<p>Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio</p>

Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio

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'Parks and Recreation': Ben Schwartz's memories of Jean-Ralphio

'I just did the scene with what looks like a small Jewish dog on my head'

With “Parks and Recreation” only a few days away from ending, we’ve been running a lot of stories about the show’s history, including Jim O’Heir recalling the strange life of Garry Gergich, and Mike Schur explaining the show’s weird recurring characters and running gags . One of those weirdoes was Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, Tom Haverford’s best friend and a monstrous human being. Earlier this week, I emailed actor Ben Schwartz a few questions about how he got the part, the origin of Jean-Ralphio’s hair, love of singing, and more.

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<p>The Odd Couple</p>

The Odd Couple

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Review: CBS' 'The Odd Couple' remake feels even older than the source material

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Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon are trapped in a museum piece sitcom

The latest version of "The Odd Couple" will premiere tonight at 8:30 on CBS, a few weeks shy of the 50th anniversary of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison's Broadway debut. In the five decades since, Neil Simon's play has proved remarkably flexible, capable of working as a movie and a sitcom, as well as a play, with different actors as compulsive cleaner Felix and unrepentant slob Oscar, even at times change the characters' race or gender.

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<p>Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer as Burt Macklin in &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;</p>

Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer as Burt Macklin in "Parks and Recreation"

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'Parks and Recreation' history, Part 2: Bill Murray, Burt Macklin & more

Plus talk of DJ Roomba, Li'l Sebastian, calzones, bacon, Duke Silver & Detlef Schrempf

Yesterday, I published the first half of a long email exchange with “Parks and Recreation” co-creator Mike Schur looking at the origins and evolutions of some of the show’s most memorable supporting characters and running gags. That discussion concludes today with talk of DJ Roomba (who came very close to never being a part of our lives), Li’l Sebastian, Burt Macklin and a lot more. But we start out with the first — and last — appearance of Pawnee’s greatest mystery man.

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<p>Annet Mahendru in &quot;The Americans&quot;</p>

Annet Mahendru in "The Americans"

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Review: 'The Americans' - 'Dimebag': Phil, get off the babysitter!

Elizabeth and Philip's cold war over Paige gets complicated when he has to recruit another teenage girl

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as my tickets for Debussy's Symphony in B minor are available for pick up at the box office...

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<p>The Flash</p>

The Flash

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Review: 'The Flash' - 'Fallout': The fury of Firestorm

General Eiling returns, and so does an old friend of Dr. Wells

A quick review of last night's "The Flash" coming up just as soon as I order a pineapple pizza...

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

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'Parks and Recreation' history, Part 1: Perd, Joan and the other Pawnee crazies

Co-creator Mike Schur looks back on characters big and small

A few weeks ago, while working on my review of the “Parks and Recreation” episode “Save JJ’s,” I asked people on Twitter for the name of one of the show’s weirder recurring characters, the creepy, heavily-tattooed owner of Pawnee’s pawn shop. My followers identified him as Herman Lerpiss — and, better, pointed out that there have been a lot of characters named Lerpiss in Pawnee over the years, often with far more elaborate biographies than has ever been suggested on the show itself.

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<p>Patton Oswalt and Timothy Olyphant in Justified</p>

Patton Oswalt and Timothy Olyphant in Justified

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Review: 'Justified' - 'Sounding': Don't tase me, Bob

Ava tries to run, Boyd seeks help from family, and Constable Bob rides again

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as that guy aplexes me...

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<p>Jim O&#39;Heir</p>

Jim O'Heir

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'Parks and Recreation' co-star Jim O'Heir: 'It was the best place to be.'

The long, strange saga of the man who would be Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry/Garry Gergich

In a parallel universe, Jim O'Heir could have spent the last seven seasons on "Parks and Recreation" not as office punching bag Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry/Garry, but as Ron Swanson. That's the role he auditioned for at the start, and while he didn't get it, Mike Schur and Greg Daniels liked his audition enough to hire him as a background character with the potential to do more, much like Stanley, Phyllis and Meredith on "The Office."

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<p>Parks and Recreation</p>

Parks and Recreation

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Johnny Karate/Two Funerals': Good byes

The series' last two regular episodes go in crazy directions

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" double-header coming up just as soon as I collect my change from your wife...

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<p>Jack and Triumph</p>

Jack and Triumph

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Firewall & Iceberg, Episode 267: 'SNL,' 'Odd Couple,' 'Jack and Triumph' & more

Dan and Alan also preview the Oscars and get scooped by HBO and John Oliver

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! It isn't often that a whole Firewall & Iceberg Podcast gets completely dated between when Dan and I record it and when we publish it, but it happened today, as we wrapped up this week's show — including a segment on why John Oliver won't go back to "The Daily Show" — about 20 minutes before HBO renewed "Last Week Tonight" for two more seasons. The larger point is the same, but the information's dated.

Also, with "Parks and Recreation" ending next week, we may need to do either a super-long podcast, or two of them. Either way, we welcome your "Parks and Rec" questions.

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