Parker Posey plays Amy Poehler's foil in this week's episode—but her performance is more distracting than it is funny
With only two weeks left in its third season, Parks and Recreation is taking a break from its ongoing Leslie-Ben romance to shed a little light on Pawnee's storied rivalry with nearby town Eagleton. Parks and Recreation has gotten better and better at building a consistent world, and the Eagleton feud seemed ripe for comedic potential. Unfortunately, "Eagleton" is a strangely uneven episode of Parks and Recreation; though still entertaining, the cartoonish A-plot is this season's worst—but the surprising, affecting B-plot is one of the season's best.
Eagleton's elitist qualities are personified in its own parks director, Lindsay Carlisle-Shea (guest star Parker Posey). When Leslie learns that Eagleton has erected a fence to keep Pawnee children out of a park, she confronts Lindsay (who happens to be a former Pawnee parks employee—and Leslie's ex-best friend). When Lindsay refuses to take down the fence, Leslie resolves to open the park to Pawnee's children again by any means necessary.
Eagleton is a kind of bizarro-Pawnee, where the air smells like vanilla and the prison guards offer complimentary scone platters to inmates. And the vain, selfish Lindsay Carlisle-Shea—who literally treats the waffles from Leslie's beloved diner like dog food—fills the role of a bizarro-Leslie. As it turns out, Leslie refused the parks director job in Eagleton before it was offered to Lindsay, resulting in an inferiority complex that apparently motivated Lindsay to build the fence (after five years without any contact with Leslie, and seemingly apropos of nothing. It's pretty flimsy).