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Beauty Pageant 

Leslie serves as a judge in the Miss Pawnee Beauty Pageant but is disappointed with the results, and Ann finds out that her ex-boyfriend Andy is living in the pit.


Jason Woliner


Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Poehler ... Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones ... Ann Perkins
Paul Schneider ... Mark Brendanawicz
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson (credit only)
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Louis C.K. ... Dave Sanderson
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Jim Meskimen ... Martin Housely
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Susan Yeagley ... Jessica Wicks
April Eden ... Trish Ianetta (as April Marie Eden)
Linda Montana ... Denise
Anne Gregory ... Susan (as Anne Elizabeth Gregory)


Leslie serves as a judge in the Miss Pawnee Beauty Pageant but is disappointed with the results, and Ann finds out that her ex-boyfriend Andy is living in the pit.

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Release Date:

1 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


NBC set up a website for the event at, with biographies of the contestants and judges, lists of previous winners and a downloadable version of Leslie's custom scorecard. According to the website, emcee Martin Housely owns his own tuxedo and PA system but "will need a ride to the event, due to pending legal action regarding DWI." See more »


After April brings Leslie a frozen coffee drink, Leslie pulls the spoon out of the cup. In the next cut from a different angle, she is pulling the spoon out again. See more »


April Ludgate: So, I was just at the grind and I thought you might want an iced mocha with extra, extra whipped cream.
Leslie Knope: Oh, my. Thank you so much, April. Wow.
April Ludgate: You're welcome. Oh, by the way, completely unrelated, I just signed up for the Miss Pawnee Beauty Pageant.
Leslie Knope: That's wonderful. You know, that is why I decided to become a judge. So that awesome girls like you who are not, you know, classically hot, can be rewarded for their intelligence and savvy.
April Ludgate: [to camera] Beauty pageants are idiotic, but I found out ...
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »


I Feel Love
Written by Pete Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer
Performed by Pageant Contestant
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More than just a parody on beauty pageants
28 July 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

Don't you just love watching a tv show when the wheels first start to set in motion? Characters become developed, the writers figure out what works and what doesn't, and the tone is just right. I believe we are finally at that point in this series, and "Beauty Pageant" continues the trend made by the previous two, solid episodes. I remember when I first started watching the show, it was these early Season 2 episodes that got me hooked, and when I first fell in love with the town of Pawnee and its characters.

"Beauty Pageant" works in similar ways like the Season 2 opener "Pawnee Zoo" does. Where "Pawnee Zoo" was a satire on gay rights in America, "Beauty Pageant" is a satire on women's empowerment. The thoughts and opinions on what women can and cannot do have changed drastically over the past century in our country. Heck, women couldn't even vote until 1920!! This perspective of women changed because of the powerful, outspoken women like Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, and Sandra Day O'Connor who helped change America for the better. Leslie Knope is, in a lot of ways, like a mini-version of these incredible women, who changed America, except Leslie Knope is trying to change a small town in Indiana. Hey, you gotta start somewhere!

The entire main plot at the beauty pageant is comedic gold. Leslie has become a judge at the Miss Pawnee beauty pageant. Unfortunately, the four other judges (one of them being Tom), have a different outlook on women, and tend to go the more traditional route and choose the most attractive. It is a "beauty" pageant after all, but you have to admire the total will and determination of Leslie in this episode. I think it is episodes like these, that prove Leslie Knope is one of the greatest sitcom characters of all time.

The B-plot at Ann's house is ok, but is thankfully saved by Andy Dwyer's appearance, who is still living in the pit right behind Ann's house. Chris Pratt is so funny in these scenes, but if you really think about it, Andy Dwyer is an insane weirdo. Can you imagine if someone in real life actually did this? They would probably be arrested! Pratt really toes the line between insanity and hilarity so well.

For an episode that does not feature Ron Swanson one bit, "Beauty Pageant" is very funny and just proves how deep this talented cast is. Also, how introspective the writer's have become in highlighting important political issues in our country.

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