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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Parks and Recreation
Leslie Knope is a clone of Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton determined that she's getting too old to be elected president, and so she created a younger clone of herself to take over her quest after she's gone.

Amy Poehler, who plays Leslie Knope, played Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live. She, too, is a clone of Hillary Clinton.

Tom is an art lover
There's his reaction to the abstract painting in "The Mural" and his photography in "Summer Catalog."
  • He may have became an art lover after "The Mural"; he clearly states in the beginning of that episode that he's not interested in art.

April's "disaffected teenager" persona is partially an act.
Like David Brent in the U.K. version of The Office, April is playing up for the cameras, except she's trying to come off as a sarcastic Daria-esque voice of reason/apathy. As the show goes on, April gets used to the cameras and bored with her act, so she starts to act more like herself. In short, she really is like that to a degree, but she was deliberately playing up that side of her personality in the earlier episodes.
  • Downright plausible, this.

Ben will run for mayor of Pawnee
This way he and Chris stay and he has a chance to redeem himself.

Andy is the grown up version of Finn the Human

And following up to that...

Leslie really IS a grown up version of The Mighty B!
Or at least Nickelodeon paid Leslie to make a semi autobiographical animated series about her childhood and her years in Girl Scouts and her talking dog.

Chris is Molly Clock's long lost brother
  • YES!

Leslie's dad is alive.
Her exact words were that "he LIVES in Florida in a cemetery". They never said he died.

The Aside Comment/mini-interview sequences take place in the characters' heads.
Unlike The Office, it's never stated that a documentary is being made about Pawnee's Parks and Rec department. Most of the time, when characters do two or more aside comments in one scene, they don't speak as if they know or remember the scene; they speak as if they are thinking of the comment while the scene is happening. When characters interrupt or comment on each others' asides, it just means that they're thinking aloud.
  • Not exactly true. In the pilot, Ron Swanson acknowledges the presence of the documentary crew, asking them if they got a grant to make this. But much like The Office, the format is certainly a stylistic choice more than anything else, and they don't make a great deal of effort to maintain this illusion.
  • I think that is definently the case later in the show. Early in the show, they were trying to go for a mockumentary thing, but I think the "they are making a documentary about us!" premise has pretty much been abandoned, in favour of just using it as a stylistic choice to, as you say, get into the heads of the characters.

So, what's a staunch libertarian doing in local government, anyway?
The answer is obvious, and comes down to two things: the theory of gravity, and Ron's moustache. Just astronomical bodies are drawn to orbit objects of greater mass, so too are powerful things. Ron Swanson's moustache is patently one of the most powerful things in the universe — far more powerful than local government, and probably comparable in power to Ron himself. Therefore it is inevitable that local government is drawn to orbit around his moustache and, by extension, him. He can't help it. Or rather, he can help it, but only up to a point — if that moustache were attached to a lesser man, it would be running Nebraska — or possibly America — as a totalitarian dictatorship. Only the raw power of Ron's disdain for power can counteract its awesome influence. We should all be grateful to him.
  • what
  • This also explains Stalin. He was a much lesser man than Ron.

Ann will eventually date Tom.
She has been shown to be able to date self-centered guys before under the right circumstances, and in turn, Tom has been shown to have some Hidden Depths and has liked her since the first episode.
  • I would argue against this only because while Weakness Turns Her On, Tom is so weak that even Ann finds it annoying ("Bowling for Votes").
    • Confirmed at the end of "Operation Ann".

Lil Sebastian chased Tammy One out of Pawnee.
She is widely considered to be a terror. No one but the mighty Lil Sebastian could get rid of her. Why else would she wait until he was dead to return? It also explains why Ron loves him so much.

Tom has partial immunity to Snakejuice because he taste-tested it a lot over the development stage.
The character sheet points out that him only being a bit affected by the otherwise powerful drink. The answer is simple: he and maybe Jean Ralphio were the only ones who would taste test. Over time, he built up an immunity to it. Hence why he wasn't knocked out flat.

The series will end with Leslie becoming president.
Except it'll end Sopranos style and before the election results are announced, it'll cut to black, and the credits will just be a photo montage of moments from the show while the theme song plays.

When the show is running out of material and ratings are falling, there will be a lesbian kiss between Leslie and Ann.
It will happen for some contrived sitcom reason, a fact which will be ignored by the advertising. They'll spend several episodes dealing with all the fallout and drama. The whole arc will be very annoying, commentators will complain about why two women can't be close friends without being lesbians, and the show itself may Jump the Shark.
  • Or this could just happen for laughs. Like, they'll be drunk at a party, and someone like Tom or Jean-Ralphio or Donna will comment on it like "I knew it" or "That's hot".

When the show is running out of material and ratings are falling, there will be a lesbian kiss between Leslie and April.
Because it'd be hot.

When the show is running out of material and ratings are falling, there will be a lesbian kiss between Ann and April.
Because it'd be hot.
  • You know, I could picture April wanting to kiss Ann just to annoy her/freak her out.

Pawnee wasn't originally called that.
It's just that after it briefly caused a stir in the 1990s for a supposed "space-time rift" in its' immediate area, the sudden notoriety caused local councillors to believe that the name Punxsutawney was a bit of a mouthful for national newspapers.
  • Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is a real place and their Groundhog Day celebration is real. Punxsutawney is located in Pennsylvania and Pawnee is located in Indiana. We've heard a lot about Pawnee's history on the show and it was definitely always called "Pawnee".

Perd Hapley is an experimental android.
Perd Hapley was released from a facility that was designing an android to report on the news, which explains why he has to report on literally everything that happens, and the reason why he gave ET 1 and a half stars on his review. - zemogan

Jean-Ralphio exists just off-camera.
That, or he's some sort of djinn, because anytime a person says his name or thinks of him, he appears from off-camera. - zemogan

When Ann leaves the show...
...things won't work out with Chris, and she will end up changing her name and selling paper in Stamford, Connecticut..
  • Jossed. The chronology does not match up.

The "redacted" middle name of Ron's son is Leslie.
It's a man's name too, after all. (Or maybe they went with a male-only variant like Lester.) She's the one friend Ron might name a child after, and he would definitely keep it secret. It'll be a big aww moment when we find out.

The "redacted" middle name of Ron's son is Fucking
He was born ready. He's John Fucking Swanson

The name of Garry/Jerry/Larry will be changed to...
  • Barry
  • Harry
  • Perry
  • Terry
    • Terry was confirmed in the season 6 finale.

Chris going to London is a hint that Peter Quill was in Thor: The Dark World.
In Thor: The Dark World, jet pilots in London go through a portal that takes them to another world. Peter Quill is an American pilot. This show may have been giving a shout-out to Marvel and providing a clue that Peter Quill was flying a jet from London to another world in Thor: The Dark World, setting up the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy will never be mentioned.
It would be weird because Chris Pratt is in both this show and that movie.

Season 7 will reference movies that have not yet been released in real life.
The season 6 finale ended in May 2014 before the three-year time skip, meaning that season 7 will take place in 2017 and 2018. By then, there will be a plethora of movies that could be mentioned as if the characters had already seen them, such as the following:

  • Avatar 2 (with Avatar 3 being released about halfway through season 7)
  • Ant-Man
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (with possibly a third film being released by the season's end)
  • Batman vs Superman
  • Captain America 3
  • Finding Dory
  • The Flash
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Inside Out
  • Justice League
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • The Penguins of Madagascar
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Star Trek 13
  • Star Wars: Episode VII (and possibly a few other installments)
  • Terminator: Genesis

April and Derek were together before Derek came out
Remember that she says that Derek's the "gayest person [she] knows", stating that Derek does identify as gay and not bi or pan or anything else that would explain why he's still with April, unless he had been dating her before and didn't want to end to relationship for whatever reason (using April as a beard, being too intimidated by her to break up, etc.), even after he gets together with Ben. April claims that the three of them got together as a middle finger to conventional relationships, but it's entirely possible that she secretly resented the situation and wanted things to go back to the way they were, hence why she says she hates Ben, and then later on gave him a hickey to make Derek jealous, presumably hoping it would cause enough jealousy that Derek and Ben would split up. Note that this seemingly bitter situation with April and Ben is used as a parallel to April offering to do the same for Andy, not to split up a couple but to get together with Andy, even if it was under false pretenses. This seems very deliberate to me.
  • And in relation to that, a sub-theory - the triad's breakup in "Galentine's Day" wasn't just triggered by Derek and Ben's rudeness and pretentiousness, but also because they were making fun of all of the conventional, monogamous couples at the senior center just as April was realizing that she actually wanted that kind of relationship. One particularly telling scene is when she gets annoyed with Derek and Ben mocking a senior couple, then walks off, tells the seniors that they're adorable, and proceeds to go talk to Andy. The scene could have very easily just involved Derek and Ben making fun of old people individually, but the way that they specifically made fun of the fact that the couples were happy together seems very telling to me.


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