30 Day Parks and Recreation Challenge, Day 29: Favorite Tom Moment

Tom Haverford is probably the character that changes the most over the course of seven season of Parks and Rec. I mean, he is still obsessed with being a “baller.” Can I say that without sounding tremendously white? I don’t think I can. Anyway, as I’ll get into on my Tom supplemental post (that’ll be coming sometime in the next couple of months, depending on how busy I am in the present-buying), he starts off as this bored government worker but turns into this motivated self-starter that just keeps going no matter what obstacles get in his way, like a metrosexual human version of the Dory song from Finding Nemo. I remember people fawning over him during the first couple of seasons, but I was more annoyed by him in an Ann-like fashion, but once he got the opportunity to use his god-given talents, I was sold. And it didn’t hurt that I liked Aziz Ansari at the time.

That being said, my absolute favorite moment of Tom’s was when he was going over all the abbreviations he gives everyday words.

Tom Haverford, a man of Indian descent wearing a black suit jacket and tie and white button down shirt, is sitting in front of a wildlife wallpaper. He states the following: "Serts" are what I call desserts. "Tray trays" are entrees. I call sandwiches "sammies," "sandoozles," or "Adam Sandlers." Air conditioners are "cool blasterz" with a "z." I don't know where that came from. I call cakes "big old cookies." I call noodles "long ass rice." Fried chicken is "fry fry chicky chick." Chicken parm is "chicky-chicky parm-parm." Chicken cacciatore is "chicky catch." I call eggs "pre-birds" or "future birds." Root beer is "super water." Tortillas are "bean blankies." And I call forks "food rakes."

I will happily admit that I’ve adopted a few of these because who in the hell wouldn’t?? I know there are plenty of other scenes and moments that I could have picked, but is the moment when I realized I loved how Aziz Ansari played Tom. He was fully dedicated to this poser that, in reality, was just trying to be Not Garry, which becomes way more apparent as the series progresses.

Art Credit: Reppiced, It’s Your Destinee

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