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Sweetums 

Leslie and Ron become adversaries when a dishonest candy company vies for a concessions contract, while everybody else in the department reluctantly helps Tom move out of his house.

Director:

Dean Holland

Writers:

Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 3 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
Justin Theroux ... Justin Anderson
Phil Reeves ... Paul Iaresco
Don McManus ... Randall
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Jama Williamson ... Wendy Haverford
Gary Weeks ... Nick Newport Jr.
Blake Lee ... Derek
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Leslie and Ron become adversaries when a dishonest candy company vies for a concessions contract, while everybody else in the department reluctantly helps Tom move out of his house.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Tom says, "Justin's my savior; he's like an issue of GQ that's come to life." After landing the starring role in the HBO series The Leftovers (2014) and his high-profile marriage, actor Justin Theroux became a frequent model for the well-known men's magazine. See more »

Quotes

Leslie Knope: Hi Marci.
Marci: Leslie! Are they finally teaching your parks department how to read?
[laughs]
Marci: Oh, I guess not! It's a movie.
Leslie Knope: You're pretty cocky for someone who's job is obsolete because of the Internet.
[Leslie and Marci laugh]
Marci: Let's see. Hmm. You seem to have a forty dollar late fee on a book called MYSTERIES OF THE FEMALE ORGASM.
Leslie Knope: NO I DON'T!
Marci: Yeah, you do.
Leslie Knope: Ann, grab the movie!
[...]
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References Encyclopedia Brown (1989) See more »

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I Gotta Feeling
Performed by The Black Eyed Peas
Written by Fergie, Will.i.am (as William Adams), Taboo (as Jaime Gomez), David Guetta, Apl.de.Ap (as Allan Pineda) and Frederic Riesterer
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"What's so bad about corn syrup? It's natural. Corn's a fruit. Syrup comes from a bush. "
5 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

Pawnee has to be one of the best fictional towns in television history. Much like Twin Peaks or Springfield for example, the town of Pawnee is almost like a character in itself. It has its own personality and quirks just like the characters do, and it's episodes like "Sweetums" that give the town a unique and distinctive perception.

One of the best running gags in the entire series is how corpulent Pawnee is, and their love for junk food and sugar. This episode showcases this front and center as we see Leslie trying to protest a potential sponsorship deal between the Parks Department and local candy manufacturer, Sweetums. Sweetums is introducing a new "nutritious" snack called NutriYum Bars that are supposedly supposed to be very healthy but turns out are actually terrible for you (8 grams of fat per serving, 4 servings per bar). In the best scene in the episode we see Leslie initiate a public forum to make Pawnee citizens aware of how unhealthy these bars actually are. At this forum we get many great moments. We find out more about Sweetums and their company's CEO, Nick Newport Jr. The citizens of Pawnee voice their opinions on the matter, who seem to agree more with Ron's views on what we should and should not eat. "The whole point of this country is if you want to eat garbage, balloon up to 600 pounds and die of a heart attack at 43, you can! You are free to do so. To me, that's beautiful." This sequence is simply Parks and Recreation at its best.

We get a few side-plots as well, that are not as good as the main plot, but still very enjoyable. We see the rest of the gang help Tom move out of Wendy's home since they recently separated. The highlight of this episode is the introduction of DJ Roomba, Tom's iphone/speaker/vacuum device. We also see April's romantic feelings for Andy blossom a little more. I like the direction this show is going with these two and is bringing out more personality for the characters, especially with April's character.

Overall, "Sweetums" is a very funny and smartly written episode that has many great lines and moments. I love how this episode is a satire on our country's poor eating habits and also very fairly expresses both liberal and conservative views without teaching us a lesson on who is right and who isn't. This is what Parks does best and is something that they will explore even more in later seasons.


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