As Leslie seeks to pass the Leslie Knope Fun in the Sun Act, which will allow the city's pools to stay open for longer and thus give the Porpoise ("Eeeeeiiieeeee!") swim team more time to practice, she will be forced to make some tough decisions. How much is a vote worth? How much is she willing to sacrifice for a noble cause? Was Ann right about how Leslie would look with a perm?
We'll Jam Out to Some Sweet Tuneage
The DC contingent is feeling lonely. They miss Leslie, Andy, offensive Native American murals, and sloppy water fountain drinkers. It's time, they declare, to take a road trip to Pawnee! That is, if Ben can survive ten hours in the car with April (Audrey Plaza
). "She's like the little sister I never had," Ben says, "Because the little sister I do have is normal and not terrifying." So April grabs some snacks, Ben grabs some music and his Star Trek: The Next Generation
fan fiction, and the two hit the open road. Strike that, the heavily-trafficked road. Ron and Diane, Sittin' in a Tree … K-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I-Is that a Bird?
The 311 hotline, meanwhile, is struggling. It's impossible to be routed to the right department, Jerry somehow finds himself on the end of a 911 call, and none of the appropriate authority figures are available to speak to the concerned citizens. Basically, it's a metaphor for small town government. Frustrated that one woman isn't able to connect with the right person to fix a pot hole in front of her house — it's not a pit, but I'll take it — Ron grabs Andy, his Food 'N Stuff workers gloves, and a bag of asphalt and heads to fix the offending hole himself. (No, Chris, that's not an innuendo).
Sparks fly as Ron gazes into Diane's (Lucy Lawless
) eyes. She shops at Food 'N Stuff, she wants to learn how to fix the pothole so next time she can do it herself, and she speaks in a no-nonsense monotone that exudes authority, confidence, and a slight sensuality. If there were ever to be a woman in which Ron Swanson would meet his match, it would be Xena: Warrior Princess.
But Diane is a single mom and, as Ron puts it, her life is "messy." Or maybe Ron is just a coward. Either way, he may let her daughters put make-up on his face and stickers in his mustache, but he will not pursue her. That is, not without a little help from Andy. Andy Dwyer: Matchmaker, works his magic and Ron agrees to go out with Diane. The stage is set for hilarity with these two in upcoming episodes. You Can Really Taste the Ignorance
Leslie is desperate to make her Fun in the Sun bill a law, and if City Councildouche Jam won't help her — which he won't by the way, unless she agrees to give him her office — she's going to find someone who can. Enter, Councilman Milton, who entered the City Council in 1948 as a member of the Dixiecrat party, a group whose platform was to deintegrate baseball. That Jackie Robinson, what a life ruiner! Unfortunately, after a Caesar salad-fueled lunch, Leslie is no closer to getting what she wants from Milton.
This means, Leslie must make a game-time decision in the City Council meeting. Does she hope Milton, a racist man with faulty hearing, pulls through? Or does she make a deal with the Devil and trade in her office, private bathroom, parking space, and slightly-crooked teeth for Jam's vote? Leslie goes the latter route, and in doing so passes the Fun in the Sun Act for the Porpoises ("Eeeeeieeeee!"). Because happy Porpoises make for a happy Pawnee. But, we must ask, at what cost? This seems like a slippery slope for Leslie. Do not compromise! Maintain your integrity! Don't let Tom smoke in your office!
Oh yeah, and Ben and April ran out of gas before they got on the highway and never made it to Pawnee. Best line of the night:
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