Parks and Recreation

Season 2 Episode 8

Ron and Tammy

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 05, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Leslie is stunned to find out that Ron's ex-wife, Tammy, wants to appropriate Leslie's now-filled pit for the town library.

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  • Ron's ex wife visits

    This was one of the best episodes of not just the season but the entire series so far. From start to ending, it was laugh out loud funny. There are characters that really shine in this episode. Andy finally gets a job, an important part for him. I liked the beginning when old Gus was retiring and gave that speech. I love it when Andy said "classic" when everyone else was feeling awkward. I enjoyed seeing Rom crumble in front of Tammy. Before Ron was a man's man. Someone who doesn't flinch. It's good he has a weak side. I thought it was funny that even though Ron can't smell (because of his ex wife) he could sense her when she enters the building. I also love their fights. If you watch the DVD, watch the deleted scenes. They are great. I also liked how Andy was trying to win Ann back while trying to be cool about. It was this episode you get to see the Andy we all know and love. This was a very brilliant episode.moreless
  • No one can say "Parks and Rec" is "The Office," are so similar, "The Office" is the original, "Parks and Rec," is unfunny and miscast. "Ron and Tammy" proves them all wrong.moreless

    "Ron and Tammy" is an installment worth watching. Megan Mullaly and Ron Offerman were great in their roles as Tammy and Ron and Leslie getting all caught up in their relationship and trying to act as the savior of the couple was great. Leslie, actually, made everything worse. Ron had quote after quote and the comedy isn't dumb-it's smart. Tammy's ways of slowly driving someone crazy was great and to finally see Leslie and Ron realize that Satan's butthole was actually much worse than just a bad ex-wife was hilarious to see. Seeing Leslie try to get Tammy to stop by making her not a government gal anymore was great. Andy having all those pictures of Ann was weird to and that side plot was great. Overall, another classic from "P & R."moreless
  • A little lackluster, but strong and building the show.

    Ron finally gets an episode that revolves almost solely around him, which is interesting-with a guest appearance from Megan Mullally as his ex-wife Tammy, we're given a pretty up and down, hilarious rollercoaster of sexual dominance and mean-spirited back and forth between the characters while also dealing with Ann, Mark, and Andy in a pretty well balanced episode about exes. None of my favorite moments really happen here (no, say, Tom dropping his gains into the park fund or strange outbursts from April), but it's a fantastic character-builder, and the sort of thing to expect from a early-mid-season episode. Fair.moreless
  • Very good installment, and yet another stand-out for Ron Swanson.

    I've mentioned in the past that I've enjoyed how Andy and Leslie and Tom have all stood up and proven to be formidable actors and actresses who have helped this show improve in ways I didn't think was possible. However, Ron stepped up in this episode, showing why he's also a force to be reckoned with.

    Parks and Recreation, as a bunch of staff writers on this site, AND some fans have already said, this show has grown in the best way possible. It's found ways to seperate itself from The Office (for the most part) and has found different ways to each character to shine. I really liked Andy in this episode, as usual, but Ron was the stand-out. Him and his ex-wife had incredible scenes with each other, including a laugh-out-loud funny one in a restaurant, where they go from screaming at one another to making out on a table in front of a bunch of confused and disgusted customers.

    And Leslie was actually the lone voice of reason! Leslie! Of all people! She certainly has her odd moments, there's no doubt about that, but this is proving that the writers are not trying to make her the new Michael Scott. She's her own character now, and I have a lot more faith in Greg Daniels if this is the direction they're going for.

    All I ask is that they bring Louis C.K back at some point.. he's hilarious whenever he's on the show.moreless
  • Ken Offerman as Ron Swanson.


    Is there any chance that the man playing Ron will ever have another role?

    This is not to disparage the actor Ken Offerman, who has been known to play an effective Ron Swanson. I can easily imagine him slipping into a variety of roles. But we will make no pretense here of pretending that Ron Swanson is anyone other than Ronald F. Swanson (middle name: ----ing).

    His all-too-brief leading turn this episode uncovers a mildly upsetting pattern in Parks and Rec’s Season 2 methodology. Sure we could go on gently shedding light on one particular character's inner life at time, as was done last week with Tom and in this episode with Ron. But is there any downside to letting the chaos theory play out and pairing up Leslie and Ron as "Park"'s answer to Dwight and Michael? True, Anne and Mark may make totally unsatisfactory Jim-Pam surrogates, but for now at least they have Andy to make that dynamic much, much more interesting.

    This week Andy found himself employed as the city hall shoeshine, taking over for the much-loved and apparently deeply unhappy "Old Gus". Given that we have already seen Andy go from litigious thorn in Leslie's side to her staunchest ally in one week, I would be surprised if he holds the same job title by the end of the next episode. Nonetheless it was a worthy digression- if only because it gave us the joke of his hallway office doubling as shrine to Ann Perkins.

    Outside of the incremental movement in the Andy-Anne-Mark relationship, there really was no other distraction from the extremely hearty (or "man-sized", if you're a mysogonist soup company) main storyline. The episode opens with Leslie directing the innagural meeting of the Sub-Committee for Lot Beautification when suddenly Mark bursts in all murder-mystery-style with an announcement that the bastards at the Library Department have filed a competing claim on the lot. Credit the writers and actors for going after this Illuminati-like organization with all the conviction of a modern day Edward R. Murrow. Of course the Library Department turns out to be headed by one of Ron’s Tammy-named exes (Megan Mullaly) and Leslie- due to the deceptive wiles of those “library whores” decides maybe she’s gotten a bad rap. Her solution to the lot dilemma quickly becomes reuniting the estranged lovers.

    The spur for these two being put together may be joke and commentary on Leslie’s constant desire to stick her nose where it doesn’t belong, but from there Ms. Poehler steps back and lets nature run its course. Honestly I don’t feel worthy of tackling the Ron-Tammy dynamic and will merely hint that it involves IHOP table sex and thumb tacks. Standout moment: "What kind of lunatic would want to be Cleopatra over Eleanor Roosevelt??"- Leslie Knope

    Standout character: Ron Swanson

    Episode Grade: A-

    Warning: Ancient tomes speak of an evil which has no name except Satan, but what remains of the rest can pretty much be summed up by the phrase "Library Department".

Jack Carter

Jack Carter


Guest Star

Roger Eschbacher

Roger Eschbacher


Guest Star

Megan Mullally

Megan Mullally

Tammy (Two) Swanson

Recurring Role



Donna Meagle

Recurring Role

Jim O'Heir

Jim O'Heir

Jerry Gergich

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Tammy: If I'd had a park like that growing up, I probably wouldn't have gone through such a prolonged mall-slut phase.

    • Leslie: What do you mean, "No?" Everyone has a weakness.
      Ron: Not machines. I honestly believe she was programmed by someone in the future to come back and destroy all happiness.

    • Ron: Tammy is a mean person. She's a grade-A bitch. Every time she laughs, an angel dies. Even telemarketers avoid her. Her birth was payback for the sins of man, but you know the worst thing about her?
      Leslie: She works for the library.

    • Leslie: Well, I'm too classy to say "I told you so, Donna", so I wrote it on a post-it.

    • Tammy: Les, there are two kinds of women in this world – there are women who work hard and stress out about doing the right thing, and then there are women who are cool.

    • Tom: I've never taken the high road, but I tell other people to. 'Cuz then there's more room for me on the low road.

    • Leslie: News flash! We're screwed! We've got a big problem with the library.
      Tom: Punk-ass book jockies!
      Ann: Wait -- why do we hate the library?
      Leslie: The library is the worst bunch of people assembled in history. They're mean, caniving, rude and extremely well read which makes them very dangerous.

    • Leslie: Pawnee's library department is the most diabolical, ruthless bunch of bureaucrats I've ever seen. They're like a biker gang. Only instead of shotguns and crystal meth, they use political savvy and shushing.

    • Ron: Tammy and I don't work well together. We are oil and water. Or oil and TNT and C4 and a detonator and a butane torch.

    • Tammy: It's really good to see you Ron.
      Ron: You've aged horribly.

    • Leslie: When you meddle in someone's personal life, it's just so....rewarding.

  • NOTES (1)