Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
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Leslie sets up a camping trip to brainstorm for new ideas, but she's the one who surprisingly can't come up with anything. Meanwhile, Chris returns to Pawnee as temporary city manager, causing further confusion for Ann.


Rob Schrab


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
Phil Reeves ... Paul Iaresco
Annie O'Donnell ... Elsa
Andy Forrest ... Kyle


Leslie takes the whole department camping in order to brainstorm new ideas. Meanwhile, Andy attempts a romantic gesture for April, while Ann gets nervous when Chris returns to Pawnee as the new city manager. Written by NBC Publicity

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24 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When he is fishing with Jerry, Ron Swanson is wearing a hat from "Minooka, Illinois". Nick Offerman was raised in Minooka. See more »


Ron Swanson: All due respect Ms. Clack, stick a German muffin in it.
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References Top Chef (2006) See more »


Parks and Recreation Main Theme
Composed by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones
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"Fishing relaxes me. It's like yoga except I still get to kill something."
12 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

Don't you just love it when television shows decide to change things up for an episode and put all the characters into a new setting. For a majority of the episode we see the entire Parks Department NOT at City Hall, but instead they are out camping. For most of these characters this is unfamiliar territory and we see all of them trying to adjust to a new habitat. This episode is not great because of its premise or how influential it is to the series. It's just a flat-out hilarious episode with many quotable lines and funny moments.

The premise is very simple. The entire department going camping to try and figure out a new and better idea than the Harvest Festival, which was a major success. That's pretty much all this episode is about, yet it's still so funny because of how fleshed out and different all these characters are from one another. All these characters have their own identity and traits: Tom brings a decked-out tent that he names Skymall which includes a tv, dvd player, xbox, and a fondue maker; Ben clearly has never been camping before in his life. "I'm just gonna sleep on the floor. It's called the ground when it's outside;" April hates camping and will only go because of Andy, but Andy is lost and can't find the campsite; And Ron on the other hand loves camping, but would rather do it alone. I love the scene where he is fishing and Jerry is telling him really uncomfortable, personal stories. Ron's face is priceless.

I personally love episodes like this that focus more on the characters and not on a convoluted story. There are no guest stars or really any ongoing storylines that need to be continued. It's just a simple episode that focuses entirely on this wonderful cast and their characters. For a lot of shows, it could have been a boring, filler-type episode, but for a show like Parks, it works because of the great cast.

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