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Parks and Recreation

Season 5 2012 - 2013

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  • 2012-09-21T08:00:00+08:00 on NBC
  • 22 mins
  • 7 hours, 42 mins (22 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy
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The series follows Leslie Knope, the deputy head of the Parks and Recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana. Knope takes on a project with a nurse named Ann to turn a construction pit into a park, while trying to mentor a bored college-aged intern. However, Leslie must fight through the bureaucrats, problem neighbors, and developers in order to make her dream a reality, all while with a camera crew recording her every gaff and mishap.


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22 episodes

5x01 Ms. Knope Goes to Washington

  • Season Premiere

    2012-09-21T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie and Andy visit Ben and April at their new jobs in Washington D.C.. Ron throws a thank you barbeque for the entire Parks and Recreation staff.

5x02 Soda Tax

  • 2012-09-28T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie wages war on obesity in Pawnee by passing a city-wide soda tax. Andy tries to get in shape for his police entrance exam. Ben struggles to connect with the interns in his office.

5x03 How a Bill Becomes a Law

  • 2012-10-05T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie helps a swim team get more practice time. Ron finds himself filling a pothole. April and Ben take a road trip to Pawnee.

5x04 Sex Education

  • 2012-10-19T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

An STD outbreak amongst Pawnee seniors prompts Leslie to conduct a sex education class. Ron helps Tom adjust to life without technology. Ben and April meet Congressman Murray for the first time.

5x05 Halloween Surprise

  • 2012-10-26T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

A job offer for Ben causes Leslie to contemplate their future. Ron and Andy take Diane's girls out trick-or-treating. Tom searches for a new business idea.

5x06 Ben's Parents

  • 2012-11-09T09:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie is nervous about meeting Ben's divorced parents. Tom prepares to pitch his new business to Ron with Jean-Ralphio's help. Chris rides an emotional rollercoaster.

5x07 Leslie vs. April

  • 2012-11-16T09:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie gets upset when April tries to get Lot 48 made into a dog park. Tom enlists Ben’s help as he tries to launch his new business venture. Andy hones his crime-scene investigation skills.

5x08 Pawnee Commons

  • 2012-11-30T09:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie is suspicious about a new park design from an Eagleton architect. Tom asks the office for help with his new business. Andy tries to make his job as a security guard exciting.

5x09 Ron and Diane

  • 2012-12-07T09:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Ron's nomination for a woodworking award is threatened by the arrival of Tammy II. Jerry hosts a holiday party and some of his friends are shocked to find they were not invited.

5x10 Two Parties

  • 2013-01-18T09:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Ben and Leslie's rival bachelor and bachelorette parties each take on a very different tune.

5x11 Women in Garbage

  • 2013-01-25T09:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie and April work as trash collectors to prove a point about gender in city government. Ron has his hands full while he babysits Diane's kids.

5x12 Ann's Decision

  • 2013-02-08T09:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Ann tries to get to know herself as Leslie meddles in one of her biggest life decisions. Things go south when Ben enlists the guys to help choose a caterer for the wedding.

5x13 Emergency Response

  • 2013-02-15T09:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie and Ben organize a black tie gala to raise money for their park. Andy prepares to take his Police Academy Exam. Ron fills in for Leslie on Pawnee Today.

5x14 Leslie and Ben

  • 2013-02-22T09:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie and Ben are getting married, and have to cram months of planning into two hours. Ron's temper gets him in trouble.

5x15 Correspondents' Lunch

  • 2013-02-22T09:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie's speech she prepared for a special event is stolen. Ben begins his new job at the Sweetums Charity Foundation. Ann summons the courage to ask an important question.

5x16 Bailout

  • 2013-03-15T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

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

5x17 Partridge

  • 2013-04-05T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie accompanies Ben on a trip to his hometown which has offered him a key to the city. Ron deals with a lawsuit filed against him by Councilman Jamm. Ann and Chris take a parenting compatibility quiz.

5x18 Animal Control

  • 2013-04-12T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie decides to give the Animal Control Department a much-needed makeover. Ann tries to get Ron the medical attention he needs. Ben, Tom, and Andy recruit donors for their charity foundation.

5x19 Article Two

  • 2013-04-19T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie works to get rid of outdated laws from the original town charter. April and Ron receive management training from Chris. Ben finds himself in a bidding war against Ann to win a present for Leslie.

5x20 Jerry's Retirement

  • 2013-04-19T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

When Leslie finds out Jerry is retiring, she struggles with the proper way to commemorate the occasion. Chris and Ann prepare to have a baby together. Tom worries he will become the office punching bag once Jerry leaves.

5x21 Swing Vote

  • 2013-04-26T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie deems Ron's budget-cut proposals unacceptable. Andy and Ben celebrate a big donation made to their charity. Ann tries to solve Tom's girlfriend troubles.

5x22 Are You Better Off?

  • 2013-05-03T08:00:00+08:00 — 21 mins

Leslie celebrates her first year as a city councilwoman. Retired Special Agent Burt Macklin is recalled to action. April gets some life-changing news. Tom debates a big business opportunity.

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