Last night, Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt walked down the aisle on “Parks and Recreation.” It was a moment fans had been hoping for ever since the characters first met. And, it seems, the stars had been rooting for their onscreen personas from the get-go, too. In a recent conference call interview, they reflected on their favorite Ben and Leslie events throughout the seasons.
Both stars mark the wedding as one of their favorite moments on the show. As Adam noted, "It really felt like we were at a real wedding… We were all there and was a very special evening. It was at night and we were all there in this wedding and it’s make-believe but we were all very moved and it was really something."
Amy believed the episode is a perfect illustration of the way in which the show blends hour and emotion. "There’s a moment in the wedding episode that’s so, to me, the perfect example of a really beautiful and sweet moment [into] just hard laughs. And those sharp turns are so hard to do and Mike does them so well."
But looking back on the their last three seasons together, they each had other episodes hat ranked high on their lists. Adam chose "Road Trip," because "it's where everything culminates and they have their first kiss at the end of the episode. The episode was really well written and directed and the tension leading up to their first scandalous kiss in private I thought [it] was a really, really fun to do episode and it’s one of my favorite episodes to watch as well, really funny.
He added, "Like Amy was saying, the kiss that happens at the end of the episode is so earned and I just love that one as well. I think that’s one of my favorites."
For Amy, the scene where Ben popped the question stands out the most. She explained, "I thought the proposal was so beautifully written and because I remember us walking into Joe Biden’s office and [Executive Producer] Michael Schur talking about how he was going back to his hotel room to write the proposal. So I remember knowing when he was writing it and then getting it and nobody changed a word."
Filming the scene was special for her, too. "I remember that day feeling very special because it was the three of us on set and Dean Holland, our director," Poehler recalled, "and it just felt like a long time coming, which was really nice. Everybody was really happy for the characters and it was a great example of Mike’s writing, which is always a combination of really sweet and heartfelt and it felt very earned but also just very funny."
Well, at least they have each other. Tune in to "Parks and Recreation" every Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. PST/7:30 p.m. Central on NBC.
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