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Jerry's Retirement 

Leslie throws a last-minute retirement party for Jerry, Tom discovers that he's the new Jerry in the office, and Ann and Chris weigh their options for conception.


Nicole Holofcener


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





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
Christie Brinkley ... Gayle Gergich
Sarah Wright ... Millicent Gergich
Katie Gill ... Gladys Gergich
Maliabeth Johnson ... Miriam Gergich (singing voice)
Emily Spivey ... Dr. Van Dyne


Leslie throws a last-minute retirement party for Jerry, Tom discovers that he's the new Jerry in the office, and Ann and Chris weigh their options for conception.

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Release Date:

18 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


On Ben's day off, he wears a Letters to Cleo t-shirt. Letters to Cleo is an early 90's alt-rock band. They broke up in 2000 but did a reunion tour in 2008. In 2016, Letters to Cleo announced they were in the studio recording again. See more »


When Jerry announces his retirement, Leslie refers to him as "Jim" (the name of actor, Jim O'Heir who portrays Jerry. See more »


References Fringe (2008) See more »


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Composed by Gaby Moreno and Vincent Jones
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One of my favorite episodes, for two reasons..
24 September 2019 | by GreyHunterSee all my reviews

One: We get a look at Jerry's home life, our second real insight after the Christmas party earlier in the season. We get to see that, despite the cruelty and nastiness thrown his way at work, Jerry really has built a happy life for himself.

Two: The fact that Jerry has built a happy life for himself doesn't in any way absolve the perpetrators of the aforementioned cruelties, so there was a certain satisfaction in seeing the worst of the perpetrators, Tom, suffer some just deserts. Tom is by far the worst human being on this show, and his little sob story about having been the Jerry back in South Carolina just makes him seem worse -- he actually knows from personal experience what damage he's doing to Jerry and yet continues to do it. (At least April will take on almost anyone -- Tom restricts his bullying only to the weak.) While it kinda sucked that Tom gets to keep doing his schtick at the end, at least he got his comeuppance for being a horrible human being (in many, many ways, not just this particular case) for a brief while. It was a pretty satisfying few minutes of contrast between points one and two here.

Honestly, the hate for Jerry got really old, really quickly. When comic relief and bumbling behavior start to turn to the appearance of genuine sociopathy, a sitcom has dipped into that particular comic well way too often.

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