When Parks and Recreation traveled to Washington D.C. for their season premiere in July, senators Barbara Boxer, Olympia Snowe, and John McCain all made cameos. It was not only exciting for viewers to watch, but also for Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope, who’s a feminist local politician. What we didn’t know until now, however, is that they actually snagged Joe Biden as well. Parks and Rec showrunner Michael Schur told Entertainment Weekly all about it:
Given that Eleanor Roosevelt and Bella Abzug are no longer with us, this is probably no. 1. [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 because that meant something to her politically. But this transcends that. 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.
The episode in which Biden appears will air Nov. 15 at 9:30 pm ET on NBC. Let’s check out a preview now!