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Fridge Logic

  • When Ann forces Ron to go to the hospital, he redacts his admission form. Meaning, he filled it out then blacked out all the information he wants to keep private...instead of simply leaving things blank.
Fridge Brilliance
  • Why is Pawnee, Indiana the fourth most obese city in the U.S.? Because Sweetums, the corporation which owns half the town, is a candy manufacturer!
  • In the "Greg Pikitis" episode, Ann dresses as Raggedy Ann, one of her favorite childhood books. No wonder she dated a guy named Andy for so long!
  • Even amongst the Parks Department, Tom is particularly mean to Jerry. Now why would that be?
    • And Ben is shown to be one of the few characters to genuinely and consistently be pretty nice to Jerry. Now why would that be?
  • Ann having a separate B-plot during "Andy and April's Fancy Party" seems odd, but makes sense she wouldn't be at the wedding because Ann used to date the groom (and the bride hates her).
  • Ben is shown repeatedly to be a huge Game of Thrones fan. His original tabletop game, The Cones of Dunshire, is a literal Game of Cones.
  • Why didn't Ann have a "Mark" box the way she did with Andy, Chris and Tom? Simple, Mark had no quirks for her to take on.
  • No wonder Leslie was recalled. She won by only 26 votes and proceeded to enact several very controversial legislations.
  • After Leslie goes to visit Ben in Washington DC, she gets frustrated thinking about Ben with a theoretical "jealousy amalgam" named Hot Rebecca, based on all the high-powered women Ben was talking to in Washington who made Leslie feel inadequate. All of these women are tall and dark-haired, something which makes a lot of sense when you remember that a few seasons earlier, when Chris was trying to set Ben up on a date, Leslie overheard him saying that Ben's "exclusive" type was tall and dark-haired!
    • And speaking of Hot Rebecca, ever wonder how Leslie chose that particular name? In "Indianapolis", a montage ensues of Leslie telling Ann about her worst breakups and she mentions one where the guy breaks up with her at a picnic, saying "Rebecca's coming" as his reason. I guess that one stuck with her.
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  • The show telegraphed a few episodes ahead that Leslie and Ben were going to become parents. After all, it's something of a running joke that Leslie refuses to actually refer to her and Ben having sex, and generally, we only see them kissing, even if we know they obviously are doing it at some point. Basically the ONLY time that we see them actually decide to have sex is two or three episodes before Leslie discovers her pregnancy!
  • It's mentioned in the YMMV page's They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot that it was a waste that Tom took over as official Butt-Monkey after Jerry retired instead of someone else as he already had plenty of Butt-Monkey moments. However it may actually be the reason he was chosen, his other Butt-Monkey moments hinting that he is the natural successor as official Butt-Monkey.
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  • In season 1, Jerry is seen on a nature walk competently teaching children about plants in nature. In an oddly out of character time, he is able to teach them well while Leslie eats a plant that swells up her mouth. In this scenario, Jerry is in his element, where we have seen he does very well in when not subjected to criticism, and the main perpetrators of his abuse are still in the office, where they can't bring down his confidence and make him slip up. Meanwhile, this was early in Leslie's career when she was overeager to prove herself and was even more prone to jumping the gun than she is later after she learns some lessons about doing this.
  • At first glance it seems very strange that Ron would end up with Tammy Two. As Ron is a stoic and morally upright man and Tammy Two is a psychotic harpy. But add Tammy One into the mix and suddenly it makes a lot more sense. Tammy One is so controlling of every aspect of Ron's life that he needs her permission to go to the bathroom. After escaping from that, the insane no-limits debauchery of life with Tammy Two probably felt like a breath of fresh air.

Fridge Horror

  • From Season 7: the Google-like tech startup Gryzzl in 2017 engages in data mining, which is already creepy enough and already happens today (with Google and advertising). However, Gryzzl uses this data to determine Gryzzl users' (and non-users who end up on their networks and their devices!) favorite things and/or desired commodities and ships these things to their doorsteps presumably free of charge... via drones that can ring your doorbell. This is all Played for Laughs in the show, but becomes this especially after Ron's son is sent gifts from Gryzzl. Ron's son, who's 4 years old and doesn't even own a Gryzzl device.
  • In the time skip series finale, there seems to be a national beef shortage. It is a wonder how Ron did not die of shock.

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