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Friday, April 25, 2014

Jeff Tweedy, Ginuwine Sing for Unity on Parks & Rec Season Finale

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Jeff Tweedy does neat things. - @UNITY_CONCERT | TWITTER

Hey, did you guys know that Jeff Tweedy was on the season finale of Parks and Recreation last night? I didn't. Wait, that's not quite true -- I heard about it a million months ago but kind of forgot until 40 minutes before the episode aired, and then I got excited and forced a friend to say that I could go to their house to watch it.

But still! Jeff Tweedy! And possibly (totally) some other musicians! And a not-so-secret Michelle Obama cameo! And no Zooey Deschanel whatsoever!

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So of COURSE I had to watch, despite not having seen the show since the beginning of the season. I might not know everything Leslie Knope has been up to lately in Pawnee, Indiana, but I'm still a fan of the passionate parks supporter -- especially if she booked a concert that features one of Belleville's finest. Here's what went down during the hour-long season six finale of Parks and Recreation (SPOILERS AHEAD!):

We open with a wideshot of Alcatraz, and adorable dimwit Andy is talking about the Rock to Leslie and Ben, who is my boyfriend in my brain. I guess they're all in San Francisco for some type of official business or something. Maybe I should have watched previous episodes.

Oh, look, Leslie is saying that she's speaking at a national parks conference there. Good, that's helpful. She also says it's the craziest week of her life, with thinking about a new job and having triplets and all. TRIPLETS? Holy hell, I've missed a lot. Andy breaks up the pensive moment by wondering how to break into Alcatraz. "They give tours," Ben deadpans. "But that's what they'd be expecting," Andy asserts. Oh, Andy. I wish I liked dumb guys.

Back in Pawnee, Tom apparently plans to open a restaurant in six weeks (Side note: St. Louis got a double shot of Aziz Ansari last night, with the Parks and Rec on TV and Ansari performing standup at the Fox Theatre). His investor dude wishes Tom were ready in time for the Unity Concert between Pawnee and rival town Eagleton that happens in, like, ten days (what?), so of course Tom decides he'll switch things up and have a soft opening (heh) tomorrow and open for real during the concert. Yeah, that'll go well.

In Rice-a-Roni land, Leslie's picking up her nametag for the conference, wrongly assuming that "Lester Knopf" is hers. She runs into Grant, who accuses her of ducking his calls (based solely on his professional suit and lack of Tom-style pickup lines, who I assume is not trying to sex her up) and lures her into a lunch with law makers/lobbyists who are only famous to people who love trees as much as Leslie does. She gushes to some lady about making posters of her and beams when a guy says that he read one of her proposals.

She and Grant leave, talking about how those people could one day be Leslie's peers if she takes the job he's offering her (See? No sexing up!), and in a hallway they run into Michelle Obama, because of course they do. FLOTUS is giving the keynote speech at Leslie's conference, and Leslie geeks out even more than she did in that one episode with Joe Biden, screaming her worship to Obama. "YOU ARE FROM CHICAGO SO YOU LIKE IT." "I AGREE WITH YOU ON ALL THINGS THROUGHOUT HISTORY AND FOR ALL OF TIME." It's pretty damn adorable, and after Obama squeezes in some words about her "Let's Move" program, Leslie awkwardly high-fives the First Lady.

Ben and Andy go to one of those douchebag tech companies to try to get free wifi for Pawnee. But despite Ben sharing that Pawnee leads the nation in online pizza ordering, the tech folks say no. I'm crying for Ben, who obviously should have married me and not Leslie.

In Pawnee, Tom is begging Ron to make use his expert woodworking skills to make chairs faster for tomorrow's restaurant opening. "Who do you think I am, Thomas Husker?" jokes Ron. Neither Tom nor I get it.


Andy, Leslie and Dreamboat Ben are at the top of that street on the tall hill, and Andy excitedly pushes a skateboard down it. As Andy chases it, Leslie tells Ben that she's going to take the new job and, by the way, she met Michelle Obama.

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