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‘Parks and Recreation’ Elects John McCain for Washington D.C. Arc

Parks and Recreation Season 5 John McCain

Oh, you thought ‘Parks and Recreation‘ was kidding when they gave Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott) a job in Washingon D.C. during the show’s fourth season finale “Win, Lose or Draw?”  Knope! And more than actually shooting on location at the nation’s capital, the show has actually recruited major real-life politicians for the effort!  Just which Washington bigwigs will be popping by to shake hands and say hello?

According to TVLine, sources have confirmed the earlier reports that ‘Parks and Recreation’ will head to Washington D.C. to film part of its upcoming fifth season, following Ben Wyatt as he takes his new job as a political aide.  It’s uncertain how long the arc will last, but it seems that the show may shoot enough footage to cover beyond ‘Parks and Recreation’s September 20 premiere.

Additionally, at least three big political names have thrown their hat into the ring, including U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (California), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and even Arizona senator / former presidential candidate John McCain.  All three politicians will appear as themselves at a D.C. cocktail party both Ben and Leslie Knope attend.

For now, the senators’ appearance are being kept until the September 27 episode, so there’s no telling exactly how long the D.C. arc will go on, and when and if Ben will return to Pawnee to properly resume his relationship with Leslie.  Or, who knows, perhaps Pawnee City Council will wind up with an empty seat!

What say you?  Are you excited to see how far ‘Parks and Recreation’ season 5 is going with its D.C. story?  How long do you think before the pair reach a crossroads?  Tell us your theories in the comments below!

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