TVLine's Performer of the Week: Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler Parks and RecreationA new feature in which we spotlight the past week’s shining star


THE SHOW | Parks and Recreation (NBC)

THE EPISODE | “Halloween Surprise”

THE AIRDATE | October 26, 2012

THE PERFORMANCE In the middle of Ben’s proposal, Leslie stopped him. Not because she was going to say no (God, no!). Not because she was shocked (although she was). But because, as she put it, she needed a minute “to remember every little thing about how perfect my life is right now, at this exact moment.”

We were grateful for that moment, too, because it allowed us to appreciate Poehler’s performance and how perfect every little thing about it was, not just right then but, frankly, most of the time. It’s no small feat to make a viewer laugh and cry at the same time (much less laugh while you’re crying!), but she pulled it off in this scene with the same sweet openness that has made Leslie such an embraceable heroine. For that, this week, she gets our vote.

Press PLAY below to experience (or re-experience) the magical moment. And then hit the comments and tell us whose performance knocked your socks off this past week.