While “Parks and Recreation” may not live and die on its twists and turns (thank God), the show has always employed cliffhangers in its season finales. From Leslie’s impending impeachment last season to the government being shut down at the end of season two, there have been countless game-changing — but realistic — moments to cap off each season.
The season six finale may hold something even bigger.
“The last minute or so of our season finale, the last moments, are really important and big things happen that kind of show you where we’re going and where a lot of the characters are going,” Amy Poehler said. “So I would encourage everybody to watch until the very end.”
The finale has been set up to showcase Pawnee’s Unity Concert, an effort by Leslie Knope and the parks department to bring the citizens together after the rival towns of Pawnee and Eagleton merged mid-season. Special musical guests will be showcased in the episode — as well as First Lady Michelle Obama — that also features Knope’s decision regarding a job offer in Chicago.
“In the finale, Leslie will make a decision about whether or not to take this big job she’s been offered,” Michael Schur said. “There’s some other stuff that happens involving Ben (Adam Scott) that hints at a change in his life, or at least a nominal change.”
Poehler and Schur took part in a conference call with journalists Friday afternoon to discuss the season finale as well as (SPOILERS) the revelation on last night’s episode that Leslie is pregnant with triplets.
“Leslie is famously an overachiever and having her body overachieve in terms of starting her family seemed like a logical thing to happen,” Schur said. “It was really fun to tell Amy Poehler, the real life human being, that we were doing a storyline where she was pregnant with triplets. [laughs] It was the closest I’ve ever seen you come to murdering me.”
“Was it fun?” Poehler replied. “I don’t think the word was ‘fun.'”
“Even though this is the first time she’s been pregnant,” Poehler added later. “She’s actually been a working mother for a while even before she was married because Pawnee is her kid. So she’s always been torn between her town and doing what’s right for it and making sure she gives it enough time, and herself and her career. We always believed that Pawnee was Leslie’s kid and she wanted the best for it. She’s always been a pretty maternal and paternal force at the same time on the show. So it will be fun to see which baby wins.”
“Parks and Recreation” will air its one-hour season finale Thursday at 8pm on NBC.