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EXCLUSIVE: Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with 'Parks and Rec's' Favorite Couple

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 15th 2011 9:00AM
'Parks and Recreation' returns Sept. 22, and to get you prepped for the new season, we've got an exclusive montage that serves as a refresher course on the relationship of Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler).

Remember how they didn't really like each other way back when Ben first arrived in Pawnee? Well, that didn't last long, as the two government nerds found out they may of the same interests in common. Eventually they fell in love, and that was more adorable than a basket of puppies.

But as we saw at the end of last season, when Leslie was asked to run for office, she realized she'd have to make a decision about her relationship with Ben. Pawnee government employees aren't allowed to date each other, so she could keep seeing him in secret (and risk a scandal if the relationship became public) or break it off with him. I've seen the first two episodes of the show's new season, and I won't give anything away about what happens except to say that Leslie's dilemma occupies much of the season 4 premiere.

As for the second episode of the season, it's called 'Ron and Tammys' -- yes, Tammys, plural. Guest star Patricia Clarkson appears as Tammy 1, Ron's dreaded first ex-wife, and Paula Pell also guests in that episode as Ron's mother, the original Tammy. All I'll say about that episode is that it contains some of my favorite Ron Swanson lines ever. And of course, we got a brief glimpse of the Tammy vs. Tammy "old-fashioned prairie drink-off" here.

But that's all yet to come. Let's take a trip down memory lane and recall the progress of the relationship between Ben and Leslie, two civics geeks who found each other in Pawnee, Indiana:

Note: The image at the top of this post is the cover of the book 'Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America,' which is a real book that will come out on Oct. 4. I do not know how much Tammy information the books contain. I wouldn't be surprised if that information is classified. But the book, which is written from the perspective of Leslie Knope herself, had better contain extensive information about meat, mustache maintenance and woodworking from Ron Swanson, or the American reading public will have been cheated.

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"Well, that didn't last long, as the two government nerds found out [b]they may of the same interests[/b] in common."

Really Mo?

September 15 2011 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ken Kline

it I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use BidsNew.com

September 15 2011 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show is still on? WHY??????????

September 15 2011 at 12:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annika Lee

It's still on because it is the best comedy on TV. If you gave up watching in season 1 that is understandable. But the show has really picked up Season 2. I don't think you can find one slightly negative review of the last season.

September 15 2011 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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