Parks and Recreation

Season 1 Episode 3

The Reporter

9
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Apr 23, 2009 on NBC

Episode Recap

Leslie's newest strategy to fire up enthusiasm for the park project is to invite a reporter from the Pawnee Journal to write a piece what her team is trying to accomplish. What she didn't count on was that Shauna (the reporter) would take down everything that Leslie and her team said. When Andy blurts out that he was extremely drunk when he fell into the pit and broke both his legs, Leslie was convinced that her ambitions would be squashed. Leslie turns to Mark to try and fix the situation. When Mark and Shauna show up at the pit the following morning wearing the same clothes as the day before and yawning due to getting no sleep at all the previous night, Mark's tactics for "fixing the problem" were apparent to Leslie. While it may have saved the day, Leslie becomes increasingly annoyed that Mark had slept with Shauna and it causes her to make several questionable decisions. After realizing that her jealousy nearly cost her the good press she desperately needs, Leslie contacts Shauna for a "do-over" interview and frantically back-pedals to cover some of the gaffs she and her committee had perpetrated.
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