Parks and Recreation

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Quotes (389)

  • Ron: I've been quite open about this around the office I don't want this parks department to build any parks because I don't believe in government. I think that all government is a waste of taxpayer money. My dream is to have the parks system privatized and run entirely for profit by corporations. Like Chuck-e-Cheese, they have an impeccable business model. I would rather work for Chuck-e-Cheese.

  • Leslie: The key to any fact-finding mission is to get right into the battle zone. You know? Just like George Bush when he flew over New Orleans, or Nixon when he went to China to see what the Chinese were up to...(falls into pit)

  • Leslie: Mark and I, it's complicated. When you work closely with someone and you share similar interests and you have a similar world view and your passionate about the same things...things can happen. We slept together.
    Mark: Leslie, no...oh my God, you know what, yeah we did like 5 years ago, i sorta...(laughs) but yeah, yeah, we did.

  • Leslie Knope: OK! Brainstorm! How do we make this park happen? Tom Haverford: Let's go to the city council directly and ask them to put up the money. Leslie Knope: No, parks are not a priority. I need more firepower, I need bigger guns. You know what I need to do? Form a committee, right? Tom Haverford: Yeah, it could work. Leslie Knope: Yeah, 'cause committees are power. Committees make things happen. Committees are the life blood of our democratic system. That's really good, write that down. Tom Haverford: (Tom begins to write) Yep. Leslie Knope: From time to time, when I think of an eloquent saying or phrase, I have Tom write it down his collecting for my memoirs. Tom Haverford: (holding up a notepad Here's Leslie's quote from Wednesday. (camera zooms in, showing scribbles on the page) Leslie Knope: OK, read it back to me. Tom Haverford: Um, committees cover our democracy with blood. Leslie Knope: Hmm, sounded better when I said it. Still good though.

  • Tom Haverford: I am from Bennettsville, South Carolina. So I am what you might call a redneck.

  • Tom Haverford: Every now and then, we have these little gatherings, and Leslie gets plastered. One time, I convinced her to try to fax someone a Fruit Roll Up. She, one time, made out with the water delivery guy. In her office. On Halloween, she was dressed up as Batman. Not Batgirl; Batman. And I convinced her to go stop a crime that was going on outside. And it is my favorite thing in the world.

  • Leslie Knope: (singing while drunk) Soul Sister, Soul Sister, better get that dough sister! Sweet Lady Marmalarde.

  • Leslie Knope: Dream with me for a second, Ann: doesn't this neighborhood deserve a first class park? Imagine a shiny new playground with a jungle gym; and swings; pool; tennis courts; volleyball courts; raquetball courts; basketball courts; regulation football field; we can put an ampitheater with 'Shakespeare in the Park'... Ann Perkins: It's really not that big of a pit. Leslie Knope: We can do some of those things.

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Notes (91)

  • Original International Air Dates: Canada: April 9, 2009 on CityTV

  • Original International Air Dates: Canada: April 16, 2009 on CityTV

  • Original International Air Dates: Canada: April 23, 2009 on CityTV

  • Original International Air Dates: Canada: April 30, 2009 on CityTV

  • Original International Air Dates: Canada: May 7, 2009 on CityTV

  • Original International Air Dates: Canada: May 14, 2009 on CityTV

  • Original International Air Dates: Canada: September 17, 2009 on CityTV

  • Music: Boom Boom Pow (Black Eyed Peas), Poker Face (Lady GaGa)

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Trivia (37)

  • Trivia: Tom and the man who plays him (Aziz Ansari) are both from Bennettsville, South Carolina (a city of about 9,500 people).

  • The indian in the opening credits can be found in the town square of Montpelier Indiana.

  • In order to promote the series prior to its first airing, the pilot episode was made available for free on iTunes before it had premiered on NBC.

  • Trivia: This is the first appearance of Shauna Malwae-Tweep, the reporter for the Pawnee Journal. She has appeared in five episodes of Parks and Recreation.

  • Pawnee Journal Feature Story: Spring arrives! Most residents welcome the new season.

  • Tom's real name is revealed to be Darwish Sabir Ishmael Gani, but he changed it for his political career.

  • As Leslie's night of surreptitiously stalking Mark and Ann ended, the radio began playing "Every Breath You Take" by The Police; a song about a stalker.

  • As a last-minute addition to the judging panel, Tom's name plate was scribbled in by hand rather than printed.

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Allusions (18)

  • Leslie Knope: I'm going to see my mom. She's a big mucky-muck in the county school system. She's my hero. How do I explain her? She's as respected as Mother Teresa; she's as powerful as Stalin and she's as beautiful as Margaret Thatcher.

    Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun known for her charitable works.

    Stalin was a dictator in the USSR from 1929-1953.

    Margaret Thatcher was the first woman Prime Minister of England.

  • The Phantom Tollbooth Leslie Knope begins reading the novel "The Phantom Tollbooth," which was a children's adventure novel and a modern fairy tale written in 1961. Written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer, it tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon.

  • When Tom was arrested for breaking into his own van, the scene was a nod to the incident in 2009 when Harvard professor Henry Gates was arrested for breaking into his own house.  Later in the episode Tom suggests to the police officer that sometime they grab a drink together.  After his arrest, Gates, the arresting officer and President Obama shared beers at the White House.

  • Councilman Dexhart's sex scandal, where he originally claimed to be building houses for the underprivileged, and instead was having a foursome in a cave in Brazil, is an allusion to former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford's sex scandal in which he infamously disappeared for a few days, and had his staff tell the media that he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. In actuality, he was visiting his mistress in Argentina.

  • Raul: I already know who wins Project Runway. Project Runway is a fashion design reality television show on the Bravo network in which contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes based on specified materials and themes. Each week, one contestant is eliminated from the competition until only one designer remains.

  • Tom: Quick question: Do you personally know Xzibit, because I was checkin' out that pickup truck of yours and that ride is pimped! Tom (Aziz Ansari) was making reference to the MTV show Pimp My Ride in which young drivers had their broken down clunkers transformed into state-of-the-art, extremely flashy vehicles.

  • Leslie: You look like Encyclopedia Brown. Encyclopedia Brown is a fictional boy detective from a series of children's novels.

  • Leslie: It's the most romantic story ever. It makes The Notebook look like Saw V. The Notebook is a romantic film based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks about a couple who fall in love during the 1940s. Saw V is the fifth installment of a horror series in which victims are subjected to torturous traps from which escape is possible, but only at an extremely painful price.

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