'Parks and Recreation'

Tom and Ron on "Parks and Recreation." (NBC / October 20, 2012)

In LeslieLand:

Leslie's campaigning for sex education for seniors because of the rising STD rates in that age group. She and Ann, Donna, and Andy are role playing being old people, asking Ann their "grossest sex questions." It's nice when they remember that Ann is actually a nurse. 

When meeting with the seniors, we find Pawnee's seniors think the biggest danger of sex is your partner dying during it. When Leslie begins a demonstration with a condom and a banana, one gentleman in the audience inquires, "But what do you do when the banana is soft and mushy and doglegs sharply to the left?"

Right as Donna is about to demonstrate God knows what with a cucumber, two and a half bananas, and a pineapple, Chris comes running in and puts a halt to the proceedings.

Following on his heels are two clean cut-looking people, Marcia and Marshall, the town's "morality watchdogs." They're associated with "Society for Family Stability Foundation" and they are there to assert the "abstinence only curriculum."

Ann protests that's only for schools when Chris chips in that because of the way the bill was written, actually it does apply to any government employee talking about sex education.

Marcia and Marshall are on Perd Hapley's show "Ya Heard with Perd" to talk about the abstinence education program.

Ann thinks the abstinence education program is vital, but Leslie points out that public opinion is against changing the law.

Marcia and Marshall are meeting with Ann and Leslie and are giving them their pamphlet, suggesting they start with Chapter 3: There's a Party in My Pants And You're Not Invited.

Ann challenges Leslie that parroting the abstinence-only stance is not like her, that she's "Not acting like herself." Leslie says to Ann, "Really? You want to go there?" I guess now is a good time to mention that Ann first showed up in the episode wearing a cowboy hat and fringed jacket that was a gift from her boyfriend and is now wearing a Western shirt, also a gift from the boyfriend.

Ann says, "Go where?" So Leslie explains that Ann always dresses like whatever guy she's dating. (And if I remember correctly, the wardrobe department has done exactly that over the years. Nice continuity.) When Ann sputters out a feeble reply, she notes that she's "really off her comeback game lately."

Leslie walks off in anger and then Marshall swooshes by Ann and trills, "You look like Annie Oakley and Pippi Longstocking had a baby and I love it." So, yeah, the abstinence only husband is in the closet.

In his presentation to the seniors, Marshall, who looks a tiny bit like a Ken doll from the '80s, is "rapping" while accompanying himself on a synthesizer. After Leslie tells the seniors they should wait until marriage to have sex, they rebel, even explicitly asking for the condom demonstration again.

Leslie wrestles with herself and then BACK OUT COMES THE BANANA. The scene ends with Leslie throwing condoms at the audience. Still in their packets of course; it's not like they're balloons at a political rally.

Leslie ends up getting censured by the mayor. She asks Chris, "As my boss, what should my move here be?

Chris reminds her, "Actually, Leslie you're my boss now." Leslie replies, "That's right --Why am I still weirdly scared of you?" Chris explains it's because he's very confident and makes a lot of eye contact. He recommends, as city manager, that she should formally apologize  and from now on stick to the letter of the law. He then adds, "But between you and me, as your best friend, I admire what you did up there."

Before Leslie's appearance on Perd's show, she and Ann make up. Then on the show, Leslie goes off message and declares the abstinence education "old fashioned." She proclaims she will wear the censure like a badge of honor, and uses her American flag pin to affix it to her blazer.

Later, Leslie's on the phone with Ben, telling him that "They're killing me in the press." She doesn't care; she's fired up. Ben admires her spirit and offers to read the new bill she's drafting. They exchange "I love yous" and Leslie asks, "What are you wearing?" Ben, still in his office, replies, "I can't do that right now." Leslie's dirty chuckle in response is ADORABLE.

In TomTown:

Tom is in court because of an accident, which he caused by tweeting while driving. The judge punishes him by taking all his technological devices for a month. He builds a "real life" Pinterest board by putting square pictures on a corkboard and a fake iPhone out of paper. Ron offers to let Ted go to his remote cabin ("So far away from civilization the electric company isn't even aware there's a structure there") to cope with the loss of screens.