Parks and Rec prepares for Leslie and Ben's vows
Parks and Recreation is planning a double feature. Thursday night, we'll get an hour of laughs that includes Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt's wedding. It's been a long time coming.
Love is in the air on Parks and Recreation. The NBC comedy is taking the plunge with Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott). The dynamic duo of Pawnee will soon make it official. Tonight, they'll say those magic words: "I do."
It took several seasons to get the happy couple to this point. But in true Parks and Rec fashion, don't expect the wedding to go smoothly. After all, the impromptu ceremony will be a collaboration within the Parks department.
"There are a lot of details about the wedding, [and] everybody has a job to fill,” says showrunner Mike Schur (via TVLine). “Part of the fun of the episode is that — since the wedding was originally planned for May, but at the black-tie gala they decided to do it that night — they basically have two hours to put it together. So, there’s a part for everybody to play.”
Everything happens on the fly, and they'll need someone to perform the ceremony. That's where Tom (Aziz Ansari) comes in.
Schur explains, “Tom becomes the officiant and has to get ordained online in an hour. And Donna [Retta] plays a role in that we’re, for the first time, going to feature her beautiful and professionally trained singing voice.”
Marriage is a big deal, but don't expect it to dramatically change the show. Parks and Rec prides itself on having multidimensional characters.
“They’re both committed — not only to each other, but to their careers and their friends and to living a full life," Schur reveals. "Maybe there’s a trap you can fall into if you have to tell the story repeatedly about their relationship, but we don’t have that problem.”
Parks and Recreation airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.