Parks and Recreation has taught us so many valuable life lessons, from the importance of eating breakfast multiple times a day to the proper way to celebrate our BFF (or rather, our "beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk-ox"). The comedy series had a solid six-year run, but even now, it still feels like the show ended way too soon. We miss Leslie and Ann's bonding moments, Ron's iconic one-liners, and those occasional reminders to "Treat Yo' Self." Plus, Andy’s childlike enthusiasm just never gets old, so can you really blame us for watching countless re-runs?
It's safe to say that no matter how many times we watch the series, it will always be a glorious, fun-filled experience. But when you watch any series multiple times, you're bound to notice some plot holes and inconsistencies. Parks and Rec has definitely slipped up on a few minor things that went right over our heads. But to be fair, we were way too busy focusing on all the brilliant characters and engaging storylines to focus on this stuff. See which mistakes you might've missed.
We KNEW that Allison looked familiar! On season four's "The Treaty," actress Kelly Washington played a minor character named Cassidy (left), a student delegate for France. But two seasons later, on "Prom," she also played a high school student named Allison Gliffert. On that episode, Leslie and Ron are so impressed by Allison's talent and work ethic that they compete to win her over.
On "Jerry's Retirement," we see Leslie go out of her way to try and make Jerry's send-off a pleasant one. It was honestly the least she could do considering that he'd been there for decades and was always the office joke. But if you take a close look at the scene where he's heading out with his box of things, you'll notice something odd. There's a blue flag that keeps appearing and disappearing from that box.
On the episode "Galentine's Day," you might recall how Leslie shared the story of how she met Frank Beckerson. She claimed they met in 1968 when she was 18, so this means her mom was most likely born in 1950 (at the latest). However, on "Operation Ann" from season four, she mentioned that her mom was born the same day that Joseph Stalin died. He passed away in 1953, which is definitely less than 18 years prior to 1968...
This one's quite obvious and pretty hard to miss. Throughout the series, the town seal hanging in Leslie's office has the year 1816. However, the others shown on the series say 1817. An official town seal should always look the same, so we doubt this change was intentional... I guess we all knew that Pawnee was a quirky place.
Remember when Leslie tossed Jerry's painting into the lake after surprising him the news that they'd be going back to work? Well, after that painting got thrown into the lake, a shocked Jerry stared at the water with his hands on his head. If you glanced at his easel stand in that shot, however, you'd notice that the painting was still there after the painting got tossed. It disappears so quickly that if you blink, you'll miss it.
At the end of season two, there's a scene where Mark Brandanawicz gives Leslie plans for the park. But it seems like she misplaced them because on season five, Leslie makes an emergency public announcement on Wamapoke County Public Radio, stating that there are no plans for the park. She uses this opportunity to call for new park design submissions for Lot 48, and unfortunately, she receives just one decent design. It's kind of odd that they never even mentioned Mark's contribution.
On season two, as Leslie is volunteering with Kaboom, she mentions that Eagleton is two towns over. But later on the show, we learn that there's actually an Eagleton/Pawnee border that separates the two towns, meaning that they're actually right next to each other. In fact, part of the neighboring town even became a part of Pawnee!
Although the show takes place in Indiana, tons of palm trees are clearly visible on some episodes. For instance, on "Swing Vote" from season five, there's a scene that shows a mini-golf course with several palm trees. But this is due to the fact that the show was filmed in Los Angeles, rather than in Indiana.
It's not necessarily a huge deal. But in real life, cars in Indiana aren't really required to have front license plates. We've definitely spotted a few vehicles that don't include front plates, so we can at least give some credit for that.
Remember how April began to slack off because she was getting bored with her position on "The Set Up"? Well, right when she was on the edge of leaving her internship, she found a reason to stay and even volunteered to be Ron's assistant. She was hired right away and this led to a celebration where she treats herself to some alcohol. In the first shot, her drink appears to be dark red wine, but in the next, her drink changes to champagne yellow. After this, the liquid again changes to red.
On the first episode of season four, Jerry confessed that his real name is actually Gary. As for why he went by "Jerry," he admitted that it was because a senior staff member called him by that name and he didn't want to correct them. But, on season three, there's an episode where April reads an old journal entry from Ron's mom, and it says: "Gerald - which can be shortened to Jerry - starred in his school's production of Peter Pan. He was a beautiful Tinkerbell." So yeah... Gary was never his real name.
On "Women in Garbage," there's a scene where Dianne's daughters are locked together in a room. Unfortunately, the girls had already chopped each other's hair with Ann's medical scissors before the doors got unlocked. But when Jerry got a hold of the keys and started to unlock the door, the boom microphone quickly dropped into view towards the right.
On "Practice Date" from season two, April did a search on her computer for "Donna Meagle." Though the browser does say "Google Search," the URL bar reveals that it's actually a custom-made page. The URL reads "C:UserpnrDesktopigoogleigoogle searchdonna.HTML," so technically, it seems like the office has been using "iGoogle."
Any person would be furious if they were accidentally shot by someone who had no business handling a weapon. That's exactly what happened when Ron discovered that Tom, who shot him in the head during a hunting trip, didn't have a hunting license. After such a scary accident, you'd think that he'd take the subject seriously when it was brought up. But on the episode "Filibuster," he actually joked that he didn't care about having a hunting license. ...OK.
On "94 Meetings," April makes an interesting confession when Ron convinces her to come back to work. She mentions that from the moment she first met him, she already knew that he was Duke Silver because her mom is a huge fan. The interesting thing, though, is that her mom barely reacted when she came face to face with "Duke." If April could immediately recognize him then surely, his biggest fan would've at least seen the resemblance.
When Leslie expressed surprise over the fact that there's a gay bar in Pawnee, Ron mentioned that it was called "The Bulge" and actually said, "it's behind my house." That line seemed a bit out of character because he's usually extremely secretive about where he lives. Plus, a local gay bar doesn't sound like something he'd be interested enough in to even notice, let alone remember. Characters have actually visited that bar and still claim to have no idea where Ron lives.
On "Go Big or Go Home," Chris and Ann's "date plus two" gathering seemed awkward enough at dinner, but they all seemed to loosen up after heading to The Bulge. In the first shot, Leslie is shown dancing with her back towards Chris and Ann. But in the following shot, she's shown facing them on the dance floor. No one changes positions that quickly unless they have super speed.
When Andy gives an officer some advice on how to catch a bad guy, he unenthusiastically responds that he's only filling out a report. When Chris explains that they can't afford to launch a huge investigation, we see that Andy is disappointed. As the camera goes back to him between shots, though, his glasses are in different positions. At first, they're all the way inside his pocket but in the following shot, they're halfway out.
Leslie and Ben seem to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the UN, and so it comes as a bit of a surprise that they missed this error. On one episode, when they attended the UN conference, England was shown as a member of the Security Council (as a stand-alone nation). But technically, England is part of the Security Council as part of the United Kingdom, which is also made up of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
On "The Treaty," there's a scene where Tom makes a phone call in Ron's office. However, when the phone is turned at a certain angle, the call home screen is clearly visible, meaning there was most likely a photo attached there. Tom obviously wasn't on an actual call.