Parks and Recreation

Season 2 Episode 20

Summer Catalog

6
Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Mar 25, 2010 on NBC
7.1
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Leslie invites Ron and the former directors of the Parks Department to a picnic lunch in order to get their input in preparing the Summer Events Catalog.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Leslie invites all living parks directors for a lunch picnic

    9.0
    This was a wonderful episode. Leslie has always been a patient person and besides the episode where Ron wins women of the year, it has not been tested much. This time the all four living Parks Department Directors all did their part, some more then others. Both the picnic and the walk to the picnic were very funny. I thought it was very funny that Clarence thought Leslie "cycle" would prevent her from being a Park Director. David was also funny. with his line "Who gives a crap about this crap?" Michael was funny in his hippie ways. Ron getting annoyed by everyone was great. The second storyline with April and Andy was good too. By now both are getting into each other until Andy finds out that April is 20. It's adds a nice wrinkle to the story. It's hard to see but look at the reaction Leslie gives April when she find her the book. It's a small reaction but one of the reasons why this show is great. This show also had a great ending with Leslie and Ron playing darts.moreless
  • A few very funny moments and some great character development.

    8.0
    The cold open had me laughing right off the bat, which I took for a good sign. Though I think it turned out, for me at least, that the cold open was the funniest part of the show. I had to pause the show to catch my breath after the line, "Yes, I am a hunter and it's "you" season." And again after, "I have a raccoon hat I'm an interesting person."



    Coming off the credits the first scene was pretty funny, Ron's description of what he did to Tammy and his friends when they threw him a surprise party was classic. It was dry for awhile after that though, as I didn't find Tom's pitch for the cover photo of the catalog that funny, which is rare for Tom. I did love April's line to Jerry however, "Can you photoshop your life with better decisions?" Also I did love them using a picture of Michael Schur(co-creator) for Morgan the creepy pedophile guy(that Jerry went out to dinner with). Some might have recognized him as Mose from The Office.



    After that I didn't really get another good laugh until Ron storms off angrily after telling Leslie he already ate the bacon that was in her bag. The rest of the show got a few laughs but as I mentioned the cold open was the real high point as far as comedy goes. There was however some good relationship development. As most probably know Paul Schneider is leaving the show, so its good that they had notice and are able to bring Mark and Ann's relationship to a close and do it convincingly. Ann slowly realizing that while Mark is a great guy, he's just not the right guy for her, is very believable and a great way to end the relationship.



    I can't mention relationships and not touch on April and Andy. I thought it was well done, showing that the age difference does have a big effect, but ending the episode by reminding them both that it doesn't really matter, if they like each other. Andy's reaction to the cover of the catalog was my favorite, a bit of confusion that turns into happiness.



    All in all a solid episode, they got in some good laughs while moving the plot forward.moreless
  • Quickly becomimg one of my favorite shows!

    10
    There is nothing in the world that I like better than goofy, deadpan humor (OK, there are one or two things) and this show is filled to the brim with it. Ron and April are the unsung heroes of this show and this episode was no exception. Tom is great (as always) with his over the top hipster dufusery (that's my word and contribution to the English language -- Dufusery: to commit an act or acts comensurate with the protocols of a dufus), and Leslie's extreme perkiness is fun, but watching Ron and/or April as they deal with the idiocy that whirls around them is priceless. I'm really glad they're both getting more screen time.moreless
  • Goin' camping

    9.0
    Tom's presentation was hilarious during this episode and was my favorite part. A close second comes from the hilarious combination of the old heads of Parks and Rec who had some hilarious quips thrown around which revealed the meaner side of Leslie. I didn't care for the whole Mark/Ann photo shoot but it was funny and helped set up the beginning of the end for their relationship. The whole age thing between April and Andy was finally addressed which is good because I want them to get together but it would be unrealistic to have it be all rainbow and sunshinemoreless
Jack Wallace

Jack Wallace

Clarence Carrington

Guest Star

Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews

David Moser

Guest Star

Mike Mauloff

Mike Mauloff

Bouncer

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Retta

Retta

Donna Meagle

Recurring Role

Jim O'Heir

Jim O'Heir

Jerry Gergich

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (12)

    • Ron: I'm hungry.
      Leslie: Okay, well, don't be such a baby. I cooked you some bacon for a trail snack.
      Ron: I ate it already.
      Leslie: What?
      Ron: I could smell it in your purse before I even parked my car. And now it's gone and I hate everything!

    • Tom: This catalog is basically like an ad for the Parks Department, and I love ads. I love magazine ads for flavored vodkas, billboards for designer jeans. I Tivo through shows to get to the ads. I love ads.

    • Tom: You know what they say-animal on the head, maninmal in the bed.

    • Leslie: It's the biggest catalog of the year. Think of the September issue of Vouge, but it's more important to Pawnee, mainly because we don't get Vogue here.

    • Tom: Girl, you're more precious than Precious.
      Donna: Uh-uh
      Tom: Nice hat. Want to bone? That's you talking to me.
      Donna: No. How about… "Yes, I am a hunter, and it's you season"?
      Tom: Woah. That's great. I got to get back out there.

    • Tom: I have a raccoon hat -- I'm an interesting person.

    • Tom: Hey, if there's anyone out there that's doing a photo shoot about the dangers of eating undercooked chicken, I can give you Ann's phone number.

    • Tom: I never would have guessed in a million years that YOU would be the problem with this photo shoot.
      Ann: Didn't you just plan this, like, two hours ago?
      Tom: I just don't get it. How can someone so hot be so bad at looking hot?
      Ann: I'm sorry I'm not a professional model. And screaming "Make your face better" doesn't help!

    • Tom: (during the photo shoot for the catalog) Come on, Ann! What are we doin' -- Maxim or Good Housekeeping?
      Ann: I'm not sure which one is the insult.

    • David: I thought you were dead, Clarence.
      Clarence: No, I'm gonna outlive you and I'm gonna nail your wife.

    • Leslie: Jerry, I need to see your softball pictures.
      Jerry: Here you go, chief.
      (a picture of a local team playing softball is projected onto the screen)
      Leslie: Wow! Good job!
      April: Wait a minute. Isn't that that creepy guy? Morgan the pedophile?
      Leslie: Yyyyeah, it is.
      Jerry: Oh, come on! I didn't know that. He seemed okay. GASP! We had dinner together.
      Leslie: Guys, I don't know if I made it clear, but I don't want any sex offenders in our parks catalog.
      Jerry: Okay, I will Photoshop his face.
      April: Can you Photoshop your life with better decisions, Jerry?

    • Ron: Leslie, my first wife Tammy tried throwing me a surprise birthday party. When I saw my friends hiding through the window, I drove to a gas station, called the cops, and told them that people had broken into my home. I'm not big on "surprises".

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