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Parks and Recreation Season 5 Episodes

22 Episodes 2012 - 2013

Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) does her best to improve Pawnee as a member of the city council, only to face frequent resistance from unhappy citizens, corporate interests and rival politicians. Elsewhere, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) decides to have a baby; Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) starts a new business venture; Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) tries to get over his depression; Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) dates a single mom; and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) and April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) work on a congressional re-election campaign in Washington, D.C.

Episode 1

Ms. Knope Goes to Washington

Thu, Sep 20, 2012 30 mins

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Barbara Boxer (D-Cal.) guest star in the Season 5 opener, which finds Leslie and Andy in Washington, D.C., visiting Ben and April at their new jobs. Back in Pawnee, Ron hosts a barbecue for the entire Parks and Recreation staff.

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Episode 2

Soda Tax

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 30 mins

Leslie decides to wage war on obesity in Pawnee in her first mission as city councilor by passing a city-wide soda tax. Meanwhile, Andy tries to get in shape for his police-entrance exam, and Ben struggles to connect with the interns in his office.

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Episode 3

How a Bill Becomes a Law

Thu, Oct 4, 2012 30 mins

Leslie helps a local swim team get more practice time by working on a new law that extends the hours at the community pool; Ron finds himself filling a pothole for a local woman (Lucy Lawless) as part of Chris' new plan to solve citizens' problems around the city; April and Ben take a road trip to Pawnee.

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Episode 4

Sex Education

Thu, Oct 18, 2012 30 mins

Leslie responds to an STD outbreak among Pawnee seniors by conducting her own sex-education class. At the same time, Tom finds himself gadget-less and turning to Ron for help coping with life without technology; and Ben and April have their first encounter with Congressman Murray.

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Episode 5

Halloween Surprise

Thu, Oct 25, 2012 30 mins

Halloween brings some upsetting news for Leslie in the form of a job offer for Ben. At the same time, Ron and Andy go trick-or-treating with Diane's daughters, while Tom looks for a new business venture.

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Episode 6

Ben's Parents

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 30 mins

Leslie is apprehensive about meeting Ben's divorced parents for the first time; Tom turns to Jean-Ralphio for help pitching his new business venture to Ron; and Chris finds himself on an emotional roller coaster.

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Episode 7

Leslie vs. April

Thu, Nov 15, 2012 30 mins

Leslie disapproves of April's plan to transform a lot into a dog park, while Ben gets roped into helping Tom launch his new business venture, and Andy finds himself playing crime-scene investigator.

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Episode 8

Pawnee Commons

Thu, Nov 29, 2012 30 mins

Leslie becomes suspicious when an architect from Eagleton responds to her public appeal for park suggestions. Meanwhile, Tom sets up his rent-a-swag business with help from the office; and Andy adds some excitement to his new gig as a security guard.

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Episode 9

Ron and Diane

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 30 mins

Ron's new girlfriend, Diane, meets his ex-wife Tammy Two when they all attend a woodworking-awards dinner. At the same time, Jerry throws a holiday party and not everyone is invited.

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Episode 10

Two Parties

Thu, Jan 17, 2013 30 mins

Councilman Jamm inserts himself into the bachelorette party Ann has planned for Leslie; at the same time, Chris throws a game night with the guys in honor of Ben's last days as a single man.

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Episode 11

Women in Garbage

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 30 mins

Leslie's push to get more women in government jobs results in her and April collecting garbage. Meanwhile, Tom asks Andy and Ben to teach him about basketball; and Ron takes on the responsibility of watching Diane's kids while their babysitter is out of town.

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Episode 12

Ann's Decision

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 30 mins

A string of failed relationships leads Ann to make a dramatic life decision. Meanwhile, Ben seeks advice on choosing a caterer for the wedding from Chris, Tom and Ron; and April is left with a task that Leslie usually handles.

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Episode 13

Emergency Response

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 30 mins

Plans to raise money for the park at a black-tie gala get thrown off track when Leslie is forced to take part in a citywide emergency-response drill. Meanwhile, Andy prepares to take the police-academy exam, and Ron fills in for Leslie on "Pawnee Today."

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Episode 14

Leslie and Ben

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 30 mins

Leslie and Ben have two hours to complete a yearlong project; at the same time, Ron's temper gets him in trouble.

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Episode 15

Correspondents' Lunch

Thu, Feb 21, 2013 30 mins

Leslie is at a loss for words after the speech she prepared for a special event is stolen. Meanwhile, Ben begins his new job at the Sweetums Charity Foundation; and Ann summons the courage to ask an important question.

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Episode 16

Bailout

Thu, Mar 14, 2013 30 mins

Leslie is determined to help a local video store stay in business, while Chris offers Tom advice on how to deal with a difficult employee. Elsewhere, Ann resorts to blackmail to get April to be her friend.

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Episode 17

Partridge

Thu, Apr 4, 2013 30 mins

Leslie accompanies Ben on a trip to his hometown of Partridge, Minn., where he has been offered a key to the city. Meanwhile, Ron deals with a lawsuit filed against him by Councilman Jamm; at the same time, Ann and Chris take a parenting compatibility quiz.

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Episode 18

Animal Control

Thu, Apr 11, 2013 30 mins

Leslie decides to overhaul the Animal Control Department, while Ann seeks medical attention for Ron. Elsewhere, Ben, Tom and Andy set out to recruit donors for their charity foundation.

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Episode 19

Article Two

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 31 mins

Leslie's latest goal is to get rid of laws that no longer make sense, while April and Ron receive management training from Chris. Elsewhere, Ben finds himself in a bidding war against Ann to win a present for Leslie.

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Episode 20

Jerry's Retirement

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 30 mins

Leslie wants to do something special to celebrate Jerry's retirement; at the same time, Chris and Ann prepare to have a baby together; and Tom worries about how Jerry's departure will affect him.

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Episode 21

Swing Vote

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 30 mins

Budget-cut proposals submitted by Ron would close down the local minigolf course, which seems unacceptable to Leslie. Elsewhere, Andy and Ben celebrate a big donation made to their charity; and Ann tries to solve Tom's girlfriend troubles.

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Episode 22

Are You Better Off?

Thu, May 2, 2013 30 mins

Season 5 ends with Leslie celebrating her first year as a city councilwoman; and Andy calling his alter ego, FBI agent Burt Macklin, out of retirement to help with an investigation. Elsewhere, April receives life-changing news; and Tom considers a big business opportunity.

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