The Parks & Recreation Premiere
In Ron's office, Leslie pleads her case to form a committee with a travel pillow around her neck, taped closed with a little duct tape. She says you see things differently "in the pit," and shows him pictures of the eyesore, including one of her motionless body at the bottom of it. Ron THs that he never wanted his Parks department to build any parks, because he doesn't believe in government, saying it's a waste of taxpayer money. So he's who Mark was warning Leslie about! He also says he wants to see the Parks department privatized, and run like Chuck E. Cheese. He loves their business model, and would work there in a heartbeat. He tells Leslie he'll think about it, but then throws her pictures away after she leaves.
Back from commercials, Leslie is harassing Ron constantly, pretending the staff is asking her about the park, that there's a phone call about the park, that her clavicle still hurts, reverse psychology, Post-Its... everything. Ron says she's like a little yappy dog. As Tom and April discuss which of their falling Leslie photos is the best, Mark walks by, and they show him the best ones, including an up-skirt shot. Mark is concerned whether she's all right, and confiscates the upskirt. (April says she'll print more.) At his desk, he gets an e-mail forward of yet another Leslie picture, and THs that Leslie is unique. While he lost his enthusiaasm for government after two months, Leslie has held onto hers for six years. He breaks one of his rules of survival and goes to Ron, asking him to give Leslie the park. He's cashing in a favor that Ron apparently owes him, and Ron is surprised he'd use it for this. It must be a humdinger.
Ann shows up at City Hall and learns from Leslie's guided tour that it was the first building in America with locks. Leslie is showing her a particularly gruesome mural of a massacre when Tom runs up and tells them that the committee has been approved. Leslie likens her chairing a committee at the tender age of 34 to a rocket ship. Mark stops by the office to congratulate her, and Tom is already pouring the champagne. As Leslie throws a couple of flutes back, Tom THs that she always gets smashed at office get-togethers, and he always convinces her to do crazy stuff, like make out with the water delivery guy or stop an actual crime while dressed as Batman (not Batgirl, Batman) for Halloween. Drunk on a couch with Ann, Leslie THs that America is awesome, full of hope and delicious beverages and hot guys. We see the two of them drinking with Mark, and for some reason I am picturing this particularly hot guy possibly coming between them. Because Ann's boyfriend is an even more insensitive tool than Roy, and Ann is slightly more assertive than Pam, which means he's going to get ditched soon, especially since he's listed in the opening credits as a "special guest star." As Leslie gets a refill, Ann TH-vows to stick with the project for as long as it takes, even if it takes... two months. That seems optimistic. Leslie starts singing "Lady Marmalade," because, of course, Ann is her soul sister.