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The SNL veteran guested on CBS' freshman sitcom as a small-town cop, Dennis Barrett, who pulls over Connie (Judy Greer) for speeding. She initially flirts with him to try and get out of the ticket but is eventually charmed by his winning personality. Parnell and Greer have history — they costarred in ABC's underrated gem Miss Guided and both provide voices on FX's animated spy spoof Archer — and they developed a surprisingly potent chemistry in only a few scenes. Thankfully, we haven't seen the last of Parnell on Mad Love — he'll be back for another episode next month.
It was refreshing to see Parnell play a likable guy after his work on 30 Rock as wacked-out quack Dr. Leo Spaceman as well as creepy roles on Comedy Central's Big Lake and Workaholics. If only Mad Love would give Freaks and Geeks alum Martin Starr more to do as Clyde, the across-the-hall neighbor who stalks Connie. Maybe Officer Barrett can enforce a restraining order against him. Parnell and Starr together — we'd love to see that.
Did you adore Chris Parnell on Mad Love?