Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
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The Set Up 

Ann sets Leslie up on a blind date with a rude MRI technician, and Mark becomes jealous because he thinks Ann is saving another prospect for Leslie for herself. Meanwhile, Tom helps Ron find an assistant.


Troy Miller


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
Paul Schneider ... Mark Brendanawicz
Aziz Ansari ... Tom Haverford
Nick Offerman ... Ron Swanson
Aubrey Plaza ... April Ludgate
Chris Pratt ... Andy Dwyer
Will Arnett ... Chris
Justin Theroux ... Justin Anderson
Jim O'Heir ... Jerry Gergich
Retta ... Donna Meagle
Ben Schwartz ... Jean-Ralphio
Scott Portlock Scott Portlock ... Brian
Dominic Dierkes ... Pete
Steven C. Bennett ... Stanley


Ann sets Leslie up on a blind date with a rude MRI technician, and Mark becomes jealous because he thinks Ann is saving another prospect for Leslie for herself. Meanwhile, Tom helps Ron find an assistant.

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Release Date:

14 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the third time Amy Poehler and Will Arnett play characters romantically interested in each other. This first happened in Arrested Development (2003) and the second in Blades of Glory (2007). See more »


When the parks department are celebrating April's appointment as Ron's assistant they are drinking champagne, except for April who appears to have coke in her champagne glass. For one shot however, April's glass has champagne in it, before returning to coke for the next and subsequent shots. See more »


April Ludgate: Where are you going Jerry?
Jerry: I wanted to talk to Ron about the size of my desk.
April Ludgate: You have to make an appointment.
Jerry: How about now?
April Ludgate: He's not in right now.
Jerry: He's right there.
April Ludgate: I will let you know when he's available.
[Ron is in his office and raises his glass to April, who raises her glass back]
Ron Swanson: Attagirl.
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References District 9 (2009) See more »


Parks and Recreation Theme
Written by Gaby Moreno
Performed by Gaby Moreno
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A moderate episode that introduces some key characters
5 August 2018 | by brenbellaSee all my reviews

We are at the beginning of the second part of Season 2, and here we have an episode that introduces all sorts of different characters. Some who just appear one time, some that we will see for just a few episodes, and one key character who will become one of Park's great supporting characters.

"The Set Up" centers around Ann setting up Leslie on a first date with one of her co-workers at the hospital. Now in the past, Leslie has been very open about how poorly her first dates with men normally go. In the Season 1 finale, "Rock Show," we saw a brief glimpse of this as she was set-up on a blind date with an older gentleman by her mother. In "The Set-Up" we see basically the worst date humanly possible from the moment they meet to the moment they part ways, and somehow it gets more and more awkward as the episode goes a long. What makes this storyline even more funny is the casting of Will Arnett. He's not only a funny actor in his own right, but was also Amy Poehler's husband at the time. Overall, it's a good premise, but it does end pretty predictably and sometimes it gets a little too uncomfortable. Arnett's character can be too insulting at times where the humor doesn't always land.

Other scenes in this episode include the introduction of Justin Theroux's character, Justin, who Ann clearly seems to have an attraction towards which makes things awkward for Leslie and Mark. Mark appears to get jealous over Ann's obvious attraction over Justin which causes some conflict between the two. I consider the scenes with Ann and Mark (who have a long-term relationship throughout this season) to be the weakest in Season 2. So, any episode that showcases them as much as this one does I have to knock down a little.

By far, the best scenes in this episode are the ones with Ron and Tom, who are trying to hire a new assistant for Ron. Ron's whole philosophy of hiring the least qualified person makes for great humor and Tom asking interviewees impossible questions is great as well. Also we get the introduction of Jean-Ralphio, Tom's energetic best friend, who makes a very memorable debut as one of the people seeking a position as Ron's assistant. Ron hates him immediately but the writers of the show clearly don't (why would they?)because we will see plenty more of his character throughout the series.

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