By Margaret Lyons
Updated May 07, 2010 at 04:09 PM EDT

Image Credit: Byron Cohen/NBCIf that wasn’t the best episode of Parks and Recreation yet, it’s at least top five. From the puppy licking Ron’s mustache to the chair that practically re-canes itself, it’s going to be pretty hard to Dia-Beat-This episode.

But it did bring up the show’s Achilles’ heel: Mark and Ann. All the characters were heightened versions of themselves during “Telethon”: Leslie was extra loopy and devoted, thanks to sleep deprivation and outrageous amounts of sugar. Tom was even more of a clubby Timberlake bro than usual (Detlef Schrempf has that effect on all of us). April was extra sarcastic with Leslie, and even more manipulative (in a cute way!) with Andy — who was even more protective of her. Ron was ultra strange and awesome, and the people of Pawnee were even lamer and weirder than usual. (Hi again, Quickbooks guy from the rec center!) And Mark and Ann? They were… physically… present…?

I know big casting changes are afoot, and I was sort of trying to resist them — until “Telethon.” Everything else about this show is firing so, so well; it’s time to figure this one out, and I think the show’s about to.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Did you notice that Jerry’s name was misspelled on his chyron? Are you ready for April and Andy to just get together already? And where is my .gif of Ron and that puppy?

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