Parks and Recreation 7×03 and 7×04 ‘William Henry Harrison’ and ‘Leslie and Ron’


Two more episodes back to back!? What is this craziness?? Alright so here’s what’s happening: Leslie and Ron are still duking it out over the Newport land, April still doesn’t know what to do with her life, Ben is walking the tightrope between Ron and Leslie, and there’s quite a lot of talk about William Henry Harrison and how he’s an Indiana hero. Albeit an embarrassing one. What else happened over these two episodes?

Leslie decides to start “grasping at straws” to get her park idea off the ground and funded. So she decides to champion the legacy of William Henry Harrison. If you don’t remember who that is, don’t feel bad, he was only president for thirty-two days before dying of pneumonia that he caught at his own inauguration. Okay then Leslie! If this is the hill you’ve chosen to die on so be it! But she honestly isn’t getting that excited about it after visiting the tiniest museum in Indiana dedicated to W.H.H. She vows to make a mountain out of a molehill and once Ben hesitantly updates her on Ron’s progress (he’s scored a celebrity face to champion his Gryzzl campaign) she becomes even crazier. In fact, both of

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them are quite evil this episode and I can’t wait for them to just make up already.

During their presentations, Leslie is quite boring and is losing the crowd with her speech. She has a live concert but it gets crashed when Donna and Tom start blaring music and have a bunch of dancers come out to introduce Gryzzl. After thoroughly stealing her spotlight, Ron and Leslie get into a huge blowout where he accuses her of not being that great at scrapbooking. Ouch! So the gang decides to go ahead and trap the two together in an office in hopes that they’ll come to an agreement so they can get some documents signed. When Leslie and Ron realize they’ve been duped, they’re not happy campers. They almost trick Terry into letting them go, but no dice.

April and Andy spend most of the episode talking about what she should do with her life. If you remember from the last two episodes, April isn’t super in to politics anymore and wants to leave, but can’t seem to make up her mind about what to do instead. Andy decides to make a list of things that April enjoys and it turns out they all have something in common: they’re all face to face activities. She seems a bit happier with this idea and decides to think about it some more.

We finally learn exactly what Morningstar is, an apartment complex that Ron built next to Ann’s old house and the Pawnee Commons which essentially ruined Leslie’s park that she worked so hard to get. It’s pretty obvious that Leslie has every right to be upset but really, who could blame Ron from building next to such a beautiful place. It turns out that sometime around 2015, Ron decided to leave the Parks

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department because Leslie ended up recruiting everyone out of it and he started his own building company. Apparently, whenever Ron wanted to ask Leslie for a job at the federal level, she sort of let him down by rushing off the Washington D.C. for a congressional hearing. All this time, Leslie thought that Ron was mad at her for revealing his real address to the government. Obviously, Leslie decides to apologize to Ron especially after he finds out that the Claymore mine that’s been sitting on his desk for years was actually just a toy that explodes with confetti and balloons. Hilarious.

So what did you guys think of these episodes? I’m loving the season so far but that’s because Parks and Rec has never not been funny. Tell me what you thought in the comments!

Sarah S. is an aspiring couch potato and currently haunts the Midwestern United States. She spends way too much time watching TV and being a pop culture junkie. When she’s not ranting about movies and TV on social media, you can probably find her with an iced latte in hand or fixing everyone’s problems. Sometimes she writes really silly stuff on Twitter and Tumblr.


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