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Hercules Says
Tonight’s Paul Rudd-Enhanced PARKS AND RECREATION, Written And Directed By Amy Poehler, Is One Of The Funniest Things He’s Seen All Year!!

Published at: April 26, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

Amy Poehler, who wrote the “Parks and Recreation” episodes “Telethon” and “The Fight,” writes and makes her directorial debut on tonight’s hilarious “The Debate.” More in the text invisible.

* April tonight provides a comprehensive list of things she cares about.

* We learn tonight Andy shares my love of “Road House.”

* If you watched the clips above, you may believe Chris is making another run at Ann tonight, and you would believe correctly. If you think Tom does not take this well? Right again.

* Two familiar broadcast personalities, useless halfwit Perd Hapley and Knope-loathing Joan Callamezzo, return to moderate the big debate.

* The funniest thing about the episode are the fringe candidates Leslie must debate in addition to Paul Rudd’s character, Romneyesque candy heir Bobby Newport. There’s a gun nut and an animal rights activist in the hunt, but the funniest of Leslie’s opponents is Brandi Maxxxx, Leslie’s porn-star doppleganger. Leslie’s non-verbal efforts to distinguish herself from Maxxxx are a riot and must be witnessed.

* Dialogue highlight: “By the looks of this guy, this is not consensual sex we’re talking about.”

* How does it end, spoiler-boy? “Things do not go well!!”

9:30 p.m. Thursday. NBC.

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  • April 26, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Who is Amy Pohler?

    by BeMoreFunny

    Never heard of her, but if she's anything like Amy Poehler, she must be very funny. Also, can you cut it out with the invisible text? Isn't just saying at the outset that spoilers are below enough? Highlighting invisotext is a bitch on iPhones and iPads.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:42 a.m. CST

    This Pleases me

    by Timahh

    Rudd is solid when he is in the right movie and has good people around him. Looking forward to this almost more than the Law & Order Community.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Romneyesque?

    by attilathehun

    What the fuck? How is Rudd's character "Romneyesque?" They are both white? That is some lazy, lazy tired shit.

  • April 26, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST

    This was a great episode, one of the best

    by Stewie_Griffin

    Thanks God for Canadian TV and bittorrent

  • because when checking over the new torrents on EZTV the other night I was surprised when I saw what appeared to be a new P&R ep, so I downloaded it as I do all of them and watched it (yes it's pretty sweet) only found out yesterday it didn't air in the states.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    btw, the worst part of the show is how dumb they make the town

    by TheSeeker7

    This episode has some truly great moments (not the least of which Andy acting out all the movies in his living room) and Paul Rudd specifically is great as the witless wonder, but in my opinion where this series falters is they go waaaaaaaaay over the top in how moronic and sheep-like they portray the Pawnee people to be. Obviously trying to make a commentary on our actual society, but it goes too far to the point of being silly and unfunny sometimes, how unrealistic it gets.

  • Can't wait to see new Parks tonight!!!

  • April 26, 2012, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Seriously though

    by kongoman

    Parks & Rec gets its own TB, but Game of Thrones doesn't when it takes over the other TB's when there's some people who want to talk about Mad Men and other shit. I personally don't care, but I noticed a lot of people bitching.

  • April 26, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Yeah, don't get the "Romneyesque" thing

    by NeoMyers

    ?

  • April 26, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    How is he Romneyesque?

    by mypalfish

  • April 26, 2012, noon CST

    Are you a rich, white male in a position of power?

    by Fawst

    No? Then stop fucking defending them you ignorant fucks. "Wah, redistribution of wealth, wah!" WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU THINK YOUR TAXES ARE?! Oh, wait, that's redistribution of MONEY YOU BARELY HAVE, not wealth! Oh, silly ME! Only the WEALTHY have WEALTH to redistribute! We can't have that! Let's just redistribute the MONEY YOU BARELY HAVE so that the WEALTHY can be safe in their ivory towers! Fuck everyone! Also, this show? Not that funny. Funny at times, but... just not that great.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I wish I could stand Amy Poehler, but I just can't.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Which is a shame, because I understand that the mustache guy is pretty funny.

  • April 26, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Romneyesque = Herc's poorly-veiled agenda resurfacing (again).

    by Cletus Van Damme

  • April 26, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    saw it earlier this morning, hilarious

    by georgecauldron

    One of the best all around episodes of tv this year. Everyone was great and had moments to shine.

  • April 26, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Romneyesque = Spoiled kid who cant interact with humans

    by NathanGrey

  • April 26, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Romneyesque?

    by drewlicious

    That one confuses me too. Paul Rudds character is sheltered and stupid. Most people think of Romney as robotic and awkward but not stupid. But then again it is an election year and people like to make baseless comparisions during those times. I remember when "Horton Hears A Who" came out and more than a few critics described the bitchy Kangaroo as "Hilaryesque." I'm pretty sure all of them were rooting for Obama at the time.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    This aired in Canada a few days ago

    by V'Shael

    It is pretty funny though.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Romney is many things, but stupid isn't one of them

    by mypalfish

    Should be interesting to watch the debates this year. It will be a little more challenging for Obama since he won't be going against a doddering old fool who was afraid to criticize him.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Just saw the Avengers in Budapest..

    by attilathehun

    And it was glorious. Loved every second of it. Except for the Captain America Parts. Steve Rogers was too Romney-esque.

  • April 26, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    fawst, you poor, sad, economically retarded child.

    by attilathehun

    I pity you and the substandard education you are likely receiving from an over-funded, underperforming, publik skool.

  • April 26, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Herc, no more invisible text, please

    by stopdavestop

    I usually read the site on an iPad or phone, and can't highlight it. Can you just give a spoiler warning?

  • April 26, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Why have I already seen this?

    by Prior Walter

    I watched it Tuesday night? I'm confused.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    fringe

    by Nemesis Enforcer

    gets 5th season!!!

  • April 26, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    nemesis beat me to it...Fringe renewed!!!!!

    by ottomatic

    I hope they don't end the series with this new version of earth being heaven or purgatory.

  • April 26, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Yep. "Fringe" is renewed for a 5th and final season.

    by Imagikafan

    13 episodes... :)

  • April 26, 2012, 6:51 p.m. CST

    FRINGE RENEWED FOR 5TH AND FINAL SEASON!!!

    by JaredP

    wheres herc's post about this cool news?

  • April 26, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I wish my life was Paul Rudd enhanced.

    by adeceasedfan

    Love him.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    WOW. Great Episode of P&R

    by fain88

    Way to go, Amy Poehler. That closing speech was positively rousing. Hope there's an extended cut--felt like there were a lot of scenes that could have easily and happily been expanded. And Andy acting out films was priceless. Good Stallone, too.

  • April 26, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Fawst now you're getting it

    by Xiphos_2

    you fucking paste eating mongoloid.

  • April 26, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    romneyesque

    by jsfithaca

    means going to lose an election. and romneys going to herp at the debates as soon as he gets asked what he actually believes. definently my favorite part of this episode was buddy garrity going on about guns. too funny

  • SMH.

  • Half of me hopes he'll win just so I can laugh at you guys. The other half just wants to see America start healing from the Obama term. I mean just how guilty did your history classes make you feel? It's like a mental illness at this point. <P> One scene from Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia is funnier than the last 5 years of NBC in total. That's comedy. This NBC crap is just propaganda playing to the sheep. Sad.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Romney can't help bragging about how rich he is.

    by F-18

    I have friends that own NFL and NASCAR teams.

  • April 27, 2012, 6:05 a.m. CST

    My above post again

    by F-18

    I have friends that own NFL and NASCAR teams.

  • April 27, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Rudd is W-esque, not Romneyesque

    by ChestRockwell

    He has frat bros, is a nice guy at heart, doesn't really have any substance, and people like his personality and simple statements like (paraphrasing) "I'm against crime and I'm not ashamed to say it." He also didn't really seem like he cared whether he was elected or not. He was also brought up in a wealthy family which skews his perspective, but that seemed to be a minor point. It's not about hating people like that, it's a comment on electing people who aren't the right person for the job because they seem nice, we'd want to have a beer with them, and they speak in simple terms and don't go into any details that would require us to understand the complex issues.

  • April 27, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    attilathehun and Xiphos_2, those were eloquent insults.

    by Fawst

    Now prove me wrong.

  • April 27, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Wow - Well said, chestrockwell, well said!

    by captaincosmos

    And yes, this was a great P&R ep, as well as one of the best overall Thursday nights of comedy NBC has put up in a long time. * The Law & Order parody on Community was pitch-perfect and hilarious. * Andy's slow-burn breakdown on The Office was a MUCH needed character development that has been sorely lacking from the show for quite a while. * The send-ups to 50s-era live TV on 30 Rock were priceless. Love the episode - great work by the whole cast and crew. Let's hope they can ride the creative wave to ratings success.

  • April 27, 2012, 8:26 p.m. CST

    bemorefunny

    by foreignerbelt

    I signed in for the first time in years to tell you you're the worst. you're the worst.