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Leslie's House 

Did Leslie abuse her power by bringing in community center teachers to her house to help throw a dinner party to impress her new suitor?


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Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 3 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
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Justin Theroux ... Justin Anderson
Bonita Friedericy ... Maria
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Jama Williamson ... Wendy Haverford
Blake Lee ... Derek
Josh Duvendeck ... Ben
Stewart Skelton ... Phil
David Diaan ... Saïd


Did Leslie abuse her power by bringing in community center teachers to her house to help throw a dinner party to impress her new suitor?

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At the beginning of this episode, Leslie mentions a date with Justin that took place at the Indianapolis Aquarium. It's an amusing creative liberty to take with the city because Indianapolis actually doesn't have an aquarium. There is one building with several small aquatic areas, but it's only one part of the much larger Indianapolis Zoo. See more »


In Andy's talking head after he is invited to Leslie's dinner party, you can see lights and the sound stage outside the window behind him. See more »


Tom Haverford: Justin is hip. Pawnee is the opposite of hip. People in this town are just now getting into Nirvana. I don't have the heart to tell them what's going to happen to Kurt Cobain in 1994.
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An average Season 2 episode, but still with some big laughs
5 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

Up to this point, we have gotten to know much about how Leslie is at work. However, we still don't know much about her personal life. "Leslie's House" not only gives us an exclusive look to how Leslie interacts with a new boyfriend, but also what her home life is like. A place she keeps very private, not even us viewers have been inside.

The episode is all about a dinner party that Leslie has at her home and the whole idea is to impress her new spontaneous and adventurous boyfriend, Justin, played by Justin Theroux. Now, this is just my opinion, but I was never a big fan of this character. Not anything against the actor who portrays him, but I just don't think the character is that funny, and his chemistry with Leslie isn't that great. Probably the funniest scenes involving Justin are the ones with Tom, who in desperate attempts, is always trying to impress him.

This storyline takes up the entire episode, so there are no other side stories to be seen here. Very similar to the problem I had with a previous episode "Sister City" I just don't think the storyline of Leslie throwing a dinner party is strong enough to carry the entire episode. With that being said, this is Parks and Recreation, so an average episode is still very good. There are great moments here and there, but it just isn't as tightly written as some of Park's other great episodes. Some highlights of this episode include: the introduction of Leslie as a hoarder; Tom eating a large pepper; and the introduction of Barney the accountant, who gives a very tedious presentation that almost bores everyone to death.

Overall, this episode just doesn't have enough juice to remain consistently funny the entire runtime, but we do get some very funny moments at the dinner party. I mean, when you put all these great characters in the same room, there is bound to be some great, laugh-out-loud moments!

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21 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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