Leslie’s not the only one transitioning back to the Parks Department. Tom has officially sold Rent-A-Swag, leaving him with a big fat check and no sense of direction. He tries channeling his skills into a Shark Tank-style investment venture, but Pawnee isn’t exactly at the cutting edge of innovation (am I right Justin?). Inspired by April, who’s currently killing it and outranking him because she basically invented her own job, Tom decides to give back to the town his way. He’ll be the new Business Liaison, convincing companies to move or expand to Pawnee. I love this idea even more than I’d love a talking tissue box, because it gets Tom back in the office without denying his ambitions.
And finally, Ann and Chris are having a baby boy. They’re thrilled. Now if only Ann and Leslie could find time for friendship waffles, we’d be golden.
100th episode snaps:
“Well, my wife lost her job, so maybe something sad and slow. Do you know anything from the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack?”
“I’m Perd Hapley, and I just realized I’m not holding my microphone.”
“Pleez vote 4 me menorah bowling ball.”
“Every socket set I’ve ever bought only goes up to half-inch. I’d love a couple larger sizes. Take it all the way up to 5/8ths.”
“What does she really want, more than anything in the world?” “A nice candle! I’m screwed.” And that’s Ben Wyatt with my middle school gift-giving playbook.
“Clear them sinuses playboy!” “Someone’s got the sniffies.” “Tell your mama you love her.” “Step up your Vitamin C game, bro!”: How to sum up Tom Haverford in four sentences.
“Do that again.” Andy Dwyer you priceless treasure.
“In times of stress or moments of transition, sometimes it can feel like the whole world is closing in on you. When that happens, you should close your eyes, take a deep breath, listen to the people who love you when they give you advice, and remember what really matters. And if you have the ability to go to Paris, by all means, go to Paris.”
Happy 100th, Parks.