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Chris: A few months ago the thought of an infectious disease, even hypothetical, would have sent me careening toward Bummer-town, but now I'm infected with a deadly virus. And I feel fine!

Leslie and Councilman Jamm are due to present their proposals for Lot 48. Jamm serves Paunch Burgers to the members of the Planning Committee as his proposal. Leslie's proposal is $50,000 short, and the Committee simply can't approve an underfunded project. Leslie has a week to come up with the money, so she and Ben team up to organize a black tie gala fundraiser. However, aware of her plan to raise money, Jamm invites the Indiana Department of Emergency Preparedness to come to Pawnee for their annual review of the city.

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This year, Leslie has been appointed the Pawnee Emergency Czar, and while on any other day she would ace all tasks required, she is distracted by her absence from the event set up. The drill disaster chosen for this year is avian flu, a choice which excites Leslie due to its simplicity. Having already made binders for everyone, titled "Mission Im-Pawnee-ble: Knope Protocol", Leslie attempts to breeze through proceedings.

Meanwhile, Ben has to coordinate the gala set up in Leslie's place. He assigns Donna the task of organizing chairs, while Ron volunteers to go on Pawnee Today to promote the event. Tom is rounding up caterers who would be willing to supply food for the event for free.

After Jamm deliberately sabotages the drill by not completing his assigned task, Leslie is forced to completely fail the drill in order to end proceedings and get back to the gala, much to Jamm's dismay. Leslie implements actions that "kills everyone in Pawnee", and for the 13th year in a row, Pawnee fails disaster preparedness. Leslie could not care less, however, and races back to Lot 48 expecting nothing to be ready. She is pleasantly surprised to find that her friends have all chipped in and the gala is in full swing. It is revealed that Tom recruited all of Paunch Burger's competitors to supply food, while Ron's effective promotion on Pawnee Today has gotten a large number turning out to the event. The gala is a success, and Leslie proudly announces that they reached their fundraising goal. In the midst of celebration, Leslie and Ben gloss over how well their gala night planned out and Leslie confesses to Ben that she wishes she was married to him already. This inspires Ben to ask Leslie to marry him tonight, and she excitedly accepts.

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April accompanies Andy to the Pawnee Police Station where Andy is set to take his Police Entrance Exam. Andy is extremely nervous and stumbles through his personality examination. He did, however, get 100% in his written test, but his failed personality examination leads to Andy not gaining the necessary qualification to be a police officer.

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  • Acting for Two: Leslie's emergency response video has her playing a news anchor and a scientist.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Andy's responses to the personality test questions:
    Police officer: Scenario: You pull a car over for speeding. You find out that it's your father. How do you handle this situation?
    Andy: Ooh... Well, first, I'd be like, "Dad? You're alive? What the hell?" (officer facepalms) "Also, do you know where my catcher's mitt is?"
  • Disappeared Dad: Going by his response to one to the test questions, Andy's father either died or left the family without a word some time ago.
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  • Gallows Humor: Chris plays the part of an infected person who dies from the bird flu in the Drill Simulation. He declares "I'm dead!" with a big smile on his face.
  • Genius Ditz: Andy isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he has a good memory and can excel when he puts his mind to it. In this case, he scored a perfect 100% on the written test for the police exam and was the only person in the Pawnee PD's applicant history to ever do so.
  • Rated M for Manly: Again, Ron.
    Ron: I wouldn't know. I've never been hungover. After I've had too much whiskey, I cook myself a large flank steak, pan fried and salted butter. I eat that, put on a pair of wet socks and go to sleep.
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