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Season 6 | Ep. 19 | “Flu Season 2” | Aired Apr 10, 2014

NBC had Parks and Recreation fans at “Flu Season 2.” The original “Flu Season,” from season 3, is a fan favorite, and everyone was ready for round two. Chris and Leslie made hospitalization hilarious the first time around.

What could possibly top the first round of the virus? How about a different kind of sickness? Like, for instance, morning sickness? Yes, one of Pawnee’s finest is expecting. WARNING: If you haven’t yet watched “Flu Season 2” and would rather not know who in Pawnee is pregnant, stop reading now.

So who is the lucky lady? How is she taking the news? I could just blurt it all out, but I’d rather pretend to be a detective and break down the evidence, suspect by suspect, so that’s what I’m going to do. Here are the suspects (that is, the female residents of Pawnee): Mona-Lisa Saperstein, Donna Meagle, April Ludgate and, of course, Leslie Knope.

Mona-Lisa Saperstein

Who the father would be: Tom? That’s been over for a while.

What it would mean for the series: Possibly the early end of Tom’s Bistro, if Mr. Haverford were forced to sacrifice swag for child support.

Evidence in the episode: None. She’s not even in it. Welcome to this mystery’s red herring. If Pretty Little Liars has taught me anything, it’s to always throw out something blatantly false at the onset of a mystery just to throw everyone off. Moving on.

Donna Meagle

Who the father would be: Her fiancé in Denver? A celebrity? I would put good money on Channing Tatum.

What it would mean for the series: Please just take a moment to imagine Donna’s sass on pregnancy hormones. Your soul is feeling giddy, right?

Evidence in the episode: None. Plus, it’s hard to imagine anything happening to Donna’s body without her planning and permission. If she wanted to be a mother, we’d know about it.

April Ludgate

Who the father would be: Her husband, Andy Dwyer. Or Satan.

What it would mean for the series: NBC’s upcoming Rosemary’s Baby remake might suddenly become competition. Oh, and Andy and April would have to grow up, at least a little.

Evidence in the episode: Negative, however many glasses of wine April drinks. “Flu Season 2’s” B-plot takes place at a wine-tasting competition, which April enters after lying about her credentials because it combines her two favorite things: drinking and making fun of stupid people.

Leslie Knope

Who the father would be: The wonderful Ben Wyatt.

What it would mean for the series: Only the best things. It might also be a believable reason for Leslie to stay in Pawnee instead of taking the Chicago job.

Evidence in the episode: Leslie is positive she’s caught the flu again (good job, Larry), but when the pharmacist points out her lack of symptoms aside from vomiting, she has an aha! moment and takes a pregnancy test. She tries to call Ben immediately, but he’s having a drunken breakdown with Ron. She inadvertently tells Andy before anyone else (in one of the episode’s sweetest moments, I might add).

You might be realizing now that literally all of the evidence points to Leslie, and negative percent of it points to anyone else. That’s because Parks and Rec doesn’t try to trick us with this one. We already went through that, with the pregnancy test in Ron’s cabin, remember? This time, the show was totally upfront with us: Leslie is the one who’s expecting. In the most serendipitous moment of self-revelation, Ben barges home, still tipsy, and announces that he realized he’s ready to start a family. A girl couldn’t ask for a more perfect setup to announce her pregnancy.

Basically, on a scale of 1 to AWWWW, this week’s Parks and Rec is off the charts. What did you think of the episode? Were you surprised by Leslie’s big news? Discuss it in the comments!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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