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'Parks and Recreation' Season 4 Episode Guide

Episode Guide to the 2011-2012 Season of 'Parks and Recreation' on NBC


Parks and Recreation

Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones and Aziz Ansari in the episode 'The Comeback Kid' from 'Parks and Recreation' Season 4

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Episode 11
“The Comeback Kid”
Original Airdate: January 12, 2012

Leslie relaunches her campaign with Ann as her campaign manager and the rest of her co-workers as her campaign team. Ann tries to convince a former high-school basketball star to re-create his famous slam dunk at Leslie’s campaign rally. The preparation for Leslie’s rally is a complete failure. Chris tries to help Ben cheer up instead of wallowing in his depression at home. After the disastrous rally, Leslie hires Ben to be the new campaign manager even though her relationship with him has damaged her campaign, because she needs someone with real experience.

Episode 12
“Campaign Ad”
Original Airdate: January 19, 2012

Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd), the moronic heir to the Sweetums fortune, is running for city council against Leslie and is way ahead in the polls. Ben proposes a negative campaign ad, but Leslie wants her campaign to stay positive. Ben creates a more balanced ad, which attracts attention online. Leslie and Ben meet with a whiny Bobby Newport, and strengthen their resolve to beat him. Chris spends time with Ron to test out promoting him to Ben’s old job. Andy and April discover health insurance and go to the doctor for the first time in years.

Episode 13
“Bowling for Votes”
Original Airdate: January 26, 2012

After a member of a focus group says that Leslie doesn’t seem like someone he would go bowling with, she decides she needs to prove that she’s fun. The campaign hosts a bowling night for Leslie to interact with the public, but she’s obsessed with winning over the guy from the focus group. When the guy acts like a jerk, Ben punches him. Jerry, Chris, April, Andy and Donna compete to raise the most money for Leslie during a phone drive. Jerry’s daughter arrives and breaks up with Chris.

Episode 14
“Operation Ann”
Original Airdate: February 2, 2012

Leslie decides that she needs to help Ann find a man for Valentine’s Day. At the Parks Department’s Valentine’s Day dance, Chris (heartbroken over his breakup with Jerry’s daughter) DJs and plays horribly depressing music, while Ann meets a parade of pathetic suitors. Leslie sends Ben on a crazy scavenger hunt to find out where their Valentine’s Day date is, and he enlists Andy and Ron to help him. Ann secretly ends up on a date with Tom.

Episode 15
“Dave Returns”
Original Airdate: February 16, 2012

After his one date with Ann, Tom gets overly enthusiastic about their budding relationship, and it drives Ann crazy. Andy writes a theme song for Leslie’s campaign and enlists everyone in the department to sing on the recording. Leslie meets with the police chief to try to get his endorsement, and runs into her ex-boyfriend Dave (Louis C.K.), who’s in town for the chief’s retirement party. At dinner with Leslie and Ben, Dave tells Leslie he’s still in love with her, and she has to fend him off.

Episode 16
“Sweet Sixteen”
Original Airdate: February 23, 2012

Ron tells Leslie that she needs to take a leave of absence to work on her campaign, but Leslie insists that she can take care of her job duties and her campaign. She attempts to plan a surprise birthday party for Jerry, which turns into a disaster. She finally agrees to cut back to 10 hours a week at work while still campaigning. Tom and Ann fight over a bunch of silly things and keep complaining to April about each other, and she inadvertently helps them become closer. Chris bonds with Andy and April’s dog Champion.

Episode 17
“Campaign Shake-up”
Original Airdate: March 1, 2012

While he’s off cavorting with women in Spain, Bobby Newport hires a tough, experience new campaign manager (Kathryn Hahn) who undermines Leslie’s ideas and humiliates her in the media, causing Leslie and Ben to worry that their comeback in the polls will be short-lived. Chris wants to hire a new employee to pick up the slack from Leslie cutting back on her hours, but Ron resists. Ron gets the department to pull off a major project to prove they don’t need help, and April steps up to lead. Ron convinces her to take on some of Leslie’s duties so Chris doesn’t need to hire anyone.

Episode 18
Original Airdate: March 8, 2012

Leslie lands a big interview on an important Indianapolis talk show, but she has to do it right after she’s been out drinking with Ann and Tom. She gets into a fight with the condescending host (Sean Hayes) and tries to get him not to air the segment. The footage gets lost at the airport, though, so it can’t air. After passing his women’s studies class, Andy invites his professor out for dinner with him, April, Ron and Chris. April tries to set the lonely Chris up with the professor, but the professor hooks up with Ron instead.

Episode 19
“Live Ammo”
Original Airdate: April 19, 2012

Leslie convinces a city councilor to cancel budget cuts to the parks department, but the cuts end up causing the closure of an animal shelter instead. When Leslie’s alternative solution leads to Ann’s job being slated for elimination, Leslie convinces Bobby Newport’s campaign manager to have Bobby use his personal fortune to save the animal shelter. As part of the vetting process for being promoted to assistant city manager, Ron has to go with Chris to a meditation center. Chris offers Ron the promotion, but then Chris learns that if Bobby Newport gets elected, Chris will lose his job.

Episode 20
“The Debate”
Original Airdate: April 26, 2012

Leslie gets ready for her debate with Bobby Newport and the other city council candidates. Ann and Tom break up, and Chris decides to move in on Ann. She rebuffs Chris' advances, and leaves the door open to getting back together with Tom. April and Andy host a debate-watching party for Leslie's biggest donors at their house, but they can't watch the debate because Andy forgot to pay the cable bill. At the debate, Bobby says that if Leslie wins, Sweetums may leave Pawnee, but Leslie crushes him with her closing statement.

Episode 21
“Bus Tour”
Original Airdate: May 3, 2012

Leslie takes a bus tour of Pawnee for one final campaign push. When Bobby Newport’s father dies, his campaign manager calls for Leslie to suspend her campaign, but Leslie pushes forward. She’s branded insensitive by the media, but after meeting with Bobby, she ends up with his endorsement. Chris tries to constantly find things to do to distract himself from his depression. Tom, Donna and Ron negotiate with an inconsiderate business owner to get the vans that the campaign has rented for election day.

Episode 22
“Win, Lose or Draw”
Original Airdate: May 10, 2012

On Election Day, the vote comes down to the wire, with Bobby Newport at first winning by 21 votes, and then Leslie winning by the same margin. She’s declared the final winner, and will be seated on the City Council. Bobby Newport’s campaign manager offers Ben a job in Washington, D.C., and at first he declines, but Leslie tells him he needs to follow his dreams, so he goes for it. Ron turns down the promotion to assistant city manager. April accidentally deletes all the computer files at the Parks Department when she’s left in charge, but Donna retrieves them.

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