'Parks and Recreation' season finale: 11 hints from exec producer Michael Schur

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It’s time to wrap up another season of Parks and Recreation, one in which new City Councilwoman Leslie Knope found herself in soda wars (of the 512-ounce variety) and jams (of the Councilman Jamm variety). Tonight’s episode, which airs on NBC at 9:30 p.m., will boast a different feel than last year’s celebratory send-off. “Last year’s finale was very much about ending something,” says series co-creator/exec producer Michael Schur. “It was the end of her campaign and it was her victory speech, and it put this great punctuation mark on the entire season. And what I like about this finale is that this also wraps up the year very explicitly. It’s about her first year in office. She gets revisited by a lot of people whose lives she affected in different ways, but the end of the finale is about throwing balls up into the air instead of catching them. It’s about throwing forward to next season and it feels very exciting.” Schur tossed EW a bunch of teasers for season 5’s farewell episode, which you can read and re-read below.

1. “The episode starts in the most unlikely place to find everyone who works in the Parks department, which is Ron’s (Nick Offerman) cabin in the woods.”

2. “It’s been a year since Leslie (Amy Poehler) has been in office, and she channels Ronald Reagan and poses the question to the townspeople: ‘Are you better off now than you were a year ago?’ She fully expects a resounding ‘Yes!’ and a series of high-fives and pats on the back. And that is not exactly what happens.”

3. “Dennis Lerpiss (Jason Schwartzman) returns, appearing at the public forum, in an attempt to stand up for Leslie.¬† But owners of pornographic DVD stores do not make great character witnesses.”

4. “Someone finds a piece of evidence that suggests that someone is pregnant. An investigation is launched. There’s only one man to handle such a sensitive investigation. He’s retired from law enforcement… but he just might have one more case to solve. Burt Macklin (Chris Pratt) works alone but this case is so big, he needs a partner. And for the first time in his life, he’s forced to partner up with a rookie agent.”

5. “Jerry (Jim O’Heir) stops by the office briefly, and as far as the rest of the people in the office are concerned, it’s like he never left.”

6. “Mona-Lisa Saperstein (Jenny Slate) has nothing but bad news for Tom (Aziz Ansari), including a disgusting detail of a past relationship.”

7. “Wherever Mona-Lisa goes, her horrifying brother, Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz), isn’t far behind. And it continues our tradition of having him pop up in the finale of every season.”

8. “April (Aubrey Plaza) gets a phone call at the beginning of the episode, and you don’t find out what it’s about until the very end.”

9. “Tom gets an offer from a mysterious buyer to buy out his shares in Rent-A-Swag. He struggles with his decision of whether to sell and take the profit or to continue following his weird strange passion of renting his clothes out to middle school kids. He’s convinced it’s a major hip-hop mogul. What a major hip-hop mogul would be doing investing in a small business in Pawnee, Indiana, is anyone’s guess.”

10. “At one point, Leslie gets very feisty in her dealings with the media, and when her adrenaline is pumping, all she can think about is dance movies.”

11. “The biggest event in the town every year is the annual Founders Week Parade, and Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) has a very special role to play, the importance of which is belied by the ridiculous title that he is given. He becomes a member of Pawnee royalty — but in the most embarrassing way possible.”

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