Parks & Rec 2-4: Dirty secrets

Plot: A local politician’s sex scandal prompts the crew to try to gather dirt on each other. Leslie is extremely anxious about her impending first date with Officer Sanderson. She humiliates herself, but Officer Sanderson declares the next day their second date and saves the day. 

Deep Thoughts: I hate the knowing-what-happens with Officer Sanderson, because these episodes are reminding me how much I loved him for Leslie when I first watched the series. He’s awkward and adorable and so kind.

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Mea Culpa… and nothing else

I wrote an *excellent* blog post in the shower this morning. It was funny and witty and original. I hit upon the delightful idea of comparing the back-and-forth on the internet this week between women of color and white women to a fight — a major fight — between two people in a relationship. That thing when your partner has really hurt you, really betrayed your trust in some way, and you know they really want to fix it, but you’re just not ever sure it can be fixed. I was going to pitch white women as the offender, naturally. I was going to empathize with the uncertain, hesitant WOC who want to forgive their partner (they could choose the other way, of course, but then the conversation’s mostly over) and aren’t quite sure what they need to make that happen. I was going to ask WOC to help brainstorm what it is that we, my white sisters and I, need to do to make this happen.

I was even, God help me, going to acknowledge that it’s a shitty thing to do, to make the hurt party also outline how to do the rebuilding. Continue reading

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Parks & Rec 2-3: Mehhhh

Plot: Leslie judges a beauty pageant. Tom is unlikable. Ann and Mark *zzzz* sorry what? Leslie and Officer Sanderson dance around each other.

Deep Thoughts: I know the writers still hadn’t found their footing yet, and had been told to totally rethink the way this show worked after season 1. I know these things. But this episode is a reason people would have quit watching. It makes me want Continue reading

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Parks & Rec 2-2: Manifesto on police violence, or tone-deaf artifact?

Episode: 2-2 The Stakeout

Plot: Leslie and Tom discover marijuana growing in their new public garden. Ann goes out with Mark. Ron has a hernia. Tom gets arrested when he and Leslie try to run a stakeout.

Deep Thoughts: One of the ways it’s going to be weird to recap a show I’ve already watched at least once is that it’s hard not to know what I know about the characters and apply that knowledge retroactively. In fact, I think it’s impossible and not even necessary. We know Officer Sanderson ends up being the kind of guy who doesn’t take no for an answer in one of those “Hollywood thinks stalking is cute” situations, and that makes me dislike him pretty strongly. I’m a fan of consent in general. But Continue reading

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Parks & Rec: 2-1 Pawnee Zoo

Plot: Leslie accidentally marries two male penguins. Mark hits on Ann. Andy is living in the pit and stalking Ann. 

Deep Thoughts: I love how dated this episode feels. It’s only from 2009, but I think it would play differently today, when gay marriage is legal and apparently “established legislation.” I mean, I’m sure some family values group would totally get worked up about a city employee performing a gay penguin marriage ceremony, but it would have a lot less weight now, and that’s delightful.

Your Related Link For The Day: Meet Zoo Atlanta’s Gay Flamingos and Their Chick.  You’re welcome.

Ann is Mean: Given how much I love this show, it’s amazing how I feel about Ann. In that I don’t like her. I range between disliking her Continue reading

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I know it completely won’t matter but

A letter to CVS Caremark*, on the occasion of my prescription’s increasing 1009% in one month, because I had exhausted my “one trial month” and now need to switch to either mail order or a CVS store: Continue reading

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Hillary’s child sex ring and other YOU ARE A MORON

pizzaToward the end of the campaign I saw a couple of my Trump-enabled acquaintances refer to Hillary as a pedophile. I didn’t even ask, because by that point their rants were so nonsensical as to not be worth my time. So I didn’t even know this was a thing.

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What do we actually DO now?

vuurwerk_in_new_yorkWell, 2016 was fun, right? And we’ve all been wallowing in the not-fun for a couple of weeks now at the very least. I personally am tired of the wallowing. I’ve decided to put some of my money where my mouth is and commit to regular donations to a bunch of charities. I have come to understand that there is real non-monetary value in committed, regular donations, rather than my usual random one-off impulses. So I decided to pick some and actually do it.

There are a lot of great charities, and I was a little overwhelmed, so I made a small list of issues that are important to me, and then Continue reading

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Ghostbusters: Not All Women

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One thing we all need to know about Ghostbusters is that my husband enjoyed it unequivocally. And that’s great news, because he is Prime Target Audience.

My husband is by no stretch of the imagination one of the charming male-persons who has been so determined to ruin the box office prospects of this movie. (He wouldn’t be my husband if he were!) And he will even go Continue reading

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The Judge Who Didn’t

“Good morning!” the judge says, too cheerfully. Nobody replies.

“I’ll try that again… Good morning!”

Under the bailiff’s glare, the motley crew on the uncomfortable benches manages to mutter out a response. Nobody else looks nearly as excited to be there. In court, you’re either afraid of what’s coming, or you’re angry about what happened, but nobody’s there for a good time. Not even the guy wearing happily colored flannel pants covered in marijuana leaves.

“Well, I am having a good morning,” the judge says. “I had a good breakfast, I’ve got some coffee right here, and I’m going to get good work done today. And you’re all going to help me. The first thing Continue reading

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