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August 15, 2012 at 09:45 PM EDT

Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) may have met his match. Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Spartacus) will guest on NBC’s Parks and Recreation this fall as his new love interest, EW has confirmed. She’s set to appear in at least two episodes as a single mother named Diane who catches Swanson’s eye when he and Andy (Chris Pratt) respond to a problem she brings to the Parks Department. (Ron’s working? What?!) She’ll first appear in season 5’s third episode on Oct. 4.

Earlier this summer, Offerman told EW he and Parks and Rec EP Michael Schur had talked about a change in Swanson’s love life. “We’re hoping to maybe see a new relationship develop for Ron,” he said. “One thing Ron’s never succeeded at is maintaining a happy romantic relationship for any length of time. Maybe we’ll get to explore that a little bit.”

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