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'Parks and Rec': New councilmen and a new love interest

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Last night’s episode of Parks and Recreation introduced us to some new members of Pawnee’s quirky population. The first was Councilman Jam, a sleazeball with an impressive white-boy ‘fro and a taste for back-alley trades (and Leslie’s private bathroom). The next was Councilman Milton, a 58-year council veteran, who originally ran on the Dixie-crat ticket (the platform: de-integrate baseball). The aging racist prefers his lunch with plenty of extras – “Ceasar salad. Extra dressing. Extra croutons. And extra anchovies” – and goes for a poorly-timed kiss with Leslie in his office. I guess tact, unlike wine, gets worse with age. And finally, Ron met a potential new love interest, Diane (played by Xena’s Lucy Lawless). She’s a rough-and-tumble middle-school Vice Principal who’s not afraid to talk shop with the boys, and even has the guts to show up at the office and ask Ron to dinner - a bold move that Ron, no stranger to tough (and insane) women, finds appealing.

Of course, the real star of last night’s show was Leslie’s half-perm. Feast your eyes on that beautiful disaster.

What do you think, PopWatchers – does Lawless’ Diane have what to takes to tame the Ron Swanson? Does she measure up to his ex-wife Tammy (or, God forbid, the other Tammy)? Sound off in the comments.

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Originally posted October 5 2012 — 12:27 PM EDT

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