'The Trial of Leslie Knope' Rocks 'Parks & Recreation' (VIDEO)
by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 2nd 2011 2:00AM
We've been watching for weeks now as the relationship between Leslie and Ben has been tearing her up on 'Parks & Recreation' (Thu., 8:30PM ET on NBC). As we were reminded this week, at one point the pair of them even bribed a government official to keep their relationship a secret.
It was a gift card and a kiss, but the point remains. These are things that go against everything Leslie Knope believes in, so finally she and Ben -- who'd decided to be together regardless of the rules -- told Chris about their relationship and how long it had been going on.
Can we say that Chris stressing out is one of the most bizarre things we've ever seen, but it was so hilariously appropriate for the incessantly positive and peppy character that we could even forgive him grilling Leslie so brutally during her ethics trial.
Once he brought in the guy she'd bribed, it was really all over for Leslie. Who knows how this might have rocked her campaign, or what would have happened to her professionally. She was sure she would get fired, and we suspect she may have been right.
Ben, whose trial was set for the following day, simply came forth and put the onus of responsibility for the bribe and everything else Chris might have come up with on himself and resigned. Leslie got two weeks paid suspension. It's still on her permanent record, but she can survive this one. But what happens now?