Recently re-elected Vice President Joe Biden will make a cameo appearance as himself for a scene in next Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, airing Nov. 15 at 9:30pm ET. The scene was filmed last July at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House. It was shot in the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office, also known as the Office of the Secretary of the Navy.
During that visit to Washington, D.C., Parks and Recreation also filmed a scene with Senators Olympia Snowe, Barbara Boxer and John McCain for this season’s premiere, which aired Sept. 20. On the Nov. 15 episode, Biden appears in a scene with Amy Poehler (who plays Leslie Knope) and Adam Scott (who plays Ben Wyatt).
After successfully running a campaign for Congressman Murray in D.C., Ben decided it was time to move back to Pawnee, where he proposed to Leslie. In the scene with Vice President Biden, Ben and Leslie find themselves back in the nation’s capital to gather Ben’s personal belongings — but Ben arranges a surprise meeting for Leslie.
“Vice President Biden is both Leslie’s political hero and her number-one celebrity crush, so meeting him is obviously a huge moment for her,” says Mike Schur, executive producer of Parks and Recreation. “We looked at a number of actors to OK the role of ‘Vice President Joe Biden,’ and, ultimately, Joe Biden himself gave the best audition.”
“Meeting Vice President Biden was a thrill for me and Leslie,” says Poehler. “He was a good sport and a great improviser. The vice president maintained his composure while I harassed him and invaded his personal space. The nation of Parks and Rec will be forever grateful.”
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