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If you needed any more proof that Adam Scott's Ben Wyatt is Leslie Knope's soul mate on Parks & Recreation, just wait until you hear what he got her as an engagement present.
Anyone who's watched an episode or two of Amy Poehler's hit NBC comedy probably knows that Leslie is a little obsessed with Vice President Joe Biden. And by "a little obsessed," we mean he's at the top of her celebrity sex list. So when Entertainment Weekly revealed that Biden will be cameoing on next Thursday's (Nov. 15) episode of Parks & Rec as part of an engagement gift Ben planned for Leslie, we realized that the newly engaged couple are meant to be together forever.
As you can see in the above video sneak peek from the episode, this news comes as a total shock to Leslie. It doesn't seem like Biden appears in much more than this scene (in fact, EW claims his appearance barely lasts longer than a minute). But it doesn't matter, as Biden is definitely the biggest cameo Parks & Rec has ever scored.
Executive producer Michael Schur tells EW that he always knew Biden would be the person from Leslie's list of political role models that he would want to get on the show.
“Given that Eleanor Roosevelt and Bella Abzug are no longer with us, this is probably no. 1," Schur says. "[Leslie] has a lot of female heroes that cross party lines. She has a lot of social figures that she considers heroes, but the funniest hero is Joe Biden. There’s an episode last season where she says, 'Joe Biden is on my celebrity sex list -- well, he is my celebrity sex list' ... It was amazing to have her meet Olympia Snowe and Barbara Boxer [earlier this season] because that meant something to her politically. But this transcends that."
He continues, "She’s meeting the man that she’s in love with on some deep level. It was a bigger deal to us in some ways that she meet Joe Biden than it was that she meet Barack Obama."
Apparently it didn't take very much convincing to get Biden to agree to the cameo. Both he and President Barack Obama have admitted to watching the show with their families, and Biden was game almost as soon as the idea was pitched. The biggest problem was keeping the appearance a secret because Schur wasn't allowed to reveal Biden's involvement until after the election was over.
"We couldn’t air it before the election because it was the equivalent of a campaign contribution to advertise for one candidate," he explains.