Parks and Recreation Season 5 Finale Spoilers: Pregnancy Mystery, April News
The Parks and Recreation Season 5 finale airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. on NBC, and it will not be [in Jean-Ralphio voice]"the wooooooorst" way to spend a Thursday night.
Here's the synopsis for "Are You Better Off?": "Leslie commemorates her first year as a city councilor; April receives life-changing news; Tom considers a business opportunity."
TV Guide talked to executive producer Mike Schur about the finale. "It's very much a year-end wrap-up," Mike said. "In a real way and in a meta way which is to say that it's been a year since Leslie was elected to be a city council member. She's doing a lot of reflecting, thinking about her first year in office. The episode takes place during the city's Founders Week, and there's a really fun parade and there's all these fun events and outdoor festivities and stuff, but she's using Founders Week as a way to basically ask the town the question that Ronald Reagan asked in 1984, which is 'Are you better off now than you were four years ago?' but she says 'Are you better off now than you were a year ago?' The episode is basically a referendum on her first year in office from people both pro and con Leslie who weigh in at this big public forum about how their lives are different since she's been office."
There are whispers about a big pregnancy reveal in the finale. Details on that: "I will say this, one of the stories in the finale involves a little bit of a mystery in the sense that one of the characters finds some evidence that there could be a pregnancy, but the person who may be pregnant is unknown. As it turns out on the show, there are many characters in the cast you might suspect could be pregnant, so that's part of the fun."
Ann and Chris are big suspects for that, and Mike acknowledges, "Heading into the finale, they're very hopeful that it's going to be there soon. But also remember their relationship was a little bit of a disaster. So there's just a lot of confusing and swirling feelings that pop up on both sides. It makes perfect sense for them to do this because Chris has gone on this journey over the season where he started in therapy and he's gotten a lot healthier and he's in a better place, and she's really in a good place in terms of self-possessed feelings and self-confidence."
What about April's life-changing news? Is she the one who gets preggers? "That's certainly a possibility if that is the case. There are some big things that happen to April in the finale that will certainly affect her and Andy for the future."