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'Parks and Rec': Paul Schneider, a.k.a. Mark Brendanawicz, has no plans to return to Pawnee

Bad news, Mark Fan-danawiczes: Even though this Pawneean lives in Indiana’s greatest town, the chances of him paying another visit to the Parks department are slim to none.

Scratching your head right about now? Here’s a refresher: Way back when Parks and Recreation first premiered, Leslie Knope’s number one crush was hunky city planner Mark, played by indie film actor Paul Schneider. Mark was basically the Hoosier State’s answer to The Office‘s Jim Halpert — wry, boyish, bored to death by his job but forced by sitcom laws to spend all his free time with his co-workers. He never exactly jelled with the rest of the show’s cast, especially after Parks morphed from an Office clone into its own sweetly optimistic thing in season 2 — and, at the end of the series’ first full year, Mark and Schneider both left Parks for good. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' and babies: What will happen to the show?

[SPOILERS AHEAD if you haven’t watched the latest episode of Parks and Recreation!]

The news is out: Ben and Leslie are having triplets! In real life, this would be cause for congratulations (and a hearty “good luck”), but this is TV, so of course this is the perfect opportunity to think about what will come of this revelation.

But first of all, why triplets? “It was sort of like, well, Leslie is famously sort of an overachiever, and having her body overachieve in terms of starting her family just seemed like a very logical thing to have happen,” showrunner Mike Schur said in a conference call Friday. “Twins was sorta like okay, that’s one level of overachievement, but triplets, that’s a winner.” READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation': Leslie and Ben forever!

“I promised myself I was not going to cry tonight, and I have already broken that promise five times,” says Chris to Ben in this wedding episode. I have to say, five times sounds about right.  Also, if “Ben and Leslie” doesn’t prove that Amy Poehler deserves her Emmy, I don’t know what the Emmy voters need. Leslie was hilarious (that Tim Gunn impression), lovable (a 70-page first draft on her vows), and amazingly caring (refusing to have her wedding without Ron, who is like a father to her). READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Rec': The 7 best lines from 'Women in Garbage'

Image Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC

Last night’s episode of Parks and Recreation tackled the Pawnee City Council’s prehistoric gender relations head on. In an effort to one-up the all-male sanitation department, Leslie and April tried their hand at a garbage route, with mixed results. Meanwhile, Chris struggled to understand his new relationship with Shauna; Ron and Anne babysat Diane’s kids; and Tom, Ben, and Andy attempted to play basketball. Colossal failures and hilarious lines abounded. Here are the best:

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'Parks and Rec': 8 great Ron Swanson-isms from 'Ron & Diane'

Last night’s episode of Parks & Recreation took us deeper into Chris’ ongoing psychological collapse and introduced us to Gayle Gergich (Christie Brinkley), Jerry’s incomprehensibly beautiful but slightly robotic wife. It also brought back Tammy II, Ron’s deranged, nymphomaniac ex-wife (or “sex-wife,” as she calls it) and pitted her against Leslie in what is probably the greatest dumpster fight ever depicted on screen.

But the heart of the episode took place at the Indiana Fine Woodworking Association Woodworking Awards, a surly event that Ron referred to as “heaven.” Given that he was surrounded not only by hand-made wood crafts but also by three of the most important women in his life — Leslie, Tammy, and new flame Diane — Ron had ample opportunity to dish out his singular wisdom. So grab your belt sanders and strap on your safety goggles folks, because it’s time for the eight best Ron Swanson-isms from “Ron & Diane.”

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'Parks and Rec': Leslie's 5 Best Lines from 'Pawnee Commons'

Image Credit: Adam Rose/NBC

Image Credit: Adam Rose/NBC

Leave it to Eagleton to stir up the crazy in Leslie Knope.

Last night’s episode of Parks and Recreation rekindled the “blood feud” between Pawnee and neighboring Eagleton when an Eagletonian architect offered to design Pawnee’s new park. The guy’s nice as can be and extremely well-qualified, but Leslie’s knee-jerk derision threatens to thwart the whole plan — which happens to be pro bono. The situation further deteriorates when a couple of pranksters from Eagleton make a mockery of Pawnee’s citizens. As you can imagine, Leslie’s vitriol makes for some of the more memorable moments.

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'Parks and Rec': The 5 best moments from 'Ben's Parents'

Last week’s episode of Parks and Recreation, in which Ben finally proposed to Leslie, set the bar pretty high — some might say impossibly high — so last night the writers stepped up and let loose with some top-shelf material. We met Ben’s sparring, divorced, insufferable parents (played by Glenne Headly and Jonathan Banks) and watched Chris have a total, happy-sad mental breakdown (“It’s like a perfect storm of emotions!”). The team even brought back the scene-stealer (and arguably the show’s most consistently funny character) Jean-Ralphio, Tom’s flamboyant cad of a business partner. With so many memorable moments, it’s hard to narrow down the episode’s highlights… but here goes.

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'Parks and Recreation': Pawnee's crabby seniors get a dose of sex-ed

Last night’s episode of Parks and Recreation ranks as a series standout. It tackled well-established themes — Tom’s media addiction, Pawnee’s laughably archaic social policies — in ways that felt fresh, timely, and subversive. Even bit player Perd Hapley, a witless and perpetually dramatic talk show host, took the spotlight and dished out some ridiculous one-liners.

Here are some of last night’s best moments.

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'Parks and Rec': New councilmen and a new love interest

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Last night’s episode of Parks and Recreation introduced us to some new members of Pawnee’s quirky population. The first was Councilman Jam, a sleazeball with an impressive white-boy ‘fro and a taste for back-alley trades (and Leslie’s private bathroom). The next was Councilman Milton, a 58-year council veteran, who originally ran on the Dixie-crat ticket (the platform: de-integrate baseball). The aging racist prefers his lunch with plenty of extras — “Ceasar salad. Extra dressing. Extra croutons. And extra anchovies” — and goes for a poorly-timed kiss with Leslie in his office. I guess tact, unlike wine, gets worse with age. And finally, Ron met a potential new love interest, Diane (played by Xena‘s Lucy Lawless). She’s a rough-and-tumble middle-school Vice Principal who’s not afraid to talk shop with the boys, and even has the guts to show up at the office and ask Ron to dinner – a bold move that Ron, no stranger to tough (and insane) women, finds appealing.

Of course, the real star of last night’s show was Leslie’s half-perm. Feast your eyes on that beautiful disaster.

What do you think, PopWatchers — does Lawless’ Diane have what to takes to tame the Ron Swanson? Does she measure up to his ex-wife Tammy (or, God forbid, the other Tammy)? Sound off in the comments.

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‘Parks and Rec’: The Leslie Knope Grill Jam Fun-Splosion! — POSTER

'Parks and Rec': The Leslie Knope Grill Jam Fun-Splosion! -- POSTER

Image Credit: NBC

If you follow Parks and Recreation, you know that it’s a marvel of mise en scène – Ron Swanson’s Pyramid of Greatness,” anyone? Well, last night’s season 5 premiere kept the game rolling. Early in the episode we hear the Parks Dept. team hyping their annual employee appreciation BBQ. It’s one of those peculiar Pawnee events with bizarre traditions (a Gazpacho-Off?) and a name fit for a mental ward: The Leslie Knope Employment Enjoyment Summerslam Grill Jam Fun-Splosion!

The camera zooms to the poster for a split-second, but we figured it deserved some more screen time.  Check out the full-size poster below, and just imagine taking part in all those activities; fingers crossed we get to see “The One Woman Show: Parks and Dolls” as a web special!

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