‘Parks and Recreation’ finished its seven-season run on Feb. 24 with little fanfare but a lot of love. The finale was jam-packed with heartfelt moments, hilarious cameos, and inside jokes for all the true fans! Plus, we found out the fates of Leslie, Ron, Tom and the rest of the gang!
It wasn’t easy saying goodbye to Leslie (Amy Poehler), Ron (Nick Offerman), and the rest of our favorite Pawnee residents on the series finale of Parks and Recreation tonight. In fact, it may have been even more difficult than bidding adieu to good old Lil’ Sebastian. Our only consolation is that we know exactly what the future holds for Leslie and her zany gang — that, and the return of her beloved Joe Biden, of course!
‘Parks And Recreation’ Series Finale Recap: Leslie Knope & Her Team Say Farewell
Back-to-back flash forwards revealed eight happy endings for the former employees of Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation Department (and Jean-Ralphio, because we care). Here they are:
1. Donna Meagle (Retta): It’s the year 2023, and Donna has made a name for herself as a successful real estate agent living in Seattle. Donna has a baller bank account and even though she probably treats herself now more than ever, she’s also made a point to give back with a nonprofit, Teach Yo’self, that helps fund education funds.
2. April & Andy (Aubrey Plaza & Chris Pratt): It’s Halloween 2023 and Zombie April and her hubby just welcomed their first little bundle of evil, Bert Snakehole Ludgate Karate Dracula Macklin Demon Jack-o-Lantern Dwyer — or Jack for short. It’s also revealed later in the episode that baby #2 is on its way!
3. Jean-Ralphio Saperstein (Ben Schwartz): Jean-Ralphio fakes his own death to cash in on the insurance money, and even though it doesn’t work out, at least his funeral music was on point.
4. Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari): Tom goes from broke and “swagger-less” to the wildly successful bestselling author of the book Failure: An American Success Story (Rule #1: Don’t be a Garry). Plus, he ends up with the babe of his dreams, Lucy (Natalie Morales).
5. Garry Gergich (Jim O’Heir): It looks like Tom missed the mark on rule #1. Jerry/Larry/Terry/Garry Gergich is now Mayor Gergich ten times over! And even at 100, he’s still hanging on to his smoking hot first lady Gayle (Christie Brinkley). Too bad they still couldn’t get his name right on his tombstone.
6. Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman): After resigning from Very Good Building Company in 2022, Ron is looking for something even more “good” to do with the rest of his life. Thankfully, Leslie wisely suggests that he become the head of Pawnee’s National Park, which would allow him “walk around the land alone” and “talk to bears.” Throw in some breakfast food, and you’ve got one happy Ron.
7. Chris & Ann (Rob Lowe & Rashida Jones): Chris and his “nutrient-rich chia seed” Ann meet up with Leslie and Ben in 2025, with their two predictably beautiful children in tow (one of them is named Leslie!). The Traegers are moving back to Pawnee so that Chris can head up the admissions department at Indiana University.
8. Leslie & Ben (Amy Poehler & Adam Scott): By the year 2035, Ben is a congressman and Leslie has already done two terms as governor of Indiana. She even gets a public building named after her. Unfortunately it’s a“fu**ing library” (her words). Now, if you’ll allow us a flashback to Garry’s story — when his Parks and Rec friends gather at his funeral, Leslie and Ben are flanked by what appear to be Secret Service agents. Does this mean Leslie eventually became the president? The world may never know, but we can’t think of a worthier woman.
So HollywoodLifers, what did YOU think of the #ParksFarewell? What was your favorite part? Are you sad to sad to see Parks and Recreation end? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
— Tierney McAfee