Parks & Rec Deleted scene explains why April joined the Parks Department

Parks & Rec’s April Ludgate never showed interest in working at the Parks Department, and a deleted scene explains how she ended up there.

The crew of Pawnee’s Parks Department in Parks & Recreation was formed by very different personalities, and among those who stood out the most was April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza), who never showed any interest or enthusiasm for the work at City Hall, and a deleted scene explains how she ended up there. Created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, Parks & Recreation is now considered one of the best TV shows of the decade, but the road to success wasn’t easy, and the first season was so different it felt detached from the rest of the show, but thankfully the writers found the right tone for It and the following seasons were a hit with critics and viewers.


Parks & Recreation took the audience to the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana to meet the Parks Department crew, led by the always upbeat and cheerful Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). Through them, viewers met their peers and closest friends, shared the spotlight with them, and many of them became fan favorites, with the show increasingly paying attention to their individual storylines, as seen with Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt ) and April Ludgate. The latter was the youngest member of the crew and she was introduced Parks & Leisure Season 1 as an intern at the Parks Department, and audiences saw her grow in all areas of her life, always with the help and support of Leslie and the others.

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April was apathetic and had a deadpan personality that, along with her sarcastic manner, won over audiences, and while she has matured greatly throughout Parks & Leisure (She even became a mother to two with her husband Andy), she never lost that dry sense of humor. Despite working at the Parks Department for years, April has shown very little interest in it, which begs the question of why she even signed on as an intern at the Parks Department, and a deleted scene from Season 1 has the answer — and it fits very well her personality.

Parks & Rec: The real reason April joined the Parks Department

The pilot episode of Parks & Leisure saw the introduction of Leslie and co., including April, who was introduced simply as an intern, but no further information was given as to why she chose the Parks Department. A deleted scene off Parks & Leisure‘s very first episode reveals that she actually didn’t choose the Parks Department, as she missed application day for interns because her sister forgot to wake her up on time, so she happened to be assigned to the Parks and Rec Department (and she didn’t even know the full name of the department, nor did she care). Although April may not have enjoyed her time at City Hall initially, it was the best thing that could have happened to her as not only did she make lifelong friends but she also met Andy while working there.

Although working in the Parks Department wasn’t what April would have wanted, it gave her the opportunity to try different jobs. Ron hired April as his assistant, largely because they both hated humans and she kept her away from him, and she later became Chris Traeger’s (Rob Lowe) assistant, Ben Wyatt’s (Adam Scott) assistant during a congressional campaign, assistant director of animal control, and eventually found her passion and ideal job at the American Service Foundation with the help of Leslie. The deleted scene from the Parks & Recreation A pilot episode showing how April ended up there would have explained a lot about her backstory and added even more to it as well, as it’s something that fits her mood and personality perfectly, and the scene is so short that she doesn’t even have to would have messed up episode tempo.

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