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The Camel

‘The Camel’

Season 2, Episode 9 -  Aired November 12, 2009

When the city council decides to replace one of the offensive murals in the building, Leslie and her team compete to come up with a winning design. Meanwhile, Ron decides to get his shoes shined by Andy.

Quote from Ron Swanson

Ron Swanson: [aside to camera] I'm impressed with Andy. Pulling himself up by his bootstraps. He reminds me of me. I got my first job when I was nine. Worked at a sheet metal factory. In two weeks, I was running the floor. Child labor laws are ruining this country.


Quote from Donna

Donna: So, it's the Last Supper, but with famous people from Indiana. Mmm-hmm. John Mellencamp, Larry Bird, Michael Jackson, uh, David Letterman, Vivica A. Fox. Okay, so, here's where it gets a little dicey. Because there's not that many celebrities from Indiana. So, a NASCAR. Uh, my friend, Becky. Ron Swanson.
Leslie Knope: Donna? Who's the Jesus?
Donna: That would be Greg Kinnear.

Quote from Leslie Knope

Paul: Okay. As everybody knows, The Spirit of Pawnee was defaced again last night.
Leslie Knope: What was it this time?
Paul: Chocolate pudding.
Leslie Knope: Huh. That's new.
[aside to camera:]
Leslie Knope: The mural that normally resides here is called The Spirit of Pawnee. And it's very controversial. We've had someone throw acid at it, tomato sauce. Someone tried to stab it once. We really need better security here. We also need better, less-offensive history.

Quote from Jerry

Leslie Knope: Okay. Next? Wow. Really good, Jerry.
Jerry: For my murinal, I was inspired by the death of my grandma.
Tom: [laughs] You said "murinal."
Jerry: No, I didn't.
Ann: Yes, you did. You said "murinal". I heard it.
Jerry: Anyway, she...
April: Jerry. Why don't you put that murinal in the men's room so people can murinate all over it?
Tom: Jerry. Go to the doctor. You might have a murinary tract infection.
Jerry: I just wanted to show you my art.
All: [chanting] Murinal! Murinal! Murinal!
Leslie Knope: Disqualified!
[aside to camera:]
Jerry: It's pointillism. And each dot is a photo of a citizen of the town.
Tom: No one cares. At all.

Quote from Leslie Knope

Leslie Knope: He likes the shapes, okay? And he's part of the team. So, here. Take these scissors and cut out your favorite shapes. And then we'll put them on a new team mural. We're going to make a new design that takes the best parts of all of our designs.
[aside to camera:]
Leslie Knope: It's like if you got Michelangelo and Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock and Jim Davis from Garfield to do one painting. Imagine how good that painting would be.

Quote from April

April: Okay. So, this is a multimedia project. First, a bunch of rats made out of garbage. And this is a TV screen. It'll be like a big, flat-screen TV, and it will play looped video of knee surgeries. And then this is a human-sized hamster wheel that will be next to the mural if we can get one. And it will be spinning and there will be, like, a fat guy in it all the time, like, screaming and, like, eating raw beef and, like, bleeding. And, like, blood will, like, come out of his mouth and stuff. And that'll be, like, right next to the mural.
Leslie Knope: I have one question. Why?
April: If you have to ask, you don't get it.

Quote from April

April: [aside to camera] My piece is truly going to capture the spirit of Pawnee. [searches a dumpster]

Quote from Leslie Knope

Leslie Knope: June 8, 1922. The Pawnee Bread Factory burned to the ground. We lost a lot of good bread that day. As well as several human lives. And it also made the whole town smell like toast. Which one resident described as "disturbingly enticing." But I digress. The point is we rebuilt Pawnee to the wonderful town that it is today.
Tom: Why would you want a mural that shows people dying when you could have shapes that come alive?
Leslie Knope: Well, because it's the most famous event in our town's history. And people love voting for tragedy. Look at the Oscars. This is our Holocaust movie. This is our English Patient.
Ann: It sounds like you're exploiting the tragedy.
Leslie Knope: See, Ann gets it. Okay. Time to vote, everybody. Cast your votes. May the best, most tragic project win.

Quote from Ann

Ann: [aside to camera] I'm a terrible artist. But the Parks Department has done so much for me that if I can help them out in any way, I will. Oh, God. Maybe I should just give them all free flu shots.

Quote from Leslie Knope

Leslie Knope: [aside to camera] I know everything about this town and these murals. And that's why this is a dream come true. Literally. I have had a dream where I designed a mural. But then it turned into a nightmare, because the mural started talking, and it came alive and it was whispering. And I couldn't hear what it was saying, so I leaned in close, and then it ate me. At one point, Gina Gershon was there.

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