Parks and Recreation

Season 1 Episode 2

Canvassing

8
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 16, 2009 on NBC
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6.8
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Episode Summary

Leslie holds her first town hall meeting about the park and to build support Leslie and the sub-committee go canvassing around Pawnee. Tom uses his charm to questionably recruit some local businessmen hoping to gain favors. After Leslie alienates some local residents she filibusters her own meeting to prevent a vote by her detractors.

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  • Leslie and the gang go around town to get support for the park

    7.0
    A second episode that might have been a step down from the pilot but still a funny episode. You can see a lot of Michael Scott in Leslie when she goes around town and in the meeting. Leslie's mother is introduced. I like this character. She plays the role of supporting mother and almost a bitch, but at the same you like the character. You also see Tom's skills as a networker. Even though this was the second episode it was a development of his character. You appreciate this more when you see more of this series. Another thing that goes into more detail is the citizens of Pawnee. You see them in the pilot but only for a few minuets. While this town is passionate it can be misguided. It's what makes it funny. Also interesting to note is a deleted scene with Ron. I won't spoil but I wonder if that will come to the show. A good funny second episode.moreless
  • Parks and Recreation is an attempt to portray what I, as an insider to the profession, thought could be a fertile area for development. The entire city bureaucracy is a target. This version missed the target completely.moreless

    1.0
    My expectations for a clever well written show were dashed by this stupid bit of drivel. Amy should be ashamed of herself for being associated with this idiocy. I am not one driven to comment or write reviews, but this show made be get up off the sofa and do something. It is that bad. And I am not a humor snob. Earl and Scrubs remain big favorites of mine.



    The documentary style works great for "The Office", but poor writing kills it here. As a retired P&R professional, I thought the writers would avail themselves of the opportunities for humor taken from real life. Instead the show flows or doesn't flow like a bad Saturday Night Live skit. And we know how bad those can be.



    My recommendation to NBC is drop the show as soon as possible.moreless
  • This series is coming along nicely.

    9.0
    I'm starting to really take a shine to this series. Amy Poehler's performance as the overly enthusiastic Leslie Knope among a cast of jaded, pessimistic and unmotivated government workers is just brilliant. I'm loving the documentary style camera work and I'm loving how Leslie is so oblivious to everyone else's distain for her ideas and her exuberance. This time around, she tries to drum up enough popular support for her park project in the Pawnee community snce her bosses are hinting that the project was on its way to being scrapped. Her use of "Karl Rove" questioning tactics was hysterical. I'm really looking forward to more from this show.moreless
  • Not as good as the Pilot but still good.

    7.5
    This was just an okay episode I guess. We get another great installment from the park recreation arc. They are having a meeting and it is up to Leslie to run it. I am really surprised that this idea for a park is still up & running when everyone hated the idea. I forgot to mention in my last review. But I like the style of this show. Sort of like a documentary! I'm really starting to like the ship of Matt/Leslie. I think that is his name. I like how she sort of has leftover feelings for him. By the way, the angry mom was hilarious!moreless
  • Better than the pilot, has some bright moments.

    8.7
    Looking back on my rating of the pilot, I probably should've left it much lower.. Their were some sketchy moments and it seemed a little unsure of itself. It is, of course, still stuck under the shadow of The Office, so trying to get away from that will take more than a few episodes. I probably should've given it an 8, or even a little lower.



    However, this episode gave me hope. I really enjoyed it. There will plenty of little moments in it that, while reminding me of The Office, gave me a glimpse into what makes these characters original. Leslie may seem like Michael, but while Michael cares mainly about people liking him, Leslie seems to care more about power. Her "White House staff" comment about the park was hilarious. Also, the line where she said that Tom shouldn't need any sunscreen and his confused look to the camera was priceless. The actual canvassing is what made the episode great for me. It was cringeworthy and awkward, but funny at the same time.



    One person I wish we could see more of is Mark Brandannawicz (however you spell his name). Paul Schrader is an excellent actor and it seems as if his character isn't really going anywhere yet. I know it's two episodes in, but it doesn't seem as if the writers are interested in doing anything with him. I hope they give him some interesting storylines soon.



    This was a good follow-up to the pilot. The Office followed their pilot with Diversity Day, which was absolutely hilarious, and while I don't think this episode was quite on the level of Diversity Day, I think it shows more potential than the pilot. Consider me a full-time watcher now.moreless
Brian Huskey

Brian Huskey

Morgan

Guest Star

Lennon Parham

Lennon Parham

Kate

Guest Star

John Ingle

John Ingle

Man with dog

Guest Star

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

Andy Dwyer

Recurring Role

Pamela Reed

Pamela Reed

Marlene Knope

Recurring Role

Phil Reeves

Phil Reeves

Paul

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Man: A park, huh? Sounds like a really good idea.
      Mark: Great, would you be willing to come to a town meeting and show your support?
      Man: Absolutely. Now is this park going to have a playground or maybe a pool for the kids?
      Mark: Oh, how old are your kids?
      Man: No kids.
      Tom: Uh-oh.
      April: I'm going to put him down as a yes.
      Mark: Don't do that.
      Man: Also, is the park going to be at least a thousand feet from my house? Because I really can't move again.
      Mark: April, please stand behind me.

    • Local citizen: Look, I think this is a great idea, but I can't make any forum. I would have to get a babysitter...
      Leslie Knope: How old are your kids?
      Local citizen: Four and two.
      Leslie Knope: Could the four-year-old watch the two-year-old?

    • 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.

    • Tom Haverford: You know, normally I don't agree with Leslie about anything, but this book is awesome.
      (Holds up "The Phantom Tollbooth")

    • Leslie Knope: (Nervously) My mom's here.. My mom's here.. my mom's here..
      (stares at the fire alarm)
      Leslie Knope: No, I can't do that. That's illegal.

    • Leslie Knope: When I was in sixth grade, I was voted best dressed by 87 votes. And there were only 63 people in my class.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • 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.

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