That is the exact spot where 18 year-old Ben Wyatt was inaugurated as mayor of Partridge, Minnesota.
Leslie Knope

"Partridge" is the seventeenth episode of Season 5 of the NBC television series Parks and Recreation. It originally aired on April 4, 2013 to 2.93 million viewers.


The episode begins with Ron Swanson receiving a subpoena. He is being sued by Councilman Jeremy Jamm for punching him in the face on the night of Leslie Knope's wedding. He later meets with Jamm and his attorneys where Ron calls upon Andy Dwyer, April Ludgate and Tom Haverford as witnesses. Both April and Tom provide false statements about Ron, to which Ron does not agree. He subsequently makes both recite their claims in a manner which puts Ron in a bad light. Both tell of Ron's many times when he outspokenly wished to punch Jamm in the face. When asked to make a statement of his own, Ron declares he regrets nothing. Feeling that Ron's future punishment is on them due to their damning testimonies, Andy, April and Tom storm into Jamm's office and blackmail him into dropping the lawsuit – the trio found that Jamm's affidavit was not entirely accurate. Jamm is forced to call his attorneys and admit "he got Jammed".

Meanwhile, Leslie and Ben Wyatt head to Partridge, Minnesota, Ben's hometown. As a gesture of goodwill, the town is offering Ben the key to the city, a distinction given to all city mayors. Ben is pleased that the city has finally gotten over Ice Town and feels at home again. Before the ceremony, the pair visit Ben's sister, Stephanie Wyatt. At Stephanie's home, Leslie quizes her on Ben's childhood girlfriends and Ben practices his acceptance speech. However, Ben suddenly falls down in pain is taken to hospital where it is revealed he has kidney stones. The doctor insists Ben stay at the hospital all day, and dosed up on morphine, Ben is unable to go anywhere. Leslie goes to the ceremony of Ben's behalf, where she finds the whole operation was one big joke to mock Ben one final time. There was never a key and the city has in fact not forgotten or move on from Ice Town. Peeved at how poorly this town still treats Ben, Leslie is determined to get a key from Mayor Stice. After the mayor denies her a key behind closed doors, Leslie steals one from his office. She presents Ben the key, but he instead throws it in the lake, stating he doesn't need this false gratification from Partridge as Pawnee is now his home.

In a B plot, Ann Perkins and Chris Traeger undertake an online compatibility quiz to make sure they'd be a good parenting match. After finding out their score is a mere 58%, the pair begin to question whether or not this is such a good idea. After spending the day failing to make up for their poor score, Chris decides to create his own compatibility quiz, with the only question being "Will you love our child and work hard to see he or she has a good life?" Both come to realize that all that matters is that they will love their child, with everything else being of a trivial nature.

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