History Series / ParksAndRecreation

12th Nov '17 10:15:02 PM GoblinCipher
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** In season 6 when Tom was looking for a new business to run Ben suggested a dry cleaning chemical holding company, which Tom rejects as too dull. At the end of the season Dr. Saperstein mentions off-hand that he had gone into the same business and made a killing.



** In season 6 when Tom was looking for a new business to run Ben suggested a dry cleaning chemical holding company, which Tom rejects as too dull. At the end of the season Dr. Saperstein mentions off-hand that he had gone into the same business and made a killing.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: At one point in Season 2, Leslie is given an MRI while on a blind date with a creepy doctor (played by Will Arnett). [[spoiler: He notes that she has a very capable uterus, and could easily have triplets. Only took four years to pay off!]]
** Also in season 2, Tom notes that if he were to ever open a club, he would call it Tom's Bistro. Yet another one that comes back around in season 6.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: At one point in Season 2, Leslie is given an MRI while on a blind date with a creepy doctor (played by Will Arnett). [[spoiler: He notes that she has a very capable uterus, and could easily have triplets. Only took four years to pay off!]]
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In season 2, Tom notes that if he were to ever open a club, he would call it Tom's Bistro. Yet another one that comes back around in season 6.
10th Oct '17 12:26:16 AM ergeis
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** An actual British example in Lord Covington (Peter Serafinowicz) in "London" part 1 and 2, who is as dense as Andy.

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** An actual British example in Lord Covington (Peter Serafinowicz) in "London" part 1 and 2, who is as dense as Andy. He says that he's so rich that he can almost do anything he wants such as knight people (only the Queen of England can do that).
6th Oct '17 11:31:37 PM rwe1138
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* {{Troll:}} April makes a hobby of this, at several points in the show, as the only thing she likes more than avoiding people is messing with them.
3rd Oct '17 1:04:53 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AbortedArc: The original story arc was Leslie's struggle to turn the pit in Lot 48 into a park. After the ReTool going into season two, the pit was filled in, but the idea to build a park was dropped almost completely by season three as the show picked up other storylines. In-universe this is because the department's budget, already too small to support the project, was drastically cut. During the camping episode, Leslie says that they couldn't continue turning the lot into a park because Chris wanted the next project to bring in revenues. The lot remains unmentioned for two years afterwards, until April suggests making it into a dog park in season five's "Leslie vs. April". An impromptu groundbreaking occurs in Ann's last episode, then the TimeSkip reveals [[spoiler:Pawnee Commons was completed shortly after the end of Season 6.]]

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* AbortedArc: AbortedArc:
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The original story arc was Leslie's struggle to turn the pit in Lot 48 into a park. After the ReTool going into season two, the pit was filled in, but the idea to build a park was dropped almost completely by season three as the show picked up other storylines. In-universe this is because the department's budget, already too small to support the project, was drastically cut. During the camping episode, Leslie says that they couldn't continue turning the lot into a park because Chris wanted the next project to bring in revenues. The lot remains unmentioned for two years afterwards, until April suggests making it into a dog park in season five's "Leslie vs. April". An impromptu groundbreaking occurs in Ann's last episode, then the TimeSkip reveals [[spoiler:Pawnee Commons was completed shortly after the end of Season 6.]]



** April going to veterinary school in Season 6, which seemed like it was going to be an important part of her character arc. When she goes to orientation, she suddenly backs out and decides to not go, claiming that she "just had a feeling". The writers probably realized that they couldn't have both Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt (Andy) absent from the main cast at the same time. Plus, with Rashida Jones (Ann) and Rob Lowe (Chris) leaving the show around the middle of the same season, it probably would not have been practical.

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** April going to veterinary school in Season 6, which seemed like it was going to be an important part of her character arc. When she goes to orientation, she suddenly backs out and decides to not go, claiming that she "just had a feeling". feeling." The writers probably realized that they couldn't have both Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt (Andy) absent from the main cast at the same time. Plus, with Rashida Jones (Ann) and Rob Lowe (Chris) leaving the show around the middle of the same season, it probably would not have been practical.



** Turns out that Jerry's name is actually Garry. The old Parks director accidentally called him "Jerry" on his first day and he's never had the backbone to correct anyone.
*** When Jerry returns from retirement, he insists his coworkers start calling him by his real name. They start calling him "Larry."
*** And during the [[TimeSkip final scene]] of season 6, Leslie [[RunningGag calls him Terry]]. Turns out there was [[spoiler:already a Larry in his new office at the National Park Service.]]
*** Inverted in a heartwarming way in Season 7 during [[spoiler:Donna's wedding.]] When he sits down, Jerry's place card says "Garry". April latches onto this as a new wrong name for him and gets everyone chanting it, while Donna gives him a wink. Cut to a talking head, where he's clearly choked up at his coworkers finally calling him by his real name.

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** Turns out that Jerry's name is actually Garry. The old Parks director accidentally called him "Jerry" on his first day and he's never had the backbone to correct anyone.
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anyone. When Jerry returns from retirement, he insists his coworkers start calling him by his real name. They start calling him "Larry."
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" And during the [[TimeSkip final scene]] of season 6, Leslie [[RunningGag calls him Terry]]. Turns out there was [[spoiler:already a Larry in his new office at the National Park Service.]]
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]] Inverted in a heartwarming way in Season 7 during [[spoiler:Donna's wedding.]] When he sits down, Jerry's place card says "Garry". April latches onto this as a new wrong name for him and gets everyone chanting it, while Donna gives him a wink. Cut to a talking head, where he's clearly choked up at his coworkers finally calling him by his real name.



* TheAce: Justin, who seems to be an ace lawyer and a globe-trotter who impressed everyone around him (except for Andy and Mark, who are mostly threatened by Ann's admiration of him). However, Ron later deconstructs Justin's personality at the end of "Galentine's Day" and points out that despite all of his apparent perfections, at his core Justin was a "tourist", a selfish person who was more concerned about the stories he formed rather than the people he was helping, which leads to Leslie breaking it off with him.

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* TheAce: TheAce:
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Justin, who seems to be an ace lawyer and a globe-trotter who impressed everyone around him (except for Andy and Mark, who are mostly threatened by Ann's admiration of him). However, Ron later deconstructs Justin's personality at the end of "Galentine's Day" and points out that despite all of his apparent perfections, at his core Justin was a "tourist", a selfish person who was more concerned about the stories he formed rather than the people he was helping, which leads to Leslie breaking it off with him.



* AesopAmnesia: Seems like Leslie needs to re-learn a lesson about Ron's principles several times per season. Ron's Aesop can roughly be summed up as "A principled person with whom you disagree is more respectable than a person who agrees with you but only for selfish or fleeting reasons." This doesn't stop Leslie from continuously falling for un-principled individuals the moment they might be persuaded to take her side, even though this backfires every single time.

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* AesopAmnesia: AesopAmnesia:
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Seems like Leslie needs to re-learn a lesson about Ron's principles several times per season. Ron's Aesop can roughly be summed up as "A principled person with whom you disagree is more respectable than a person who agrees with you but only for selfish or fleeting reasons." This doesn't stop Leslie from continuously falling for un-principled individuals the moment they might be persuaded to take her side, even though this backfires every single time.
1st Oct '17 1:05:37 PM rwe1138
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* HideYourPregnancy: When Poehler became pregnant for the second time, the producers decided to just write and film as many episodes as possible before she had to go on maternity leave, rather than taking a hiatus between the second and third seasons. This resulted in increasing amounts of bump-camouflaging ruffled blouses and creative clipboard and desk placement during the first six episodes of season three. Unfortunately, [=NBC=] decided to push back the season premiere to ''January of 2011'', rather than the expected September of 2010 premiere date, rendering the creative team's efforts unnecessary.
1st Oct '17 10:14:44 AM KizunaTallis
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* TheGenericGuy: Mark ended up this way. He was originally meant to be the OnlySaneMan and a source of UnresolvedSexualtension with Leslie, but his low key, "realistic" personality compared to the more colorful characters made him stand out as being so bland. When he and Ann broke up she said it was because she didn't have any strong feelings toward him one way or the other.

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* TheGenericGuy: Mark ended up this way. Mark. He was originally meant to be the OnlySaneMan and a source of UnresolvedSexualtension with Leslie, but his low key, "realistic" personality compared to the more colorful characters made him stand out for coming off as being so bland. When he and Ann broke up with him, she said it was because she didn't have any strong feelings toward him one way or the other.



** In episode five where Leslie dresses up in a suit and ties her hair back, looking like a very butch lesbian and takes Ann as her date. A former councilman comes up to them and says that he thinks what they are doing is so brave. Ann even says that she feels like she is Leslie's trophy wife.
** The entire episode of "The Practice Date".

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** In one episode five where Leslie dresses up in a suit and ties her hair back, looking like a very butch lesbian {{butch lesbian}} and takes Ann as her date. A former councilman comes up to them and says that he thinks what they are doing is so brave. Ann even says that she feels like she is Leslie's trophy wife.
** The entire episode of "The Practice "Practice Date".



* TheMissusAndTheEx: Dave and Leslie in "Dave Returns".

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** When Ann goes to a sperm bank with Leslie in "Ann's Decision", the receptionist mistakes them for a couple.
* TheMissusAndTheEx: Dave TheMissusAndTheEx:
** A gender inverted example with Dave, Ben
and Leslie in "Dave Returns".Returns".
** Two examples in "Ron and Diane":
*** Diane and Tammy 2 are a more acrimonious version, where Tammy is determined to break them up to ruin Ron's life and keep him for herself while Diane considers Tammy a psychotic nuisance at best.
*** Chris' ex Millicent (also Jerry's daughter) makes a surprise appearance at the Gergich family Christmas party with a new boyfriend in tow. Chris had taken their break-up pretty hard, but here he's happy for the two of them.



* ModelCouple: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Tom in "Summer Catalog" with respect to Ann and Mark: He wants to get a picture of the two of them for the cover of the Parks Department's summer catalog because they look good together. He even says "You two should be models." [[spoiler: Because he has insane and bizarre demands for his photography, a natural and happy photo of April and Andy is used instead.]]

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* ModelCouple: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Tom in "Summer Catalog" with respect to Ann and Mark: He wants to get a picture of the two of them for the cover of the Parks Department's summer catalog because they look good together. He even says "You two should be models." [[spoiler: Because However, because he has insane and bizarre demands for his photography, photography (and Ann is unable to look happy in the pictures), a more natural and happy photo of April [[spoiler:April and Andy Andy]] is used instead.]]
1st Oct '17 9:51:33 AM KizunaTallis
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* AbortedArc: The original story arc was Leslie's struggle to turn the pit in Lot 48 into a park. After the ReTool going into season two, the pit was filled in, but the idea to build a park was dropped almost completely by season three as the show picked up other storylines. In-universe this is because the department's budget, already too small to support the project, was drastically cut. During the camping episode, Leslie says that they couldn't continue turning the lot into a park because Chris wanted the next project to bring in revenues. The lot remains unmentioned for two years afterwards, until April suggests making it into a dog park in season five's "Leslie vs. April". An impromptu groundbreaking occurs in Anne's last episode, then the TimeSkip reveals [[spoiler:Pawnee Commons was completed shortly after the end of Season 6.]]

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* AbortedArc: The original story arc was Leslie's struggle to turn the pit in Lot 48 into a park. After the ReTool going into season two, the pit was filled in, but the idea to build a park was dropped almost completely by season three as the show picked up other storylines. In-universe this is because the department's budget, already too small to support the project, was drastically cut. During the camping episode, Leslie says that they couldn't continue turning the lot into a park because Chris wanted the next project to bring in revenues. The lot remains unmentioned for two years afterwards, until April suggests making it into a dog park in season five's "Leslie vs. April". An impromptu groundbreaking occurs in Anne's Ann's last episode, then the TimeSkip reveals [[spoiler:Pawnee Commons was completed shortly after the end of Season 6.]]]]
** Through Season 4, Chris takes Ron on a series of activities that turn out to be incognito interviews for the position of Assistant City Manager. Ron seems intrigued by the opportunity to slash even more items from the budget, but at the very end of the season Ron ultimately declines the position.



** Chris takes Ron on a series of activities that turn out to be incognito interviews for the position of Assistant City Manager. Ron seems intrigued by the opportunity to slash even more items from the budget, but at the very end of the season Ron declines the position.



*** When Jerry returns from retirement he insists his coworkers start calling him by his real name. They start calling him "Larry."

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*** When Jerry returns from retirement retirement, he insists his coworkers start calling him by his real name. They start calling him "Larry."



* AgeGapAlgebra: Andy (29) asks [[CasanovaWannabe Tom]] how young is too young to date. Tom quotes the half-your-age-plus-seven rule, which in Andy's case would be 21 and a half, causing him some consternation when he realizes this technically puts the 21-year-old April in the "too young" range. [[TheyDo He gets over it.]] It helps the audience that the age gap between the actors is only five years instead of eight.

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* AgeGapAlgebra: In "The Master Plan", Andy (29) asks [[CasanovaWannabe Tom]] how young is too young to date. Tom quotes the half-your-age-plus-seven rule, which in Andy's case would be 21 and a half, causing him some consternation when he realizes this technically puts the 21-year-old April in the "too young" range. [[TheyDo He gets over it.]] It helps the audience that the age gap between the actors is only five years instead of eight.



* AloneAmongTheCouples: Subverted with Jennifer Barkley at the end of the series, she's by far one of the few characters who isn't married with or without children and she makes it clear she prefers it that way when visiting Ben and Leslie at their home.

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* AloneAmongTheCouples: Subverted with Jennifer Barkley at the end of the series, series - she's by far one of the few characters who isn't married with or without and has no children and she makes it clear she prefers it that way when visiting Ben and Leslie at their home.



** In season 5, Ben mentions an offscreen Sweetums molasses flood. This [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Molasses_Disaster actually happened]] in Boston in 1919, but was significantly more serious.

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** In season 5, Ben mentions an offscreen off-screen Sweetums molasses flood. This [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Molasses_Disaster actually happened]] in Boston in 1919, but was significantly more serious.



** In regard to the issue of where to build a dog park, Leslie refers to having a "dog in the fight"- "[[ComplimentBackfire Ann, a beautiful mutt of uncertain pedigree]]."

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** In regard to the issue of where to build a dog park, Leslie refers to having a "dog in the fight"- fight" - "[[ComplimentBackfire Ann, a beautiful mutt of uncertain pedigree]]."



* ArmoredClosetGay: Although never explicitly shown, Marshall Langman can give [[ArrestedDevelopment Tobias Funke]] a run for his money in the "Married to a woman while implying homosexuality in everything he says or does" category.

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* ArmoredClosetGay: Although never explicitly shown, Marshall Langman can give [[ArrestedDevelopment [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Tobias Funke]] a run for his money in the "Married to a woman while implying homosexuality in everything he says or does" category.



** The episode does provide a good demo on why not to do those things, though. All the random shooting damages Donna's car, and Ron gets shot in the back of the head.
* ArtisticLicenseUniversityAdmissions: In season five, [[spoiler:April]] has decided to go to vet school without any references from actual vets, any practical experience that we know of, or possibly even the mandatory prereq classes (biology, chemistry, math, and so on).

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** The episode does provide a good demo on why not to do those things, though. All the random shooting damages Donna's car, and Ron gets shot in the back of the head.
head (though it doesn't kill him).
* ArtisticLicenseUniversityAdmissions: In season five, [[spoiler:April]] has decided to go to vet school without any references from actual vets, any practical experience that we know of, or possibly even the mandatory prereq classes (biology, chemistry, math, and so on).



** Former NBA player Detlef Schrempf shows up as a special guest in "Telethon." Tom sidetracks him into bringing him to the Snakehole Lounge. HilarityEnsues. He returns in "Li'l Sebastian," having been hired by Tom and Jean-Ralphio to [[spoiler:hang out and shoot baskets at the headquarters of their new entertainment company]].
** In "Ron and Tammys" Indianapolis Pacer Roy Hibbert is hired by Tom and Jean Ralphio to just play one-on-one with Detlef in the e720 headquarters. Tom tells an amazed Ben:

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** Former NBA player Detlef Schrempf shows up as a special guest in "Telethon." "Telethon". Tom sidetracks him into bringing him to the Snakehole Lounge. HilarityEnsues. He returns in "Li'l Sebastian," "Ron & Tammys", having been hired by Tom and Jean-Ralphio to [[spoiler:hang out and shoot baskets at the headquarters of their new entertainment company]].
** In Also in "Ron and Tammys" Tammys", Indianapolis Pacer Roy Hibbert is hired by Tom and Jean Ralphio to just play one-on-one with Detlef in the e720 headquarters. Tom tells an amazed Ben:



* GeniusDitz: Andy has show signs of being this from time to time. Itís either this or CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. When he applied to the police academy the Chief said that he is the only person who ''aced'' the written exam but completely failed the personality test.

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* GeniusDitz: Andy has show signs of being this from time to time. Itís It's either this or CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. When he applied to the police academy academy, the Chief said that he is Andy was the only person who ''aced'' the written exam but completely failed the personality test.



** Male version with Chris Trager. He's an obsessive fitness nut with a lot of high energy, a number of times he spends meetings doing exercises. This creates an especially big contrast to the more sedate and relaxed Ben, Ron and April.

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** Male version with Chris Trager.Chris. He's an obsessive fitness nut with a lot of high energy, a number of times he spends meetings doing exercises. This creates an especially big contrast to the more sedate and relaxed Ben, Ron and April.



** Ron and Tammy's wedding scene in ''Ron and Tammy: Part Two'' gets a little nasty.
** In ''Correspondent's Lunch'' Ann is trying to approach Chris about donating sperm to her so she can have a baby. To get advice from Ron, she explains the situation as that she's trying to ask a friend to plant ficuses in her front yard, and we get this exchange:
--> '''Ron''': "I've seen your house. You'd have more success if he planted ficuses in your backyard."
--> '''Ann''': "No, I don't think so."
** The "shockingly huge mini-horse erection" of Lil Sebastian in ''Harvest Festival''. It's blurred out!
*** Appears again in ''Lil Sebastian'', on a photo of the late Lil Sebastian. It's blurred out again!
-->'''Ben''': "You should probably Photoshop that out."
** The Eagleton scheduling program is named ERIC (Eagleton Reservation Information Center). Assuming Pawnee begins using it, that would make its name... PRIC.

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** Ron and Tammy's wedding scene in ''Ron and "Ron & Tammy: Part Two'' Two" gets a little nasty.
** In ''Correspondent's Lunch'' "Correspondent's Lunch", Ann is trying to approach Chris about donating sperm to her so she can have a baby. To She tries to get advice from Ron, she Ron and explains the situation as that she's trying to ask a friend to plant [[UnusualEuphemism "plant ficuses in her front yard, yard"]], and we get this exchange:
--> '''Ron''': "I've I've seen your house. You'd have more success if he planted ficuses in your backyard."
backyard.
--> '''Ann''': "No, No, I don't think so."
so.
** The "shockingly huge mini-horse erection" of Lil Li'l Sebastian in ''Harvest Festival''."Harvest Festival". It's blurred out!
*** Appears again in ''Lil Sebastian'', "Li'l Sebastian", on a photo of the late Lil Sebastian.mini-horse. It's blurred out again!
-->'''Ben''': "You You should probably Photoshop that out."
out.
** The Eagleton scheduling program is named ERIC (Eagleton Reservation Information Center). Assuming Pawnee begins using it, that would make its name... PRIC. (though Tom actually changes it to match his name, renaming it the Town Organizational Matrix)



* GiveAManAFish:
-->'''Ron Swanson:''' "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish, and you feed yourself. He's a grown man. Fishing's not that hard."

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* GiveAManAFish:
-->'''Ron Swanson:'''
GiveAManAFish: In "Telethon", Ron has this to say.
-->'''Ron:'''
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish, and you feed yourself. He's a grown man. Fishing's not that hard."
30th Sep '17 11:13:33 PM rwe1138
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* HideYourPregnancy: When Poehler became pregnant for the second time, the producers decided to just write and film as many episodes as possible before she had to go on maternity leave, rather than taking a hiatus between the second and third seasons. This resulted in increasing amounts of bump-camouflaging ruffled blouses and creative clipboard and desk placement during the first six episodes of season three. Unfortunately, [=NBC=] decided to push back the season premiere to ''January of 2011'', rather than the expected September of 2010 premiere date, rendering the creative team's efforts unnecessary.
30th Sep '17 11:12:18 PM rwe1138
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** Andy gave everyone (except for himself and Ben) in the room code names that sounded like they were based on his sexual status with them. Donna's was "It happened in a Dream Once" and Leslie's was "I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about it."

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** Andy gave everyone (except for himself and Ben) in the room code names that sounded like they were based on his sexual status with them. Donna's was "It happened in a Dream Once" dream once" and Leslie's was "I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought about it."



** "Leslie and Ron" reveals that Ron built a secret compartment for alcohol in his office on his first day at work. Despite having left his job a few years ago, the booze is still there, no and was never found by anyone else.
* HideYourPregnancy: When Poehler became pregnant for the second time, the producers decided to just write and film as many episodes as possible before she had to go on maternity leave, rather than taking a hiatus between the second and third seasons. This resulted in increasing amounts of bump-camouflaging ruffled blouses and creative clipboard and desk placement during the first six episodes of season three. Unfortunately, [=NBC=] decided to push back the season premiere to ''January of 2011'', rather than the expected September of 2010 premiere date, rendering the creative team's efforts unnecessary.

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** "Leslie and Ron" reveals that Ron built a secret compartment for alcohol in his office on his first day at work. Despite having left his job a few years ago, the booze is still there, no and was never found by anyone else.
* HideYourPregnancy: When Poehler became pregnant for the second time, the producers decided to just write and film as many episodes as possible before she had to go on maternity leave, rather than taking a hiatus between the second and third seasons. This resulted in increasing amounts of bump-camouflaging ruffled blouses and creative clipboard and desk placement during the first six episodes of season three. Unfortunately, [=NBC=] decided to push back the season premiere to ''January of 2011'', rather than the expected September of 2010 premiere date, rendering the creative team's efforts unnecessary.
there.
30th Sep '17 10:34:28 PM rwe1138
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* DartboardOfHate: They're not ''that'' malicious about it, but Ron and Leslie tape a photo of all four living Parks Directors to a dartboard and go to town on it in "Summer Catalog"'s tag.

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* DartboardOfHate: They're not ''that'' malicious about it, but Ron and Leslie tape a photo of all four living Parks Directors to a dartboard and go to town on it in the tag of "Summer Catalog"'s tag.Catalog".
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