Seeing Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) pregnant on “Parks and Recreation” is going to be amazing. Seeing Leslie Knope pregnant with triplets is going to be downright hilarious and epic.
Unfortunately, we only get one more episode to enjoy a pregnant Leslie as the Season 6 finale of the NBC comedy airs Thursday (April 24). But Poehler and showrunner Mike Schur promise that Season 7’s story will be teased in the very final moments of the Season 6 finale.
“The last minute or so of our season finale, the last moments are really important and big things happen that show you where we’re going and where a lot of the characters are going or shows you where they may go,” Poehler tells Zap2it along with a small group of reporters. “So I would encourage everybody to make sure that they watch until the very end.”
One of the biggest questions we couldn’t wait to ask Poehler and Schur was how Leslie’s pregnancy was going to differ from Ann’s (Rashida Jones), as fans just watched Leslie’s BFF go through a pregnancy herself.
“We don’t want to do the same thing twice and we have some ideas for how to avoid that trap,” Schur says. “I think that the experience of how we tell stories about Leslie and her burgeoning family are going to be very different from Ann and her burgeoning family, so we don’t want to repeat ourselves. I think repeating yourself is kind of deaf in television. People are very savvy and everyone has seen a lot of TV these days.”
He continues, “So our biggest goal always is to be surprising and different in the way that we let our stories unfold which is partly why we have Leslie’s pregnancy emerge in the Act 1 break of episode 19 instead of like at the very end of the season finale. That’s the way we like to do things, is do them in unexpected ways and in unexpected times. We’re very conscious of not wanting to repeat ourselves in any of the pregnancy storylines and that’s something that’s going to be foremost on our minds going forward.”
Poehler agrees. “I think we explored a lot of baby stuff with Ann, so I know we’re not going to go down that same route of rehashing that experience,” she says. “But it is interesting to figure out how this new stuff will integrate into her new life, and I can certainly relate to what it feels like to be working on a new job and having someone living inside of you.”
One major and obvious way Leslie’s pregnancy will be different than Ann’s is the fact that she’s having three kids. “We decided that at some point this year she was going to get pregnant and then as we started talking about the reality of that, it was like well, Leslie is very famously an overachiever and having her body overachieve in terms of starting her family just seemed like a very logical thing to have happen,” Schur says. “Then the more we talked about it, twins was like, OK, that’s one level of over-achievement, but triplets, that’s a winner. And then someone pitched that joke where Leslie says if we do this right, we could be parents to 1/3 of the Supreme Court and that sealed it for me.”
And Schur adds with a laugh, “It was also really fun to tell Amy Poehler the real-life human being that we were doing a storyline where she was pregnant with triplets. It’s the closest I think you’ve ever come to murdering me.”
Poehler quickly shoots back, “Was it fun? I don’t remember saying the word was fun.”
The “Parks and Recreation” Season 6 finale airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.