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Flu Season 

Leslie gets the flu right before an important fund-raising pitch for the Harvest Festival, Chris tries frantically to avoid catching the bug, and Ron hires Andy to replace April while she is out.


Wendey Stanzler


Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Amy Poehler ... Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones ... Ann Perkins
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Adam Scott ... Ben Wyatt
Rob Lowe ... Chris Traeger
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Brent Briscoe ... JJ
Jeanne Simpson ... Diane
Terrence Beasor ... Ed
Frank Noon ... Business Man
Michael McGreevey ... Preston


While planning for the local Harvest Festival, Leslie is struck with the flu and is forced to go to the hospital. Ron and Andy have a day of male bonding, and Tom hits the spa. Written by NBC Publicity

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Release Date:

27 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though Leslie, April and Chris are supposed to be sick with the flu, the symptoms they exhibit suggest Norovirus. The flu is a respiratory illness and does not cause vomiting or diarrhea. See more »


When Tom is introducing Leslie for the Chamber of Commerce, the binder in Leslie's lap switches from sitting upright against her stomach to flat on her lap several times. See more »


Tom Haverford: I think I should drive you to the hospital.
Leslie Knope: Was I wearing a tiara when I came in here? Because if you happen upon it, will you have Lady Pennyface retrieve it and send it post-hence?
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References Quantum Leap (1989) See more »


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One of the best episodes of the series
11 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

Who knew watching sick people could be so funny!

"Flu Season" is a perfect example of a Parks and Rec episode that works so well because the characters are put in situations where they are forced to not act themselves. We see many characters like April, Leslie, and Chris, who have been affected by the flue epidemic that is swarming Pawnee, and it is their lack of health where they hilariously act abnormal. The writers are smartly able to use these situations for comedic purposes. It asserts superiority for us viewers, very similarly to the way we can laugh at someone who is falling down. The funniest character to see in this condition is Rob Lowe's Chris Traeger, who up this point has been basically a perfect guy with absolutely no flaws.

This episode is as tightly written as they come. Basically every scene and almost every single line is hilarious. I would say this is probably one of the most quotable episodes in the series. Some great ones include: "You had me at Meat Tornado;" "Stop...Pooping;" "Good evening, everyone. I'm Leslie Monster. And this is Nightline;" And my personal favorite: "Leslie, I typed your symptoms into the thing up here and it says you could have network connectivity problems." (Completely improvised by Chris Pratt himself). This episode has a perfect mesh of incredible writing and incredible performances, and the results are comedy at its best.

There is literally too many great things I can say about this episode, it would be impossible to mention all of it just in this review. (I sounded like Chris Traeger just then). We have a brilliant main storyline that brings out new sides to these already great characters. A just as good side-plot with Andy Dwyer and Ron Swanson who form an unlikely bond with each other. And even another funny plot with Tom interacting with older gentleman at a spa. Because of all these reasons, I would put this episode towards the top among the best episodes of the series. I could literally right an entire essay on the brilliance of the episode (there I go again), but I will allow you to watch it yourself so you can form your own thoughts and opinions on the episode and see if you agree or disagree with me.

Quick side note: A majority of the scenes take place at the hospital, and its worth noting just how important Ann's character is in this episode. She is basically the "straight man" in all these comedy scenes who is tasked to maintain composure with characters who are acting insane. Without her, this episode would not have worked nearly as well.

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