‘Parks and Recreation’ finale review: Leslie’s election results are in…

The results are in.

We’ve waited a long time to find out the election results on “Parks and Recreation,” but on Thursday night it finally happened. So did voters say yes to Leslie Knope?

About halfway through the episode, is wasn’t looking will. Paul Rudd’s Bobby Newport, despite some fluctuations along the way, ended up having the race called in his favor on TV — however, she didn’t give up just yet. Leslie (in doing what any politician would during such a situation) demanded a recount, and then a lengthy waiting game began while everyone from Ben to Ron tried their best to console her.

After the recount, though, we had the shocker — Leslie actually won! It was a close result, and there were really only 21 votes separated her from her rival. What was particular interesting about this victory, even more so than the actual result, was the way in which Mike Schur and the writers handled it. While they could have easily went the silly route and had Leslie’s concession speech be bumbling and awkward (as so many of her speeches have in the past), it was instead inspiring and rather sweet. It’s nice to see Leslie have a win — and to see Tom and Ann drunkenly decide to move in together in the process. It was a refreshingly positive way to end a season that has been a tour de force for the show — mostly because we haven’t really seen anything quite like it.

What did you think about the finale, and where do you think the show is going to go next?

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