Parks and Recreation

Season 5 Episode 1

Ms. Knope Goes to Washington

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 20, 2012 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • While barbecuing Ron is wearing an apron from Charles Mulligan's Steak House which is revealed to be his favorite restaurant in the episode "Indianapolis." Excited to eat there when they travel to Indianapolis, he discovers it has been shut down for health code violations.

    • The states with towns named Pawnee mentioned in this episode are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
      Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas do all have towns named Pawnee.  Nebraska and Iowa have towns named Pawnee City and Missouri has a Pawnee township.
      Pawnee Kansas is a ghost town which is now home to The Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site.
      Pawnee, Indiana is the only fictional town on the list.

    • The relationship name Tom comes up with for himself and Ann is "Haverkins" (a combination of their last names, respectively Harverford and Perkins).

  • Quotes

    • Leslie: I am a city councilwoman from Pawnee, Indiana. but you've probably never heard of us, we're small and unimportant.
      Senator Olypia Snow: I'm sure that's not true.
      Leslie: But it is. We've got tons of problems. We're overrun with raccoons and obese toddlers.

    • Ann: After the first day, we realized we'd made a huge mistake.
      Tom: HUGE!
      Ann: However, everyone was being so smug about it saying there was no way we would last, so we're pretending to still be together. That way no one gets the satisfaction of being right. Even though they are, but still.

    • Tom: Ann, I'm hungry, my legs are tired. Ugh! It feels like I just exercised.
      Jerry: Just sit on the ground
      Tom: No Jerry! It's dirty and I'm wearing my summer linens.

    • Ranger Patrick: Hey Ron, you're not going to slaughter that pig here, are you?
      Ron: Not to worry, I have a permit. (hands ranger a folded piece of paper)
      Ranger Patrick: This just says "I can do what I want."
      Ron: I am the director of the parks department and this is a park.
      Ranger Patrick: It's not a parks thing. It's against like 3 laws and a dozen health codes.
      Ron: Fine. (snatches back "permit")

    • Ron: Which one of you youngsters wants to help me drain the blood from this animal? You do a good job and I'll give you the bladder, you can blow it up for a fun play ball.

    • Ron: Everyone, meet your meat
      Everyone: No! Unuh, Ron!
      Tom: Why are you doin' this to us?
      Ron: Well, in my opinion, not enough people have looked their dinner in the eyes and considered the circle of life. This is your dinner, his name is Tom.

    • Leslie: Romantic reunions, government meetings, self guided museum tours! I mean, am I living the dream? I don't know. Did I also just walk past a food truck and buy myself a waffle sunday? YES!

    • Leslie: Let's hit the national mall.
      Andy: There's a mall? That's awesome, I need to get some flip-flops.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The name of this episode, Ms. Knope Goes to Washington, is a reference to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), a political drama about one man's ability to effect politics.  This mirrors Leslie's desire to change Pawnee, America and the World for the better.

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