Parks and Recreation

Season 4 Episode 4

Pawnee Rangers

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2011 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Leslie creates an all-girl wilderness group to rival Ron's boy only group; meanwhile Tom and Donna try to teach Ben how to relax.

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  • I'm always surprised that people don't rate this show higher!

    This episode was my favorite of the season. I loved that they had some time for Donna and Tom with Ben! You don't often see Donna much in the episodes, and although she's not my favorite character, I thought it was done well. My favorite parts were: "TREAT YO-SELF!", Ron's silent treatment, Ben's acupuncture stress, Ben's awesome batman suit that turns to tears, the public forum and the awkward Jerry/Chris interaction.

    I'm glad there was more Ben in this episode especially, I was missing my Adam Scott time!moreless
  • Leslie and Ron have their camping groups face-off.

    I'd be one of the first people to over-rate Parks and Recreation episodes. I have a love for this show that differs from other comedies I watch. I just love the cast and I feel like the show is always coming up with original storylines for their characters so nothing seems dull. This episode was great in the sense that it showed characters we love doing the things that make us love those characters; however, story-wise, I found it to be sort of like an early Season 2 episode. Right now, this show has been on a steady rise, never slowing down for a second for a filler episode. Everything has been fantastic. This episode was a bit of a lull.

    We get a typical Ron Swanson plot: Ron takes a group of boys into the woods for a camping night called the "Pawnee Rangers." As one might expect, Ron provides the kids with only a box, a canvas and a can of beans and tells them their one rule: "Don't get killed." Leslie, meanwhile, feels like girls should be able to join the fun, so she creates her own group called the PawneeGoddesses and does things that are WAY funner than Ron's group, like have Puppy Parties.

    Eventually, one of the boys decides he wants to switch sides and creates tension between Leslie and Ron. Leslie claims she's funner while Ron claims he's doing a legitimate service. Meanwhile, back at the office, Chris begins dating Jerry's daughter and Tom and Donna take Ben out to "treat hisself." They're depressed looking at Ben moping over Leslie and try to make him happy. It gives us some hilarious lines and one of Adam Scott's best performances yet.

    All in all, the episode was hilarious. It had a ton of great quotes, specifically from Andy and April and Tom, and even the supporting cast, such as Donna and Jerry, had a ton of stuff to do. However, I thought that compared to the rest of the season, this episode was a bit weaker. It definitely could've been better. But it's not as if it's bad. I just don't want people to see 7.5 and be wondering why it's so low. Some episodes are better than others and I thought this was a lesser one in comparison to the last couple of seasons.moreless
Jim O'Heir

Jim O'Heir

Jerry Gergich (Season 3+, recurring previously)



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+)

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Donna: What is wrong with you today? Did they cancel Game of Thrones?
      Ben: Nothing is wrong. Just do your job. (pause) And they would never cancel Game of Thrones. It's a crossover hit. It's not just for fantasy enthusiasts. They're telling human stories in a fantasy world.

    • Andy: (to the Pawnee Rangers) And I am Mother Nature's brother: Brother Nature. But you can call me Andy or Brother Nature. Your call.

    • Ron: On principal, I never say anything that another person is obviously trying to get me to say. My first wedding ceremony took two hours, because after the priest said, "Repeat after me," I fell silent.

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