Parks and Recreation

Ms. Knope Goes to Washington

Season 5, Ep 1, Aired 9/20/12
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  • Episode Description
  • Leslie and Andy travel to Washington, D.C. to visit Ben and April as they work on a congressional campaign. Leslie is intimidated by the national politicos she meets, and feels like her work is unimportant after she is denied a meeting with a senator, however, she gets to meet some of her heroes. Back in Pawnee, Ron throws the annual employee appreciation picnic in Leslie's absence, and it's not quite what people are used to. Ann and Tom fight with each other as they try to hide their breakup from their friends.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Amy Poehler

    Leslie Knope

  • Rashida Jones

    Ann Perkins

  • Aziz Ansari

    Tom Haverford

  • Nick Offerman

    Ron Swanson

  • Aubrey Plaza

    April Ludgate

  • Photos (4)
  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Season 5 Premiere

    By thefanof, Sep 22, 2012

  • Good start, fun guest star interactions

    By patsully, Sep 21, 2012

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Leslie: I am a city councilwoman from Pawnee, Indiana. but you've probably never heard of us, we're small and unimportant.
      Senator Olypia Snow: I'm sure that's not true.
      Leslie: But it is. We've got tons of problems. We're overrun with raccoons and obese toddlers.

    • Ann: After the first day, we realized we'd made a huge mistake.
      Tom: HUGE!
      Ann: However, everyone was being so smug about it saying there was no way we would last, so we're pretending to still be together. That way no one gets the satisfaction of being right. Even though they are, but still.

    • Tom: Ann, I'm hungry, my legs are tired. Ugh! It feels like I just exercised.
      Jerry: Just sit on the ground
      Tom: No Jerry! It's dirty and I'm wearing my summer linens.

    • Ranger Patrick: Hey Ron, you're not going to slaughter that pig here, are you?
      Ron: Not to worry, I have a permit. (hands ranger a folded piece of paper)
      Ranger Patrick: This just says "I can do what I want."
      Ron: I am the director of the parks department and this is a park.
      Ranger Patrick: It's not a parks thing. It's against like 3 laws and a dozen health codes.
      Ron: Fine. (snatches back "permit")

    • Ron: Which one of you youngsters wants to help me drain the blood from this animal? You do a good job and I'll give you the bladder, you can blow it up for a fun play ball.

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    Notes (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 20, 2012 on Citytv

    Trivia (3)

    • While barbecuing Ron is wearing an apron from Charles Mulligan's Steak House which is revealed to be his favorite restaurant in the episode "Indianapolis." Excited to eat there when they travel to Indianapolis, he discovers it has been shut down for health code violations.

    • The states with towns named Pawnee mentioned in this episode are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
      Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas do all have towns named Pawnee.  Nebraska and Iowa have towns named Pawnee City and Missouri has a Pawnee township.
      Pawnee Kansas is a ghost town which is now home to The Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site.
      Pawnee, Indiana is the only fictional town on the list.

    • The relationship name Tom comes up with for himself and Ann is "Haverkins" (a combination of their last names, respectively Harverford and Perkins).

    Allusions (1)

    • The name of this episode, Ms. Knope Goes to Washington, is a reference to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), a political drama about one man's ability to effect politics.  This mirrors Leslie's desire to change Pawnee, America and the World for the better.

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    • WillReed Sep 20, 2012

      I love every actor in this show and the premise is good, but as a whole it just doesn't quite work for me. It's the Arrested Development problem.

    • patsully Sep 28, 2012

      I can see that. They are juggling a lot, so it's increasingly relying on call backs to past jokes... but if you've watched every episode it's pretty enjoyable.

    • patsully Sep 28, 2012

      I can see that. They are juggling a lot, so it's increasingly relying on call backs to past jokes... but if you've watched every episode it's pretty enjoyable.

    • patsully Sep 21, 2012

      I can see that. They are juggling a lot, so it's increasingly relying on call backs to past jokes... but if you've watched every episode it's pretty enjoyable.

    • WillReed Sep 21, 2012

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    • WillReed Sep 28, 2012

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    • WillReed Sep 28, 2012

      I love every actor in this show and the premise is good, but as a whole it just doesn't quite work for me. It's the Arrested Development problem.

    • Tayfo Sep 28, 2012

      I'll be drinking Snake Juice while watching

    • etong87 Sep 20, 2012

      I hope Jean Ralphio makes an appearance this season.

    • wearegetgetgo Sep 28, 2012

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    • patsully Sep 28, 2012

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    • wearegetgetgo Sep 28, 2012

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    • patsully Sep 28, 2012

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    • wearegetgetgo Sep 20, 2012

      Is that how you spell his name?

    • patsully Sep 20, 2012

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