Ron runs away from Tammy 1. Leslie realises that she must break up with Ben but struggles to do it. Ann helps diagnose a man's ailing testicles from an obscene email and soon gets a lot more than she expected. Andy gets two new job offers.
Ron begins going through his receipts and Tammy One orders everyone about. Ron reappears with no moustache and a buttoned-down pro-government disposition. Leslie is horrified and tries to save him with help from his mom, Andy and April. Meanwhile Tom asks Ben for some financial advice and invites him to the Entertainment 720 offices. Ann suggests Chris front her new public health video and he wants it to be perfect.
Leslie's book about Pawnee comes out and she hopes Joan Callamezzo will add it to her book club. Joan is more interested in exposing that Leslie was not born in Pawnee. Tom has been hired to get Joan to cooperate but is worried when he learns that she is getting divorced. Ann tries to get Ron or April to talk to him.
Ron takes the "Pawnee Rangers" troupe of boys out to camp and Leslie joins them with the "Pawnee Goddesses." Leslie is determined to prove that her club is better while Ron is of course concerned with survival skills. Meanwhile Ben seems depressed and so Donna and Tom take him out on their day of indulgence.
Leslie is holding a meeting to charm local business owners. Tom is organising things and begins to use it as a marketing opportunity for Entertainment 720. April and Andy throw a Halloween party but don't tell Ben. He passively complains about it and Andy is determined to get him to open up. Jerry encourages Chris to invite his daughter but soon regrets it. Ron fixes things round the house and Ann helps him.
A local cult gathers in the park for the end of the world. Leslie, Ben and Chris go to keep an eye on things and talk to the media. Leslie is disturbed when she thinks Ben might hit it off with Shauna Malwae-Tweep. April tries to tick things off Andy's bucket list and Tom and Jean-Ralphio throw one last party in their office.
Leslie and Ben are excited to help out with the local Model UN. However he finds it hard to cope when her campaign duties take most of her attention. Chris starts an investigation into the state of his relationship and drags Jerry, Donna and Ann into it. Ron tries to convince Tom to return to the Parks department.
Leslie and Ben work together on Indiana's smallest park. Ben wants to stop working together and so Leslie plans to extend the park project for as long as possible. Andy wants to take a college course to better himself and April and Ron go with him to sample a few different options. Chris asks Tom and Jerry to choose a new font for the Parks Department logo.
Leslie and Ben admit to Chris that they have been having a relationship. He immediately begins ethics hearings to see if they have abused their positions. Leslie is initially confident that they have broken no other rules. However Chris has a witness who Leslie bribed to keep quiet.
Ben encourages Leslie to find a way to improve Pawnee as a private citizen during her suspension. She forms an action group to make the parks better and harrasses Chris. Ben looks for a new job but can't find anything which interests him. Leslie has given each member of the Parks department amazing thoughtful gifts and so Ron suggests that they get her something amazing. Leslie's campaign team find that no one will vote for her after the scandal and so drop her as a client.
Leslie meets her competition, Bobby Newport, whose family money has bought a lot of ad time. Ben suggests countering with a negative ad but Leslie doesn't like the idea. She prepares a positive commercial while Ben goes ahead with one attacking Newport. Even though everyone agrees that his is best Leslie can't bring herself to be mean. Andy bangs his head and he and April use their medical insurance to get themselves tested for a bunch of ailments. Chris enlists Ron's help with delivering some bad news.
During a focus group Leslie obsesses over a guy who says he wouldn't go bowling with her. She sets up a bowling night and tries to win him over. Ron is dismayed by Tom's childish bowling technique. Meanwhile Jerry organises the rest of the team in a competition to raise money for the campaign. April tries hard to win to stop Chris being so happy. When she finds out that Jerry's daughter is going to break up with him she changes her mind.
Leslie uses the Valentines Day Dance to gather possible men for Ann. Meanwhile she sets a fiendishly complicated scavenger hunt for Ben. He enlists Andy and Ron's help to solve the riddles. Chris is despondent over his break up and then volunteers to DJ the dance.
The Pawnee police chief is retiring and Leslie wants his endorsement for her campaign. Her ex-boyfriend Dave is also back in town and says he is still in love with her. After inviting him out to dinner with Ben, Leslie tries hard not to be left alone with him. Andy organises the rest of the office to record Leslie's campaign song and works incredibly hard on making it perfect. Ron tries to help out without admitting that he is Duke Silver. Tom has told everyone about his date with Ann and she is irritated by his constant attempts to escalate their relationship.
Ron suggests that Leslie take a sabbatical from the Parks Department to focus on her campaign. She refuses and claims she can do it all. Jerry arrives at work having celebrated his 64th birthday which Leslie forgot. She is determined to make up for it and plans a surprise party at Donna's family cabin. Everything is set up when she remembers that she didn't invite Jerry. She and Ron drive back to get him and discover a mistake with her campaign signs on the way. Meanwhile April regrets having put Ann and Tom together. Champion goes missing and Chris helps Andy get him back.
While Bobby Newport is on vacation in Spain, his Dad hires a hot shot Washington campaign manager. Jennifer Barkley is very friendly to Ben and Leslie but is soon wiping the floor with them. Chris tells Ron to either complete a new project or hire someone to help do Leslie's work. Ron asks Ann to help lead a campaign surrounding water fountains but soon realises that April is the person who should be doing more.
Andy passes an oral exam in his women's studies class. He invites his teacher out to celebrate with Ron and April. April spots a lonely Chris at the bar and invites him to join them. Leslie is preparing for a big interview with an Indianapolis morning show which gets cancelled. She decides to blow off steam with a few drinks when Ben calls to say the interview is back on. Donna becomes fascinated by Jerry stuffing envelopes.
Leslie tries to stop the Parks budget from being cut and as a result an animal shelter is closed. To stop this from affecting her campaign she gets Andy and April to take the animals in. Chris wants to give Ron the new City Manager job but asks him to come to yoga first. April takes on the task of finding new homes for the animals.
Leslie prepares for her debate with Bobby Newport and the other candidates. April, Andy and Ron invite her donors over for dinner to watch the debate. Andy didn't pay the cable bill though and while Ron fixes things Andy "entertains" the guests. April breaks up with Tom after another stupid gesture and Chris asks her out. Bobby is laid back in the debate and Leslie has to work hard to overcome him.
The Newport campaign bribe a local company not to rent vans to the Knope campaign. Ron, Donna and Tom go to try and fix the situation. Chris is struggling with dark thoughts and so tries to stay as busy as possible. Leslie talks about what a jerk Nick Newport is to the press just before learning that he died.
It's election day and Leslie is operating on little sleep. Jennifer offers Ben a job in Washington working on a campaign. Jerry forgot to vote, Tom had a dream that he and Ann would get back together while April is afraid she has deleted all of the Parks department files. The early results indicate that Bobby has won but a recount gives it to Leslie.