It’s weird—Robert’s Rules of Order makes no mention of how you are supposed to prepare for the end of Parks and Recreation. Should you stock up on Kleenex? Treat yo self to a spa day? Hail Zorp before he melts off your face with his volcano mouth? Scarf down all the bacon and eggs you have before the looming forever famine? All good ideas. But what would also be wise to check in with the people responsible for the final hour of NBC’s beloved small-town comedy about Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a hyper-perky woman with big dreams for her community, country, friends, coworkers and even a few random passers-by. So instead of just re-reading the official description of the episode (“The Parks gang completes one last task together, before saying goodbye to Pawnee”), let’s see what Poehler, her castmates, and series co-creator Michael Schur can tease about “One Last Ride,” which airs tonight at 10 p.m.
It does not play it safe. “We’re taking a big swing,” says Schur. “If you make contact, you hit a homerun. And if you don’t? ‘Wow, what a strikeout!’ A crowd can still roar at a strikeout if the guy took a huge swing, a Dave Winfield swing from the old days. And hopefully we’ll make contact.”