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"One Last Ride" is the twelfth and thirteenth episodes of Season 7 of the NBC television series Parks and Recreation, and the 124th and 125th episodes overall. It premiered on February 24, 2015 and was the series finale.

Plot Edit

2017

Everyone is gathered at the Parks and Recreation office to say goodbye to one another. Throughout the episode, there are flash forwards to show the future of each character.

As everyone says goodbye, a resident comes in to complain about a broken swing, and asks if it can be fixed. Leslie decides that they can do one last thing together to help Pawnee, and goes about doing that. They first obtain a form from Donna, and goes to Level 4 with Andy and April to get it approved. After that, Leslie and Tom goes to another department, meeting Jean-Ralphio along the way, only to realise that it closes on Friday. They ask Garry, who is now the mayor, for help. After getting all permissions, they head to the park fix the swing together.

Craig

After singing one night at Tom's bistro, Tom tells Craig that a stranger has sent him a drink, and Craig grunts that he has to join him. The stranger turns out to be Typhoon, Ron's hairdresser. It is then shown that Craig and Typhoon get married, with Ron being Typhoon's best man. Finally, the two are shown many years later on an underwater cruise. Craig asks if Typhoon has any regrets, who replies that he has none. When Typhoon asks Craig the same question, Craig replies he has lots and begins ranting, to which Typhoon smiles.

Donna

Donna is shown to be happily married to Joe, as well as successful at work. However, Joe has lost his job, as schools decide to stop teaching Mathematics. Rather than go on another adventure together, Donna decides to use her wealth to set up a non-profit for Joe called Teach Yo Self, enlisting the help of April in the process.

April and Andy

Burt Macklin and Janet Snakehole are shown to be arguing, before it is revealed that it's Halloween. After sending some kids off, Andy tells April that he wants children, but April does not want to bring a child into the world, even though she doesn't mind the things her body would have to go through. The two then visit Ben and Leslie, but Andy is visibly disappointed when he discovers the triplets aren't home. Ben then talks to Andy separately, telling him that April will come around soon. Alone, April tells Leslie that she doesn't want kids because her life is perfect, but Leslie points out that people have kids not because their life is perfect, but because she and Andy are a team and they could have new team members.

A year later, April is seen going into delivery in the hospital with her Halloween make-up on. The two give birth to a son, and decide to name him Jack. Leslie and Ben become godparents.

Tom

On the same night Craig meets Typhoon, Tom discusses with Ben, Ron and Donna a new proposal to expand his bistro business all over the country. After deciding to do it, he is shown to have gone bankrupt after a few years, as America ran out of steaks. After some encouragement from Lucy, Tom becomes a motivational speaker and publishes a book.

Jean-Ralphio

Jean-Ralphio is shown to have died, and people are gathered around his gravestone, listening to his favourite song as per his will. However, it is then shown that Jean-Ralphio is still alive, and faked his death to claim insurance money with Mona Lisa. He is then discovered due to his dancing and singing, and runs away as his mourners chase him.

Garry

After a massive write-in, Garry is officially declared the mayor of Pawnee. He holds the position for ten terms, before he passes away. Leslie and Ben are seen attending his funeral, with secret service members surrounding them, suggesting that at least one of them has become the President of United States. Garry's tombstone is misspelled as "Garry Girgich".

Ron

After discovering that Very Good Building Company's financial status is very good, Ron decides to quit his job. He finds that he is once more at a personal crossroad. Deciding not to make the same mistake again, he visits Leslie for advice. They meet again at the National Park Leslie succeeded in building, where Leslie tells him that she has pulled some strings and is offering Ron the job of head ranger. Although Ron has his reservations, Leslie convinces him to take the job, which starts immediately. Ron then greets the other rangers under him, before paddling away happily on a canoe.

Leslie and Ben

At a dinner, both Leslie and Ben are approached to run for governor of Indiana separately. The two are unsure of what to do, and decide to discuss it when they return to Pawnee for a visit. Ben surprises Leslie in Pawnee: not only has he gathered everyone at the office, he has also invited Ann and Chris. Everyone catches up: April reveals she is pregnant with a second child, Ann and Leslie are excited that their children might end up dating, and Chris gets a fear of cancer. However, Ben and Leslie both do not get a chance to discuss their situation with anyone. They both decide to flip a coin before everyone to decide, but as Leslie is about to announce their situation, Ben declares that Leslie is running for governor, deciding not to compete with Leslie. The scene then shows Leslie speaking at a commencement ceremony at Indiana University. She had been governor of Indiana for two terms, and concludes her speech by telling everyone to "go find your team, and then get to work". Indiana University then announces that they will be naming their library the Leslie Knope library, to her displeasure.

Ending

After everyone finishes fixing the swing, they pose for one last picture together. As they're taking the picture, Ben asks Leslie, "You ready, babe?" To which she replies, "Yes, I'm ready."

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