The second season of Parks and Recreation premiered last night, and they took no time getting right into the songspeak. The cold open of the episode is classic songspeak, with Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope breaking into a dope rendition of The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s hit, Parents Just Don’t Understand. This whole scene actually reminded me of something that Matt or I might have done when we shared an office:
But it didn’t stop there. In this episode, Leslie Knope staged a penguin wedding at the local zoo, only to find out they were both male. This created a political firestorm in which the gay community embraced Leslie as a champion for their cause. So they invited her to a party in her honor at Pawnee’s gay nightclub, The Bulge. She goes with the intention of setting the record straight (no pun intended) that the wedding wasn’t a political statement, but is soon won over after a few drinks and hearing all the gay guys chant her name. She dances with them, and then does a stirring rendition of Lady Gaga’s Poker Face, only to have it incessantly stuck in her head the next morning. I can relate, as the song was stuck in my head as I was trying to fall asleep last night after watching the episode:
Two splendid examples of songspeak in the first episode. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come for Parks and Recreation.