Parks and Recreation

Episode 2.20 : Summer Catalog

  • Parks and Recreation
    • Episode Premiere : March 25, 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

Ron walks into the Parks Department wearing a raccoon hat, which Tom immediately borrows to try and pick up ladies in the hallway. He uses one pick-up line after another but gets blown off by every woman that walks by.

Tom returns the raccoon hat to Ron. As soon as Ron puts the hat back on a woman from the hallway pops into his office to compliment it. Tom is completely thrown off.

Leslie stops by Ron's office to tell him she has a wonderful surprise and asks him to meet her at Harvey James Park at 11:30 a.m. Ron lets Leslie know that he does not like surprises and strongly advises her to tell him what is going on. When Leslie doesn't budge, Ron gets frustrated.

Back in her own office, Leslie explains the surprise. She is reuniting all the former living Parks Department directors for a picnic where she will record them talking about their experiences. She will then use that information to write the welcome letter for the Parks Department summer catalog.

Leslie is working on the summer catalog, which is the Parks Department's biggest catalog of the year, or as she puts it, Pawnee's version of the September issue of Vogue. Leslie pulls the team into the conference room to check on their progress.

Tom presents his picks for the cover of the summer catalog. When no one agrees on the presented photo options, Leslie encourages Tom to get a photo of a family in a Pawnee park playing together on a swing set.

Mark pays Ann a visit at the hospital to wish her a "Happy Six Month Anniversary." Mark has brought her lunch as her gift and Ann presents him with a new watch.

Tom lures Ann and Mark into his office to convince them to participate in his photo shoot for the cover of the summer catalog. Mark convinces Ann to participate. He realized they don't have any photos of just the two of them and this is a perfect opportunity for just that.

Andy, April and Leslie arrive at the park for the picnic. While waiting for the Parks directors to arrive, Andy and April goof off and swap their sweaters to see if Leslie would notice. Just as one of the directors arrives, Leslie asks them to act normal and stop messing around.

When all the Parks directors arrive for the picnic, the group begins the walk up a hill to the picnic location. Leslie quickly realizes by the unpleasant greetings between the directors that this might not have been the best idea she's ever had.

After snapping a few photos in front of a swing set as instructed by Leslie, Tom decides to take the shoot to the next level. He aims for some high concept artsy shots. But, Tom is concerned with Ann's appearance. She doesn't look good in any of the photos.

As April and Andy set up the picnic site, Andy suggests the two of them grab a drink later that night to work on the lyrics to a new Mouse Rat song. April is thrilled with the suggestion and accepts Andy's offer, but doesn't want to show her excitement.

Tom tells Ann they are going to have to go in another direction for the photo shoot. He's disappointed that it didn't work out and never thought that she would be the problem.

Leslie sits down over lunch with the Parks directors, as planned. As they all talk, Leslie quickly loses her cool, ends the picnic and heads back to the office.

Tom shows Mark and Ann the photos he took earlier in the day. Ann does in fact look miserable in all of them, which concerns Mark.

April and Andy show up at the bar to work on the song lyrics. A door bouncer stops April, asking for her ID. When he realizes she is only 20 years old, she is turned away. April suggests they go somewhere, but Andy decides to head home instead. April is disappointed.

Leslie and Ron discuss the future of the Parks Department over dinner. Despite the frustrating day, Ron lets Leslie know that when he becomes the city manager, the job of Parks Department director is hers.

Leslie finishes the catalog and passes out the final product to the office. A photo of April and Andy at the picnic makes the cover!






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