NBC presented two back to back episodes of Parks and Recreation this Thursday to end the season. While they were presented as two parts, they were actually stand alone episodes that had little to do with each other. This review is only about the second half hour, "Li'l Sebastian."
In "Li'l Sebastian", local celebrity miniature horse Li'l Sebastian dies, and the parks department throws him a funeral. Chris (Rob Lowe), especially, is deeply moved, facing his own mortality after a bad diagnosis from the doctor. Ron (Nick Offerman) finds out about Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie (Amy Poehler), and soon, he isn't the only one. Tom (Aziz Ansari) helps organize the funeral event, and realizes his true calling may not be in government work. Tom isn't the only one who considers a career move, as Leslie is approached to run for public office. And both of Ron's ex-wives return, presumably to cause lots of trouble.
It is hard to comprehend how Leslie can even consider running for public office considering her secret relationship with Ben, who is technically her boss, hanging over her. She obviously has no intention of ending the relationship, but in this episode alone, a couple of people find out about the pair. Leslie is many things, but discrete is not one of them. Should she make a go for an election without first ending things with Ben, she is doomed to fail.
Ron once more shows that he cares by trying to caution Leslie about the path she is on. He wants her to have a great career, and knows her professional life would be ruined by a scandal. Government service is the most important thing to Leslie, so it shows how much she cares about Ben that she is willing to risk losing it over him. Ron is a voice of reason, taking a rare chance to get involved in one of his employee's personal lives. Given how unusual that is, Leslie should consider his advice.