30 Day Parks and Recreation Challenge, Day 23: Favorite Ben Moment

Any time Adam Scott reacts into the camera, it brings me such joy. The other actors do this, as well, but his incredulous expressions are just so reminiscent of my own internal – and often external, because I cannot hide them – reactions to the ridiculous shit that other human beings do. His observations of current situations when being interviewed by the “reality show crew” are also essentially me in a nutshell, such as after he moves in with April and Andy.

He finds them ill-prepared adults who don’t even have a bank account. Out of pity for their lack of plates – they were using Frisbees – he gives them cash to go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond for the Essentials of Adulting, which brings us to the quintessential Ben Wyatt moment.

Back when I worked at a recreational center, I actually had the chance to use this sentence when two teenagers came up to the desk to check out racquetball equipment. As one of the trainers was standing next to me, filling out paperwork, one of the teenagers asked me if he absolutely had to wear goggles, and I explained that, yes, due to safety reasons, he did have to wear them, but he countered that the ball was rubber so it wouldn’t hurt if it made contact. As if a chaos god struck him with lightning, he bounced the ball hard on the floor, and it flew back up and promptly smacked him in the eye. Both teenagers then sheepishly took the goggles and walked off. As soon as they were out of earshot, I muttered the above line, which the trainer found absolutely hilarious.

Art Credit: Reppiced, Degrassi Wiki

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