In the episode, Ann takes Leslie to dinner to help prepare for her first date, while the rest of the parks department tries to learn secrets about each other as part of a game. The episode was written by Harris Wittels and directed by Alex Hardcastle. It featured stand-up comedian Louis C.
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Parks and Recreation was full of relatable characters, and one that became an instant fan favorite was Ron Swanson, who secretly played at jazz bars under the identity of Duke Silver. Parks and Recreation premiered on NBC in and came to an end in after seven seasons and a lot of ups and downs in the social, professional, and personal lives of the characters. One of the characters that resonated the most with the audience was Ron Swanson Nick Offerman , director of the Parks department who was best known for his deadpan personality and for showing no interest in the lives of his co-workers although deep inside he did care for them. Ron also had a big secret: an alter-ego named Duke Silver. Ron kept his alter-ego a secret from his coworkers for years
In the series, Ron is the director of the Parks and Recreation department of fictional town of Pawnee , Indiana , and the immediate superior of series protagonist Leslie Knope Amy Poehler until Knope's election to the Pawnee City Council at the end of Season 4. In demeanor, political philosophy and work ethic, Knope and Swanson are polar opposites: where Knope is sunny and outgoing, decidedly liberal and constantly working, Swanson is distant, and as a staunch libertarian , is a strong advocate for small government —stating his belief that government should be privatized—and therefore believes that the parks department should not even exist. Ron, who has an extremely deadpan and stereotypical masculine personality, actively works to make city hall less effective and despises interacting with the public. He loves meat, woodworking, hunting, whisky , breakfast foods, nautical literature, and sex. He hates and fears his ex-wives, both named Tammy , one of whom is played by Offerman's real-life wife, Megan Mullally. Ron claims not to be interested in the personal lives of those around him but actually cares a great deal about his colleagues and has a particularly strong respect for Leslie. Conceived by series creators Michael Schur and Greg Daniels, Ron has been a central character since the pilot episode of Parks and Recreation. Offerman had some input into the character's creation, and some aspects of Ron's personality were inspired by the actor, like his affinity for woodworking and year-old Lagavulin Single Malt scotch. The traits of the character were also partially inspired by a real-life Libertarian elected official in Burbank, California.
Duke Silver is an alias used by Ron Swanson to perform jazz on the tenor saxophone. His fanbase consists of middle-aged women almost exclusively, including April Ludgate's mother. Very few City Hall employees know of Duke Silver, and Ron does practically anything to keep things this way. April reveals her knowledge of Duke in " 94 Meetings ", saying her mom has always been a fan and she recognized him as Duke the first day she met him. The last person to discover Duke before he goes public is Andy Dwyer , who is sent to Cozy's Bar by Craig Middlebrooks when scouting bands for the unity concert because Craig says the bar gets pretty packed on Thursdays, despite never having gone. When Andy discovers this, Ron decides too many people know of Duke now and attempts to throw away his saxophone all together, until Andy convinces him to return to music and play the Unity Concert, where he officially comes out publicly as Duke Silver. In " Ron and Diane " , Ron's girlfriend, Diane, feels intimidated by his relationship with Leslie, and is afraid she will not get to know Ron as well as Leslie does. Ron reveals to Diane that he is in fact Duke Silver, something Leslie is not aware of, in order to prove to her that, although Leslie is an important person in his life, Diane is also extremely important to him and is a very special person in his life.