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Season 7 | Episode 2 | “Ron and Jammy” | Aired Jan 13, 2015

The second episode of Parks and Rec‘s final season, “Ron and Jammy,” features a (temporary) truce between Leslie and Ron, as they team up to save Councilman Jamm from a destructive relationship with Tammy 2. They put their differences aside to cure him of his love for the she-devil (even though it’s hilarious to see him dressed like Ron—complete with a thick, bristly mustache).

Leslie doesn’t even bend when Tammy promises to manipulate Jamm into voting for her in a rezoning issue that could win her the land for her park, proving that she might actually be Jam’s best friend, just like he’s been claiming all this time. In the end, he’s so grateful for Ron and Leslie’s help that he decides to abstain for casting his tiebreaking vote out of respect to both of them.Parks and Rec Ron, Jam and Leslie
Tom and Andy leave Pawnee all together, taking an $800 cab ride to Chicago so Tom can try to win back his ex-girlfriend, Lucy. She totally asked for it … by sending him a completely polite and innocuous congratulations on social media after reading an article about his success. They spend the day in Chicago with her and Tom chokes when asking her about getting back together and ends up offering her a job managing Tom’s Bistro instead. She says she’d love to take the job, but that she’ll need to check with her boyfriend first, because she obviously can’t be single. Still, we seem to be setting Tom up to make some big, grownup decisions if he wants to win Lucy back. Parks and Rec chicago
But in spite of these two epic story lines, it’s the episode’s third, and arguably smallest, plot that really struck me. April’s life crisis continues (buying a creepy old haunted Victorian wasn’t enough to end her funk, apparently). After hearing bona-fide trainwreck Joan Callamezzo give a speech about the importance of following your passions and doing what you love, April realizes that, even though she’s excelling in her role at the Parks Dept., she doesn’t really love what she does. She files paperwork and works in an office and she’s not fulfilled by that. What’s more, her life has just happened to her; none of her success has really come by design. She took, as she calls it, a “random internship” eight years ago just never left.

With Ben’s help, she sets out to find what she’s really passionate about. Ben suggests starting with what she always thought she would do as a kid, which turns out to be working in a morgue. She goes to check it out and is all ready to sign up when she learns she can’t start touching the dead bodies right away. First, she’ll need to complete two additional years of college and then a yearlong apprenticeship after that. April decides to pass and leaves feeling pretty dejected about the whole thing.

She talks to Donna who explains April’s rut in astrological terms—Saturn is returning to the position it was in when she was born, and that brings with it a lot of questioning and self-reflection. This happens when someone is 29 and a half years old, which is a prime time for extra reflection and self-doubt. Ben talks April into not giving up on finding a job that will really make her happy, because it took him so long to find that for himself. Don’t worry, April. Even though you’re fictional and crazy, I’m here to help. In honor of April’s crisis (and to build up some good Karma for my own return of Saturn in a couple of years), here are three jobs I think she should at least consider before Parks and Rec ends its run.

1. Talk-Show Host: Now, I know April doesn’t have the typical talk show host personality, but she loves Joan Callamezzo’s show particularly because of the bizarre turns it takes. There’s a market for the strange in Pawnee; April could have a ton of fun projecting what she believes is a talk-show personality (remember when she adopted a new personality to fit in with/mock her Eagleton counterpart, Tynnyfer). More importantly, we could all have a ton of fun watching it.

2. Working with endangered species: April’s love for animals has been well established, and she toyed with the idea of veterinary school in the past. Even though she didn’t feel like the school was the right fit for her, she’s still passionate about animals. A perfect way to marry this with her devotion to Leslie and her clout at the Parks Dept. would be for her to get involved with conservation and helping endangered species. This could really come into play if Leslie gets the national park of her dreams.

3. Costume shop owner: If April ventures into entrepreneurism, it only makes sense for her to find something that will allow her to indulge in her love of all things weird and creepy. She’s probably been helping outfit Andy for his Johnny Karate gigs for years now, and costume stores are the closest thing to year-round Halloween you can get.

Parks and Recreation airs Tuesdays at 8/7C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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