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"The Cones of Dunshire" is the ninth episode of season 6 of the NBC television series Parks and Recreation, and the 99th episode overall. It premiered on November 21, 2013 to 2.81 million viewers.

StorylineEdit

During his time off between jobs, Ben Wyatt creates a board game called The Cones of Dunshire. He presents the beta to Leslie Knope, who is not a fan and insists he keep to his day job. The next day, Leslie sets out to ensure that her final duty as a city councilwoman is to guarantee the longevity of her No. 1 project, the Pawnee Commons. Currently, the money set aside for the Pawnee Commons is in a discretionary fund and Leslie would like to move the money to a lock box to ensure that it is used for that project. In typical Jeremy Jamm fashion, he moves to table any decision on the money until Leslie is officially gone from office. Leslie is determined not to go out on a losing note, so she confronts Jamm at his house and informs him she is not leaving until she gets his vote. Jamm agrees to have her and Chris Traeger stay the night, with the goal being to begin negotiations the next morning. However, Jamm plays hard ball all day and Leslie is forced to change venues to appease to Jamm's liking of karaoke. After a successful karaoke session, Jamm gives her his word and puts it in writing, noting that no one will not touch the money for one year – this does not bode well for Leslie as she wants to be able to use the money immediately.

Leslie later reveals to Chris that her quest to break ground on Lot 48 and begin construction on the park was an attempt to get Ann Perkins to stay in Pawnee and not move to Michigan. Chris then reveals to Leslie that Ann's current absence from Pawnee was due to her signing a lease on their new home in Ann Arbor. Chris offers to help Leslie change Jamm's mind by offering him IUOs as City Manager in exchange for a secure lock box that Leslie can access immediately. Unbeknownst to Jamm, Chris is actually departing Pawnee soon and is being decieved. With Chris stepping down as City Manager, he offers Ben the job. This forces Ben to have to quit (once again) from his accounting job at Barney Varmn's accounting firm, but leaves his accounting friends with The Cones of Dunshire, as he knows they will truly appreciate it.

Meanwhile, Ron Swanson decides it is time to sell one of his best-loved cabins in the woods, and enlists Donna Meagle and Tom Haverford to assist him as realtors. He is immediately not impressed with Donna and Tom spicing up his cabin, and he is even more unimpressed with the types of people looking to buy it. After hearing one bidder wishes to buy the property purely for the land, he orders everyone out and announces no bids will be accepted at this time. Back at the Parks office, Ron informs Donna and Tom he does not care about the money; what he wants is for someone to respect what it meant to him: a quite refuge from the nonsense of modern life. As neither Donna or Tom can find someone like that, April Ludgate offers to buy it so she and Andy Dwyer can use it for their simple purposes. She offers Ron everything in her purse; he acknowledges how this is the best offer he's had yet and agrees to release the estate into April's willing hands.

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