Those of you who are planning to tune in to this Thursday's episode of Parks and Recreation are in for a treat. The episode, which was written and directed by Amy Poehler, is a stand-out ep and one not to be missed for any fan of the series. We have a couple of clips from "The Debate" that hint at some of the funniness that's to come.

I had the opportunity to watch "The Debate," and after viewing it twice, I feel certain it's one of, if not my favorite episodes of the season. The primary focus of the episode is on Leslie and Bobby (Paul Rudd) as they face off for a debate in anticipation of the approaching election, but not a moment between these scenes is wasted as the rest of the characters have their own roles to play in the big event. Here's the official description for the episode and further down area couple of clips.
THE DEBATE (TV-PG) LESLIE FINALLY GETS HER DEBATE WITH BOBBY NEWPORT -- PAUL RUDD ("OUR IDIOT BROTHER") GUEST STARS -- DIRECTED BY AMY POEHLER. Leslie (Amy Poehler, who also wrote and directed) goes toe-to-toe with Bobby Newport (guest star Paul Rudd) in their big televised debate. Ann (Rashida Jones), Tom (Aziz Ansari), and Chris (Rob Lowe) work in the media spin room, while Ron (Nick Offerman) goes the extra mile to save a party for Leslie's donors. Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Jim O'Heir and Retta also star.

The thing I love about Bobby - and this is as much a credit to Rudd as it is to the way the character is written - is that there are moments when it seems like he's a guy that knows exactly how to play the crowd and turn the tables on Leslie. And then there are times when I wonder if he has any idea what's really going on at all. It's funny and irritating and the perfect kind of opposition for Leslie because he's unpredictable.

Parks and Recreation's "The Debate" airs Thursday, April 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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