Parks & Recreation fans squealed with joy when a small reunion took place between Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope) and Aubrey Plaza (April Ludgate) when they both appeared on the red carpet for the premiere of the new movie of Plaza, Emily the criminal.
See Leslie and April together done again Parks & Leisure fans miss the series all the more and beg for a reboot or some kind of spin-off. As the show’s main character, Poehler told People in 2019 that she wouldn’t turn down a reboot. She says “[I’m] still standing. Every time someone gives me the word, and I’m down.” Until then, fans have resorted to preserving Knope’s memory by creating hilarious memes that have stayed true to his character.
Leslie’s crush on Ben was serious
Leslie and Ben didn’t have the easiest start to their relationship since they weren’t allowed to date as city employees who worked together. Chris Traeger concluded that this was a conflict of interest. Because of this, the two focused on being friends…that’s until they couldn’t deny their feelings for each other anymore.
Leslie spoke closely to her best friend Ann about the situation. In one scene, Ben admitted to Leslie that he had feelings for her and assumed that she felt the same for him. Leslie called Ann for backup, which is why this meme sums up Leslie’s character. The two besties would certainly have had a nickname for him. The episode where they admitted their feelings for each other was one of Leslie and Ben’s most important episodes.
Leslie never cared about health fads or salads
This quote was one of Leslie’s funniest quotes because she never pretended to be someone she wasn’t. Although she was a public figure, she never pretended to live a healthy life filled with green juices and salads. She preferred JJ’s Diner waffles and pizza.
When she was working at Pawnee’s Harvest Festival, there was a vendor interested in selling salads because there weren’t enough healthy options for the town. In theory, it was a smart idea, but Leslie could never allow salads to replace pizza – just like the meme.
Leslie was not ashamed
Parks & Recreation may have been about Leslie Knope and her work at Pawnee, but there were also plenty of iconic foodie moments. From Leslie’s love of sweets to Ron’s obsession with bacon and steak, the town of Pawnee loved its food.
This meme summed up Leslie’s character because she refused to be shamed for her admiration for whipped cream, waffles, and a made-up topping she called salgar, which was equal parts sugar and salt. She would never apologize for eating something that made her happy.
No one gave a pep talk like Leslie
Leslie was the ultimate hype woman. She boosted everyone’s confidence and lent a hand when needed. Sometimes her friends and co-workers were bothered by her helping (getting involved when she shouldn’t), but she always meant well.
Many life lessons have been learned from Parks & Leisure characters, including Leslie. That’s why this meme talked about the character of Leslie. She has previously admitted that she is easily influenced by herself and driven by her accomplishments.
This is a flashback to Ron’s 94 meetings
This meme recalls the 94 meetings Ron had, thanks to April scheduling them all on March 31. April didn’t think of March 31. was an actual date and scheduled over 90 meetings for Ron. Even though April and Ron were one of the best duos, Ron knew April had made a horrible mistake. When everyone showed up for their meeting, Leslie dove in headfirst to help.
As usual, Leslie was distracted during these meetings and took more than she should have due to her desire to help Pawnee. As a social person, Leslie wouldn’t have liked Zoom meetings, but she would have handled them like a boss, just like the meme.
Leslie’s brief stint with Snapchat
It’s unclear if Leslie Knope had Snapchat during her time on Parks and Recreation, but if she had it, she would use it for a short time before deleting it because she would be consumed with it too much.
Fans could see her posting about the day she had at the parks or educating her supporters about the election. However, this meme also poked fun at the idea that she posts way too much after a night on the town. Leslie didn’t get drunk often, but when she did, she let herself go. Imagining her disappointed with what she posted on Snapchat is easy to do.
Leslie Knope wouldn’t handle group projects well
Although Leslie Knope was a hard worker who enjoyed teamwork and camaraderie, she was not the best addition to a group project due to her control issues. Leslie liked to include people in what she was working on, but it often ended with Leslie doing everything because that’s how she liked it best.
That’s why Leslie and Ron made such a great pair. Ron didn’t care about Leslie’s take-charge attitude, and Leslie would have anyway, which is why this meme is so character-accurate.
Bababouille X Ratatouille
Ben Wyatt may be the face of this meme, but Leslie isn’t far behind. In Season 3’s “The Fight”, the whole group got drunk on Tom’s liquid potion called Snake Juice. Ben was so drunk that the only word he could say to the camera was “Bababouille”. This episode was before Leslie and Ben went on a date, but it was obvious that he was drinking a little more than he should have due to the feelings he had for her.
The meme creator mocked Ben bababouille moment and attached it to the cover of Disney’s Ratatouille. In the background, Leslie’s face is above Colette Tatou – the main character’s love interest who was as passionate about her work as Leslie. While Colette was tougher than Leslie, her dedication to her craft tied in with Leslie’s.
Leslie wanted her cake and eat it too
Even though Leslie loved Pawnee, she did everything she could for the town and didn’t get the respect she deserved. She was ready for something bigger and better, which is why she was so surprised when she got the opportunity to lead the National Park Service.
Leslie was ready to take on this new role, but things changed when she found out the job was in Chicago. Was she ready to leave her friends and relatives for a new life in another city? Instead of going to Chicago, she made a deal and was able to run the service from Pawnee City Hall. Just like the meme, Leslie could have had it all
Will run for the waffles
As mentioned above, Leslie was not one to eat healthy. However, she liked to stay active by going for walks in the parks and doing her job. While Chris Traeger or Ann would have appreciated Leslie joining them for yoga, Leslie always had more important things to do.
If the group wanted Leslie to do yoga, she would react the same way to this meme. The only way fans could imagine Leslie taking weekly yoga classes was by handing out free waffles at the end of each class.
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