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Parks and Recreation “Donna and Joe”

Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC

Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC

Vote Ben Wyatt!

What better way to end Parks and Recreation than with another political campaign? I don’t know about you, but I’d definitely vote for Ben. Where’s my bumper sticker?

So far, the final season of Parks and Recreation has been nothing short of fabulous and hilarious. We’ve jumped forward in time to see some major changes with all of our characters, off of which show the impact that the Parks Department has had on them – and by extension, Leslie Knope.

On “Donna and Joe,” we continue to see how everyone’s story is moving forward. There’s Donna’s wedding, Tom’s budding relationship, and of course, a big decision for Ben.

Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC

Photo Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC

Oh! And we get a chance to see the triplets, who are driving their nanny completely insane. As Leslie and Ben see her start to fade, they assure the nanny of her importance. Leslie even goes so far to say that she loves her more than Ben.

Jen interrupts Leslie and Ben as they are heading to Donna’s rehearsal dinner, announcing that she believes Ben should run for congress. His initial reaction is that this is a totally crazy idea, but it turns out its one that suits him well. Leslie’s idea to help Ben decide is for Ben to act as though he is running for congress during the rehearsal dinner, then at the wedding, to act like he isn’t.

But lowering his inhibitions with a little – okay, a lot – of alcohol is really all he needs. By the way, Ben and Leslie getting drunk together might be one of my favorite things in the whole world.

Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/NBC

Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/NBC

With Leslie singing “876-5309” in the background, Ben drunk-dials Jen several times leaving messages that say he not only wants to run for congress, but also all of the detailed plans he has for his campaign.

>Meanwhile, Ron interferes with Tom’s relationship by being completely honest. He arrives to the rehearsal dinner with a giant hunk of meat (because he’s Ron), and is happy to tell Lucy that Tom would marry her tomorrow if he could.

This has got to be the girl for Tom. After all, she actually likes the blue dress Tom had made for her that matches his suit. But the idea of marriage seems to surprise her, leaving her and Tom with a pretty important discussion.

Back to Donna and Joe’s wedding, Donna is marrying the perfect guy and even shows some emotions we haven’t really seen from her before. But she also lets her diva side come through in a speech to an old friend that makes everyone a little uncomfortable. And April is the best maid of honor ever. Donna asks her to keep the drama under control, and that’s exactly what she does. She may have found her calling, ordering the Meagles around and even bringing in a tiny bit of drama at the end to appease Donna.

Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/NBC

Photo Credit: Greg Gayne/NBC

What better way to end the episode? With Jerry-Larry-Terry getting called “Gary” thanks to his place card at the wedding. That’s his actual real name, and now that’s what everyone will call him. Donna’s knowing look from a far shows this was done on purpose.

Sadly, we’re already halfway through this final season! What’s been your favorite part so far? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Parks and Recreation airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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