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‘There Will Be No Fucking Vegetables!!’ Hercules Loves Tonight’s Fifth Season Premiere Of PARKS AND RECREATION!!

I am – Hercules!!

NBC says of “Ms. Knope Goes To Washington”:

Leslie and Andy visit Ben and April at their new jobs in Washington D.C., and Leslie feels overwhelmed by the city -- especially after meeting two of her idols. Meanwhile, Ron throws a "thank you" barbeque for the entire Parks and Recreation staff.

The teleplay for this one is credited to Aisha Huharrar, also credited with last season’s hilarious “Bus Tour” episode. More in the text invisible.

* The four clips above begin the first, second, third and fifth scenes of tonight’s episode.

* Huh! The fifth scene is slightly different in the last clip than it is on the screeners sent to the press.

* As reported elseswhere, the two Leslie idols are female U.S. senators – Olympia Snow and Barbara Boxer. They are numbers four and 26 on Leslie’s List of Amazing Women.

* As described in the fourth scene, Ron’s plans for the barbeque -- even if they didn’t stand in sharp contrast to Leslie’s -- are truly horrifying and super-hilarious.

* We get an interesting update on the roller-coaster Ann-Tom romance.

* Leslie is mistaken for a famous actress by a Japanese tourist. (Hint: not Amy Poehler.)

* The promos spoil John McCain’s surprise cameo in tonight’s episode. What they don’t spoil is that it’s pretty funny.

* It’s amazing how a summer away makes me forget how insanely sexy Rashida Jones is.

* Great line: “We’re not doing any of that.”

* Another great line: “Spin it around; back it on up.”

* How does it end, spoiler-boy? “Two hundred dollars cash!! Up front!!”


9:30 p.m. Thursday. NBC

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  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:17 a.m. CST


    by GeptaOO1

    I <3 this show

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Love this freakin show

    by hspahr

    Thank god it's back

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Shame that Leslie Knope and Gob Bluth are no longer together.

    by tylerzero

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Way better than the Office

    by Wcwlkr

    When I first heard they were doing an Office spin-off I was like why? But this show is way funnier than the Office.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    April went to D.C.?

    by Timahh

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    April went to D.C.?

    by Timahh

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    April went to D.C.?

    by Timahh

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    C-C-C-Combo Breaker

    by Timahh


  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    April went to DC?

    by xcornealiousx

    Appears so. But I didn't realize that until you 'combo'ed it 20 times. But ya bummer on Knope and Gob. Parks and Rec is superior to The Office.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I don't think you're allowed to break your own combo.

    by thedude2010

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    How come no mention of SNL Weekend update Thursday?

    by Cedric Ford

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    Harvest Festival, gay penguins, water fountain project, logo redesign, smallest park ever, Lil' Sebastian appearances, the Lil' Sebastian funeral, the Eagleton fence..... That's just off the top of my head. Don't say they can't make any good stories out of Parks and Rec as a setting for the show. Leslie didn't run for mayor, she ran for city council, a position which is stated several times as "not interfering with her work with parks and rec." I won't knock your opinion on the show as you're entitled to it and I respect that. However, this is one of the few instances on AICN where the love is probably going to outweigh the hate. Be prepared for that.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Also, I rewatched S4 over the last week.

    by BlaGyver

    Jerry (Gary?) and Perd Hapley are criminally underrated as characters and actors. Those dudes rule.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by SantiagoAndDunbar

    You're an idiot.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10 a.m. CST


    by ghoulstock

    God I'm so pumped that this show is back. Definitely my favorite comedy on TV right now. I'm usually a pretty gloomy, grumpy guy, but this show is so good natured and hilarious that it always manages to make me feel good.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    I think that's what's refreshing about it: it's such a good-natured show. Whereas shows like Always Sunny and The League (I actually love The League, don't get me wrong) are kind of about assholes who think they're good guys, Parks and Rec is a show about people who have the best intentions, even if they would never admit it.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I'm not sure...

    by emteem

    ...that Herc thinking Rashida Jones is sexy really qualifies as a spoiler that needed to be put it in the invisible text portion.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Rashida is a pleasure to behold. how could you forget that?


    though it seems like each time she's onscreen, it's like you've seen her for the first time, so I guess i get what you are saying. and with glasses on in Jeff who lives at home? purr.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    oh wait, not jeff who lives at home- Wilfred. wtf was I thinking


  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    A Good Fisting

    by 2for2true

    aaah, shit....I laugh at that joke every time I think about it....has to be the first time a major network show has done a fisting joke. You fuckin' rule, Amy.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Gary Gergich. Jerry Gergich. God, They're Both Horrible.

    by Crow3711

    Fucking Hilarious. So excited, thank god this show is back.

  • that Leslie is actually very good at her job, unlike a Michael Scott, who suceeds despite himself. And although the characters are exaggerated, they are not human cartoons as they are on 30 Rock.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Cedhollywood, was your ex a Parks and Rec fan?

    by BlaGyver

    That's the only excuse I can think of for this....

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Anybody check out the S4 blooper reel yet?

    by BlaGyver

    Everybody loves a good comeback.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    they clearly don't say "Fucking

    by Chadley BeBay

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    they clearly don't say "Fucking" in the episode

    by Chadley BeBay

    so why print that ya dummy?

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    chadley bebay

    by Puf

    Sure they will, they'll just bleep it out. Ron Fucking Swanson.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Wheres The office and SNL talkback?

    by Paul

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST

    If you don't like Parks and Rec

    by ghoulstock

    You have no soul. I don't mean to sound over dramatic or use hyperbole, but if you don't like this show even a little bit, you are a worthless human being and deserve to be fired out of a cannon into the sun.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Love this show

    by theGoldbergV

    Had never seen it before and watched seasons 1-4 over the course of a month. It's hilarious. Can't believe no channel in the UK has picked it up.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Excited for Big Bang Theory and The Office to be back.

    by Paul

    Plus an SNL political episode. Great stuff! Plus Person of interest returns next week!

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Making Pawnee as rich and detailed and fucked up

    by BlackLodger

    as the rest of the cast was a genuis move that, unfortunately, The Office never thought to use. Some of my favorite bits involve the general populice of Pawnee. Or the other floors of their building. Any bit of Pawnee history. Those wonderful paintings. Local TV. No show does that kind of thing! The fake town in The Onion News show comes close...

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    paburrows_rises, hilarious post

    by spacehog

    Thanks for that. I thought all the humor would be in the headline, but then you added those two zingers into the body. ''Person of Interest'' in particular had me in stitches; thanks again!

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 4:20 p.m. CST

    blacklodger totally agree

    by jsfithaca

    whenever they hold the public town halls i laugh my ass off at things people complain about. also how about the way everyone in pawnee drinks from a water fountain? too good

  • There's really not a bad episode in the whole batch. The very worst ones are still perfectly watchable and have a couple good laughs. And those episodes are few and far between the moments of absolute brilliance.

  • I love parks and rec it makes me happy unlike almost all other shows. this is the last season for community, 30 rock and the office. and they half seasoned this season of parks. So please everyone watch it so they dont chop this great show down too

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    eat your vegetables!

    by Matthew

    vitamins minerals and fiber guys, eat your damn veggies. I am in between Ron and Chris, I eat bacon but also carrots. Parks is such a sweet show just just guys who only eat meat will have heart disease and think eating healthy is being an extreme health nut like Chris, drives me mental but that is my problem. When the office, 30 rock, and community are gone at least I will still have Parks and Rec I hope. Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, and now Parks get their own talkback, can't complain. Fringe will need its own too, or fridays talkback will be all about fringe and community. Arrow might be cool though

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Hard to believe it made it 5 years....

    by Dan

    With such like the big gang bang polluting the airwaves... Parks and Rec is a gem.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by Paul

    Your welcome, figured that I would invade this talkback since Herc hadn't made a Thursday one yet, but he finally did.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    I'm ready for some pure joy

    by buffywrestling

    aka Parks & Rec.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Ron Fucking Swanson

    by buffywrestling

    Here's my permit.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Leslie's City Council gig is illegal

    by OutsideChance

    It's a basic premise of "conflicts of interest" law. You can't hold an elected office that has supervisory or budgetary authority over your appointed office. In Pawnee, the City Council has been shown to have both supervisory (at least indirect) and budgetary (direct) over the Parks Dept. Normally, I'd say "hey, its TV, give it a pass," but on this show these type of dilemmas are often major plot points (for example, Leslie's inabilty to date Ben while he was her boss). Furthermore, those plot points are usually in the service of illuminating just how ethical Leslie tries to be at her. As such, I just find it off putting that missed such a common sense, basic, rule of good government when crafting the current set up.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Stupid Swamp Town!

    by buffywrestling

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Ugh. I don't like seeing optimistic Leslie so discouraged

    by buffywrestling

    Where's my joy???

  • he was a caricature of the character tonight..the meat and beer thing was taken to the extreme, and he did things Ron would never do- 1) flip his shit 2) speed through a park full of people. in a cast of goofy characters, he's supposed to be funny because he's so straight and serious in the things he believes in

  • He's done other "crazy" things that had to be reeled in by other characters, much the same way Chris had to rectify his behavior at the end tonight. Swanson is in no way the "straight man" of the show, if anything the only two people that served as straight anything were Anne and Mark(that was his name, right?) and thank god they got rid of that boring slab of meat guy and made Anne pretty funny too. This show is interesting in that it doesn't have any straight man characters at all anymore- it simply uses the characters against eachother in a great series of checks and balances, some weird sort of rock-paper-scissors type play on characterization that completely works without being overblown or out of character. People can appear in specific scenes as the "Straight man" for the scene, only because the person playing against them is either more rediculous or completely opposite in their stance.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I'll actually back Zombot on this one.

    by BlaGyver

    I don't so much think he was a cartoon, I just feel like he was written tonight like a fan writing a spec script. Not the best episode but far from the worst. I'm sure it'll pick back up with Leslie back in the Parks office.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:11 a.m. CST


    by songfighter

    Ron was missing a lot of his charm tonight.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    i thought ron was hilarious tonight

    by jsfithaca

    the whole pig thing was funny and his permit cracked me up. i also loved chris's raisins scene. so funny

  • that's the better way of describing it.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    ...with zombot on this one.

    by D_T

    You know, it's not so much that he flipped out (like somebody pointed out, it's happened plenty of times in the past) ... it's how the flipout was written. Generally the writers do a better job at what I guess I'd call a controlled nuclear blast ... last night was kind of a runaway meltdown. Still funny, just not the way I prefer to see Ron written.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST


    by D_T

    We're going to this new BBQ joint today (huge beer selection including an outstanding local brew :D ), anyway, feel like ordering some Tom.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Glad I am not the only one let down...

    by GooBoy

    I love this show! I travel all over the country in my car and most of that time is spent listening to Parks & Rec, Arrested Development or News Radio (We miss you Phil Hartman). I could not have been more excited for tonight's episode...but it just felt like a pilot episode where people hadn't found their footing yet. The writers didn't get anyone right, really. Ron was a caricature of Ron Swanson (not to mention the man that believes there are three acceptable haircuts: High and tight, crew cut & buzz cut had a poofy hair thing going on last night) And I am not typically one to knock something as silly as make-up on a sit-com, but why the hell did Aziz look like an Indian zombie through the episode and the lovely Rashida Jones looked like a meth head? Is there some sort of "Everyone but the Actors" strike going on? Please pull it together for episode 2. The show has so much more to give.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by mgmontgomery

    I never really thought about that, because it seems like a natural progression to go from being in charge of a department to a councilperson for the whole city. I did always think Chris's active participation in Leslie's campaign was a little shady though, since he was the city manager.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST


    by OutsideChance

    It would be a natural progression if, after she won, she resigned her Parks job. However, from what i understand she still holds both offices, thereby creating the conflict of interest. In regard to the City Manager, Chris could probably support Leslie on his own time, but he had to be prepared for the fallout if she lost (and I thinks they even mentioned once that he was aware if she lost her opponent would push to have him fired). The bigger ethical issue there was him and the rest of the staff using city offices, city resources and city time to run her campaign. That was overtly illegal.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    And, yeah, Ron got a little Flandersized last night

    by OutsideChance was funny up to and including the 'permit' gag but after that it turned into a caricature of the 'real' Ron. The real Ron is an extremist about many things but-absent an appearance by Tammy-he's an extremely controlled and competent guy. He'd never put on a BBQ that wasn't run like clockwork. Witness his burger challenge against Chris in an earlier season.

  • Sept. 22, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST


    by don

    You are dead on, I was thinking the same thing. They are going to run this character into the ground. How long before he's on a motorcycle jumping a shark cage?