'Parks and Rec' says 'I do'
February 22nd, 2013
12:11 PM ET

'Parks and Rec' says 'I do'

There were understandably high hopes for the "Parks and Recreation" wedding episode (which we only knew was going to happen for the past week, sneaky NBC).

Thursday night's first of two new episodes delivered in every way imaginable. (Ann's decision to have Chris be the father of her baby, momentous as that is, is a discussion for another day.)

The night was meant to serve as a series finale before the producers knew that NBC was picking up more episodes of its fifth season. Thankfully, that didn't happen, but if it had, this would have been a fitting finale as well.

Leslie and Ben are one of the best couples on TV, but there are so many other reasons why this episode knocked it out of the park.

1. Leslie's dress

While Leslie and Ben scrambled to pull off an 11 p.m. wedding (back-to-back the whole time so they wouldn't see each other), Ann was given the job of finishing Leslie's dress, since the wedding originally wasn't supposed to happen for three months.

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Ann Perkins being Ann Perkins, the greatest BFF ever, she had the brilliant idea of creating a dress made out of important documents and clippings from Leslie's career. The result was quite impressive.

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2. Ron Swanson

As you can see above, Ron walked Leslie down the aisle (the show wouldn't have it any other way), and even punched out the obnoxious, drunk Councilman Jamm, Leslie's nemesis, who unfortunately ruined the wedding for the moment.

But Ron came through in so many more ways: first, in telling Leslie how he felt about her in a most uncharacteristic way, and secondly, in creating Leslie and Ben's wedding rings.

After all, as Ron says, "People who buy things are suckers."

3. Tom as the minister

Tom wanted to officiate at the wedding but had to wait 24 hours for his online application to go through.

Having the ordained Jerry say the line, "When I heard Leslie was getting married, I was all, 'to Ben or to "Game of Thrones?"'didn't quite work, so Tom was set to do his speech after all as Jerry made it official.

When the wedding moved to the parks and rec office - as fitting a place as any - Tom froze up. Instead of delivering a monologue from the Will Smith cinematic classic "Hitch," he said, "Leslie, do you want to say some stuff to Ben now?" (Leslie and Ben's "I love you and I like you" response was terrific by the way.)

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4. Chris' gift for Ben

But Chris presenting Ben with the documentation that had them assigned to work in Pawnee - something that changed their lives, not for eight weeks, but for three years -  stood out as one of the most emotional moments of the episode.

5. Lil' Sebastian

And we can't forget that little scamp, who appeared from beyond the grave (actually, it was an officially licensed Lil' Sebastian impersonator) as a sign to Leslie and Ben that they were doing the right thing by getting married that night.

Andy wrapped it all up in a bow by rewriting the "Lil' Sebastian" song for the newlyweds.

Congrats to the happy couple!

What was your favorite part of the wedding episode? Tell us on video or comment below.

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  1. Shaina Guthmiller

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    April 16, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. And this one time...

    ...at band camp...

    February 25, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |

    i have to learn too be hack female...that appears too be the in thing now...they tend to get more respect then US normal types...

    February 25, 2013 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. TV22

    the material won't be as strong but you'll figure something out right?

    February 25, 2013 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alvarez

    I'm so exited that I'm going to poop...on their heads.

    February 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MaryAnne's Coffee Review...

    i would not trust the 2 cast members to save their life-

    February 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. love these 2 (picture above)

    they look so cute in the picture

    February 24, 2013 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. beautiful picture

    love the flowers.

    February 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. click clack

    what was that again?

    February 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dduellman

    What's with all the negativity. I love Parks and Rec cause it's one of the few shows on TV without cynicism. The world needs more of that. Beautiful show. Beautiful episode.

    February 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Cast

    we had too do what we had too do....bloggers have fun today k?

    February 24, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Brian Austin Green

    Amazing how he deals with this 24 hour a day spotlight...megan fox has huge issues and a lousy actress and Brian deal with this 24 hours a day...as a fan i am NOT angry its just that i'm not quite sure why....hey to each his own and a fan too brian forever.

    February 24, 2013 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. All week

    again....make her more deaf.

    February 24, 2013 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nobody helps the show and admits its tooled.

    its truly amazing.

    February 24, 2013 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  16. tool

    not a good example to women

    February 24, 2013 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
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    February 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Kate

    Wow, you guys – just don't watch it, okay? I love this show.

    February 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Daphnie

    One of the lamest shows on TV, only surpassed by "Community" and "How I Met Your Mother" in horribleness.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  20. I sure am glad

    this show is going off the air. it is dumb.

    February 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  21. TellinItLikeItIs

    this is a good show ttoo bad they are killing off all the characters at the end fo season 5. i love everyon on this show except that fat lady who reminds me ofa man.

    February 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Andy

    Wow, everyone's so negative so far. I absolutely LOVED the episode. More so than "The Office's" wedding ep. Team Ben and Leslie forever.

    February 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Daneetra

    It was a stupid episode. Mega gay.

    February 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Daneetra

    This show is embicillic.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Cool Moe J

    The Walking Dead will be on in two days. Plus we can take naps tomorrow and see if our stupid sinus headache will get better. Scooooby d oooooo

    February 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ed

    I never have watched this show either

    February 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |

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