'Parks and Recreation': Creator Mike Schur predicts Leslie Knope's story in episode 200

amy-poehler-parks-and-recreation-200th-episode-mike-schur-intvu-nbc.jpgThursday (Jan. 9) was a seminal moment in the run of "Parks and Recreation," a night that saw the beloved NBC comedy celebrate its 100th episode.

It was an episode that saw Leslie ( Amy Poehler) vacate her seat as Pawnee city council member, Ann ( Rashida Jones) and Chris ( Rob Lowe) learn the sex of their baby and Andy ( Chris Pratt) return home from London. So, yeah, kind of a big night.

But when Zap2it caught up with "Parks" creator Mike Schur at the big 100th episode cake-cutting celebration back in October, we wanted to look to the future. So, we asked him where he imagined Leslie Knope would be should the series make it to 200 episodes.

"In episode 200? Oh my God," he responds with a laugh. "She would be the Secretary General of the United Nations and she'd be, like, in Uzbekistan, talking U.N. peace-keeping troops through how to avoid World War 3. If we made it to 200, that would be the 200th."

After the advice Leslie got from returning guest star Kathryn Hahn's Jennifer Barkley to let go of Pawnee and think bigger, Schur's prediction may not be too far off the mark.

Of course, we didn't want to avoid a moment to reflect on the show's past, either. Asking Schur the near-impossible question of which moment from the past 100 episodes would be his favorite, he revealed some surprising sentiment.

"It's extremely hard to answer that question. I mean, I have joke favorites, like just favorite jokes and moments. Like, I think the episode where Ron admitted that he loved puzzles, for whatever reason, is a favorite of mine," he says.

Schur continues thoughtfully, "The more serious ones, you know: Leslie and Ben's wedding, Andy and April's wedding when they sort of surprised people. I think the image in my mind that's stayed with me the longest is Leslie voting for herself in her election. Like, pulling the lever, or sticking the ink pen in the little thing and crying. That, I think, is maybe the best acting Amy's ever done on the show. There's a lot. It would be hard to pick one."

"Parks and Recreation" airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
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