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Summer Catalog 

Preparing the Summer Events Catalog, Leslie decides to take Ron and the past directors of the Parks Department out for a picnic lunch. Tom enlists the help of Ann and Mark to pose for the cover photo.

Director:

Ken Whittingham

Writers:

Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 3 more credits »
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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
Michael Gross ... Michael
Jack Wallace ... Clarence
Dakin Matthews ... David
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Mike Mauloff ... Bouncer
Ana Rey ... Marta
Meg Wolf Meg Wolf ... Woman
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Preparing the Summer Events Catalog, Leslie decides to take Ron and the past directors of the Parks Department out for a picnic lunch. Tom enlists the help of Ann and Mark to pose for the cover photo.

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Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In Parks and Recreation: The Stakeout (2009), Leslie never finds out who planted the marijuana in the pit. In this episode, Michael mentions that he has planted marijuana in community gardens throughout Pawnee. See more »

Goofs

After April isn't allowed into the bar, Andy decides he shouldn't date her because she is only 20. However, in Parks and Recreation: Leslie's House, he demonstrates that he is already aware of her age. During Leslie's dinner party, where Andy is working as a server, he takes April's alcoholic drink away after she hurts his feelings by complimenting Justin, telling her she is underage and he could lose his "liquor license." See more »

Quotes

Tom Haverford: Modern life. Where are we running? Sometimes what we want is not always where we are... Are we alone? Is the real winter inside our hearts? We are all struggling for definition in a world that resists our increase.
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References Mad Men (2007) See more »

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Parks and Recreation Main Theme
Composed by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones
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"Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food? " "People are idiots, Leslie."
6 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

As we get closer and closer to the finale of Season 2, we start to see some on-going storylines evolve even more. We see one relationship start to blossom while another one begin to fade. "Summer Catalog" is an episode that has a fantastic main plot that pretty much carries the entire episode. I consider this one to be one of the better episodes of Season 2, so let's discuss!

The episode centers around the Parks Department creating a Summer Catalog for Pawnee as Leslie organizes a reunion with Ron and his former predecessors. She plans on using this story to post in the Summer Catalog, but things don't go quite as expected. (Do they ever?) Tom, Ann, and Mark decide to go a different route in producing content for the catalog as Tom decides to take photographs of Mark and Ann at a park.

This episode contains a lot of great comedy; mostly in the main storyline at the picnic where Leslie reunites Ron and the former Parks Department directors. You thought Ron was bad at his job, just wait until you hear the stories from the previous directors. They make Ron look like, well, Leslie Knope! It's hilarious seeing how the men all hate each other and the funny insults they spit at one another. What's also great in this storyline is all the April and Andy scenes, including my favorite moment: sweater swap! These two have fantastic chemistry, and it is simply a joy whenever they have scenes together. There's also a very underrated scene outside of a bar between the two that showcases a rare serious Andy scene. I like how they don't make his character just a straight-up goofball.

This episode does what a lot of Parks episodes do where it gives us a lot of conflict throughout the episode, but eventually ends with a very pleasant and tender climax. I love all the moments at the very end of the episode, and it is those scenes that catapult this to a 9/10 rating.


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