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Parks And Recreation Fans Think This Shady Jamm Detail Is Hilariously Realistic

"Parks and Recreation" has no shortage of colorful characters that populate its central location of Pawnee. From TV correspondent Perd Hapley (Jay Jackson), who only speaks in matter-of-fact phrases, to perfume savant Dennis Feinstein (Jason Mantzoukas), who concocts all manner of disgusting fragrances, pretty much resident of the fictional Indiana town is strange in some shape or fashion. However, few characters on the show can rival the larger-than-life ego of councilman Jeremy Jamm (Jon Glaser).

Jamm is one of the major recurring antagonists in the later seasons of "Parks and Recreation." He serves as the archnemesis to Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), constantly coming up with ways to harass her after she begins her term as a councilwoman in Season 5, such as attempting to use her office as a bargaining chip for passing legislation. He even gets involved with some of the other characters too, going so far as to date Tammy Two, the unhinged ex from one of Ron Swanson's many marriages. However, there's a certain suspicious detail about the character that some fans have picked up on for offering up one of the show's funniest and most pointed jokes.

Jamm's corruption rings true

One of the Jamm's most nefarious schemes comes in Season 5 when the councilman attempts to turn the Lot 48 pit into a Paunch Burger against Leslie's wishes. The councilman is unsuccessful and subsequently crashes Leslie and Ben Wyatt's wedding, where he drunkenly unleashes quite the truth bomb: he was going to get a cut of the Paunch Burger sales if it had been built.

It doesn't take a legal expert to know that a political official cannot accept bribes. User u/Oodlemeister pointed out that fact in a post on the r/PandR subreddit, questioning why Jamm didn't face repercussions for his crime. But according to the users that responded, Jamm's clemency is far from a plot hole. "Corrupt government employees not being investigated IS keeping it realistic," u/M3tal_Shadowhunter commented.

Other users pointed out that Jamm is not the show's only politician who has gotten away with dubious actions. For instance, councilman Bill Dexhart (Kevin Symons) is frequently involved in sex scandals, yet never resigns. "The Government of Pawnee is very bizarre and a little corruption from a councilman wouldnt [sic] even make Perd's broadcast," u/adbedient commented.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that "Parks and Recreation" paints a surprisingly realistic portrait of political corruption, considering that the show's chief influence is considered one of the best political TV shows of all time. "We were thinking of Parks and Recreation as a comedic 'West Wing,'" series co-creator Michael Schur said in an interview with The Guardian.