I’ve never commented on the absence of the Thorps’ kids before, but we might as well face it. They’re gone. There is precedent. The original My Three Sons were Mike, Robbie and Chip. Mike got married, Steve Douglas adopted Ernie, and after a couple of references to Mike being on his honeymoon, he was never referred to again. In the original Great Airport Mystery, the Hardy Boys and their friends graduated from Bayport High. The next book they were back in high school, and the graduation was never mentioned again. It’s obvious Neal has decided Gil and Mimi should be childless, and we’ll just have to live with it.