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Ron: Tammy does not abide by the Geneva Convention.

The Pawnee city council is voting on whether to re-zone the Newport land for commercial use. If the consensus of the council is "yes", then Gryzzl will gain the rights to build a campus on the land, but if the consensus is "no", then the National Parks Service will acquire the land by default. To Leslie's dismay however, her old nemesis Jeremy Jamm holds the deciding vote. She meets with Jamm to ask him to vote in her favor, but he informs her his vote will be whatever his new girlfriend, Tammy 2, wants. Leslie sees this as an opportunity to persuade Tammy to have Jamm vote "no" in order to torture Ron. Tammy seems to agree to that, but when the time comes for the council to hear both sides' arguments, Jamm immediately declares his intention to side with Gryzzl. Tammy later admits to Leslie that she decided to side with Ron and Gryzzl in an attempt to win Ron back.

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Leslie resolves to break up Jamm and Tammy, but she can't do it alone as Jamm is completely domineered by Tammy, whose efforts to turn him into a clone of Ron have reduced him into a sad broken shell of a man. Leslie approaches Ron and calls for a temporary truce, and despite initially being wary, he agrees to help Leslie after seeing just how damaged Jamm has become. The pair take Jamm to Ron's cabin in the woods and put him through a number of Ron's "Tammy deprogramming" exercises to break Jamm free from Tammy's hold on him.

Ben and April attend a Pawnee "Walk of Fame" inductee ceremony to honor Joan Callamezzo, who has all but lost her mind over the last few years. Joan delivers a speech about how her career of being on TV is what she truly loves and always wanted to do, and says there's no point in doing work you don't love doing. The speech hits close to home for April, who comes to the conclusion that her parks-related work over the last eight years has never truly been her passion and questions her purpose in life.

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Tom's restaurant is successful, but he doesn't feel content as a single bachelor. When Andy recommends he get back in touch with his ex Lucy, the two travel to Chicago to find her.

April confides in Ben about her career crossroads and he offers to help her find a career she'll love. He asks her what her childhood dream job was, and April takes Ben to the mortuary. However, April is disappointed to find out that even working in a mortuary consists of doing paperwork. April feels discouraged and lost, but Ben comforts her by explaining that one disappointment should not stop her in her quest to find her calling.

Andy and Tom find Lucy soon after arriving in Chicago. After spending the day with her, Tom deduces that she could be the one, but he considers how it would work between them with Lucy living in a different city. He decides to ask her to move back to Pawnee under the guise of working for him as his company manager. She quickly agrees to the move but Tom is taken aback when he finds out Lucy already has a boyfriend. Nevertheless, Andy has high hopes for Tom and Lucy to get back together.

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Leslie and Ron take Jamm to the Pawnee Library so he can break up with Tammy. Tammy sees what's going on, and attempts to bribe Leslie with making Jamm vote on her behalf if she leaves their relationship alone. Despite the temptation, Leslie immediately rejects the offer. Jamm successfully breaks up with Tammy, even resisting the urge to have sex with her after Tammy gets naked in front of the trio.

The next day, Jamm informs both Leslie and Ron that he will be abstaining from the vote as he won't take sides between the two following their helping him break free of Tammy. His decision thus leaves the vote locked at 2–2. Despite a disappointing result, Leslie and Ron share a solemn moment with one another. Ron admits that he thought it was big of Leslie to not bend at Tammy's bribe, while Leslie extends her gratitude to Ron for helping her. The two then part ways as enemies once again.

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  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Leslie employs these repeatedly on Jamm while spraying him with Tammy's perfume as a form of "aversion therapy" (though she was probably also venting out her frustrations against him as well).
  • Break the Haughty: Jamm has been put through a brutal one courtesy of Tammy 2.
  • The Bus Came Back: Lucy comes back.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Joan Callamezzo is operating on a whole different plane of reality now.
  • Colon Cancer: Joan Callamezzo's memoir "Genius A'Flame: Joan Callamezzo: A Portrait in Words: Game of Joans".
  • Creepy Mortician: The manager at the mortuary April checks out is quite affable, but makes a lot of death related puns.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: April starts going on this path, wanting to find some kind of career she feels passionate about doing.
  • Enemy Mine: Leslie and Ron call a truce in their feud to help Jamm break away from Tammy 2.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As much as they both despise Jamm and are still embroiled in a bitter feud, Ron and Leslie are willing to put that aside to help Jamm escape Tammy 2.
  • Extreme Doormat: Jamm is one under Tammy 2 (pun intended). She has broken him down into a sad and hollow shell of a person suffering both emotionally and physically.
  • Hidden Depths: Joan gives a surprisingly heartfelt speech about following one's dreams and being passionate about one's work. It's this that causes April to question what she really wants to do with her life.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: While April's career questions could be chalked up to simple uncertainty and dissatisfaction, Donna cites April's horoscope ("Saturn's return") as the cause.
  • Nausea Fuel: In-Universe. Ben is extremely uncomfortable at the mortuary he and April visit and looks like he's about throw up the whole time they're there.
  • Noodle Incident: Donna was banned from every riverboat in Germany.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Ron cites this trope with regards to Jamm being broken by Tammy.
    Ron: When it comes to Tammy, the code is the same as the battlefield: First, you leave no man behind. Second, you must protect yourself against chemical warfare. Tammy does not abide by the Geneva Convention.
  • Only Sane Man: Between Ron (too used to Tammy's antics), Jamm (who has just successfully broken away from Tammy 2 with great effort and is now exhausted) and a librarian (who inexplicably shushes her when she protests), Leslie is the only one who acts appropriately when Tammy strips naked in the middle of the library in an attempt to maintain her hold on Jamm.
  • Reality Ensues: Jamm doesn't have Ron's superhuman constitution, so replicating his meat-and-whiskey diet utterly destroys his health.
  • Sanity Slippage: Joan Callamezzo has completely lost her mind during the Time Skip.
  • Serious Business: Ron compares fighting against Tammy to war.
  • The Tease: Jamm has never even done the deed with Tammy; she does, however, let him rub up against her leg sometimes.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the end, Jamm expresses his gratitude to Ron and Leslie for helping him by abstaining from the vote because he doesn't want to take sides.
  • The Vamp: Tammy tries to tempt Jamm back to her by offering to have sex with him. He's able to reject it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Tammy 2 has one while naked in the library with Jamm breaking out of her charms.
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