Those 5000 candles in the wind must’ve inspired a miracle, because the horse made a surprise comeback for a picketing reunion that also featured castmates Scott, Schwartz, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Retta, and Jim O’Heir. Even some noteworthy “Parks” guest stars who played recurring characters showed up for the reunion. Kirk Fox (Sewage Joe), Alison Becker (reporter Shauna Malwae-Tweep), Colton Dunn (animal control employee Brett), Allan McLeod (excellently named reporter Trodd Frankensteip), Joe Mande (a writer for the show who also played city council member Morris), and legendary actor Sam Elliott (Eagleton’s Ron Dunn) all showed up to support the ongoing labor movement.
The WGA strike surpassed the 100-day mark last week, meaning it has officially gone on longer than the most recent strike in 2007. Yesterday, negotiations resumed between the writers’ guild and the AMPTP, the organization representing the interests of companies like Netflix, Amazon, Disney, and Warner Bros. Discovery, among others. The WGA negotiating committee posted a message to its strike website last night, explaining that the AMPTP had given them a counteroffer that they’ll be deliberating on it over this weekend. Meanwhile, SAG-AFTRA has been on strike for nearly a month now, with both groups asking their employers for a fairer cut of streaming residuals, a curb to the unchecked power of AI in the workplace, and more.
Can Li’l Sebastian solve all the complex issues Hollywood is facing today? Honestly, probably, that horse is a hero. But for now, we’ll settle for seeing him inspire writers and actors on the picket line — any “Parks and Rec” reunion wouldn’t be the same without him.