, but Parks and Recreation was didn’t and was woefully lacking last season was a likeable character. Leslie is like Michael Scott in that awful, funny, makes-you-uncomfortable kind of way, but a great sitcom needs some heart! I’m so glad P&R has found theirs!

  • Ian

    The show is much better for a number of reasons. This episode was great.

    I love how Andy’s go to move is to dive into something (a couple weeks ago the pit, this week the bushes). Also, “the f-in’ FBI” was just plain funny.

  • ric

    I liked this show last season, but I am loving it this year. For some reason everything is just clicking together and I think that right now it is the funniest show in the NBC Thursay lineup. I think 30 Rock is kinda stagnant right now and hasn’t been it’s usual excellent self so far. Parks and Rec rules!!

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