Competition was fierce this week, but there can be only one winner.
Community: Basic Genealogy
Usually, I dig how this show is warmer and fuzzier than the others. This week, though, the you’re-a-great-friend-no-YOU’RE-a-great-mom thing was too much even for me. And how many episodes can end at school-wide dances?
Parks and Recreation: The Possum
I could endlessly re-watch Andy tackle the possum—the sound he makes is just incredible. Also, Ron gets to try out his entire repertoire of angry faces when Mark doesn’t think his workshop is up to code.
The Office: St. Patrick’s Day
I love when the show has moments that feel like Classic Office. Megadesk is certainly one of those. The rest of it—Jo keeping them all late on St. Patrick’s Day—feels like a classic Office situation, but they didn’t really manage to wring enough jokes out of it. But, hey, it ends with the return of Todd Packer!
30 Rock: Future Husband
If you had to make me choose between John Hamm and Michael Sheen as hypothetical future husbands, I’d pick Michael Sheen. 30 Rock always wins Emmys for its guest stars because it seriously gets the best guest stars. Elizabeth Banks is still tearing it up, too. And I like how this episode picks up immediately where the last one left off, with a waffle in the DVD player.
So, who won Thursday?
It was a tough call between 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, but I agree with 30 Rock’s “sometimes things are just the worst” message over Parks and Rec’s stubborn insistence on justice and fairness. In 30 Rock, Liz’s date with Wesley was every bit as awkward and awful as Erin and Kevin’s lunch date should have been on The Office last week, too. For me, this episode had the right balance of mean-spiritedness (“back loaf”), goofiness (“I already killed her!”), and, well, whatever Kenneth’s “donkey spells” were.