As Dr. Saperstein counts up the number of kids on the ultrasound, Ben’s confusion sets in as he assumes their baby has two bodies, as opposed to coming to the more logical conclusion that they’re having twins. The look on both Leslie and Ben’s face when Saperstein mentions a fourth (cream cheese) baby is priceless -- Ben’s so shocked that he jumps backward, away from the ultrasound and his extremely fertile wife. I get it Ben, facing the idea of impending parenthood is probably big enough without adding three extra babies to the mix. Good thing it’s just triplets.
Obviously the transition into parenthood is a crazy time for most people, but I’d imagine going from zero to three right off the bat is a little overwhelming. Who knows what Leslie Knope will choose to do about her future now that she’s got to consider raising three kids. During one of his crazy rants Ben laid out a couple pros for each, saying that Chicago would mean more money but Pawnee would be cheaper, and obviously finances are something to consider when it’s gonna take two million dollars to raise your kids. Also, the sweet scene at the end where all the Knope-Wyatt’s co-workers offer to help out shows the benefits for these two to stay in Pawnee, though Leslie wants to make it to the White House one day, and she won’t be able to do that until she moves onward and upward at some point. Man, the writers really put her in quite the pickle.
I’ve got a hunch that there might be some sort of time jump at the end of this season, perhaps moving further into or after Leslie’s pregnancy, to see where she ended up. If that’s in Chicago at her dream job, then it leaves the question of how she’ll end up in Pawnee for the next season of the show, because it could be awfully difficult to have Parks and Recreation if Leslie’s in Chicago for an extended period of time.
A couple people pointed it out before I had the chance to watch the episode, but no Tom this time. I’ll be honest, I didn’t totally notice until the last scene when the group of co-workers seemed smaller than usual. I’m sure Aziz Ansari was off doing something cool, and he’ll be back for the double-sized season finale next week.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: I love the continuity in this show. From the little remark from Will Arnett’s crazy character in season 2 regarding Leslie and triplets, to Councilman Dexhart's brood of illegitimate love children, to Jamm being a giant…buttface, to the question mark stickers that still cover pieces of city hall.
What did you think of this episode? Is the triplets development exciting or too much? (And who knew that all it takes to calm Leslie down is apparently the thought of three newborns in less than a year?) Are you excited for the season finale? Let us know below!
By the way, if you guys are looking for a good t-shirt, Ben can hook you up with his newest design, “You’re Stressing for Two Now.”