Ben might be missing his nineties party in the name of democracy, but at least his friends are enjoying themselves. Tom’s on a date with Nadia and it’s going great, because this show has a habit of putting amazing, in-demand guest stars into adorable romantic relationships with our characters and making me love and need them. Nadia is smart and caring and clearly tough as nails (and her hair is fabulous), but she’s not above stealing a giant teddy bear from Ann or messing with Tom to get him in trouble. And since Tommy Fresh can’t keep his cool in the presence of Tatiana Maslany any more than the rest of us could, she gets him at his innocent, eager, adorable best. Tom’s just riding this as long as he can, totally aware that their relationship is basically a fluke of science. I think they’ve got a shot.
And look who’s back from London! (Not Mr. Bean.) Andy pops in to surprise April for like 19 hours, but the comforts of home make it even harder to go back to his big real-world job. He’s overwhelmed, afraid he can’t live up to everyone’s expectations, worried that he’ll ruin an entire company. He genuinely believes that everyone else knows what they’re doing and that he’s the only one stumbling along behind. Oh Andy, baby, we’re all stumbling. April talks her husband down and helps him believe in himself again—he’ll be ok, because he’s awesome and everyone else sucks. Remember when he lived in a pit? Remember when he shined shoes? Remember when April didn’t care about anything? I’m so proud of these people.
Ron and Donna, bros for life
“I hope you’ve made peace with your God, small electronic deer.”
“Leslie said it was a ‘come as you were in the 90s’ party. I assumed it was the 1690s.”
“What are you doing, Morris? Tuck in your SHIRT!”
Ann made out with a stuffed bear and pretended it was Cockroach from The Cosby Show. I’m really excited for her children.
“Once she starts thinking about birthday cake, she’s basically useless until she eats birthday cake.” I am Leslie Knope.
“I voted for Mildred, my stuffed pig, but my cat Pancakes won. She had more funding. Politics, right?”
“Just remember, every time you look up at the moon, I too will be looking at a moon. Not the same moon, obviously, that’s impossible.”
“I need your approval on this Mr. Dwyer, I need your signature Mr. Dwyer, that’s not a toilet Mr. Dwyer.”
Never change, show.