Episode PremiereOctober 03, 2013
Show Period2009 - now
Production CompanyDeedle-Dee Productions, Universal Media Studios
Cast and Crew
- Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
- Rashida Jones as Ann Perkins
- Aziz Ansari as Tom Haverford
- Nick Offerman
- Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate
- Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer
- Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt
- Jim O'Heir
- Rob Lowe as Chris Traeger
- Paul Schneider as Mark Brendanawicz
- Kristen Bell as Ingrid De Forest
Leslie is preparing for a press conference before the annual Pawnee-Eagleton Tip Off Classic, a high school basketball game that pits the rival towns' high school basketball teams against each other. Traditionally, the towns engage in a friendly wager before the game, but Leslie has decided to use the press conference as an opportunity to take a few pot shots at the uppity residents of Eagleton and the press eats it up.
After the press conference, Chris informs Ben and Leslie that Eagleton has requested their assistance with a financial matter that could be disastrous for Pawnee's rival city. Ben and Chris, who have a history of heroic accounting, relish the opportunity, but Leslie just wants a front row seat when her nemesis goes down in financial flames. Upon reviewing Eagleton's financial records, Ben and Chris quickly discover that Eagleton's financial quandary is worse than they imagined.
Back at the office, Ron solicits help from Tom and Donna to get himself off of "The Grid" after receiving a pennysaver catalog at Diane's address. Tom and Donna try to convince Ron that the grid is good, but Ron refuses to accept it. Meanwhile, Ann escorts April to the nearby town of Bloomington to tour the veterinary school to which April was accepted, but April doesn't seem too excited about her new adventure.
During their budget assessment meeting, Ben and Chris quickly discover why Eagleton is in such financial turmoil: their budgeting strategy is completely reckless. Leslie seizes the opportunity to present an "I Told You So" PowerPoint presentation, which doesn't help matters at all.
With help from Tom and Donna, Ron embarks on a citywide quest to rid any evidence of his existence. Meanwhile, in Bloomington, Ann embarks on a baby supply-purchasing mission with fantastic results. She begins to see the benefits of a world outside of Pawnee. April, on the other hand, is not at all excited by the opportunities that Bloomington presents to her.
As Ron, Tom and Donna assess Ron's efforts to eliminate any evidence of his existence, Tom casually mentions that he's been documenting Ron's efforts to get off the grid on Facebook. He immediately sees the error of his ways. In a fit of panic, Ron tries to erase Tom's Facebook posts and accidentally posts a Vine video of himself, adding to the problem.
At the Pawnee-Eagleton basketball game, Leslie witnesses a heroic display of teamwork when two Pawnee players help an injured Eagleton player off the court. She realizes that, while she relished the opportunity to ridicule Eagleton's lack of fiscal responsibility, the mature thing to do is to help her neighbors. With her newfound maturity, she quickly develops a way to help Eagleton out of its crisis.
Later, Diane tells Ron that, while she understands his desire to get off the grid, he has a family now, and along with that comes the responsibility to be reachable. She provides Ron with an emergency cell phone so that she and the girls can reach him at a moment's notice and Ron agrees to accept the responsibility. After a day in fabulous Bloomington, Ann decides that perhaps she and Chris should think about raising their baby somewhere other than Pawnee, which doesn't exactly provide a healthy habitat for an infant.
The next day, Leslie announces her plan to the press: Pawnee will absorb Eagleton (and some of its financial debt) in order to keep the city from disintegrating. It's a gamble, and she knows that she may fall out of favor with many Pawnee residents and fuel the Knope recall campaign that's already gaining momentum. Nonetheless, it's the neighborly thing to do.