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"Gryzzlbox" is the fifth episode of Season 7 of the NBC television series Parks and Recreation, and the 117th episode overall. It premiered on January 27, 2015 to 3.48 million viewers.

StorylineEdit

Leslie Knope is still in the process of finding a way to defeat Gryzzl, but it is becoming increasingly unlikely that she will find anything substantial enough to outweigh a $90 million bid. Just as she begins considering giving up, a package arrives at her front door via a Gryzzl drone. Leslie discovers that she is not the only one who has received such a package, as Donna Meagle was also sent a "Gryzzlbox". Donna explains that the gifts sent in her box were developed specifically for her based on detail that could only have come from private text and phone conversations. Ben Wyatt deduces that Gryzzl must be data mining as Leslie's box also has very personal-related artefacts in it. Due to data mining being an extreme invasion of privacy and illegal, Leslie now has a lead in which to use against Gryzzl. A public forum is held to gauge the town's reaction to Gryzzlboxes, which turns out to be a resounding disapproval. So, with the town and Donna behind her, Leslie attempts to convince Ron Swanson to side with her, but he is having none of it as he believes it's the people who are the foolish ones for owning and using devices that can be tracked in the first place. Despite this setback, Donna agrees to organize a private tour of the current Gryzzl building in order for Leslie and Ben to snoop around. Leslie quizzes Roscoe, Gryzzl's vice-president, on the company's use of data mining, to which Roscoe openly admits to the practice, explaining how Gryzzl's software has algorithms which cater toward providing their customers with whatever they desire. Leslie offers Roscoe a chance to debate these questionable practices on TV as she figures it will be a great way to humiliate the company as she presents her evidence. However, just prior to the airing, Ron brings forth the 27th version of the Pawnee-Gryzzl free wireless agreement and highlights an amendment made in December 2015 which states they can gather and use any information they want; Ben is furious at himself for having missed the minute change. This clause absolves Gryzzl of any wrong doing and abolishes Leslie's case. While what they are doing is technically not illegal, Ben wants Roscoe and Gryzzl to know that their current practices are not ethical and implores Roscoe to be more upfront with the public in the future. The following night, Ron arrives on Leslie and Ben's doorstep with a Gryzzl drone that he personally destroyed after it sent a Gryzzlbox to his four-year old son—he subsequently declares his elegance to Leslie's cause and agrees to help her take them down.

Meanwhile, Tom Haverford is trying to distract himself with work in order to keep his mind off of Lucy, who has returned to Chicago to visit her boyfriend. Andy Dwyer presents Tom with an opportunity to become his agent—Andy is unsatisfied with a contract offered to him by the station manager where he does his show Johnny Karate as it will sign off his rights to the ownership of the character. Tom agrees to help Andy renegotiate his contract. The pair meet with the station manager Hank Muntak. Hank is a tough negotiator and offers only minute upgrades, to which Tom is not satisfied with. Hank agrees to offer up more, including raising his weekly salary from $100 to $500, but Tom is more interested in gaining the rights to Johnny Karate. Tom is successful in doing so, but only after begging Hank until he gave in. That night, Lucy returns from Chicago after breaking up with her boyfriend, thus leaving the door open for Tom and Lucy to get together in the future.

Elsewhere, Craig Middlebrooks asks April Ludgate to deliver a welcome speech to the new potential Parks Department interns, seeing as she got her start via the program. She reluctantly agrees but is hell bent on making sure none of the candidates are successful, believing if they become an intern at the department, they are essentially throwing their lives away. April latches on to a girl named Jen, who she believes "has almost zero potential" and is much like she was when she first started i.e. unmotivated, no charisma, and no passion for the work ahead. She sways Jen from doing the internship and suggests going to do "something fun" instead. Craig is not pleased with April's efforts upon finding out that Jen has left. He explains to her that she needs to stop accusing her 10 years of being with the Parks Department as a waste of time—she did amazing work with the department during her tenure, all the while learning from a great mentor in Leslie; Craig suggests that if it wasn't for the internship, April would have gone on to do a truly mundane job. April, realizing how irrational she was being, makes up for her actions the next day by bringing in a large number of new potential interns for Craig to consider.

Craig's list of Great Things About Being AliveEdit

  • watermelon martinis
  • exposed brick
  • Keri Russell's hair
  • Martha Stewart's apron line
  • my [Craig's] tomato plants
  • sweet potato pie
  • unlikely animal friend pairings
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • Victor Garber
  • James Garner
  • Jennifer Garner

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