Expired Meatball Sub

Ben is getting a little tired of Pawnee, but he’s only two stamps away from his “free” meatball sub. Unfortunately, his card is expired.

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NBA on Strike

When the NBA goes on strike, Entertainment 7Twenty hires Indiana Pacer Roy Hibbert to play one-on-one basketball at the office for 75% of his salary.

Cost of a Dining Table

Ron describes a gentleman’s agreement he made with a man to build a dining table in exchange for a 60 feet of copper pipe and a half pig. The barter system is inefficient because of how hard it is to properly measure the trades.

No Such Thing as Free Ice Cream

Ron has carefully hidden his birthday information from his friends, but Leslie uncovers the date when Ron decided to get a free scoop of rum raisin ice cream on his birthday from Baskin Robbins.

All the Bacon and Eggs

Ron isn’t happy with the steak he was served, so instead he asks the diner to give him all the bacon and eggs they have. While a bit extreme, his preferences and utility function should be respected in society despite the potential for future health issues.

Why God Loves Capitalism

Ron teaches his young basketball players that capitalism is God’s way of determining who is smart and who is poor. In the long run of a perfectly competitive market, the worst performers should be pushed out of the market.