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'Parks and Recreation': Imagining the futures of Leslie and Ben's kids

Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope has always been an overachiever, but who knew that would carry over into her pregnancy? When she and Ben go to Dr. Saperstein (Henry Winkler) for an ultrasound, they find out that they’re having not one, not two, but three little ones. Yep: Triplets. Leslie takes this as proof that she and Ben are a special couple (“one in a million”), but Dr. Saperstein deflates that dream balloon with a truth dart: They’re actually only one in 8,000. He explains that triplets aren’t so uncommon for women Leslie’s age, because her body is releasing multiple eggs. He calls it a “going out of business” sale, and it’s one of the best moments of the episode.

There’s a lot in store for our favorite Pawneans in the coming months. Pregnant Leslie! Lots of baby planning! Mini-Knope-Wyatts! But what about future beyond the show? Upon hearing that they’re having triplets, Leslie exclaims that if they play their cards right, she and Ben could be raising a third of the future Supreme Court. Sure, it might sound like a bit of a long shot, but what will Leslie and Ben’s triplets really grow up to be like? Gazing into my completely imaginary crystal ball, I see three possible futures for these babies (I’m imagining two girls and a boy, but I have nothing but gut instinct on which to base that).

1. Leslie has her way and they become Knope’s Army. It’s like Dumbledore’s Army, but with less magic and more civic involvement. 

In the battle of nurture vs. nature, Leslie’s nurture might just squash out whatever these kids have in them. Leslie will no doubt raise her children with all of the zeal and obsessive perkiness she brings to every aspect of her life. On the bright side, they will have the best childhoods ever when it comes to birthdays. On the less bright side, she’s probably already made three binders mapping out each of their lives. If she succeeds, she might actually raise three mini-Knopes. I don’t think three seats on the Supreme Court is in the cards, but here’s what I can see:

Triplet 1: Grows up to be a member of the House of Representatives, coauthors a monumental piece of legislation and thanks Leslie in every acceptance or commencement speech she ever delivers.

Triplet 2: Attends Harvard Law School on full scholarship and becomes a crusading civil rights lawyer. Is passionate to a fault and lets Leslie help organize his legal research into binders after she retires.

Triplet 3: Becomes a universally beloved mayor of Pawnee (something that would both please Leslie and avenge the embarrassment of Ben’s mayoral term). During her term, she commissions a new town mural, which features a likeness of Leslie (among other prominent Pawneans).

2. Leslie fails to raise Knope’s Army, but the kids all take after Ben and are gloriously geeky and wonderful … with adorable butts.

If the triplets take after their father more than their mother, they will be the geekiest little number-munchers in all the land, and they will be amazing. If the Ben gene is dominant, I’m predicting:

Triplet 1: An Ivy Leaguer (again, on scholarship), who serves as the captain of her university’s Muggle Quidditch team. She majors in something impractical and becomes a professional Scrabble player, winning big tournament jackpots all over the world.

Triplet 2: A writer, specifically a graphic novelist. His most famous series features a strong female politician character based on Mama Knope.

Triplet 3: A brilliant but content “townie” who stays in Pawnee (or Chicago) and spends her free time inventing board games with Ben, while working days as an actuary.

3. Neither the Knope nor the Wyatt gene is dominant. The triplets end up a veritable hodgepodge. 

But what if the triplets don’t take after Leslie or Ben? What if they’re a mix of the two? What if they’re like neither? Here’s one vision of that future:

Triplet 1: Becomes an actress and plays a great American president on an amazing futuristic, dystopian sci-fi epic series on HBO.

Triplet 2: Rebels against everything he’s been taught and elopes with an Eagletonian (they’ve again seceded from Pawnee at this point) and besmirches the good name of Lil’ Sebastian. Leslie is heartbroken, but just works harder than ever to show love to her wayward son.

Triplet 3: Becomes a politically apathetic but medically gifted pediatrician. Leslie forever insists on pretending she’s a nurse and calling her Ann Jr.

What do YOU think Leslie and Ben’s triplets will grow up to be like? Tell me your theories 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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