Parks and Recreation

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 09, 2009 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: Tom and the man who plays him (Aziz Ansari) are both from Bennettsville, South Carolina (a city of about 9,500 people).

    • The indian in the opening credits can be found in the town square of Montpelier Indiana.

    • In order to promote the series prior to its first airing, the pilot episode was made available for free on iTunes before it had premiered on NBC.

  • Quotes

    • Ron: I've been quite open about this around the office I don't want this parks department to build any parks because I don't believe in government. I think that all government is a waste of taxpayer money. My dream is to have the parks system privatized and run entirely for profit by corporations. Like Chuck-e-Cheese, they have an impeccable business model. I would rather work for Chuck-e-Cheese.

    • Leslie: The key to any fact-finding mission is to get right into the battle zone. You know? Just like George Bush when he flew over New Orleans, or Nixon when he went to China to see what the Chinese were up to...(falls into pit)

    • Leslie: Mark and I, it's complicated. When you work closely with someone and you share similar interests and you have a similar world view and your passionate about the same things...things can happen. We slept together.
      Mark: Leslie, no...oh my God, you know what, yeah we did like 5 years ago, i sorta...(laughs) but yeah, yeah, we did.

    • Leslie Knope: OK! Brainstorm! How do we make this park happen?
      Tom Haverford: Let's go to the city council directly and ask them to put up the money.
      Leslie Knope: No, parks are not a priority. I need more firepower, I need bigger guns. You know what I need to do? Form a committee, right?
      Tom Haverford: Yeah, it could work.
      Leslie Knope: Yeah, 'cause committees are power. Committees make things happen. Committees are the life blood of our democratic system. That's really good, write that down.
      Tom Haverford: (Tom begins to write) Yep.
      Leslie Knope: From time to time, when I think of an eloquent saying or phrase, I have Tom write it down his collecting for my memoirs.
      Tom Haverford: (holding up a notepad Here's Leslie's quote from Wednesday. (camera zooms in, showing scribbles on the page)
      Leslie Knope: OK, read it back to me.
      Tom Haverford: Um, committees cover our democracy with blood.
      Leslie Knope: Hmm, sounded better when I said it. Still good though.

    • Tom Haverford: I am from Bennettsville, South Carolina. So I am what you might call a redneck.

    • Tom Haverford: Every now and then, we have these little gatherings, and Leslie gets plastered. One time, I convinced her to try to fax someone a Fruit Roll Up. She, one time, made out with the water delivery guy. In her office. On Halloween, she was dressed up as Batman. Not Batgirl; Batman. And I convinced her to go stop a crime that was going on outside. And it is my favorite thing in the world.

    • Leslie Knope: (singing while drunk) Soul Sister, Soul Sister, better get that dough sister! Sweet Lady Marmalarde.

    • Leslie Knope: Dream with me for a second, Ann: doesn't this neighborhood deserve a first class park? Imagine a shiny new playground with a jungle gym; and swings; pool; tennis courts; volleyball courts; raquetball courts; basketball courts; regulation football field; we can put an ampitheater with 'Shakespeare in the Park'...
      Ann Perkins: It's really not that big of a pit.
      Leslie Knope: We can do some of those things.

    • Leslie Knope: When I go through these doors, I need to be "on", like the White House Press Secretary. Are you ready?
      Tom Haverford: Yes.
      Leslie Knope: OK! Here we go!
      (Pulls on the door handles)
      Leslie Knope: (looks into the camera) It's locked.

    • Leslie Knope: This is where the rubber of government meets the road of actual human beings.

    • Leslie: I don't like obscenities just as much as you don't like them-
      Concerned citizen: No, it drives me crazy. I have kids.
      Leslie: Right, but uh-
      Concerned citizen: I've got my little three year old and I'm going through the park someone's like, "Hey [bleep] my [bleep]." and the guy's "You [bleep] my [bleep] you [bleep]head."

    • Ron Swanson: This is my basketball court. I don't want to see any double dribbles. I don't want to see any three second violations.

    • Leslie Knope: So this was built in 1935. It's called Pioneer Hall. And a little trivia: it is one of the first structures in America to ever have locks.

    • Leslie Knope: Well, if you want something done in this town, you call Mark Brendanawicz because he's a city planner, but he's more than that. He's kind of a fixer. He fixes things. He's a smart, capable guy. He just .... he knows where the bodies are buried.

    • Leslie Knope: These people are members of the community that care about where they live. So what hear when I'm being yelled at is people caring ... loudly at me.

    • Leslie Knope: Sir? This is a childrens slide. You're not allowed to sleep here.

  • Notes

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