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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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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17 September 2009 (USA)  »

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The storyline involving the male married penguins reflects real life, as the state of Iowa had legalized same-sex marriage (though obviously for humans and not penguins) when the episode aired. The movie Cedar Rapids would later have a scene that referred to the same legislation. See more »


Donna Meagle: Hey. Why are you all dolled up?
Leslie Knope: Oh, it's a long story. I'm the guest of honor at this gay bar tonight. I guess gay men are starting to like me. I dunno, I guess they think I'm fabulous or something.
Donna Meagle: Well, you look good, girl. You gonn' turn somebody tonight.
Leslie Knope: [laughs and walks away]
Leslie Knope: That was, hands down, the best interaction I've ever had with Donna!
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References Meet the Press (1947) See more »


Wedding March
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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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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