Parks and Recreation

Episode 2.18 : The Possum

  • Parks and Recreation
    • Episode Premiere : March 11, 2010
    • Distributor : NBC
    • Genre : Comedy
    • Seasons : 2
    • Show Period : 2009 - 2015
    • Production Company: Deedle-Dee Productions, Universal Media Studios
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Cast and Crew

The Story

While Ann waits in the office for April, Tom takes the opportunity to give Ann her belated Valentine's gift. But when Ann realizes it's a teddy bear with a nanny cam built in, she rejects the gift. Donna, on the other hand, decides to snap it up.

Ann is paying April $50 to watch her house while she is out of town. She would have asked Leslie, but considering the clutter in Leslie's house, she felt April was the better choice. Plus Ann felt it would give her and April a chance to get a little closer and become friends.

Evelyn from the mayor's office pays Leslie a visit to ask for some help with a certain possum situation at the Pawnee Municipal Golf Course. The mayor's dog, Rufus, was bitten by a possum while on the course and Evelyn has come to ask for Leslie's help in capturing it.

Leslie is all too familiar with "Fairway Frank," the possum who bit Rufus. Fairway Frank is third on Pawnee's Most Wanted Pest list. Since Animal Control is not an effective government office in Pawnee, Evelyn is asking Leslie to form a task force to capture Fairway Frank. Leslie gladly accepts the challenge.

April brings Andy a cup of coffee to help with his case of "shoeshine head," a disease Andy has diagnosed himself with after shining too many shoes and breathing in the fumes. Coffee, luckily, is one of the cures.

When Ron plans an expansion on his workshop, he asks his buddy Mark to sign off on the plans. But, Mark insists on an inspection of the shop before signing off. Upon inspection, Mark finds numerous code violations and won't sign off on the expansion plans until Ron fixes them all.

After Leslie assembles the task force with Tom, Andy, Brett and Eugene from the Animal Control office, they all head over to the golf course to catch Fairway Frank.

Leslie spots Fairway Frank on the course. When she looks up to get Tom's help, he is running as far away from the possum as possible. Back at Ron's workshop, Ron decides to slice the Indiana code book that Mark gave him in half.

While Leslie sets up a plan to catch the possum, Andy swoops in and grabs him. Evelyn joins the task force on the golf course with Fairway Frank in a cage and congratulates them on a job well done. She gives Leslie her business card and tells her that when she needs a favor, she should not hesitate to call.

Just when Evelyn walks away from the task force, Leslie spots another possum crossing the golf course, forcing her to question whether or not the possum Andy caught was in fact Fairway Frank.

As a PR opportunity, the mayor's office has set up an interview with a journalist from the Pawnee Journal. Shauna, the journalist, interviews Andy and Leslie about Fairway Frank's capture. Leslie, hesitant to label the possum as Fairway Frank, asks that he be referred to simply as "a possum."

When Shauna suggests to Andy that perhaps the article will change Ann's mind about breaking up with him, his interest is piqued. April however, seeing this happen, storms out of the office upset. Then, in Mark's office, Ron tries a different approach to get him to sign off on the expansion plans. But, Mark still refuses.

Leslie confides in April that Fairway Frank may in fact not be Fairway Frank. She enlists April's help to get the possum out of the office, saving him from death, until Leslie can prove otherwise. Leslie distracts everyone while April walks out with the possum.

April decides to take the possum back to Ann's for safety. When she lets it out for water, she can't get it back into the cage. April opens up to Leslie about Andy, but quickly changes the subject.

Mark shows up to help Ron get his workshop up to code. Once complete, Ron surprises Mark with a canoe in his office.






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