Parks and Recreation – Recap & Review – Leslie and Ben

photo: nbc

photo: nbc

Parks and Recreation
Leslie and Ben

Original Air Date: Feb 22, 2013

Valentina D. – Senior Reviewer

As we saw at the end of last week’s episode, Leslie and Ben are biting the bullet and they’re doing it. They’re moving up their wedding date and getting married tonight after the gala. The lovebirds are going to need all the help they can get, and that’s where the Parks gang comes in. Soon, everyone has their tasks and it looks like their spur-of-the-moment wedding will go off without a hitch. However, Lot 48 isn’t the only thing Councilman Jamm has his eyes set on ruining…

Will Leslie and Ben finally get their perfect dream day? You’re cordially invited to keep reading after the jump!

The groups meets at Ann’s house and Leslie assigns each of them a job: Ann has to finish Leslie’s dress, Chris and Ben are responsible for rings, Andy and April have to get the marriage license, Donna and Jerry will oversee the rest of the gala, Tom will become an ordained minister and perhaps most touching of all, Ron will walk Leslie down the aisle. They have one hour, yet they’re already running into roadblocks. The pawn shop is the only “ring stop” open at this hour and they only have nipple rings, and the marriage license needs to be signed by a City Hall employee. Jerry wets himself at the gala once he finds out about the Li’l Sebastian impersonator, forcing him to return to Ann’s. Turns out he’s an ordained minister and just as well, since Tom technically won’t be certified for another twenty-four hours. He agrees to officiate the wedding while reading Tom’s cuecards. Ron learns about the rings and in true Swanson fashion, decides to craft them using Ann’s wall decor because “buying things is for suckers.”

The gala is going swimmingly and Donna takes the stage to announce that Leslie and Ben’s wedding is set for 11 and everyone’s invited to stay. The crowd is excited, except for one lone drunk Councilman Jamm, who’s yelling into his megaphone and taking swings from his flask as Leslie tries to subdue him. Aside from the scene, a tearful Chris presents Ben with a wedding gift and it’s pretty touching. He’s framed the letter in which they were told they were assigned to Pawnee. Sure enough, Ben says Chris’s tears have transferred to him.

After getting the Jamm problem under control, Leslie sees Ann for her dress fitting and the dress is perfect. Ann took news clippings and other things that detailed the important moments of Leslie’s career and made them into the skirt. The wedding is off to a start and it looks like it’s all come together successfully…until Ron and Leslie take the aisle. Much to the shock of the crowd, a very drunk Jamm starts a series of loud booing and throws stink bombs in the tent. Ron is silently raging inside and warns Jamm, then punches him square in the face when Jamm doesn’t stop acting like an ass. As April exclaimed, “best wedding ever!”

Down at the precinct, Ron and Jamm are held in separate cells and Leslie tells Ron she’s not getting married without him. Andy, still under the impression that he aced last week’s personality test for police academy, excitedly asks the chief about it. The chief is surprised Chris didn’t tell him about failing it, since they spoke at the gala.

Soon, Ron is bailed and Ann says she has a bottle of champagne in her office at City Hall. Once they walk through the Parks department doors, Leslie is greeted by a small ceremony laid out before her, all thanks to her friends. Despite the ruined gala, Leslie and Ben will be getting married tonight after all, in front of their dearest friends. After Leslie and Ben exchange vows, during which we’re treated to some nice flashbacks of the most important moments of their relationship, the gang parties in the office and DJ Roomba spins some tunes. Andy’s not in a very festive mood, however, and feels completely defeated by not being admitted into police academy. Chris tries to build him up and sternly tells Andy that he shouldn’t let this setback defeat him. Ann, still itching for a baby, notes that Chris is actually very paternal and we can clearly see the wheels spinning already.

The whirlwind wedding is capped off by a rendition of “5000 Candles in the Wind,” with Donna on vocals, and Leslie and Ben sneaking out while everyone is passed out drunk in Leslie’s office.

What did you think of this episode? Leslie and Ben couldn’t have gotten married in a more perfect way. Share your TwoCents below!

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2 Responses to Parks and Recreation – Recap & Review – Leslie and Ben

  1. jules says:

    Great wedding episode! I loved all the little moments, especially the one of Ron saying all those nice things before walking Leslie down the aisle. I also loved Chris’ expressions throughout.

    • valentinad1 says:

      It really was the perfect wedding episode! It was very Leslie and Ben and not too over the top. Ron and Leslie were really sweet, too — they have one of my favourite friendships on TV.

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