Parks and Recreation

Season 5 Episode 9

Ron and Diane

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 06, 2012 on NBC
out of 10
User Rating
94 votes

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    Parks and Recreation "Ron and Diane" Review: Jerry Christmas, Everyone, There's Ron-mance in the Air!

    Parks and Recreation always shines a little brighter when Ron is front and center, story-wise.

  • Episode Summary

    While Ron attends his woodworking awards dinner, the rest of the office goes out for their annual Jerry dinner.

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    • Hilarious

      This episode was great. The writers let Amy Poehler and Megan Mullally let loose and have fun and the result is pure comedy gold. Ron showed his sensitive side and Jerry finally gets some positive recognition. Chris' future remains unclear, now that he's encountered his (excuse my language) wh*re-faced ex-girlfriend with another guy. The only problem with this episode is Diane becomes less likable, right as Ron's beginning to commit. Is there one woman left in America who doesn't think her man is so spectacular that every woman must be after him, despite evidence to prove otherwise? Great episode though. Keep up the good work Parks and Rec.

      On a separate note, the rating system for this show might be broken or hacked. Low ratings for the past couple episodes have been appearing several days to a week before the episodes air.moreless
    Amy Poehler

    Amy Poehler

    Leslie Knope

    Rashida Jones

    Rashida Jones

    Ann Perkins

    Aziz Ansari

    Aziz Ansari

    Tom Haverford

    Nick Offerman

    Nick Offerman

    Ron Swanson

    Aubrey Plaza

    Aubrey Plaza

    April Ludgate

    Chris Pratt

    Chris Pratt

    Andy Dwyer (Season 2+, recurring previously)

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Ron: Recently I made a chair. When I was finished, I thought it was a good chair. I submitted it to the Indiana Fine Woodworking Association, who felt that it merited consideration for an award... it's been a real whirlwind.

      • Ron: Leslie is a wonderful, loyal friend who is very important in my life, but I would sooner visit *Europe* than have something romantic happen between us. Although, if you'd like to visit Europe, I like you so much I'd be willing to risk it.
        Diane: But not France, right?
        Ron: God, no.

      • Ron: You're pro-government, you never stop talking and you have blonde hair. You're my worst nightmare!
        Leslie: Excuse me, one man's worst nightmare is every other man's total package.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The episode title was inspired by the song, "Jack and Diane" by John Mellencamp, from his 1982 album, American Fool. Like the characters on the show, Mellencamp is also from Indiana.