'Parks and Recreation': Lucy Lawless and Ron Swanson meet cute over a pothole

Lucy Lawless begins her guest-starring arc on "Parks and Recreation" Thursday (Oct. 4), and as promised, her character and Ron Swanson will feel a definite connection.How much of a connection? Just watch these clips. The Pawnee parks department staff is manning a 3-1-1 hotline where residents can report problems in the community, and Ron (Nick Offerman) fields a call from a woman named Diane (Lawless) about a pothole in front of her house. The public works department is unresponsive, so Ron takes matters into his own hands, with Andy (Chris Pratt) in tow.(Thursday's episode, incidentally, also has Donna (Retta) getting very into "Fifty Shades of Grey," hence her inattention when Jerry (Jim O'Heir) gets a real emergency call.)What happens next is the stuff great romances are made of -- the spark is so strong that even Andy can't help but notice. Take a look:"Parks and Recreation" airs at 9:30 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC....



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