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'Parks and Recreation' Season 5 Episode 17: “Partridge”

On tonight’s Parks And Recreation season 5, episode 17, “Partridge,” Leslie and Ben travel back to his hometown of Partridge, MN to accept the key to the city. Ron gets served a lawsuit from councilman Jamm, while Ann and Chris take a compatible parenting quiz.

The documentary cameras follow Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. In an attempt to beautify her town — and advance her career — Leslie takes on what should be a fairly simple project: help local nurse Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) turn an abandoned construction pit into a community park.

Opposing them are defensive bureaucrats, selfish neighbors, real estate developers, and single-issue fanatics — whose weapons are lawsuits, the jumble of city codes, and the very democratic process that Leslie loves so much. Leslie is alternately helped and undermined by her colleague, Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), who cheerfully exploits his government position for personal gain. She is also thwarted by her boss Ron Swanson, who is philosophically opposed to government in any form. Helping Leslie and Ann navigate the Pawnee bureaucracy is charismatic city planner Mark Brendanawicz, whose outlook has been soured by 15 years of public service. If they can pull it off, Leslie hopes that she also will have inspired her uninterested college intern April (Aubrey Plaza) and April’s whole generation – all the while moving one step closer to her ultimate goal: becoming the first female president of the United States.

Parks And Recreation season 5, episode 17, “Partridge,” airs April 4, at 8:30pm est on NBC. Spoiler pictures below:

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  1. Jason says:

    Looks like a lot happened on this episode of Parks and Recreation that I missed. I didn’t even know that the show was back until I walked into my office at DISH yesterday, and all of my friends asked me what I thought of Ben. I didn’t have time to watch this last night, but even though I don’t have a manual timer for this show, my DISH Hopper still records it for me. I enabled it to record all the primetime shows from the four major networks each night of the week, so I’ll get to see what I missed this week with Leslie and the gang.

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