The world would be a better place if we were all a little more Jean-Ralphio and a little less Councilman Jamm. Okay, so maybe Parks and Rec's Jean-Ralphio isn't perfect, but his boundless optimism, constant catchphrases, and supremely coifed hair are all traits that the world could use a bit more of. And while it doesn't look like the world is trending in that direction, thankfully we have the world of Pawnee to escape into whenever we need a little of Jean-Ralphio's sage advice. Because "when life gives you lemons, you sell some of your grandma's jewelry and you go clubbing."
It's no coincidence that the best Parks and Recreation episodes almost always feature a bit of the OG, Jean-Ralphio. While Parks and Rec is known for its optimism and absurdity, whenever an episode leans a little heavier on the Jean-Ralphio action, that optimism and absurdity are amped up by 1000. The best Jean-Ralphio episodes of Parks and Recreation often have seen the Ben Schwartz-portrayed character annoying the hell out of the Parks Department, starting a new business with Tom, or just generally not understanding how life works. So while Jean-Ralphio himself would hate the responsibility that comes with being in some of the best episodes of the show, as fans of Parks and Rec we're here for letting Jean-Ralphio turn our frizown upsidizity.
So let's put on our best clothes washed with Sparkle Suds, head on over to Entertainment 720, get run over by a Lexus, and rank the best Jean-Ralphio episodes of Parks and Rec.
One Last RidePhoto: NBC
Everyone is gathered at the Parks and Recreation office to say goodbye to one another. Throughout the episode, there are flash forwards to show the future of each character. Jean-Ralphio's future finds him faking his own death to get insurance money, but he gets caught when he sneaks into his own funeral.
John Ralphio & Mona-Lisa: [Singing] Don't be suspicious.
Leslie: [Saying goodbye] Jean-Ralphio, although I truly hope that I never see you again, I do wish you a long and happy life.306Isn't he the wooo-ooorst?!
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When Entertainment 720 goes bankrupt, Tom and Jean-Ralphio decide to hold a huge “end of the world” party in their office since the lease is not up until the next day. Jean-Ralphio invites Tom's ex, Lucy, to the party in an attempt to hook-up with her.
Jean-Ralphio: The entire party's a VIP area.
Tom: There's also a double-VIP area.
Jean-Ralphio: A triple VIP area.
Tom: And a centurion club elite VIP area.
Jean-Ralphio: Sponsered by Sobe Life Water.
Tom: No one's allowed in there, not even us.230Isn't he the wooo-ooorst?!
Ron and TammysPhoto: NBC
Ben discovers that, at Entertainment 720, Tom and Jean-Ralphio Saperstein are wasting large amounts of money on a state-of-the-art office, giving employees high salaries with full benefits, and paying Detlef Schrempf and Roy Hibbert to play basketball all day, despite having no income. Tom and Jean-Ralphio ignore Ben's warnings.
Jean-Ralphio: [Talking to Ben about his common name] Oh you could do better than that. I'm gonna help you out right now, your name is Angelo. Angelo thank you so much for coming out. Get a thicker tie, it looks weird on you. It makes your head look like a fish. Secondly, I don't know where the paperwork is, but when you find it can you take care of it for us? We don't have any pens 'cause we're afraid it's gonna leak on our shirts. Well actually I hate the name Angelo I'm gonna switch it up for you right now. Your new nickname is... Jell-o shot. What do you think about that J-shot? Any questions?204Isn't he the wooo-ooorst?!
Ben's ParentsPhoto: NBC
Tom and Jean-Ralphio work on a pitch for Tom's next big business venture: Rent-A-Swag. After Jean-Ralphio leaves the project, Tom shares that it is now a solo venture and Ron agrees to fund Tom. Learning of Jean-Ralphio's departure was all Ron needed to get involved.
Jean-Ralphio: [approaches Ron] Swansong! What up, my man? [Ron pokes him with his kebab] OW! Are you kidding me?!?
Ron: [To Tom] I like doing business with serious people. And when you removed yourself from the company of that moron [Jean-Ralphio], you showed me you're a serious person.160Isn't he the wooo-ooorst?!