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Ben's Parents 

Ben's parents ruin Leslie and Ben's engagement party, Chris becomes sad over their engagement, and Tom prepares a new business pitch for Ron.

Director:

Dean Holland

Writers:

Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Poehler ... Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones ... Ann Perkins
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Adam Scott ... Ben Wyatt
Rob Lowe ... Chris Traeger
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Pamela Reed ... Marlene Knope
Ben Schwartz ... Jean-Ralphio
Glenne Headly ... Julia Wyatt
Jonathan Banks ... Steve Wyatt
Kulap Vilaysack ... Ulani
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Ben's parents ruin Leslie and Ben's engagement party, Chris becomes sad over their engagement, and Tom prepares a new business pitch for Ron.

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Comedy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Near the beginning of the episode Ben (played by Adam Scott) is talking to Jerry about which Star Trek captain would make a better starship helmsman. Adam Scott appeared in the 1996 Star Trek movie Star Trek: First Contact (1996) where he played the helmsman of the starship USS Defiant. See more »

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References Game of Thrones (2011) See more »

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Parks and Recreation Main Theme
Composed by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones
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Warring households
14 August 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Somewhat of a mixed blessing for a couple of reasons. On the one hand, you've got a meeting of the in-laws (Jonathan Banks and Glenne Headly) for Benn's and Leslie's engagement party, and that is pitch-perfect casting. But then there's Chris (Rob Lowe) and Ann (Rashida Jones) in the far weaker storyline; both have had stilted romantic lives, and both are the collateral damage from the writer's room spending all of its energy on the Ben-Leslie relationship.

But the engagement party is the most memorable aspect for good reason. Banks is terrifying, Headly is delightfully daffy, and no one can get along. The petty squabbles don't quit, the tension mounts, and it's pretty damn funny.

The only unbelievable part to all of this is how someone can insist on Red Vines over Twizzlers. Seriously.

7/10


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