Parks and Recreation

Season 3 Episode 7

Harvest Festival

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 17, 2011 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The Harvest Festival looks ready to start without a hitch, but when Leslie runs afoul of a local Indian tribe and bad things start happening, it's feared to be the work of a curse—though Ben worries it's his Ice Town debacle all over again. Meanwhile, Andy finds himself on April's bad side yet again, and Ann has trouble moving on from Chris.moreless

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  • It's Harvest Festival Time

    It's been leading up to this. Harvest Festival. This was a brilliant episode. You get to see the crazy side of the town when an alleged curse happens before the Festival. I love how Leslie keeps her cool throughout the whole ordeal. I also like how the whole town is all smitten with the small horse except for Ben. One of the funnier parts is when Ben said he didn't the big deal and how offended Leslie was. The beginning of episode was funny, It was interesting and funny to see Ron get that excited. It was something you didn't see from Ron often. The one bad part was the guy that Ann hooked up with. I realized that she was going through a breakup, but that Jersey guy, really? While this was a good episode, I felt like it was rushed a bit. Overall, it was still good and worth watching.moreless
  • Carnval of Souls

    A lot can happen in a caraval. This is another soild entry in the series but not perfect and I'm going to get to the negatives first.

    My major problem with this episode is that it doesn't really push the envelope. It's just most of the season was building up to this day and I expected more but didn't get it, I just feel a lot more needed to happen. I didn't like that curse reenactment joke it fell flat. If they made it into a live action reenactment which would parody the TV show "Unsolved Mysteries" that would of been funny. And finally my minor problem is Andy and April don't really have enough to do despite a good premise.

    Despite these things everything else is fine. I really like the Indian Casino Owner (name excapes me), I like the fact that he's not made totally innocent that he's underhanded and that whole curse thing is a big ruse. Lesile is good as usual, I like the history of Pawnee she states about which I thought was blackly funny but also got some depth on the town, makes me wonder if the founder of the town might have been insane. I really liked Andy and April as usual and their relationship takes another supprising turn when we see it's evolved into love, which I'll admit was pritty darn fast but that what's funny about it yet sweet at the same time, their an unconventional couple which to me makes them both funny and interesting. April says she loves Andy but unfortunately Andy gets nervious and chickens out. There is tention but in the end they make up, thanks to Ron's help, Ron just seems to be the best source to solve everyone's problems. I really loved that quote Andy says to April which was funny and sweet, "Your my awesome sauce", indeed she is.moreless
  • Leslie and the Parks Department do the Harvest Festival.

    If there's one thing I was slightly disappointed about with this episode, it's the fact that for such a huge plot point heading towards the middle of this season, the actual harvest festival didn't really make all that much of a splash. In fact, it was the day before the Harvest Festival that brought all the drama, and fortunately, every character (well, almost) is given some great scenes to work with.

    As far as I know, this was the first episode that the group filmed that wasn't filmed at the same time as Season 2, and it definitely doesn't show any differences. The show still has that tight writing that makes everything fire on all cylinders, and the plot itself made for good television. Leslie and the group prepare for the Harvest Festival when Leslie learns that the land they chose to do the festival on was an Indian burial ground for the Wamapoke indians. One of the owners of a local casino claims that there's now a curse on the land, which attracts the attention of Joan Callamazo (Pawnee's most ridiculous journalist) and other local news stations.

    We get to see how truly insane half of the town is as Leslie and Ben attempt to stop the rumors of the curse and while Ron, Andy, April, Jerry and the rest of the office try to find a missing mini-horse named Lil Sebestian. These two plots are what drive the episode, and overall, I must admit it comes out pretty good. I love Andy and April together, but their plot here felt lazy in comparison to the rest of the stuff going on. But I must say, "you are awesome-sauce" is such an Andy thing to say and it caught me off-guard and made me burst out laughing. Also, when the entire group gets stuck in the ferris wheel, Ron's summary of everybody's situation was amazing. And who can turn down a little Jerry hate (this time in the form of a "Jerry's fault" chant)? I don't even think Ann's plot is worth the time of day.. it was so random and gross and strange.

    At the end of the day though, Parks and Recreation has something that the rest of NBC's comedies don't: characters that are able to remain simultaneously dysfunctional and extremely likable. Michael Scott on The Office is hilarious, but most of the time lately, he's been irritating and immature. Same with Dwight. However, these characters have their ups and downs, but they're always fun to watch at the end of the day. This was a great episode to return from the month break, and I look forward to seeing some more episodes of this caliber.moreless
  • 307

    Another superb episode of Parks and Recreation. A feel good episode with a lot of outstanding moments. Parks & Recreation really is proving itself this year and it's easily becoming one of the best comedies on television right now, definitely made it up my "favorite shows" list. We got a lot of classic gags here from everyone picking on Jerry to the usual great interactions between the characters.

    The "I love you" thing is done to death, and the whole concept is incredibly cliche but I guess I like how Parks & Rec put their own spin on it, but I really thought Parks & Rec was better than a generic story line like this one, the ending involving Andy/April was a little predictable, but it was still entertaining regardless. I'm really liking the Leslie/Ben interactions, they're the next Andy & April for sure.

    Ugh, why is it the moment Ann becomes single, she has to hook up with another guy. This just proves that every story line involving her character has something to do with a relationship, whatever, I've gotten used too it by now. The Ferris wheel scene was the best, also the whole curse freak out was also quite hilarious. Overall, amazing episode with a feel good ending.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the special edition version of this episode, as seen on, the quote where Ken Hotate mentions the two things he knows about white people, the group Matchbox 20 is mentioned (instead of Rachael Ray in the regular episode) along with curses. Later at the casino, the group Matchbox 20 can be seen on the "now appearing" sign.

    • In his initial aside to the camera, Ken Hotate says "Two things I know about white people: They love Rachael Ray, and they are terrified of curses." Later, in the establishing shot outside of his casino, the signs indicate that Rachael Ray is appearing onstage, however her name is misspelled as "Rachel".

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Leslie: (about Li'l Sebastian) Jerry's gonna look after him.
      Jerry: I am. We are both on the same diabetes medication. (to Li'l Sebastian) Are you my Glucotrol buddy? Are you?

    • Ken: There are two things I know about white people: they love Matchbox 20 and they are terrified of curses.

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