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"Pawnee Zoo" (Season 2, episode 1)
Right away, it was clear that "Parks and Recreation" had become a more focused show over their first hiatus, and in this very funny episode, Leslie creates accidentally controversy by trying to do something cute and holding a mock wedding ceremony for penguins. It turns out, both the penguins are male, and suddenly Leslie is at the center of a conversation about gay marriage. It's lovely to see Leslie embrace the gay community of Pawnee, who happily embrace her as well, and it looks like they really started to understand that there was more comedy to be mined from a hyper-confident Leslie than an incompetent one. Like many shows, it took a little while of living with these characters for the show to really snap into focus, but once it did, it found its voice quickly, and this was definitely a huge step in the right direction. Plus, you get to see Amy Poehler rap "Parents Just Don't Understand" with a fantastic added punchline.