Leslie faces threats and backlash if she votes in favor of a "soda tax," Ben tries to suck to his interns after he discovers that they're politically connected, and Andy's efforts to get in shape send Chris into a depression.



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Leslie engages on her first mission as city councilor: Passing a city-wide tax on giant sodas. Chris helps Andy get in shape to prepare for his police entrance exam. Meanwhile, Ben struggles to connect with the interns in his office. Written by Mark

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27 September 2012 (USA)  »

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Ben references having played ultimate frisbee in college in this episode. This is another early reference to his alma mater, Carleton - revealed in the next season episode, _"Parks and Recreation" (2009) {Prom (#6.18)}(#6.7)}_ - which is particularly well know for its ultimate frisbee team. See more »


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Parks and Recreation Soda Tax
28 September 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

In Washington and Ben/April get gifts from their loves but they are sad because they live so far away from them. Leslie wants to put a tax on Sugar as she feels the people of Pawnee are not in the best shape because of the sugar. In Washington Ben is annoyed at the fact that people are typing in different fonts. Andy needs training to a police man and he asks Tom/Chris to help which is bad combo of people. Leslie try's to get things moving in government and she is not being listened to about how their is unhealthy opinions in Pawnee. Leslie learns that if her tax goes through she will make people loose her jobs. Ben try's to connect with his workers so he acts like he is their age which is very awkward. Back to Pawnee and it seems Leslie is being recalled for office. Andy also must run for his wife but Chris has no one to run for. At the vote Leslie gets sick from drinking all the soda. When Ben finds out who drew the pictures the workers say it is his daughter April who is not actually his daughter. Leslie learns Ron tried to fire her four times which is surprising because I thought they were close. Then Chris learns he has nothing wrong with him other then he is alone so he is told to get a therapist. Chris with the advice from Tom makes the goal to climb his mind of Everest. When Leslie makes her vote she votes for the tax, even if she gets some enemies. April forces people to do work and it's hilarious. OK episode and Nick Offerman is great so far this year.

EPISOE GRADE: B+ (MVP: Adam Scott)

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