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Parks and Recreation

Episode 4.03 : Born & Raised

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

October 06, 2011

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Comedy

Show Period

2009 - now

Production Company

Deedle-Dee Productions, Universal Media Studios

Cast and Crew


Director

Dean Holland

Screenwriter

Aisha Muharrar

Main Cast

Synopsis


Wamapoke County Public Radio host Derry Murbles interviews Leslie about her new book, Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America. It details Pawnee's history from the point-of-view of its biggest fan.

Leslie signs and distributes copies of "Pawnee" to her friends in the Parks department. Ron likes it so much, he's adding it to his library of nautical books. Later, Leslie prepares for her interview with Joan Callamezzo for Pawnee Today. Leslie's biggest hope is that Pawnee will be selected for Joan's book club. Getting picked would guarantee great sales. Unfortunately, Tom's been having troubling securing Joan's seal of approval for Leslie's book. Rumor has it that Joan thinks there's a factual error in the tome.

Leslie tasks her pals with fact-checking her book. Ann uses it as an opportunity to bond with April and Ron, but she fails miserably. Meanwhile, Tom charms Joan before her interview with Leslie. Tom is determined to get Joan to pick Leslie's book for her club because he claims it will also benefit Entertainment 720 somehow. During Leslie's interview, Joan makes a startling accusation: Leslie wasn't born in Pawnee!

Tom flirts with Joan and invites her to lunch. When Ben asks Tom about the dubious strategy, Tom insists that he - and his company, Entertainment 720 - were hired to get that book club sticker for Leslie. A reading devolves into chaos when native Pawneeans accuse Leslie of being born elsewhere. At lunch, a drunken Joan tells Tom that she's recently divorced. When she excuses herself for a moment, Tom begs Ben to intervene somehow. Tom's afraid he won't be able to stop Joan's advances alone.

Political advisors warn Leslie that a growing number of Pawneeans think Leslie is a crazy-eyed liar. The only way Leslie can clear her name is if she goes to the Wamapoke County Records office in Eagleton so she can get a copy of her long form birth certificate. Unfortunately, when she, Chris and Andy ask for it, she's told it will take up to two months to get it. At lunch, even Ben's "nerd talk" can't stop Joan's advances. Instead, now she's not only hot for Tom, she wants to seduce Ben as well.

Tom and Ben take a slurring, barely-conscious Joan home. Looks like Leslie won't be getting that book club sticker anytime soon. Meanwhile, Andy - channeling his Secret Service persona - manages to get a copy of Leslie's birth certificate. Leslie's relieved until she realizes the horrible news: she's from Eagleton! Leslie asks her mom if it's true. Marlene admits that the Pawnee Hospital was overrun with raccoons so they were forced to deliver Leslie in snobby Eagleton.

Ann arrives at the Parks office with a gross story about a patient she saw at the hospital the night before. Finally, Ron and April are interested in talking to Ann. They're riveted by the disgusting story of a guy who got his bloody hand caught in a Pringles can. Chris urges Leslie to tell the public the truth about her birthplace. He feels that the voters will respect Leslie for it.

Ann arrives at the Parks office with a gross story about a patient she saw at the hospital the night before. Finally, Ron and April are interested in talking to Ann. They're riveted by the disgusting story of a guy who got his bloody hand caught in a Pringles can. Chris urges Leslie to tell the public the truth about her birthplace. He feels that the voters will respect Leslie for it.

Jerry tells Leslie that he's going to neighboring towns to continue corroborating the interviews in Leslie's book. Leslie can't bring herself to tell him that his task is wholly unnecessary.

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