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Sister City 

Leslie welcomes a delegation from Pawnee's sister city in Venezuela, whose goal is to humiliate their hosts.

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Michael Schur

Writers:

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

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
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer (credit only)
Fred Armisen ... Raul
Federico Dordei ... Elvis
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Loudon Wainwright III ... Barry (as Loudon Wainwright)
JC Gonzalez ... Jhonny
Carlos Carrasco ... Antonio
Mel Cowan Mel Cowan ... Red-Faced Man
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Leslie plays host to the Parks and Recreation department from Pawnee's sister city, Boraqua, Venezuela, and is shocked at the cultural differences. Tom becomes an errand boy, and April plays hard to get. Written by NBC Publicity

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Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Raul says his hometown has the "Parque del Este". This is the most famous park in Caracas, Venezuela's capital. It was renamed "Parque Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda". See more »

Goofs

The uniforms that the Venezuelans wear are US Army uniforms with US Military medals and badges arranged randomly. See more »

Quotes

April Ludgate: My mom's Puerto Rican. That's why I'm so lively and colorful.
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References American Idol (2002) See more »

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Parks and Recreation Main Theme
Composed by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones
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"My mom's Puerto Rican. That's why I'm so lively and colorful."
29 July 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

Up to this point in Season 2, all the episodes I have rated have been a 9 or higher. It's a pretty impressive streak, but unfortunately "Sister City" ends the 9+ streak with only a 7 rating. That's not necessarily "terrible" but, to me, it just isn't nearly as good the previous episodes. The episode does feature some good stuff, and I would be remiss not to mention any of it, but I have to bring up some of the flaws as well.

"Sister City" is centered around one main storyline that takes up the entire episode. The town of Pawnee gets a visit from their twin city, Boraqua (a city in Venezuela). This meeting is meant to help promote commercial and cultural ties between the towns. However, things don't quite go as expected. The expectations that Leslie and the gang have for this small, Venezuelan town are completely flipped upside down. They are actually flowing with cash and to make matters worse are extremely cocky and vile. (I don't know a lot about Venezuela, but I do know they have A LOT of oil). It's a good premise, and we get a great guest appearance from Fred Armisen. I frankly couldn't see anyone else who could do this role as well as him. I wouldn't be surprised if they wrote it especially for him.

As I mentioned before, this storyline takes up the entire episode. Now, normally with Parks episodes, there is a main storyline and some side-plots as well. Frankly, I think this episode suffers a little without some other storylines to help keep it flowing. This main story just isn't strong enough to keep the momentum going for the entire 20 minute runtime. There are some great moments like the Venezuelans treating Tom like their servant, and the men flirting with Donna, but it does drag on quite a bit and doesn't flow as well as some of the better episodes in Season 2. I'm also not Venezuelan, so I have no say in the matter, but I wouldn't be surprised if some Venezuelan people were to be offended by this episode. They are portrayed as terrible people in this. But I guess it wouldn't have been as funny if they were just "super nice people."

All flaws aside, "Sister City" still is a pretty solid episode that focuses on cultural irony that many small countries seem to be richer than the "grand" country that is America. We get a Pawnee town hall meeting which is always great, and also some great April deadpan humor. However, overall this episode falls a bit flat and just doesn't stick the landing as well as many other Parks episodes do.


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