Parks and Recreation quickly solved some of the problems it set up for itself in last week's episode, but in its season finale, the show took a literal leap that makes certain that Pawnee's dedicated civil servants will face unfamiliar challenges in the upcoming season. Let's just say that, yes, Leslie Knope apparently can have it all.
Last night, the show aired an episode that felt like a series finale, which is not unusual for this show. Throughout the years, creator Mike Schur and his team have made sure that the season closers could stand on their own in case the show didn't get picked up for a following season. This episode, however, felt grand in its conclusiveness.
There were special guests: namely, Michelle Obama left Leslie speechless and a bunch of musicians popular in the '90s and early 2000s entertained the town. There were beloved guest stars: Megan Mullally made an appearance as Tammy 2, and Ben Schwartz and Jenny Slate showed up as the world's worst siblings, Jean-Ralphio and Mona Lisa Saperstein. There were callbacks to some of the show's classic bits: both Lil' Sebastian and Mouse Rat got shout outs. A big conflict was resolved. Instead of moving to Chicago to work for the National Parks Service, Leslie Knope moved the National Parks Service to Pawnee. And the episode ended with a jump forward in time. Now in the timeline of the show, three years have passed and Leslie is doing a fantastic job in her new gig, firing Jon Hamm, and shuffling off her adorable triplets to be babysat by April and Andy. Oh, and Ben is wearing a tux for some reason. It probably has to do with the Cones of Dunshire.