Farmers Market

Season 6
Episode 611
Air Date 01/23/14
TV-PG

Now that Leslie is back in the Parks Department, she and Ben are working together again, and they're having no trouble balancing work life and married life. During a work-related conversation, they exchange compliments and romantic gestures, much to Ron's disgust.

Ann wakes up incredibly pregnant and extremely uncomfortable. She complains to Chris about her aching back, her sore feet and her awkward body. Chris immediately offers remedies for her discomfort, but rather than making Ann happy, his solutions just annoy her even more.

Across town, Leslie and Ben attend the grand opening of the Pawnee Farmers Market. While perusing the vegetable booths, they're distracted by a chard salesman who has hired sexy, half-naked dancers to hock his chard. The display is clearly inappropriate, and Leslie urges Ben to stop the grotesque display of misplaced sexuality immediately. Unfortunately, there's nothing that Ben can do to stop the show.

Leslie tries to troubleshoot a solution for the chard problem at home, but Ben, wanting to avoid the issue, suggests that they leave work conversations at the office. Leslie reluctantly agrees. The next morning, as soon as she and Ben arrive at City Hall, Leslie fires up the chard conversation again.

In Ron's office, Tom, Donna and Larry are holding their monthly Whine and Cheese Club meeting, in which they complain about things while Ron listens to Willie Nelson on headphones. Ann interrupts and quickly realizes that the club is a great way for her to vent her pregnancy frustrations. Unfortunately, her complaints are much too impassioned for the casual club environment, leaving everyone terrified of Ann.

The next day, Ann forces an emergency Whine and Cheese club meeting, but Donna kicks her out for abusing the rules of club. Donna and Tom decide that, in order to salvage their monthly complaint sessions, they'll need to teach Chris how to properly handle his pregnant baby mama.

Craig hires Andy's band, Mouse Rat, to perform at his nephew's birthday party, but the band refuses to play for a bunch of children. Andy decides to perform a solo gig, but at the last second he gets nervous. April convinces Andy that he can pull this off. After all, he makes up silly songs all the time! Andy begins his performance and quickly realizes that he's great at performing for children. When another parent books Andy for another birthday party, April realizes that Andy may have found his true calling.

Leslie continues to hound Ben for a solution to the chard issue, but Ben goes running around town to stay off of city property and avoid the discussion. Leslie chases Ben around, tracing his location back to City Hall in one way or another in an attempt to force the conversation. Eventually, they find themselves immersed in both a freezing cold fountain and a stalemate. With the threat of hypothermia looming, Ben and Leslie agree to communicate and cooperate better in order to balance their work lives with their marriage.

Tom, Donna and Ron stop by Chris's house to give him a valuable piece of advice that will make all of their lives easier: rather than offering up solutions when Ann complains about pregnancy issues, Chris should just respond with "that sucks." It makes no logical sense to Chris, but he agrees to try the tactic. The next morning, Ann wakes up with a list of complaints and Chris responds by saying "that sucks." Tom and Donna were right! That's exactly what Ann wants to hear.

Back at the Farmers Market, everything is running smoothly. The chard salesman is keeping things kosher while families peruse the vegetable booths. Leslie announces at 5:00 p.m. that the Farmers Market is officially closed, which means it's time for "Farmers Market: After Hours," which features scantly clad models hocking chard juice to the remaining customers. It's a weird compromise, but one that Leslie can deal with. She can't deal with the chard juice, though. It tastes like a tree threw up in your mouth.

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