Less “Bye, Bye Li’l Sebastian” more bye, bye innocence! On Tuesday, Feb. 24, after seven years and seven seasons, fans said goodbye to NBC’s Parks and Recreation in the one-hour series finale. After the lights dimmed on Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her crew from Pawnee, Indiana, the beloved cast appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers to reflect on the seven seasons of the political comedy.
Poehler, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Retta, Jim O’Heir, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Offerman, and Mike Schur talked about their favorite moments, praised their friends and costars, and wrapped up the evening with a rendition of the show’s song “Bye, Bye Li’l Sebastian,” originally sung by Andy Dwyer (Pratt) after the death of iconic mini horse, Li’l Sebastian.
It was a sweet moment, until we noticed what was going on behind Pratt as he strummed his guitar. In the background were costars O’Heir (Jerry Gergich), 53, and Plaza (April Ludgate), 30, who grabbed one another when the song began and started passionately making out.
O’Heir and Plaza’s characters hated one another on the show — and were married to other people! The bizarre moment left the entire cast in stitches as they tried to sing along, but couldn’t stop cracking up.
Halfway through the odd couple broke apart and walked around hugging their laughing friends. It was an appropriately bizarre ending to the endearing show. No one mentioned the moment, but it was arguably the focal point of the performance.
Earlier in the night the Parks Department wrapped up seven delightful seasons, showing Leslie getting elected as governor of Indiana and implying that she went on to become President of the United States. The one-hour special was widely praised by fans, who got #ParksFarewell trending on Twitter long before the episode aired.
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