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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When Andy and Tom were talking to Chris, Andy gets bored and tells Tom to time him while he runs around City Hall. When Andy came back and asked what his time was, Tom says 43, but his actual time was 31 secs. See more »


At the town hall meeting, Leslie asks the townspeople to hold up green squares if they agree and red if they disagree. In the next few shots, several townspeople are shown holding yellow squares (presumably neutral). This is never addressed. See more »


Leslie Knope: Okay, anyone else?
Pearl: Yeah. If we put a tax on soda, I mean, what's next, income?
Leslie Knope: Sir, you don't pay your income tax?
Pearl: Whether or not I pay income tax is none of the government's business.
Leslie Knope: No... well... No, actually, it is.
Pearl: Well, you don't know my name or what I look like, so good luck finding me!
Terrence: I think we should tax all bad things. Like racism, and women's vaginas.
Ann Perkins: We're not taxing anyone's genitals.
Terrence: Then what the hell are we doing here? Come on, boys!
[Terrence and several other men walk out]
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References Risky Business (1983) See more »


Parks and Recreation Main Theme
Composed by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones
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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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