Parks and Recreation

Season 5 Episode 2

Soda Tax

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 2012 on NBC
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    "Soda Tax" hilariously showed how a comedy about small-town government can hold a mirror to larger political and social issues facing our country.

  • Episode Summary

    As her first official act as a city councilwoman, Leslie proposes a tax on soda to combat Pawnee's rampant obesity, but the restaurants counter by threatening to lay people off if the tax passes and Leslie is torn about how to vote until Ron reminds her of her true nature. Chris and Tom help Andy train for the physical entrance exam into the police academy. Ben and April are still working in Washington D.C., where Ben struggles to gain the respect of the interns on the campaign.

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    • Soda Tax

      5.5
      Another episode of Parks combining both the politics of a local city and on a grand scale with people with big Washington connections, but as always I just don't get the appeal. Weird, weak humor that does not resonate with me as well as it does most of its fans in the 18-49 demographic. I like some of the storylines they attempt to have, but it just doesn't get it done.moreless
    • Local politics in Pawnee rarely disappoint, the D.C. politics are not nearly as funny

      7.5
      I figured Adam Scott was due for a break from the show, but it appears we're going to follow him to D.C. I'm not sure it's the best decision given the strength of the absurd political debate in Pawnee.



      The breakdown of local soda sizes was fantastic. And Ron + Leslie heart to hearts never disappoint.
    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)

    Mary Faber

    Mary Faber

    Kathryn

    Guest Star

    Mike Scully

    Mike Scully

    Pearl

    Guest Star

    Lee De Broux

    Lee De Broux

    Terrence

    Guest Star

    Kevin Symons

    Kevin Symons

    Councilman Bill Dexhart

    Recurring Role

    James Greene

    James Greene

    Councilman Milton

    Recurring Role

    Yvans Jourdain

    Yvans Jourdain

    Councilman Howser

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Man in audience: Yeah, if we put a tax on soda, I mean what's next, income?
        Leslie: Sir, you don't pay your income tax?
        Man in audience: Whether or not I pay income tax is none of the government's business.
        Leslie: Oh, well, no, actually, it is.

      • Andy: No! I'm never gonna be a cop. I'm gonna have to be a robber.

      • Leslie: Ms. Pinewood, recently, many of the local restaurants have changed their "small-size" option to a whopping 64 ounces. Ann takes out large beverage container and places it on thetable
        Kathyrn Pinewood: That's correct, and it's great for the consumer. More bang for the buck. Are we putting bargains on trial here?
        Ann: How could any sane person call that "small"?
        Kathyrn Pinewood: Well, if the customer truly wants a smaller size, there is an option.
        Ann: Oh, do you mean the "li'l swallow"? brings out very small 3 ounce cup and places it on the table Does anybody buy that?
        Kathyrn Pinewood: Some girls buy them for their dollhouses, but they're not very popular. I mean, for only a nickel more, you get 64 ounces.
        Leslie: Well, uh, Paunch Burger just recently came out with a new 128-ounce option. Ann places even larger cup on table Most people call it a gallon, but they call it the "regular." Then there is a horrifying 512 ounce version that they call "child size." Ann places a huge cup on table How is this a "child-size soda"?
        Kathyrn Pinewood: Well, it's roughly the size of a 2-year-old child, if the child were liquefied. It's a real bargain at $1.59

      • Andy: So, I've got a list of everything that I'm supposed to be able to do to get into the police academy, and number one is, "be able to run 2 miles in under 25 minutes." That's a typo, right? I mean, that's humanly impossible.

      • Ben: Hey, everybody. So, I've been going over your reports. Let's try to be consistent with our fonts, guys, okay? There's a crazy amount of random font differences in these memos.
        April: Yeah, people. Consistent font usage. Come on.
        Ben: Times New Roman, across the board. No Geneva, no Garamond, definitely no Papyrus
        April: Papyrus? Are you kidding me? There's no place for that in a professional office setting.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • The title and theme of this episode Soda Tax is an allusion to many proposed soda taxes that were proposed to combat obesity and diabetes.  As of 2013, 33 states have sales tax on soft drinks however specific taxes on the product have also been proposed by many legislators, states and cities. The issue became heated throughout the 2010 campaign cycle and has lead to the American Beverage Association lobbying congress and creating direct to consumer advertising against such taxes.

      • Tom: Been making some modifications to the pace car. Speaker system, Mad Men bar, ipad dock and bam! Orange racing stripe.  It's a perfect recreation of Han Lue's Nissan in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Weirdly, so far, no one has noticed.


        There are two illusions in this quote.


        1) "Mad Men bar" references the AMC 1960's period drama which premiered in 2007. The shows protagonist drinks frequently.


        2)"It's a perfect recreation of Han Lue's Nissan in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" references the 2006 movie of the same name which is the third installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The character of Han is played by Sung Kang and he drives a 1999 Nissan Silvia S1. His full name is Han Seoul-Oh, Han Leu is an alias.

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