Could there ever come a day that Leslie Knope calls on Olivia Pope to get her out of a jam? Aziz Ansari certainly hopes so.
“I secretly believe they are in the same universe,” Anzari tells The Los Angeles Times. “I think Harrison [Columbus Short, “Scandal”] and Tom are college roommates and they used to have an R&B group together called … Too Much is Not E-Nuff. We have to shoot that, the crossover episode. It’s real simple: There’s some sort of issue that Leslie needs to deal with, and then Tom’s like, ‘Duh, lemme call my guy’ and then it’s like boom, boom, boom, glitter, glitter, glitter, Pope & Associates magically appear. Ann who? It’s Knope and Olivia Pope now.”
Ansari is so invested in the idea, he even tweeted “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes with his ideas, going so far to suggest that Tom and Olivia (Kerry Washington) could be a couple. Rimes’ reply? “Love it! HA!”
“I’m such a big fan of the show. I watched it in a few days,” Ansari admits. “I was obsessed with Oliva and Fitz. I was obsessed with the voting card thing. I was obsessed with the weird naked fight. I was obsessed with everything.”
“Parks” returns with a one-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, while “Scandal” returns Thursday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Are you on board with Ansari’s fever dream of a “Parks”/”Scandal” crossover?