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Galentine's Day 

Leslie and Justin try to reunite Leslie's Mom with an old flame for Valentine's Day, only to discover he's a total loon. And Justin's rude behavior during the entire episode causes Leslie to look at him in a new light.

Director:

Ken Kwapis

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
Pamela Reed ... Marlene Knope
John Larroquette ... Frank Beckerson
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Jama Williamson ... Wendy Haverford
Blake Lee ... Derek
Josh Duvendeck ... Ben
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When Leslie hears her mom's story about an old flame, she and her boyfriend Justin track him down and reunite them on Valentine's Day. Meanwhile, Andy and his band are nervous about playing a gig at the Senior Center. Written by NBC Publicity

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Amy Poehler's character references Jennifer Aniston in her list of people who deserve to be happy in a relationship, stating, "Stay away from John Mayer." In May 2011, guest star and boyfriend of Poehler's character, Justin Theroux, and Aniston began dating, a year after this episode aired. The two married in 2015. See more »

Quotes

Tom Haverford: Some champagne?
Wendy Haverford: Uh, no, thanks.
Tom Haverford: Come on. This is Armand de Brignac. Jay-Z drinks this.
Wendy Haverford: Yeah, well, Jay-Z doesn't have to perform surgery in an hour.
Tom Haverford: You don't know Jay-Z's schedule. He's a renaissance man.
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References The Golden Girls (1985) See more »

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Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
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Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Mouse Rat
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"He's a tourist. He vacations in peoples' lives, takes pictures, puts them in a scrapbook, and moves on. All he's interested in are stories. "
5 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

"Galentine's Day" is frankly an episode that is a whole lot better than it had to be. For most sitcoms, having an episode take place on Valentine's Day is all they need in a premise. However, this episode is perfectly structured, original and simultaneously ends some already on-going storylines, while even further developing current ones. It's funny, sweet, smartly written, and just a straight up blast from beginning to end.

The episode is all about the Parks Department attending the Edward Phillips Senior Center Valentine's Dance where Leslie plans on reuniting her mother with an old flame who she decades ago lost touch with. An idea made by her current boyfriend, Justin. In this, we get a great guest appearance from veteran actor John Larroquette. All the best scenes occur at the dance as we see April's crush on Andy continue to grow, which Aubrey Plaza does a wonderful job portraying by the way. Andy's rock band, currently named Mouse Rat, makes another appearance. They are forced to play old tunes to blend in with the environment rather than play their original songs. I frankly love the covers, and enjoyed how actually good they are. The writers purposely didn't make them terrible just for comedic purposes.

I know this is just a sitcom episode, and I may be overanalyzing this, but I do see this episode as a wise depiction on life and love. If you really pay attention to how characters act in this episode, you can start to put the pieces together on what makes people fall in love, how to connect with others, and even form meaningful bonds that last. As someone who has seen this show from beginning to end, I can honestly say I have learned a lot about life from watching this show, and it is episodes like this one that offer great life lessons. The show is more than just a joke machine, which is what makes it so great.


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