I really can't overstate how much I love the fact that Parks and Recreation stays true to character timelines, and how terrific the writers are at creating a believable relationship between Leslie and Ben (which is why, when we see Ron's over-the-top relationship with the Tammys, the juxtaposition is so freaking funny). Just last week I was already mourning the loss of Bleslie (yes, I just made that up), much like you do when you find out a longtime couple you were fairly good friends with called it quits in what seemed like a completely out-of-the-blue decision. These past few episodes, we really weren't shown what was going on in Leslie's mind during the breakup because it is literally part of her job and candidacy to set her feelings for Ben aside in order to fulfill her duties. Sure, "The Treaty" and "End of the World" gave us little glimpses of Leslie trying to make sense of it, but it wasn't until last night's "The Smallest Park" where she was finally honest with herself, Ben and, in turn, us.
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