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The Best Jean-Ralphio Episodes of 'Parks and Rec'  

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List Rules Vote up the episodes of Parks & Recreation that featured Jean-Ralphio Saperstein the best.

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.

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Woman of the Year
Woman of the Year is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jean-Ralphio Episodes of 'Parks and Rec'
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Tom reveals that part-ownership in a nightclub is a long-time dream of his, so he seeks assistance from Jean-Ralphio, who contributes $5,000.

Original Airing: Mar 04 2010

Season: Parks and Recreation - Season 2

Episode Number: 17

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Li'l Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jean-Ralphio Episodes of 'Parks and Rec'
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When Entertainment 720 plans the event for Li'l Sebastian's memorial, Jean-Ralphio encourages Tom to come work with him on the company, but Tom is reluctant to leave his city hall job. 

Original Airing: May 19 2011

Season: Parks and Recreation - Season 3

Episode Number: 16

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The Set Up
The Set Up is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jean-Ralphio Episodes of 'Parks and Rec'
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Tom introduces Ron - and the rest of the Parks Department - to Jean-Ralphio for the first time as he puts him forward as a candidate to be Ron's assistant.

Original Airing: Jan 14 2010

Season: Parks and Recreation - Season 2

Episode Number: 13

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One Last Ride
One Last Ride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jean-Ralphio Episodes of 'Parks and Rec'
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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.

Original Airing: February 24, 2015

Season: Parks and Recreation - Season 7

Episode Number: 12 & 13

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