Parks and Recreation Finale Scoop: Who's Pregnant?!
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Parks and Recreation's season finale will feature a mystery so large only one man can take on the case: Special Agent Burt Macklin!
Andy's (Chris Pratt) alter ego will return during Thursday's Season 5 finale (airing 9:30/8:30c on NBC) after evidence is uncovered that someone in the Parks Department may be... pregnant! Before you assume it's Ann (Rashida Jones) and Chris (Rob Lowe), who have been trying to have a baby, don't forget that there are several other female candidates that could come in as wild cards.
Elsewhere in Pawnee, (a possibly pregnant) Leslie (Amy Poehler) will reflect on her first year in city council as the town celebrates Founders Week, (a possibly pregnant) April (Aubrey Plaza) will get some life-changing news and (a definitely not pregnant) Tom (Aziz Ansari) may get the long-awaited recognition he's always hoped for. To get more scoop on the finale, TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Mike Schur:
What can you tell us about the season finale?
Mike Schur: It's very much a year-end wrap-up. In a real way and in a meta way which is to say that it's been a year since Leslie was elected to be a city council member. She's doing a lot of reflecting, thinking about her first year in office. The episode takes place during the city's Founders Week, and there's a really fun parade and there's all these fun events and outdoor festivities and stuff, but she's using Founders Week as a way to basically ask the town the question that Ronald Reagan asked in 1984, which is "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" but she says "Are you better off now than you were a year ago?" The episode is basically a referendum on her first year in office from people both pro and con Leslie who weigh in at this big public forum about how their lives are different since she's been office.
Who will be a part of that public forum?
Schur: We got to invite some of our old friends back. Jason Schwartzman reprises his role as the video store owner, and there's a lot of fun cameos by the people who Leslie really affected over the course of the year, including Marcia and Marshall Langman (Darlene Hunt and Todd Sherry), the slightly holier-than-thou moral watchdogs, Ken Hotate (Jonathan Joss), the Wamapoke chief, and the sanitation guys who were forced to hire women. I won't confirm, but I will suggest that there's a strong possibility, as per tradition, that Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) will appear.
Everyone expected that Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie would get married in the finale, but you surprised viewers by doing that earlier this season. Is there a chance we may see pregnancy news for them?
Schur: I will say this, one of the stories in the finale involves a little bit of a mystery in the sense that one of the characters finds some evidence that there could be a pregnancy, but the person who may be pregnant is unknown. As it turns out on the show, there are many characters in the cast you might suspect could be pregnant, so that's part of the fun.
It's going to be Donna (Retta).
Schur: She is a suspect. She is investigated.
Ann and Chris have been working at getting pregnant, so I guess Ann would be the No. 1 suspect.
Schur: I would say that's true, yes. Heading into the finale, they're very hopeful that it's going to be there soon. But also remember their relationship was a little bit of a disaster. So there's just a lot of confusing and swirling feelings that pop up on both sides. It makes perfect sense for them to do this because Chris has gone on this journey over the season where he started in therapy and he's gotten a lot healthier and he's in a better place, and she's really in a good place in terms of self-possessed feelings and self-confidence.