Parks and Recreation – “Leslie and Ben”

Welcome to part two of my favorite episodes of Parks and Rec!

When we left off, Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Adam Scott) had decided to get married that night, but they have a lot to figure out.  Again, I’m not going to go into all the details of the episode, but here are some highlights:

Leslie and Ann (Perkins, played by Rashida Jones) try to figure out one of the essentials for a wedding – the dress.  Turns out, the seamstress was only about half finished at this point.  Leslie leaves that up to Ann.

Chris (Traeger, played by Rob Lowe) and Ben try to find rings to exchange.

April (Ludgate, played by Aubrey Plaza) and Andy (Dwyer, played by Chris Pratt) work to get their marriage license approved in the middle of the night.  And the others try to get the rest in order.

Leslie asks Ron (Swanson, played by Nick Offerman) to walk her down the aisle.

A lot goes wrong in their planning.  Chris and Ben can’t find rings at a pawn shop.   Leslie doesn’t know what to do about the dress.  April and Andy have to wake up a City Hall employee in the middle of the night in order to get the marriage license signed.  Tom (Aziz Ansari) tries to get ordained on the internet, but there’s a 24 hour waiting period.  And so on and so forth.  But it all comes together, like it only could on prime time television.  Ann finishes the skirt part of the dress using copies of documents that mean a lot to Leslie and her job.  Ron makes rings for them out of a light fixture in Ann’s house.  Tom finds out that Jerry (Gergich, played by Jim O’Heir) is ordained, so they can officiate together.  And April and Andy come through with the marriage license.  Unfortunately…

Enter Jeremy Jamm.  Again.  He’s drunk and doesn’t want Leslie to be happy.

So, naturally, Ron punches him.

The two of them end up in jail, and the wedding is postponed.  Leslie says that she’s not going through with it until she has Ron to walk her down the aisle.

After a bit of conversation at the jail, Ron is let out on bail, and the rest of the gang threw together a ceremony space at City Hall.  It’s perfect for Leslie and Ben and perfect in general.

Their vows are also wonderful.  Ben says that he had been traveling from town to town for years, but he thinks that the whole time, he had just been looking for Leslie.  And Leslie says “You’re all I need.  I love you and I like you.”

And everything was perfect.

Seriously. Perfect.
Seriously. Perfect.

The end.

-A.

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