Parks and Recreation: Season 2, Episode 1

Pawnee Zoo (17 Sep. 2009)

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Leslie becomes a political lightning rod when the penguin wedding she sets up at the Pawnee Zoo turns out to be for two male penguins.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon John ...
Man in Crowd
Will Rodriguez ...
Guy at Bar


Leslie becomes a political lightning rod when the penguin wedding she sets up at the Pawnee Zoo turns out to be for two male penguins.

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The episode in which Leslie accidentally marries two male penguins won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Individual Episode in a Series without a Regular LGBT Character. See more »


April Ludgate: Leslie!
Leslie Knope: Hey!
April Ludgate: Hey! This is my boyfriend Derek, and this is Derek's boyfriend Ben.
Derek: Hi.
Leslie Knope: Hey! Oh. Wait, sorry. What's the situation?
April Ludgate: What do you mean?
Leslie Knope: How does this work?
April Ludgate: Derek is gay but he's straight for me and he's gay for Ben and Ben's really gay for Derek. And I hate Ben.
Derek: It's not that complicated.
Ben: No.
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References Desperate Housewives (2004) See more »


Parents Just Don't Understand
Written by Pete Harris, Will Smith, and Jeffrey A. Townes
Performed by Amy Poehler
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Good season opener
9 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I originally thought Parks and Recreation was a cheap hack of The Office after seeing the pilot and judging it off as being so. But I'm glad I gave the show another shot. This episode was hilarious, well-written, and interesting.

In the episode, Leslie unknowingly marries two male penguins and subsequently causes chaos and unrest in the community of Pawnee. She is hated by some and loved by others, even to the extent of having three drinks in a gay bar named after her.

The characters of the show are quite likable, all except Mark in my opinion, and this episode shows it. Andy is at his best, comedy-wise, and so are the rest of the characters. This episode serves as a nice start to the second season.

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