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Christmas Scandal 

Leslie is falsely accused of having sexual relations with a sleazy Pawnee councilman. Meanwhile, the rest of the office takes on Leslie's work while she deals with the scandal, and officer Dave has more surprising news for Leslie.


Randall Einhorn


Greg Daniels (created by), Michael Schur (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Poehler ... Leslie Knope
Rashida Jones ... Ann Perkins
Paul Schneider ... Mark Brendanawicz
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Louis C.K. ... Dave Sanderson
Pamela Reed ... Marlene Knope
Kevin Symons ... Bill Dexhart
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Gillian Vigman ... Alexa
Phil Reeves ... Paul Iaresco
Mo Collins ... Joan Callamezzo


Leslie is falsely accused of having sexual relations with a sleazy Pawnee councilman. Meanwhile, the rest of the office takes on Leslie's work while she deals with the scandal, and officer Dave has more surprising news for Leslie.

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Release Date:

10 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mo Collins, who plays Joan Callamezzo, also played Starla the Secretary on Arrested Development (2003). Starla had an obsession with the musician Quincy Jones, whose daughter is Rashida Jones, who plays Ann Perkins on Parks and Recreation. See more »


Police officer Dave Sanderson is wearing the pins indicating his rank (sergeant) on his collar upside down. See more »


Leslie Knope: All I did was write and perform in one amazing skit!
Ann Perkins: Leslie, it's the Pawnee Sun. It's a tabloid. Nobody else has written about it.
Tom Haverford: Yeah, nobody believes that garbage. Nobody believes that thing.
Donna Meagle: [Outside the room; walks forward and puts the tabloid on the window facing Leslie] Leslie! WHAT? Nice work, girl!
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Very funny and sweet Christmas Episode
4 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

I like to think of this episode as the mid-season finale for Season 2. This episode serves as closure for some already on-going storylines, and the beginning for some new ones. This episode is tasked to do a lot in just a short amount of time, and it still manages to be a very tight episode with many great moments and lines.

Parks and Recreation is a show that has a handful of great Christmas episodes. Despite how highly rated this one is for me, I would still consider it to be the third best Christmas episode in the series. "Christmas Scandal" revolves around Leslie being framed by the Pawnee Sun for sexually seducing Councilman Dexhart. Dexhart has been known to be involved in many sexual scandals in the past, and Leslie finds herself a part of the latest controversy.

Written by show creator Michael Schur, this episode is tightly written and is not only very funny, but also a great parody on politicians and the media. One of the best scenes in the episode is Leslie's appearance on Pawnee Today. Host, Joan Callamezzo, attempts to dig up as much dirt she can over this situation, and even overanalyzes a video of a previous encounter where Leslie simply just shakes hands with Dexhart. The episode builds to a great climax that involves Joan, Leslie, and Dexhart.

Despite "Christmas Scandal" not being a great "stand-a-lone episode" like "Hunting Trip" or "Greg Pikitis" for example, I still think this episode is pretty great and does showcase a lot of the show at its best. I think its safe to say that the episode has found its voice and its becoming a much more funny and original show than it was in Season 1. The first half of Season 2 has given us some classic episodes (Practice Date, Greg Pikitis, Hunting Trip) and the second half of Season 2 is just as good as the first half, if not better. So, if you like what you've seen so far in this Season, keep watching! :)

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