"Parks and Recreation" episode inspired by Wendy Davis

Giving a nod to the Texas state senator, Leslie Knope will filibuster to give Eagleton residents voting rights

By Prachi Gupta

Published November 14, 2013 6:01PM (EST)

The first of Nov. 14's back-to-back episodes of "Parks and Recreation" is inspired by Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who drew national attention for her record-breaking 11-hour filibuster in support of women's reproductive rights in June. On Thursday night, Councilwoman Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, will filibuster to give Eagleton residents the right to vote in her recall election.

“When Wendy Davis was filibustering for real and we were all watching it on the streaming video, like, seven of our writers were instantly emailing saying, ‘Leslie’s got to do this,’” executive producer Michael Schur told EW. “And it wasn’t about the same subject, obviously, but it’s been really nice when national events emerge that seem interesting … to play them out in the elected office setting.”

The comedy has parodied political events before, including the gay marriage debate, and the media's treatment of the Benghazi attacks.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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