Last night, the cast of Parks and Recreation reunited for a much-anticipated special. Set in our perplexing present, A Parks and Recreation Special featured Leslie Knope and company reconnecting via video chats. It offered good vibes and good advice to all of us stuck at home. Plus, the whole event is a fundraiser for Feeding America.
After all they've been through, Leslie and Ron will always take care of each other. Together with @StateFarm and @subaru_usa, we're helping raise money for @FeedingAmerica. 🌳❤️ Join us! https://t.co/YuyWBTYmrH pic.twitter.com/oWSu0S3vh3— Parks and Recreation (@parksandrecnbc) May 1, 2020
It was a big night full of big moods, big emotions, and a tribute to Li’l Sebastian. Here’s how Twitter reacted to A Parks and Recreation Special.
Paul Rudd opened the special, reprising his role as the dunderheaded Bobby Newport.
paul rudd reprising his role as bobby newport for the parks and recreation reunion special is the funniest thing that has happened this year pic.twitter.com/7kK33JmlNm— alex (@loventhunders) May 1, 2020
paul rudd opening the parks and rec special was a chefs kiss moment 😙👌🏼💘— bailey (@bigtimebailey22) May 1, 2020
Paul Rudd has been on my tv screen for 2 seconds and I can already tell this Parks & Rec special is going to be everything I’ve ever wanted in life.— Melissa Wright (@melissxoo) May 1, 2020
Then Adam Scott fed our thirst for Sad Ben Wyatt popping up in the shut-in style that drove us all wild back in the day…and still does.
Sometimes I think about Ben Wyatt in his Letters to Cleo shirt pic.twitter.com/wGIr8vwiWz— Sarah Carlson (@sarahkcarlson) April 29, 2020
The Letters to Cleo shirt! Claymation! Cones of Dunshire! So many callbacks 30 seconds in!— Maxwell Bechtoldt | Phillip Shepard Fan Account (@CavsMax13) May 1, 2020
Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) used a phone tree to reach out to friends, including Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari), Donna Meagle (Retta), Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe), and Gary Gergich (Jim O’Heir). It all gave fans the feels.
There were also appearances from several of beloved tertiary characters! Mo Collins was back as Joan Callamezzo, a now totally stir-crazy talk show hostess.
Jason Mantzoukas returned as perfume magnate Dennis Feinstein.
Jay Jackson appeared as Perd Hapley, Pawnee’s greatest anchorman.
Career goal: To be Perd Hapley. pic.twitter.com/IVT99CsvSV— Sam Luther (@SamLutherNC9) May 1, 2020
Jon Glaser showed up as Jeremy Jamm, D.D.S.
Megan Mullally dropped in as Tammy Two.
And then. THEN. There was Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz), the madman who set Twitter on fire.
Also sad: there was no Jenny Slate appearing as Jean-Ralphio’s horrible sister Mona-Lisa.
Then came the finale, during which A Parks and Recreation Special broke and healed us.
I find it no coincidence the best night of sleep I’ve had since this all started was the night after the #ParksAndRec special. It’s almost as if my heart needed it.— Alex Kennedy (@alixandrialea) May 1, 2020
You can watch A Parks And Recreation Special on NBC’s website.
You can donate to Feeding America here.
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