Parks and Recreation: “New Slogan” Season 6 Episode 16 Review

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The story of Leslie Knope has been in a slump for a long while now. But this episode helped point the show in a better direction, Leslie’s potential new job.

Leslie is once again trying to unite the towns of Pawnee and Eagleton by letting them vote for a new slogan. The final poll, on the adorably designed website, has some good choices and some bad choices. Leslie, of course, starts a campaign for her favorite choice, which leads a couple of radio personalities to try and make the slogan “Home of the Stick Up Leslie Knope’s Butt”. Lots of can’t-believed-I-laughed-at-those fart noises later, Leslie is ready to hold a public forum when her possible national parks job crops up.

Leslie doesn’t like the sound of how little hands-on work she’d be doing though. Ben advises her to practice delegating. So she leaves Jerry in charge of the public forum, to hilarious but not completely moronic results. So not everything went perfectly, but Leslie is learning to be in charge instead of leading the charge.

Meanwhile, Andy makes a discovery about Ron: Duke Silver. Ron’s sweet-talkin’ jazz doppelganger hasn’t showed up in a bit, so it was a solid gag to revisit. When Andy lets Ron know he saw him, Ron threatens to give up music forever. It was a bit extreme, and totally rehashed from when other characters found out, but it was sweet of Andy to convince him otherwise.

Finally, Tom’s Italian restaurant idea took a slow turn but lead to some bigger developments. I can’t tell you how tired I am of these sappy “my friends are leaving” stories this season. April is convincing Tom all the locations they’re visiting are terrible. Unbeknownst to her, Donna is taking them to all these terrible locations on purpose. They reconcile and find Tom a better place, as if this subplot really had any other end.

But besides that, this episode was pretty solid. Leslie is inching toward this new job, which is keeping this ho-hum season afloat. Other than that, not much to report. Grade: B

By Matt Dougherty

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