To quote Andy Dwyer, Parks and Rec was my Verizon Chipotle Exxon. The seventh and final season ended last Tuesday, and now I have an empty hole in my Tuesday nights. While I’m a little bitter about how this last season was handled (only 13 episodes over two months, NBC? Really?), there were some really great musical moments that truly captured the essence of Parks and Rec, which I’m going to highlight here.
1) The most touching use of music in the seventh season without a doubt goes to “Buddy” by Willie Nelson. There are currently no videos available of the actual song in the show, so here’s a fan video:
“Buddy” is the background music to Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope’s reconciliation. After years of fighting and essentially hating each other, the two made up and viewers were given a lovely montage of their friendship re-blossoming. We already know Ron has a love of Willie Nelson, making this choice all the more perfect.
After we were already emotionally wrecked by this beautiful friendship, Parks and Rec threw another curveball during the finale when we see a flash-forward of Ron in the future. Leslie has given him the position of running Pawnee National Park, and as he happily paddles across the lake in his canoe, “Buddy” plays again, effectively making viewers cry all over again at Ron Swanson’s perfect ending.
Crying is acceptable and funerals and the Grand Canyon. And the Parks and Rec series finale.
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2) After that touching tribute, I’m going to lighten things up a bit. During Ron and Leslie’s spat, in her usual Leslie Knope way, Leslie tries everything she can to get Ron to stop giving her the cold shoulder. He refuses, until she pulls out a boombox (in true ’00s fashion) and an old CD containing song selections by all the parks employees. Jerry picked “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel (dammit, Jerry).
I can’t embed the actual Parks and Rec video into this post, so once again, here’s the original: