May 11th, 2012
11:45 AM ET
It was a hard fought battle all season long, and it all came down to Pawnee's election day on Thursday night's "Parks and Recreation."
Leslie was a nervous wreck all day long, waiting to see if she would beat Bobby Newport. For example, when one percent of precincts reported that porn star Brandi Maxxx had a commanding lead with six votes, Leslie freaked out.
And it didn't help that Bobby Newport's campaign manager, Jennifer, offered Ben a cushy job in Washington, and he was really considering it.
Leslie also wasn't the only one freaking out: April had erased some important documents back at the office, and Andy (who let her know she did the right thing by hiding under a table) helped her by listing "dream jobs" they could pursue after inevitably losing that one.
All of Andy's dream jobs (except shoeshine guy) were in law enforcement, which April later pointed out to him.
Oh, and those files were easily recovered, thanks to Donna's backup drive saving the day.
Leslie wound up being down by 21 votes to Bobby, triggering a recount. While they awaited the results, she presented Ben with a tiny Washington Monument (she has "like 50 of them"), giving him permission to pursue the job.
Ann announced that there was still a 21 vote margin - and Leslie was the winner.
Leslie gave a heartfelt speech, and as has been a theme all season, she couldn't have gotten there without her friends. (Well, except that Jerry forgot to vote.)
Her best friend, Ann, approached Tom later that night, drunkenly offering not just to date Tom, but to move in with him.
So, a lot of story arcs have been set into motion for what will hopefully be a fifth season, primarily Ann's new gig and how she will handle a long distance relationship with Ben. I think I'll miss Paul Rudd's Bobby Newport most of all.
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