The only episode of “Parks and Recreation” in which Nick Offerman does not appear is “Beauty Pageant”, which is the 3rd episode of the 2nd season of the series.
The episode revolves around Leslie Knope judging the Miss Pawnee beauty pageant, alongside Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), while a home date between Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones) and Mark Brendanawicz (Paul Schneider) is interrupted when Ann finds out about her ex, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) lives in the pit next to her house and invites her inside at Mark’s insistence. April Ludgate also enters the Miss Pawnee beauty pageant, hoping to win the $600 prize, but quits when she discovers the prize isn’t cash, but in the form of gift cards for a company. of fencing.
There was a serial explanation for Ron’s absence, as the previous episode focused heavily on him suffering from a hernia, unable to move even to eat his lunch. Leslie mentions that she gave Ron a bouquet while he is recovering from hernia surgery and says that his colleagues at the Parks Department owe him $90 each for it, resolving both the storyline of the previous episode and explaining Ron’s absence.
Ron Swanson returned in the next episode, in which Tom discovers his secret Duke Silver alter-ego while trying to dig him up as part of an office challenge.