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Harvest Festival 

On the day before the Harvest Festival, a local Native American leader places a "curse" on the event because Leslie refuses to give in to his demands.


Dean Holland


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




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 (credit only)
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Mo Collins ... Joan Callamezzo
Jonathan Joss ... Ken Hotate
Joseph Russo ... Kiley (as Joey Russo)
Jay Jackson ... Perd Hapley
Becky Thyre ... Tania


With the fate of her entire department hinging on the success of the Harvest Festival, Leslie deals with last-minute problems with a Wamapoke tribal leader, who threatens to put a curse on the event. Meanwhile, April is upset with Andy, while Ann gets romantic advice from an unlikely source. Written by NBC Publicity

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Did You Know?


The book that Ron is reading at the Harvest Festival is 'The Nutmeg of Consolation' by Patrick O'Brian, the 14th book of the Aubrey-Maturin series, the same series from which the Peter Weir film ' Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World' (starring Russell Crowe) was drawn. See more »


The haunted house in Poltergeist was built on a regular cemetery, which explicitly wasn't tribal land. See more »


Ken Hotate: [performing a ritual in Wamapote] No one can understand me anyway. Doobie, doobie, do!
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References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »


American Girl
Written by Tom Petty
Performed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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All Hail Li'l Sebastian
12 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

This episode is a big episode. Not only is the Harvest Festival finally about to start, something that the season has been building towards since the season opener, but more importantly it introduces Li'l Sebastian. A miniature horse that is treated like the second coming of Jesus Christ. When the Parks Department finds out that Li'l Sebastian will be in attendance at the festival, everyone flips out in excitement and glee. My favorite reactions are from Ron who jumps up and down and giggles, acting like a kid in a candy shop. Everyone seems to LOVE Li'l Sebastian, except Ben who just doesn't understand what all the fuss is about. "I don't get it. At all. It's kind of a small horse, I mean what am I missing? Am I crazy?"

Everything seems to be going smoothly until word spreads that the site is cursed due to Li'l Sebastian going missing. The entire episode revolves around Leslie trying to keep the festival from becoming a total disaster and the rest of the department searching for the missing tiny horse.

There is so much great stuff to take away from this episode: Ken Hotate messing with white people; Andy not saying "I love you" back to April; Donna giving Ann dating advice; and Ben and Leslie dorkinly (is that a word?) flirting with one another by pretending to shoot lasers from their hands. This episode is a ton of fun and it builds to a great ending which I won't spoil, but is one of my favorite final shots in any Parks episode.

Quick side note: One of the issues I have with Season 3 is that the main arch for the season ends too soon into the season. Surprisingly though, the season does not lose its momentum despite not having a main arch to follow for the rest of the season. There are even more classic Parks episodes still to come in this season, so stay tuned!

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17 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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