Jim O’Heir, who played clueless, good-natured bumbler Jerry Gergich on “Parks and Recreation,” says he slipped right back into character for Thursday night’s episode — which reunites the cast for the first time since the beloved NBC sitcom ended its seven-season run in 2015.
“Absolutely, but I was nervous about it,” says O’Heir. “The way it came to pass was, [the cast] has a text chain called ‘Parks Family Text’ in which we’re all in each other’s faces all the time, which has been lovely. Then we got an email from [series co-creator] Mike Schur who said he’d gotten a call from NBC and wanted to know if we would do something.
“We were all on board in about an hour and then I thought, ‘Oh God, I gotta do Jerry. This isn’t just a table read,’” he says. “But [reviving Jerry] was a comfortable little shoe, and here’s why: