Fans of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: an appearance by Nick Offerman.
EW has learned exclusively that the man who embodied gruff libertarian survivalist Ron Swanson for seven seasons on NBC’s local-government comedy will guest-star on the Nov. 22 episode of Fox’s cop comedy.
Offerman will play Frederick, who is… no, not the new, new, new captain of the precinct, but the ex-boyfriend of another stoic figure, Capt. Holt (Andre Braugher). Details are few, but we do know that the episode, titled “Ava,” takes place on Thanksgiving Day, and that Frederick crosses paths again with Holt in a story line that involves Sharon (Merrin Dungey), who is the wife of Terry (Terry Crews), giving birth to their third child. Oh, and also: Frederick doesn’t die.
There is, of course, a strong connection between Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation: Brooklyn was created by Parks creator Michael Schur and exec producer Dan Goor. Brooklyn cast member Chelsea Peretti was a writer on Parks, and co-star Andy Samberg guest-starred on Parks. In addition, such Parks guests as Jenny Slate, Nick Kroll, Patton Oswalt, Bradley Whitford, and Marc Evan Jackson have popped up on Brooklyn, with Jackson playing Holt’s current companion, husband Kevin. You can even briefly hear Offerman’s voice during Brooklyn’s end credits.
Offerman — who appeared on last week’s episode of The Muppets — has a recurring role in season 2 of Fargo, which premiered earlier this week. He’ll also star with Michael Keaton in next year’s big-screen biopic The Founder, about McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.
The season 3 guest roster of Brooklyn that includes Bill Hader, Dean Winters, Archie Panjabi, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.