“Oh, wait. Before we get married, there is something we need to discuss. I mean, we’ve never talked about it but I really want you to take my last name.”
“Oh, oh. Oka - really?”
“Yeah, it’s just really important to me symbolically that Leslie Knope disappears and becomes Leslie Wyatt…or Councilwoman Mrs. Ben Wyatt, that’s fine too. It’s a deal breaker.”
“Wait are you messing with me -”
“Yeah, sorry I had to give it a shot.”
This right here is possibly my favourite Ben and Leslie scene, ever. Obviously their big scenes (the first kiss, the getting-back-together kiss, the proposal, the actual wedding etc.) are also extremely special to such a Benslie shipper like myself, but personally I think this small scene speaks volumes about their relationship.
I’ve always felt this way but never knew how to put it into words, so I’ve decided to try. I think the thing about this scene that makes such an impact on me is that it shows just how much Ben really, really understands Leslie. He knows - without her ever mentioning it - that of course she will keep her last name. She’s Leslie Knope. It just goes without saying.
It makes me so happy that we get to see these two joke around with each other and keep the other on their toes the same way they used to when they were just starting to flirt and get together. Their love for each other is so endless and inspiring.
Also, the way Ben breaks the fourth wall with that smirk after he says, “It’s a deal breaker” kills me every time. They were literally meant for each other, and I don’t think I will ever fall in love with a love more than I have fallen in love with theirs.