Vice President Joe Biden Will Cameo on ‘Parks and Recreation’

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Since Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) won the Pawnee City Councillor election at the end of Parks and Recreation season 4 and her fiancee, Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), was hired as a political campaign manager in Washington, the show has seen several real life political figures make cameo appearances. John McCain, Barbara Boxer, and Olympia Snowe have all appeared in episodes of season 5.

Leslie has plenty of political idols, but as we learned early in the series, only one is on her “celebrity sex list” – and that’s recently re-elected Vice President Joe Biden. Poehler’s character has been hilariously infatuated with Biden from the beginning of the series, going so far as to almost concede defeat in her own election in exchange for Biden’s phone number.

Now, Leslie Knope’s dream of meeting her perfect man is about to come true. Parks and Rec showrunner Mike Schur revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Biden will make an appearance on the November 15th episode. With the production crew already on location in Washington D.C. in July, Schur said landing Biden was “so much less difficult that we ever possibly imagined.” Schur went on to say:

“His staff really loves the show, and he apparently had watched the show with his family and his family liked it…”

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In the context of the show, Ben Wyatt introduces Leslie to her hero and crush as a secret engagement present. Schur noted the importance of Biden’s brief appearance not only comedically, but also to the character of Leslie Knope as well:

“We treated it in the writing and the execution like our main character was meeting her hero. They have a conversation where she does what you would imagine Leslie Knope would do when meeting Joe Biden, which is she loses control of herself a little bit. She gets really goofy and giddy around him.”

Schur also said Biden was a great sport, gracious to the show and even ad-libbed a line that ended up in the final cut of the episode.

“He was very nice and charming. He was clearly a big fan of Amy. It was the day the Emmy nominations came out and when he walked through the door he congratulated her on her Emmy nomination…”

Parks and Recreation – featuring Joe Biden – airs Thursday, November 15th @9:30pm on NBC.


 Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Should be a good episode! :)

    • Yes, it should be a very entertaining episode.

  2. One episode i am not gonna watch.

    • I didn’t vote for McCain, but I did enjoy his appearance on the show. I guess not everyone is mature enough to put their political differences aside and just be entertained.

      • JR – Thank you.

        @Kevin – For the record, I do not care if someone is one party, or another. What I do care about is people thinking I gave them permission to give me their opinions.

  3. Glad Joe has time for a guest appearance on a sitcom…

    • You can’t blame the guy for wanting to fill his time with something

      • Nah…Joe is probably just following Obama’s lead, since the latter was recently on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Jon Stewart Show, and The View…what a pair.

        • In Obama’s defense, He appeared on those shows as part of his campaign to be re-elected.

          also, Biden filmed his P&R cameo a few weeks ago while he was also on the campaign trail. Yes it’s publicity, but it wasn’t in neglect of his duties

  4. lmao…I guess you are all still upset about the election outcome. smh.
    Well i think this will be a great episode.

  5. Seriously, Daniel?

    SR prevented people from commenting on a respected black actor taking a role previously played by white actors because the site was concerned about the nature of the comments that MIGHT be made. Okay, fine…heading trouble off at the pass, so to speak.

    WHAT, then, is the deal with the above back-and-forth crap? I’m hoping it’s just because none of the staff has yet noticed the devolving state of the thread…

    • You’re not helping, Archaeon.

      • I wasn’t doing anything more than reacting to the ongoing tripe that was being spouted…and not directly, at that. I simply do not like my otherwise lighthearted movie news reading interrupted by this pointless bickering WHICH YOU KNOW WILL ESCALATE.

        Thankfully, it seems, for the most part, to have been removed, so I have no further issue with the thread.

        You were saying?

    • Archaeon, this story, being about Joe Biden, invites a political discussion. So long as nobody resorts to expletives or name-calling, all that is being consumed here is “internet space”. If you don’t appreciate or care for the discussion, simply don’t engage in it.

      • Actually, it was about a role Biden was playing; there was no need to bring partisan politics (on either side) into it.

    • I do notice some comments have been deleted here, and although I do not necessarily agree with it, the moderator seems to have been fair in that regard, so you got your wish Archaeon.

  6. well If taking sides on any american politicion is forbidden I’ll just have to resort to Canadian ones. that steven Harper is such a Hooser!