To me, they do resemble the real life parents, not the perfect ones on the screen.
- They have kids of different age ranges.
- Their kids are naughty, hilarious, smart, full of tricks, obedient, etc, etc (name anything that has to do with your kids)... and they have their own ways dealing with them.
- They stand for each other during all occasions, ups and downs:
- when Tom got fired
- when Tom wants to start a restaurant business
- when Lynette got diagnosed with cancer
- when their son accused for murder
- when Lynette is scared of her getting pregnant with twins again
- ...and the list go on...
Tom: I need you to not be perfect.
Tom: Because i'm not perfect.
I'm not... rich.
I'm not brilliant.
I'm not movie star handsome.
If you didn't have this one flaw,
I would spend every moment of every day wondering,
What the heck is she doing with me?
Lynette: You may not be brilliant,
But you can tiptoe through a minefield better than anyone i know.
Tom: If you're willing to break up over an ice sculpture, you guys should absolutely not get married. Because who gets to choose the ice sculpture, who should take out the trash, who has to stay home and make the mini pizzas, that's the little stuff. What are you going to do when the big stuff comes along? What are you gonna do when a tornado hits your house, or you have problems with your kids, or one of you gets cancer? At some point, the crap is going to hit the fan. And that is why now, before you make the commitment, you have to ask yourself: Is that person in bed next to you worth the trouble? Do you love him...or her so much that no disease, no disaster could possibly pull you apart?