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It's the biggest catalog of the year. Think of the September issue of Vogue, but it's more important to Pawnee. Mainly because we don't get Vogue here.
Leslie Knope

"Summer Catalog" is the twentieth episode of season 2 of the NBC television series Parks and Recreation. It originally aired on March 25, 2010 to 4.47 million viewers.

Storyline Edit

While working on the Pawnee summer catalog, Leslie Knope excitedly organizes a reunion between Ron Swanson and his three predecessors. She anticipates a joyous occasion and plans to write a letter about it for the catalog. However, none of the four men get along with each other. David Moser litters repeatedly, treats everybody disrespectfully, and claims he never cared about the parks. Clarence Carrington exhibits a sexist attitude, and claims Leslie would not be fit to be Parks Director. Michael Tansley constantly talks about his affinity for marijuana and particularly clashes with Ron, who exhibits his usual apathetic attitude. Later, a frustrated Leslie decides she cannot write the catalog letter. Ron takes her out to dinner to apologize, and the two process their mutual respect for each other, and vow they will never grow to hate each other the way the four former directors feel about each other.

Tom Haverford is tasked with taking the cover photo of the summer catalog, and convinces Ann Perkins and Mark Brendanawicz to pose for photos at a community park. Tom is repeatedly frustrated with Ann, who has a difficult time appearing happy. When the photos are finished, Ann agrees that she looks miserable and asks that the pictures not be used. Mark appears concerned that Ann's unhappiness is a reflection of their relationship. Ann insists everything is fine, but Mark seems unconvinced. Meanwhile, April Ludgate and Andy Dwyer appear to be growing closer. After helping Leslie set up her picnic, Andy asks whether April wants to get drinks after work, and she agrees. However, when they arrive at a bar, the bouncer (Mike Mauloff) easily notices April is underage, and her identification confirms she is 20. April tells Andy they can go to another bar, but Andy decides to go home instead, seemingly uncomfortable about their age difference. April is visibly disappointed, but does not convey it to Andy. Later, the summer catalogs arrive, with a photo on the cover of April and Andy appearing happy together at the picnic.

QuotesEdit

Ron: Leslie, my first wife Tammy tried throwing me a surprise birthday party . When I saw my friends hiding through the window, I drove to a gas station, called the cops and told them people had broken into my home. I'm not big on surprises.

April: Can you Photoshop your life with better decisions, Jerry?

April: I used to play softball.
Andy: I used to play baseball! It's like the boy version of softball.

Leslie: Clarence Carrington, David Moser, Michael Tansley, Ron Swanson. Gathered together on a beautiful day in this beautiful park. I think we should just take a moment and appreciate how lucky we are.
David: I thought you were dead, Clarence.
Clarence: No, I'm going to outlive you and then I'm going to nail your wife.
David: Screw you, you old coot.
Michael: Classic David. You're worse than Ron.
Ron: Shut your damn mouth, Tansley.
Leslie: OK great, let's go!

Leslie: Well, don't be such a baby. I cooked you some bacon for a trail snack.
Ron: I ate it already.
Leslie: What?
Ron: I could smell it in your purse before I even parked my car. And now it's gone and I hate everything.

Clarence: I don't think that's a good idea. Women need a lot of blood to flow through to their baby centers, which leaves less to the brain, you see?

Andy: So if you had to sleep with one of the old guys, who'd it be?
April: The super old one.
Andy: Really?
April: Mm-hm. I'm an eyebrow girl. I want to make out with him and chew his eyebrows off.

Leslie: Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?
Ron: People are idiots, Leslie.

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