Leslie is appointed Merger Czar as Eagleton is reabsorbed into Pawnee. Each Pawnee government department is partnered with their equivalent from Eagleton as staffing decisions are made. Leslie becomes obsessed with loyalty after Ann tells her that she and Chris are considering moving. Ron and April are able to convince their counterparts to leave, while Tom realizes he could be replaced with a computer program and tries to save his job. Ben and Chris enjoy auditing a town again but realize how far they have come.moreless
As her first official act as a city councilwoman, Leslie proposes a tax on soda to combat Pawnee's rampant obesity, but the restaurants counter by threatening to lay people off if the tax passes and Leslie is torn about how to vote until Ron reminds her of her true nature. Chris and Tom help Andy train for the physical entrance exam into the police academy. Ben and April are still working in Washington D.C., where Ben struggles to gain the respect of the interns on the campaign.moreless
Under the stress of long distance relationships, Leslie and Andy goes to visit Ben and April at they work on a congressional campaign in Washington, D.C. Leslie is intimidated by the national politicians and feels like her work is unimportant, 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 try to hide a breakup from their friends.moreless
Leslie and opponent Bobby Newport hold a debate.
Leslie and Ben begin to worry when Bobby Newport hires a campaign manager from D.C. to run his election bid.
Leslie throws a birthday party for Jerry after everyone had forgotten about his special day. Tom is surprised to learn that he and Ann do not have the same taste in music.
Leslie runs into an old boyfriend when she stops by the police department to ask for an endorsement. Andy recruits Ron and April to record the campaign song.
Leslie & Ben compete to see who can make the better campaign ad. Andy & April go to the hospital after Andy hurts his head.
Leslie names Ann her new campaign manager, but things are not off to a good start. Ben picks up a new hobby after his recent job loss. April and Andy adopt a pet.moreless
Following her suspension from the Parks Dept., Leslie forms a citizen action group in hopes of improving Pawnee as a citizen. Ben entertains several job opportunities after his resignation. The rest of the gang searches for the perfect Christmas present for Leslie after years of her thoughtful and fantastic gifts.moreless