Parks and Recreation

Season 4 Episode 1

I'm Leslie Knope

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 2011 on NBC
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In the fourth season premiere, Leslie struggles with forbidden relationship with Ben as she fears it will jeopardize her future run for office. Meanwhile, Ron has to deal with the arrival of his first wife, Tammy.

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  • "Wow, your inbox is literallyfilled with penises."

    Yep, that above quote just about sums up the greatness of tonight's premiere. You can voice your opinion if you'd like, but in my opinion, Parks and Recreation is the best comedy on television right now. I don't care if Modern Family, a show that's great in its own right, wins Emmy for the next five years. In my eyes, Parks and Recreation has that perfect blend of smart writing, a cast with great chemistry and callbacks to previous episodes, plots and guest stars. The show will likely continue to flesh out its characters; it's obvious that there's still a lot more story for each character.

    The premiere was pretty low-key. I wish that they did different things with each character and I feel like there was a lot going on here, which meant some of the actors got drew the short stick and got less screen time, but for the most part, I was impressed with how well everything flowed. Leslie spent the episode trying to figure out whether or not she should break up with Ben and it was vintage Leslie as she struggled to figure it all out ("Umm, it's the ladies yacht club!") Ron runs away from his duties as the department manager after he learns that Tammy One, his ex-wife (played menacingly by Patricia Clarkson) has returned to give him an audit. He hides out in a cabin with a giant beard and his mustache quivers whenever she approaches him. Good stuff.

    There's also a great side-plot involving Joe, the sewage guy, sending a picture of his unmentionables to the entire department. Ann, the astute nurse that she is, notices that he has larger than normal testicles and says he has the mumps. Soon enough, her inbox starts getting filled to the brim with pictures of other men's junk. It's a plot that would've probably been even better in an episode that already wasn't bogged down by ridiculous stuff, but it gave Rob Lowe a chance to get some good lines (any idea of why he looked so frazzled the whole episode?) and Anne to have a great recurring gag where her phone beeps every time she gets a picture from a guy.

    We get a little bit of stuff with Andy and April, who barely have to try to be hilarious, and even less with Tom, which disappointed to me. In fact, I think that's the reason I wanted more from the episode. There was just too much to resolve from last season and it meant sacrificing the laugh-per-minute quota in exchange for some development. But I have high hopes. I've heard next week's episode is great, so there's that to look forward to!

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+)

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari

Tom Haverford

Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman

Ron Swanson

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ron: You know, when I was 12, my brother shot me in the pinky toe with a nail gun. Granted, it was a hilarious prank, and we all had a good laugh.
      Leslie: That's awful.
      Ron: But I avoided going to the doctor. I hate paperwork. After a few weeks, the toe just kinda fell off.
      Leslie: You only have nine toes?
      Ron: I have the toes I have. Let's just leave at that.

    • Ann: Hey, I didn't know who to come to with this, but that picture, uh, there's something very disturbing about the testicles.
      Chris: I've always felt the same way myself. The testicles are like the ears of the genital system. They serve a very important function, but they're not that great to look at.

    • Doctor: (About Jerry) That man has the largest penis I have ever seen. Actually don't even know if he has mumps. Forgot to look. I was distracted.... by the largest penis I have ever seen.

    • Chris: (to Ann) Oh my god - your inbox is literally filled with penises.

    • Tom: (On his business card) Black print, black background. It's the coolest possible color scheme.... It's also a strong magnet, so don't put it in your wallet. It will erase your credit cards gua-ran-teed

    • Ben: Joe, I've determined that the lewd picture was sent by you because you sent it from your personal email address, stinkmaster69@alumni. really? Sarah Lawrence?

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