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.
‘Parks and Rec’: Leslie takes a big gulp, taxes oversized drinks
NBC’s comedy ratings crash: ‘The Office,’ ‘Parks’ return lower
‘Parks and Rec’: The Leslie Knope Grill Jam Fun-Splosion! — POSTER