Parks and Recreation returns to the NBC Thursday night lineup tonight after a lengthy hiatus. All our old friends! Leonard and Don and Tim and Avril! Stan and Candy and John Mouthio! Such fun to be had, I’m sure. But everything’s better when there’s alcohol involved (except: driving, flying, surgical procedures, raising children, and most experiences of genuine “value”) or at least TV is slightly better when there’s a moderate and responsible amount of alcohol involved and the conceit of this post is just to bring up structural and/or joke patterns on a TV show we like so can we get to it already? The rules are that you drink every time:
-Leslie is enthusiastic about something terrible.
-Anne shows up at the office even though she’s a nurse I thought?
-Ron talks about being a man like a parody of a GQ magazine cover article about barbecue.
-Tom makes up a word that sounds like a word my mom would make up after getting an email forward.
-Andy is the best.
-April looks at the camera the way Jim on The Office used to look at the camera.
-Ben is the straight man.
-Chris uses the word “literally” even though that “joke” feels like it’s getting kind of unfun at this point.
-Donna is just sitting at her desk.
-Someone is mean to Jerry for no particular reason other than that’s a trope now.
-A reference is made to the grand and illustrious history of Pawnee as the explanation for what has brought us through the ages finally to this particular episode.
-Something happens that you know you will see as a GIF on the Internet tomorrow.
Please do not actually play this game. Welcome back old friends!