Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
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Go Big or Go Home 

Leslie encourages Ann to go on a date with Chris so that she can ask for money for Leslie's department, while Ron, Andy, and Tom put together a two-team youth basketball league.


Dean Holland


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Poehler ... Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones ... Ann Perkins
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Adam Scott ... Ben Wyatt
Rob Lowe ... Chris Traeger
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Natalie Morales ... Lucy
Jama Williamson ... Wendy
Carlo Mendez ... Eduardo
Jason Boegh ... Bartender
David Trice ... Jesse


Leslie tries to convince Chris and Ben to give the parks department more money, and when she fails to persuade them, she enlists Ann's help. Meanwhile, Ron and Andy coach youth basketball, and April returns with surprising news. Written by NBC Publicity

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20 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ron throws the chair at the basketball game it is very similar to a famous incident with Indiana coach Bobby Knight, including Ron's outfit with the red sweater. See more »


When Leslie's harvest festival plan is approved Jerry is the only one holding the banner. Then when Ben throws the pumpkin everyone is holding the banner. See more »


Tom Haverford: Foul on #3 for taking a #2 on #4.
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References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »


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Written by Pitbull (as Armando Christian Pérez), T-Pain (as Faheem Rasheed Najm) and Sandy Vee (as Sandy Julien Wilhelm)
Performed by Pitbull
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Best opening of the series so far "Hippo feet"
26 June 2018 | by Brave_TraveIorSee all my reviews

Very funny episode from Ron Swansons chart defining capitalism and other funny things to Rob Lowe with a brilliant performance with a funny example at the bar buying the men drinks in return. Adam Scott the decision maker of the bad news especially because Rob Lowe relies on him in moments of questions not wanting to put out a negative vibe. I love how he finally calls Anne, he points at her and say, "Anne Perkins."

But my favorite of this episode had all his dialogue to good use with funny scenes. Andy or Chris Pratt is incredible! I love him and even Jerry/Jim O'Heir who continues to get disgraced and be the target of the butt end of the jokes. Hes the expense of all the laughter and he fits the part perfectly and being back and seeing him as he gets his perfect painting tossed into the pond is brilliant!

A lot of quotes this episode. This is my quest to finish parks and recs where I somehow stopped at season 2.

The end was fitting for my first PR episode back as its the first time a character looks at the camera in the episode. Audrey plaza tells her boyfriend from Venezuela that Andy just said he wanted to become a woman and he says to Andy to follow his dreams. Andy looks flabbergasted as he looks at him and realizes, wait this guy is so cool after Andy just confessed his feelings really. He thanks her boyfriend and is happy and walks away. Aubrey Plaza looks in the camera with that look as she is the best one to break the fourth wall by looking into the camera. It reminded me along with this first episode of s2 why it's so great. It reminded me of Jim even from the office.

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