Friday September 21, 2012 | 10:28 AM

WASHINGTON -- In case you missed it...

Maine's soon-to-be retired senior senator, Olympia Snowe, finally had her 15 seconds (well, closer to 45 seconds) on a network sitcom. You can find a link to the clip involving Snowe here or a link to the full episode here.

Snowe, a Republican, appeared alongside Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California during part of Thursday night's season premier of the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation." The pair of veteran lawmakers are introduced to main character Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) during a supposed cocktail party in Washington.

But rather than excitedly talking up the two senators (who rank #4 and #26 on her list of "amazing women"), Knope gets flustered and talks about her "small and unimportant" town that is "overrun with raccoons and obese toddlers."

Snowe has two lines: "Pleasure to meet you" and "I'm sure that's not true" in response to Knope's comment about her unimportant town. After Knope compliments the senators on their "grace under pressure" and calls them roll models, she flees the scene, prompting Boxer and Snowe to shrug at one another. (Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, then has an awkward encounter with an upset Knope in the coat closet moments later).

Snowe said she enjoyed the taping of the show back in July.

"Although the show is fictional, Amy’s character, Leslie, demonstrates an admirable passion for public service, echoing the belief I have long held that public service is a most noble pursuit," Snowe said in a statement.


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