We're pretty confident when we declare Joe Biden's guest spot on Thursday night's episode of Parks and Recreation the most anticipated cameo by a politician on a television show of all time.
Biden's appearance would have had a longer buildup if it wasn't for people who care about a level playing field in unimportant things like federal elections. The show was warned that if word of Biden's cameo got out before election day they would have to, in the interest of fairness, orchestrate a cameo for Paul Ryan too:
“It was all very byzantine and complicated,” Mr. Schur said. “There seem to be all kinds of specific rules, which I never fully understood. But we decided to err on the side of caution.”
Instead, we only just found out about Biden's appearance last week.
Leslie Knope's love of for the Vice President has been a running joke on the show. In last week's episode she included his face on a unity quilt for (SPOILER ALERT?) her new-husband Ben Wyatt's family. That cameo can be seen here, as a single GIF:
This week's cameo was much more elaborate. It was also the show's cold open, the scene that leads the episode and sets the tone for everything that follows.