During last Thursday’s (Sept. 26) “Parks and Recreation” season premiere, Chris (Rob Lowe) and Ann (Rashida Jones) shared the news that she’s expecting. Later, the two of them delved into baby books and Chris remarked, “You know what I just read? That right now our baby is the size of a green olive. Isn’t that wild?”

The scene ended with Ann musing that, “Olive is kind of a cute name, if it’s a girl.”

It was all very sweet … and very familiar.

When Drew Barrymore gave birth her daughter Olive last fall, we assumed she’d been named for “Olive, the Other Reindeer,” the title character who Barrymore voiced for the 1999 Christmas special. It was a couple of months later that she explained the real inspiration to Ellen DeGeneres.

“I was reading a book with my husband and I was three months pregnant and they said, ‘Your baby is the size of an olive.’ And that was it. We never looked back.”


Maybe Week 9 is a common time to start thinking baby names. Better than Week 17 (Onion), Week 25 (Cauliflower) or Week 33 (Durian Fruit). And despite what Chris thinks, Olive is a better name than Chickpea. Sodium content be damned.

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Posted by:Brill Bundy

Brill Bundy has spent her entire career covering TV and pop culture. This is what happens when your parents try and limit your viewing habits to three shows a week. Likes: seasons with no more than 13 episodes, anti-heroes and binge-watching. Dislikes: when cartoon characters make out, when TV shows name check their titles, drawn out premieres and finales. TV words to live by: "If every porkchop was perfect, we wouldn't have hot dogs."