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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.


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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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Release Date:

18 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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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 »


Many of the outdoor scenes with vehicles show standard Indiana license plates on the front of the vehicles, while in fact, Indiana does not require front license plates, only rear-facing ones. See more »


Leslie Knope: I feel like we're responsible for this.
April Ludgate: Why? We didn't mug Jerry.
Leslie Knope: Well, why was he in the park in the first place?
Tom Haverford: Because we tricked him into going there. I don't see the connection.
Leslie Knope: I don't know. This is on us. It's karma.
Tom Haverford: Wouldn't it be karma if we were the ones that got mugged?
April Ludgate: Yeah. That's how pathetic Jerry is. He can't even get karma right.
[All laugh]
Leslie Knope: No, that's not funny.
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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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