"Parks and Recreation," the breakout NBC sitcom, finished its third season in May with a few questions that will need to be answered when the show comes back on September 22nd. Though not exactly cliff-hangers, there are a few new developments that the writers of the show hit us with just at the very end of the last episode of the season. It would seem that the death of Li'l Sebastian, Pawnee's resident tiny horse mascot had opened a hole in the "Parks and Rec" universe, allowing for some changes. Below are the five questions that will hopefully be answered by the season premier.
Will Tom and Jean-Ralphio make it as multimedia magnates? The end of the last season gave us Tom Haverford turning in his letter of resignation from the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department. Then we all got a sneak peak inside "Entertainment 7Twenty," the multimedia entertainment company founded by his brilliantly clueless friend Jean-Ralphio. As former NBA star on retainer Detlef Schrempf said there's a lot of overhead for a start up company. So will Tom and Jean-Ralphio be making headway, or will Tom back to Ron with his tail between his legs, needing his old Parks and Rec job back?
Will April and Andy still be married? Throughout their relationship, the writers have made it abundantly clear that we are not watching to fully developed and mature adults fall in love when it comes to April and Andy. Rather we have to perpetual adolescents on our hands and therefore the possibility for a break up is always there. April said it herself in the same episode she married Andy. However, things were looking promising as Andy had just convinced April to manage him in his musical career. April even got Andy paid $50 for his moving tribute to Li'l Sebastian, "5000 Candles in the Wind."
Will Leslie and Ben's relationship cost her an elected position or worse? Fans of the show know that Leslie's dream is to climb the ranks of elected officials and hold the highest possible office she can, working for the greater good. The first stepping stones on that path were laid before her by a local political group in the season finale. However, her illicit romance with her boss Ben may be scandal waiting to happen, and could cost Leslie not only a run at an elected office, but also her job in Pawnee's Parks department.
Will Chris finally grasp the definition of "literally?" One of the funniest running gags that developed over last season was Chris Traeger (played deftly by Rob Lowe) and his constant misuse of the word literally. Maybe it's the way he pronounces it, "lit-trelee," or the ways he finds to slip it into conversation, but it cracks me up every time. Lowe and Adam Scott, the actor who plays Leslie's love interest Ben, were maybe the best cast additions on a television show in years. Their own quirks and personality eccentricities have completely fit into the world of Pawnee. This year should provide even more opportunity for Chris's sycophantic workouts which is good because his performance is literally the funniest he's given in his career.
Who is Tammy One, what will she look like, and who will play her? Okay. I'm cheating. This last question is really three, but they all revolve around my favorite character on the show and his first ex-wife, Tammy. Only Ron Swanson would have been married to two totally terrible women both named Tammy. All we saw of Tammy One last year was a barely visible human form in his office. The look on Tammy Two's and Ron's face was said it all. Tammy One is clearly the Tammy to be feared. The question is who will play her? Nick Offerman has said he hopes they get Oprah Winfrey for the role, which would be amazing, but I'm sure they'll find someone else. Whoever they find, it's clear that the character will have all kinds of great material to work with.
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- Detlef Schrempf