Leslie Knope, beloved protagonist of ‘Parks and Recreation,’ once said: "We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter, but work is third." So it’s not surprising that when the NBC sitcom marked a huge milestone this week – its 100th episode – the cast and crew celebrated by eating a huge waffle cake.
The landmark episode was written by Leslie Knope herself (star Amy Poehler) and 'Parks' co-creator/showrunner Mike Schur – their first co-written venture together. Despite the sentimentality that comes with reaching such a pinnacle (their place in syndication heaven is pretty much assured now), the pair didn’t want the episode to be “too super meta.”
"We just wanted it to feel like all of our characters had reached a milestone in their lives, so that was the idea of the story going in,” Schur told TV Line in September. “It's a really good story with a lot of juicy stuff in it."
The 100th episode will air as the tenth episode of the sitcom’s current sixth season (with stars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe making their exits in the thirteenth one). Check out some of the photos from the 100th celebration.
And if there was any doubt of Leslie’s true love for waffles, let’s look at the statistics. Back in Season 3, J.J. once accused of Leslie of spending over a thousand dollars on waffles in one year alone. The internet went crazy with this info and determined that Leslie bought between 228 and 343 waffles, which works out to 4 to 7 waffles per week.
So, yes, that was a pretty darn good choice of cake.
'Parks and Recreation' airs Thursdays on NBC at 8/7c.