Parks and Recollection

Parks and Recollection

Treat yo’ self! Join Jim O’Heir - a.k.a. Jerry Gergich - and writer Greg Levine as they *literally* break down every episode of Parks and Recreation. From Ron Swanson’s love of various meats to Leslie Knope’s unwavering commitment to the people of Pawnee (and waffles), each week Jim and Greg relive their municipal glory days with exclusive behind-the scenes stories from the set and writers’ room. And along the way, they’re joined by cast members, writers, and friends of the show - people like Adam Scott, Rob Lowe, Aisha Muharrar, and Jon Glaser. Whether this is your first time watching or you feel like a Parks Department regular, grab your favorite Sweetums snack and let DJ Roomba drop the beat!

Episodes

July 9, 2024 59 mins

Mona Lisa Saperstein just rolled into town and *spoiler alert*, she’s the woooooorst! Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine break down every cringeworthy moment, along with April and Ann’s forced friendship, Chris’ poor attempt at parenting Tom, and the future of the Pawnee Video Dome in this week’s walkthrough of “Bailout.” 

 

Plus, Mara Marini joins Jim and Greg to talk about her recurring role as Pawnee’s favorite adult film star Brandi Maxx...

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Leslie is back from her Hawaiian honeymoon, but there’s no time to bask in the glow. Leslie’s speech has been stolen and she’s on the prowl to find the culprit. Meanwhile, Ben embarks on a new career as head of the Sweetums Foundation and Ann works up the nerve to ask Chris to be her sperm donor. Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine break it all down in this week’s walkthrough of “Correspondents' Lunch.” 

Plus, Jamie Denbo (aka Leslie’s nemes...

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June 25, 2024 52 mins

Rob Lowe is back to help Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine host one big Town Hall and you’ll never believe where they’ve set the scene. This week we tackle some of our listeners’ most burning questions, like how the characters from “The Outsiders” would fit into the world of Pawnee, what a Chris Traeger ice cream flavor would taste like, and who would reign supreme in a Josh Lyman/Leslie Knope debate. 

 

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June 18, 2024 56 mins

Rashida Jones (Ann Perkins herself!) joins Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine to discuss the early days of Parks and Recreation, how being a close friend of Mike Schur did not do her any favors in the casting process, and all the ways Ann Perkins and Leslie Knope’s unbreakable bond parallels her and Amy Poehler’s real life friendship. Plus Rashida, Jim and Greg rehash what is arguably the best television wedding of all time in this week’s ...

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Ted and Woody are back together to bring you a brand new podcast from Team Coco! It’s called “Where Everybody Knows Your Name with Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson (Sometimes)" and it’s out right now! They’re talking to guests like Conan O’Brien, Will Arnett, Jane Fonda, Billy Eichner, Kristen Bell, and so many more. Head over to “Where Everybody Knows Your Name with Ted Danson and Woody Harrelson (Sometimes)" to subscribe and listen...
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June 11, 2024 55 mins

Comedian and writer Joe Mande (Parks and Rec, The Good Place, Delocated) joins Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine to break down Pawnee’s response to a hypothetical avian flu outbreak, Andy’s attempt to pass the police entrance exam, and Ron’s surprisingly good appearance on Pawnee Today. Plus, Joe discusses the ins and outs of writing his first episode of Parks, his recurring role as Morris Lerpiss, and the real story behind Tom Haverford’...

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Ann’s on a quest for a sperm donor amid Pawnee’s shallow pool of candidates, April sets fire to Leslie’s impressive collection of pantsuits, and Ben, Ron, and Chris are stricken with an epic case of food poisoning. Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine break it all down in this week’s walkthrough of “Ann’s Decision.” Plus, improv genius Matt Besser joins Jim and Greg to discuss his recurring role as half of Pawnee’s rock jock DJ duo, Crazy Ir...

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“TWEEP!” Alison Becker (Shauna Malwae-Tweep herself) joins Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine to break down Shauna’s “situationship” with Chris Traeger, Leslie and April’s day fighting misogyny within the sanitation department, and Ron’s failed attempt as a babysitter. Plus, Alison recounts finding out she was cast on the “Unnamed Amy Poehler Project” and how she became a member of Mensa.


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May 21, 2024 45 mins

“It’s time for the Gettysburg UNDRESS!” Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine break down the highs and lows of Ben and Leslie’s bachelor and bachelorette parties in this week’s walkthrough of “Two Parties.” They cover it all, from Leslie digging in the dirt with gummy penises, to Andy catching a pass from Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, to Newt Gingrich’s unplanned cameo at St. Elmo Steakhouse. 

 

Plus, Jim and Greg read a touching tribute to Cr...

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May 14, 2024 46 mins

“Diane Lewis? More like Diane Sawyer!” In this week’s episode, Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine break down Leslie and Diane’s first meeting, Jerry Gergich’s surprisingly lovely home life with Gail (played by supermodel Christie Brinkley), and the sexual hurricane that is Tammy II. 

 

Plus, Jim and Greg give their top pick of who they think would be the last Pawneean standing on a Pawnee access television version of “Survivor” in this week’...

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May 7, 2024 45 mins

Special Agent Burt Macklin (aka Andy Dwyer) hangs up his shades, Tom gets Rent-A-Swag up and running, and Leslie and Ben cross the border into Pawnee’s smug sister city Eagleton to collaborate on a park design for Lot 48. Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine are breaking it all down in this week’s rewatch of “Pawnee Commons.” Plus, Jim and Greg think up vanity license plates for our main characters in this week’s Town Hall segment. 

 

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April 30, 2024 48 mins

“Calc-you-later!” Ben receives a slew of job offers, Andy launches a full-scale investigation into his missing computer, and Leslie and April go toe to toe over a dog park project proposed for Lot 48; Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine get into all of it in this week’s episode walkthrough of “Leslie vs. April.” Plus, John Balma stops by to talk about playing Pawnee’s most enthusiastic accountant, Barney Varmn.

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April 23, 2024 48 mins

It’s the war of the Wyatts! Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine break down every jab in this week’s walkthrough of “Ben’s Parents.” In this episode, Leslie presents a unity quilt to Ben’s divorced parents (Jonathan Banks and Glenne Headly), Tom and Jean-Ralphio aim to make Ron a ground-level investor in Rent-A-Swag, and Chris goes on a rollercoaster of emotion. 

 

Plus, Greg talks about writing his first solo episode of Parks and Rec: everyth...

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Rolling Stone’s chief TV critic Alan Sepinwall joins Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine to break down the “fart attack” heard ‘round the world and Ben and Leslie’s heartwarming proposal. Plus, Alan discusses the joys of sitting in on the Parks writers room, the challenge of writing a negative episode review for a show that you love, and the satisfaction of gleaning a wildly successful career out of watching television.


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April 9, 2024 48 mins

STDs, paper iPhones, and a robotic congressman—Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine discuss it all in this week’s walkthrough of “Sex Education”. In this episode, Leslie Knope launches a safe sex initiative for Pawnee’s senior citizens, Tom goes on a technology detox after crashing his car while texting, and April and Ben try to decipher if Congressman Murray is actually a robot. Plus, Darlene Hunt (The Big C) joins Jim and Greg to discuss h...

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You just got JAMMED! Jon Glaser (Jeremy Jamm himself!) joins Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine in this week’s walkthrough of “How a Bill Becomes a Law” to break down Leslie Knope’s first encounter with the Pawnee councilman we love to hate, the 311 hotline that leads Ron Swanson to find the love of his life, and the reason Ben and April can’t make it out of the parking garage. Plus, Jon reveals the origin story of his character’s iconic q...

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March 26, 2024 48 mins

Broadway star Mary Faber joins Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine to discuss her recurring role as Pawnee’s Restaurant Association member Kathryn Pinewood. In this episode, they discuss soda cups large enough to hold a liquified toddler, the first cries for Leslie Knope’s recall, and the underlying attraction between Pinewood and another one of Leslie’s nemeses, Councilman Jamm.


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March 19, 2024 49 mins

Senator cameos, D.C. location shoots, AND a live pig named Tom—Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine break it all down in this week’s walkthrough of “Ms. Knope Goes to Washington.” In Parks & Recreation’s season five premiere, Leslie is off to the Capitol to visit Ben and apply for a federal grant to clean up Pawnee’s riverbed, leaving Ron Swanson in charge of the The Leslie Knope Employment Enjoyment Summerslam Grill Jam Fun-Splosion. 

 

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March 12, 2024 57 mins

Adam Scott (Ben Wyatt himself!) joins Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine to discuss his character’s surprising plot twist in Parks & Recreation’s season four finale: “Win, Lose, or Draw”. Plus, the instant connection he felt to Amy in their first scene together, the ballroom dance lessons he took with Jim, and the cryptic note Aubrey Plaza passed him during his first table read. 

 

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March 5, 2024 50 mins

The writer most compared to Leslie Knope, Aisha Muharrar (Parks and Rec, Hacks, The Good Place) joins Jim O’Heir and Greg Levine to discuss “Bus Tour”. In this episode, Aisha breaks out her Parks notebook recounting the time Amy Poehler helped her out of a jam, the logistics of maneuvering a full-sized campaign bus through a small Los Angeles neighborhood, the hidden sweetness of April Ludgate, and just how many pies to the face Ji...

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