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Parks and Recreation

Season 4 Episode 3

Born and Raised

9
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 06, 2011 on NBC
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Leslie releases her book about Pawnee, but she hits a snag in the road when Joan claims there is an error which leads to a shocking discovery.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Leslie writes a book but Joan Callamezzo calls her out on a false fact in it.

    9.0
    This episode began as what I believed would be a simpler type of episode, not necessarily a bad one, but one that would be less complicated. However, I was wrong. This was another fantastic episode of Season 4 and a chance for us to see a lot of Pawnee's greatest hits come back.

    It all starts when Leslie writes a book. Her campaign managers decide that publishing the book would be a great way for her to gain popularity with the voters. The problem is, on Joan Callamezzo's show (seriously, every time she's on Parks, she gets funnier and funnier), Joan says someone called in an anonymous tip and claimed Leslie wasn't born in Pawnee; after some hilarious digging with the help of Chris and Andy, Leslie learns that she was born in Eagleton, which we learned last season is filled with "rich snobby jerks."

    I must say, I wasn't expecting the episode to go in the direction it did. The Eagleton reveal was a big moment and everything leading up to it was perfect. I loved seeing Tom and Ben take out Joan for lunch to try and get Joan to give Leslie's book a sticker that would deem it "Joan's Book of the Month." Sort of like an Oprah's book club thing. Tom flirting with ANYone is hilarious, and Ben was half nerd and half shocked during the lunch date.

    But I don't know, I might have to give the player of the week to Andy Dwyer, who gave us the return of Bert Machlin and did some very exciting FBI work while in character. Good stuff all around from the cast. I wasn't as excited with Ann's plot, but seeing Ron and April act as deadpan as possible was great to see.moreless
Jim O'Heir

Jim O'Heir

Jerry Gergich (Season 3+, recurring previously)

Retta

Retta

Donna Meagle (Season 3+, recurring previously)

Adam Scott

Adam Scott

Ben Wyatt (Season 3+)

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

Leslie Knope

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Ann Perkins

Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Chris Traeger (Season 3+)

Pamela Reed

Pamela Reed

Marlene Knope

Guest Star

Mo Collins

Mo Collins

Joan Callamezzo

Guest Star

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Derry Murbles

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    • Leslie: Look, I'm not crazy, I know Pawnee isn't Paris or London or Chicago, but it's a great place to live and work. And serving the goofballs in this town is an honor and a privilege. And yes, every town claims its diner's waffles are the best in the world, but somewhere, in some town there really are the best waffles in the world. So delicious and rich and golden brown that anyone who tasted them would decide never to leave that town. Somewhere those waffles exist, why can't it be here?

    • Chris: I'm a speed reader. I can read over 3,000 words a minute with total comprehension. One time I read all of Siddhartha at a traffic stop.

    • Tom: At the risk of bragging, one of the things I'm best at is riding coattails. Behind every successful man is me, smiling and taking partial credit.

    • Leslie: Eagleton is the land of rich snobby jerks. There's a whole chapter about it in my book. I could write a second book about Eagleton and how stupid it is. And I'd call it Eagleton: The Land of Rich Snobby Jerks

    • Ron: (About Leslie's book) Usually I only read nautical novels and my own personal manifestos, but I'm proud to make this exception.

    • Public Radio Announcer: Support for Pawnee Community radio comes from the Wendell G. and Muriel Fathright Korbelman Foundation and Sweetum Cares, a nonprofit group that puts umbrella hats on homeless people when it rains.

    • Ron: Ann was getting a little chummy. When people get too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don't really care about them.

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