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Park Safety 

Leslie goes on a crusade to improve park safety after Jerry is mugged, which is later discovered to be a lie. Meanwhile, Ron tries to teach the office self-defense, but winds up injuring Andy instead.


Michael Trim


Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
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
Andy Samberg ... Carl Lorthner
Phil Reeves ... Paul Iaresco
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Mo Collins ... Joan Callamezzo
Braden Lynch ... Reporter #1
Courtney Lamb ... Reporter #2


After Jerry gets mugged by a bunch of kids, Leslie meets with the head park ranger in hopes of improving park safety. Meanwhile, everyone tries to be nicer to Jerry once he returns to the office. Written by NBC Publicity

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Andy Samberg portrays a park ranger, a form of law enforcement, in this episode. He currently plays a detective in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. See more »


In the home movie, Jerry is shown using his right arm to eat his burrito, seconds after he's supposed to have dislocated his shoulder. If he really had just dislocated his arm, he wouldn't be able to raise it, let alone eat with it. See more »


Ron Swanson: Welcome to the emergency self-defense class. I'll be showing you how to escape from a variety of situations while inflicting maximum damage on your attackers.
Andy Dwyer: Ron, do you think that maybe I should put Mark in a headlock? That way, I can show everyone how to escape a pervert?
Mark Brendanawicz: In the scenario you just laid out, you're the pervert. You understand that, right?
Andy Dwyer: You wish.
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References Laverne & Shirley (1976) See more »


Parks and Recreation Theme
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Performed by Gaby Moreno
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Andy Samberg guest stars
6 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

"Park Safety" is what I would consider to be an average episode of Parks and Recreation. There isn't anything necessarily wrong with it. It's funny and has a good guest appearance from Samberg. However, it is kind of forgettable. There aren't a lot of memorable scenes in this episode or ones that help evolve the show. With that being said, it's still solid, and an average episode of Parks is better than a lot of sitcom's best episodes.

Even though this episode's main plot is more of a vehicle to give Andy Samberg great comedic moments, it does serve as maybe the first major storyline to feature Jerry as the central character. Up to his point, Jerry has been mainly just the show's punching bag, but here we see how he is actually somewhat respected and not just constantly bullied all the time. However, by the end of this episode, Jerry has the ultimate "Jerry moment" as we find out more about what actually happened at the mugging for which he was injured.

The side-plot includes Ron Swanson teaching a self-defense course to the Parks Department. We've seen Ron hunt, play saxophone, and woodwork, and now apparently he even knows judo. We also see a love triangle start to form between Andy, April, and Ann. Andy sure has changed a lot since he was living in a pit in the beginning of the season and Ann notices this.

We are starting to get towards the end of Season 2 and I think it's safe to say that the show has found its footing and its episodes like this that prove that even when the show isn't at its best, it still puts out very entertaining content.

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18 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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