In the fourth episode of Parks and Recreation‘s fourth season — entitled “Pawnee Rangers” — outdoorsman Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and the lovable goofball Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) take on the responsibility of leading the local scouting troop, the titular Pawnee Rangers. Their plans quickly turn sour as a heated rivalry emerges between the Rangers and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), and April Ludgate’s (Aubrey Plaza) all-female Pawnee Goddesses. The two go head to head to determine which is the stronger group, with the only real losers being Ron’s grade school-level pupils.
Leslie and her crew take a fun, laid-back approach, but Ron chooses to teach Andy and the boys survival skills by “roughing it” in the wilderness. Unsurprisingly, they grow miserable very quickly, as vocalized by a Pawnee Ranger named Darren, who delivers the now-famous line, “I like you, Mr. Swanson, it’s just, all we do is sit in silence and eat beans.”
What most audiences didn’t realize at the time is that the actor behind Darren is Cobra Kai-mainstay Jacob Bertrand, who has brought Eli Moskowitz, or Hawk, as he’s now known around the dojo, to life for the past two seasons. Parks and Rec isn’t the only series Bertrand guest-starred on before becoming one of Cobra Kai’s most aggressive combatants, either. He also popped up in the season 3 Community episode “Regional Holiday Music” as a young Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), adding yet another cult-favorite sitcom to his resume.
Thankfully, Jacob Bertrand seems to have grown out of the cameo phase of his career. He continues to impress on Cobra Kai, earning his spot as one of the program’s up-and-coming stars.