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Media Blitz 

Leslie hits the Pawnee media circuit to promote the Harvest Festival, but Ben freaks out on air when his past is exposed. Meanwhile, April threatens Andy that she'll leave for Indianapolis unless he does her chores.


David Rogers


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
Mo Collins ... Joan Callamezzo
Alison Becker ... Shauna Malwae-Tweep
Matt Besser ... Crazy Ira
Nick Kroll ... The Douche
Jay Jackson ... Perd Hapley


Trying to get the word out about the Harvest Festival, Leslie, Ben, and Tom do radio, TV and newspaper interviews. A media storm hits when Ben has to answer tricky questions about his past as a teen mayor. Meanwhile, Andy struggles to win back April's heart, and Ann summons the courage to discuss her relationship with Chris. Written by NBC Publicity

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Release Date:

17 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Crazy Ira & The Douche's first appearance on the show See more »


Ron Swanson: Do you fish, April?
April Ludgate: No. Fish are gross.
Ron Swanson: Let me give you a piece of fishing advice.
April Ludgate: I said I don't...
Ron Swanson: When you have a fish on the line, you don't just drag it behind the boat. You either reel it in, or you cut him loose. Especially if he's a nice fish with a big lovable fish heart.
April Ludgate: You don't know what you're talking about.
Ron Swanson: Maybe not. Maybe you really do hate Andy. Maybe moving to Indianapolis just to get revenge on him is a really good idea. What do I know?
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References RoboCop (1987) See more »


Hail to the Chief
Music by James Sanderson
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Adam Scott steals the show
12 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

Up to this point, the character of Ben Wyatt has been mainly used as the "straight man" in comedic scenes. His character has been pretty much a replacement of Mark Brendanawicz's character who left the series at the end of Season 2. Now, up to this point, you may be watching saying Ben Wyatt isn't much of a better character than Mark was, but after this episode, I guarantee you will change your mind.

The Harvest Festival is just around the corner, and Leslie, Ben, and Tom are out promoting the festival to different media outlets. We see the three at Pawnee's local radio show, Crazy Ira amd The Douche which is what initiates the main plotline. Ben, who is more of a behind-the-scenes guy gets asked a question on air, and he gets super awkward and can barely even answer the simple question that was asked. As we get further and further into this episode we find out more and more about Ben, and he embarrasses himself more and more. Adam Scott does a brilliant job portraying this and he is absolutely hysterical. When I first watched this, it was this episode where I realized the comedic talent that Scott really has. He is not just the "straight man" like Mark was. He can be one of the funniest characters when tasked to do so.

Meanwhile, April is still mad at Andy for kissing Ann. Andy is desperate and he pleads to April that he will basically do anything if it means they can be together. April decides to take advantage of this and basically tortures Andy into doing all her difficult chores. If there is one thing we can learn from this side-plot, it's to NOT piss off April. It's not one of the best side-plots in this season, but the payoff is very good.

Overall, "Media Blitz" is another solid Season 3 episode with great new characters, a story that progresses the overall season arch even more, and a brilliant performance by Adam Scott that fleshes out his character. In my eyes, this is one of the weaker episodes in Season 3, which just speaks to how great the season is, because I still think this is a very good episode.

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