I said it last week, and I'll say it again this week: this show sure is hitting its stride. A lot happened in this whopper of an episode, all set against the fatalistic (though slightly forced) background of a simulated air raid. Where to start?
Well, Ethan seems like a logical choice; he seems happily domestic with Virginia (you almost forget that he punched her). But all's not well – he learns he is effectively fired from the hospital. A quick confrontation with Scully reveals that it was Masters' poor performance review that barred Ethan from being hired. Thinking jealousy over Virginia is the root of it, he gets into it with Bill, only to find that it was instead Libby's near-immaculate conception that got him the bad rap. He puts Masters in his place, telling him scathingly, "I'd do it again." *Mic drop*
And speaking of the Scullys, Margaret Scully is back! After she's forced to realize that divorce is not really an option for a middle-aged woman (mid-century, remember?), she promptly decides to fix her marriage. Bless her soul, she heads back to the bar and strikes up a conversation with a prostitute, in the hopes of picking up "some of the tricks of the trade." Yep, and if looks could kill ... but after a few words, the prostitute's won over, and agrees to help. After Margaret outlines her husband's likes and dislikes (LIKES: Opera, Agatha Christie. DISLIKES: Looking at her during sex, topless Tahitian women), the prostitute gets right to the skinny: "He's queer!" Margaret's response? "It's very queer, yes." After some tough talk and a couple of giggles, she heads home. The subsequent scene is pure heartbreak – she grabs one of Barton's ties and curls up into the fetal position.
The next time we see her, she's going for a cathartic swim. Who else should she run into but Dashing Dr. Langham? He's also had some pretty world-bending news: he's just found out that one of his partners in The Study (it earns capitalization, right?) is pregnant. Player-douche that he is, he's done absolutely nothing about it, but even so, he claims he's had a worse day than Margaret. (Sorry buddy, think Margaret takes this one.) Despite their messy break-up, they're able to find comfort with each other as they float and contemplate falling.
Virginia, on the other hand, is a woman of action. She tracks that poor pregnant woman down, and hands her a fat envelope of cash. She also has a chance meeting with Dr. DePaul, and she's finally able to charm her: next time we see DePaul, she's dolled up with her hair down from her severe bun. Poor thing does her best "Virginia" in hopes of receiving more funding from the chancellor, but doesn't quite get it right ("What a delightful necktie – what would you call that color?"/"Red" *crickets*). And in addition to befriending DePaul, the ever-astute Virginia has managed to put together the pieces: Masters' demeaning attempt to pay her for "conducting research" with him + new knowledge of Libby's pregnancy = something fishy. She confronts Masters, and accuses him of carrying on a not only physical, but emotional affair with her; an affair he guiltily (and cruelly) wrote off by paying her for it. She's hit the nail on the head, of course, and she tops it all by admitting that she paid the pregnant woman out of their research funds, promptly quits her job, storms out on him...
...and walks right into Dr. DePaul's office and hires herself. After hearing of DePaul's failed attempt at catching a fly with honey (as opposed to her usual vinegar), she informs her of their next strategy. It's moments like these (excellent) ones between Virginia and DePaul that remind us that Masters of Sex is one of the few shows on air with a female executive producer (go Michelle Ashford!). As the show reaches its climax (I didn't even mean that sexually, I swear), we're all on tenterhooks to see where the final two episodes will take us.
* Jane and Lester (yay?) I'll ship anything.
* (Regarding golf): "What's your wife's handicap?"/"Stella had polio as a girl..." may have been one of the best pieces of dialogue ever.
Garry "Jerry" Gergich may be the bane of the Parks and Recreation department of Pawnee, but in real life the actor who plays the mishap-prone Jerry, Jim O'Heir, is a complete delight. Hollywood.com caught up with O'Heir in time for the Season 5 finale of Parks and Rec (and right in the middle of spring) to solve a few important mysteries, such as: How much of a cliffhanger is the season finale going to be? How did Jerry snag his smoking hot wife, Gayle, anyway? And, as a matter of solving question number two, how does Jerry go about wooing the ladies during a prime dating season like spring?
Of course, while O'Heir says he understands the confusion about Jerry and his ravishing wife (played by Christie Brinkley), perhaps Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) and his fellow Pawneeans are just being a little myopic. "People fall in love for a million different reasons. Some people don’t see physicality, they see what’s inside of a person," says O'Heir. And if we're being really specific, O'Heir also points out, "In the bachelor party episode, Jerry would not have normally gone for someone like Gayle, because he says, 'Long legs, blonde hair, big breasts? Not my type at all.' That’s what’s even crazier. Like, why the hell are they together?"
To get to the bottom of the mystery, we devised a test for O'Heir and his beloved office screwup: How does Jerry date? And given the he-man task of watching over Iron Man's suit, what would he do with it? From the looks of O'Heir's answers, it's pretty clear how good ol' flatulent Jerry managed to bag a babe like Gayle. (Well, almost.)
Jerry's Dating Tips for Spring:–Everything needs a spring cleaning. Nose and ear hair included. Use fingers or clippers. –Always have a box of Marzipan ready in case you meet a special someone. –Watch what you eat before the date. Unexpected flatulence is and can be embarrassing. –Don’t be too pushy. If by the third date you feel like things are going well... maybe take her hand into yours. I’ve always been a bit of a risk taker, so that move is not for everyone.–You’ll most likely spill something on yourself. Always carry a handkerchief for accidents. –Most importantly... Be respectful and ALWAYS BE A GENTLEMAN!
Jerry's Plans for Iron Man's Suit–Jerry would use the power of flight to have lunch in Muncie EVERY DAY! –Jerry would use the quick reflexes to be able to file faster (and more accurately). –Jerry would take Gayle in his arms and fly her anywhere she wanted to go. Probably to our time share in Muncie. –Jerry would use the speed of the suit to fill all the Hummingbird Feeders in the parks. For some reason they always pick Jerry's name out of the random drawing. –The only adjustment to the suit would be an air hole in the buttock area (in case of fart attack). –Jerry would also ask everyone else in the office what he could help them with. He's a helluvah guy!
His big move is hand-holding? He'd use Iron Man's suit to fly Gayle to Muncie. How could a lady resist those charms? Apparently, she couldn't.
And here's hoping Jerry's charms have the same effect on NBC, who's yet to announce a sixth season for Parks and Recreation. Getting a little more serious, O'Heir spoke about the final episode and why his series needs another season.
"Some fans are so loyal, they almost want it to end so that there will never be a bad episode. I think it’s a little nutty, but I think even those people, because there’s a cliffhanger, would be very upset if they didn’t find out what happens. They’d be pulling out their hair," says O'Heir. But he notes, the hope to continue the series isn't just about resolving the cliffhanger, it's about keeping the cast – who he says is a rather tight, friendly bunch – together.
"It’s not about work. It’s about what goes on on that set, so it’s very selfish at this point. It’s just too much fun ... Sometimes after Season 5, people can be like, 'Okay, time to move on.' We have none of that. I mean, literally, no one wants this to end," he says.
Luckily for O'Heir, neither do we. While we think NBC knows what's good for them (Parks is their second highest-rated comedy next to the departing The Office), and that we will see much more of Jerry and his Pawneean cohorts for at least one more season.
The Parks and Recreation season finale airs Thursday night at 9:30 PM ET on NBC.
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