Parks and Recreation's 100th Episode Brings 'Big Surprises,' Andy's Return, Baby Drama and More

Parks and Recreation Episode 100 SpoilersParks and Recreation celebrates 100 episodes this Thursday (NBC, 8:30/7:30c), and the comedy is packing the momentous half-hour with enough surprises, cameos and big character reveals to make Leslie Knope proud.

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For starters, as executive producer Mike Schur and the cast reveal below, Andy’s back (and sleepy), and there’s plenty of baby talk. Plus: Stars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe assure us that Ann and Chris aren’t leaving Pawnee — forever, that is.

Read on to find out what else is in store for the big outing.

BIG MOMENTS | “We wanted to have it have the characters going through milestones,” previews Schur of the landmark installment. “Certain things are occurring for a number of characters that are [at a] crossroads, and it’s hard to really talk about it. But we also wanted to just celebrate the first 100 episodes in small ways, so we have a number of characters from the past that do cameos, that are involved in stories… It’s part of the DNA of our show to have some surprises in episodes, so there’s a couple of big surprises.”

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BEST COUPLE EVER | Having been recalled, Leslie is grappling with her last day in office. Good thing she has a supportive hubby by her side. “Ben and Leslie, as usual, are a very good team and are trying to work on things together,” says Amy Poehler. With the official episode description teasing her “plans for the future with Ben,” could a baby soon be on the way? “They’re just putting their heads down and getting to work,” hedges Adam Scott. “For now, they’re trying to keep their heads above water.” Speaking of crying infants…

Parks and Recreation Episode 100 SpoilersGIRL OR BOY? | Chris and Ann reach a rite of passage in their new life together when they find themselves “debating whether or not we want to find out the gender of our baby, which I know is a big deal for couples,” describes Jones. “In a weird way, it’s the only surprise you have. You’re doing so much planning and so much preparation, so it’s hard. Also, you don’t want to have expectations of one thing and get the other thing, and then feel like you’re somehow disappointed about the gender of your baby. So we’re dealing with that with Dr. Saperstein.” And although the couple is on its way out of Pawnee, Jones says there’s “absolutely” a chance the two will reappear later in the season. After all, they’re not moving super far away, and “the Leslie babysitting episode is inevitable,” adds Lowe.

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WELCOME HOME | “It wouldn’t have been right to do a 100th episode without” Chris Pratt, insists Schur, so look for Andy to make his triumphant return from London. “We missed him so much. It’s so great to have him back. We worked out our schedule to make sure that he was back for this episode… He’s been such a huge part of the show.” No one is happier about Andy’s homecoming than April. “They’re having a magical reunion,” teases Aubrey Plaza. “It’s very special.” Not even a serious case of jetlag or months apart can ruin the moment. “Distance does not affect them at all. They’re so in love with each other that it doesn’t matter how long they are apart. They’re like dogs. They have no sense of the passage of time.”

NEW JOB | Elsewhere in the episode, “Tom is going through a big change,” hints Schur. Aziz Ansari offers up some more details, revealing that his alter ego is “trying to find a new business venture” with help from Donna.

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  1. Aprilcot says:

    I love P&R so much; it’s so hilarious and full of heart. It drives me bonkers that more people aren’t watching this show, but are watching junk like The Millers instead.

  2. Parker says:

    yay, Parks and Rec!!! So happy shows like this can reach 100 episodes!

  3. Joey says:

    Great article about 100th episode. So happy Parks and Rec Made to 100 episodes. Can’t wait to see the episode tomorrow night.

  4. cails says:

    I absolutely adore this show – can’t wait to watch this episode!

  5. Spencer says:

    Currently counting down the seconds until the best show on tv returns!!! So excited to have Andy back and to see what happens in the landmark episode. Also so excited to hear that Ann and Chris have the potential to come back. Love love LOVE this show!!!

    • Kay says:

      ^This! Also, Leslie babysitting would make for one amazing episode. Even if Ann and Chris don’t come back, they need to make that happen!

  6. Ari says:

    I never thought this show would make it to 100 episodes but I’m so glad it did. It is a true gem.

  7. origo says:

    so chris pratt will be back for the 100th episode and then disappear again?

    • Michelle says:

      I’m pretty sure he’s now back for good, which is awesome because his absence was definitely felt.

      So excited for the 100th episode and to find out what’s coming up for the rest of the season!

  8. Amy says:

    Congrats Parks & Rec for 100 episodes!! Such a criminally underwatched show. So funny and full of heart – rare these days. One of my very favorites.

  9. Will says:

    Does this mean that Paul Schneider will return (as promised seasons ago) as Mark Brendanawicz?? Maybe Louis CK? Don’t let me down Parks!