Back in Season 2, Parks and Recreation gave the unlucky-at-love—and we mean very unlucky-at-love—Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) a little helping of some good-natured romance, and in the most unlikely form: comedian Louis C.K. Known for his misanthropic, pessimistic persona as a standup comic and a caricature of himself on FX’s series Louie, C.K. enjoyed a significant story arc on Parks and Rec as Leslie’s sweet, timid and incredibly devoted boyfriend, Dave Sanderson, a Pawnee police officer. The pair parted when Sanderson moved to San Diego, Calif. for a job opportunity, and we haven’t heard from, or much about, him since. But that won’t be the case for long, as C.K. is slated to return to Parks and Recreation later this season.
Nowadays, Leslie’s heart is invested heavily in Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), which is complicated enough, seeing as their relationship will indubitably provoke a scandal in Leslie’s campaign for public office. So, bringing an ex-boyfriend into the equation isn’t likely to make things run any smoother for our favorite small-town government employee.
It’s hard to imagine Leslie considering leaving Ben, with whom she is so infatuated, for Dave. But the idea of a face-off between the two most awkward and non-confrontational human beings ever to walk the streets of Indiana? That’s comedic gold. Leslie sure has a type, doesn’t she?
C.K.’s appearance is set for early 2012, after the show returns from winter hiatus. Parks and Recreation airs Thursday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.