There are very few episodes of Parenthood that I can say annoy the crap out of me. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever thought that about Parenthood. But last night’s episode had me spitting nails. Decisions that were made, conversations that were had…..UGH. So much bad in 42 minutes. Let’s start with what got my blood boiling the most shall we?
Crosby and Camille
Words cannot describe how much I wanted to punch Crosby in the face between last week’s episode and this week’s episode. At one point, I was listening to his incessant rambling with my mouth agape. I couldn’t believe the things he was saying. Who the hell do you think you are Crosby? Yes you grew up there but it’s not your home, it’s your parent’s home. I mean of course your childhood home is your home when you’re a kid and you live there. But guess what? When you’re married and have a family and have your own home, it’s not your home anymore. And unless you’ve paid a penny towards the mortgage, taxes, insurance, maintenance, etc on the home, IT”S NOT YOUR PLACE TO SAY ANYTHING!!! How DARE he get in the middle of this. This is the Crosby I thought we sort of grew away from…the selfish, nosy, screwed up, self-centered jerk that thought the world revolved around him and every decision made in the world needs to be made in a way that makes him happy and his life easier. Well he is back.
First he goes to Zeek to tell him that he knows he doesn’t want to sell the house and asks why he’s letting mom push him into something he doesn’t want. And after Zeek very directly and beautifully tells him that it’s because after all his mother has done for this family, she deserves to have something she wants. She wants to travel and if that means selling house to make her happy, Zeek is going to do it because she means more to him that anything else. Then, since apparently that wasn’t good enough for Crosby, he goes to his mother and whines like a 7-year-old about selling his childhood home. Notice he never talks about his siblings….it’s HIS home and HIS room. By the way, since when do grown children say to their parents “when were you going to paint my room without telling me?” I’m sorry Crosby, did you leave your wife and children and move back with your mom and dad and become 12 again? As Camille reminded him, it hasn’t been his room in years. And then the granddaddy asshole comment of all, he tells Camille she is selfish for selling the house. SELFISH!! He told his mother she was selfish for wanting to sell HER house. Is he for real? He actually made that comment with a straight face? Well after losing my voice screaming at my TV, Camille responded better than I ever could:
Selfish. Ok let me put this into some perspective for you. I spent over 30 years of my life taking care of four kids. Some of whom are still living in my house and coming home for lunch. And I spent most of my adult life, compromising myself and what I want for your father. I’ve always put myself second. Or third. Or fourth. Or fifth or sixth. I have cooked your dinners. I have packed your school lunches. I have driven you to play dates and practice and done your laundry well past when I should have. And now when I assert one thing that I want, one thing, you and your dad and everyone else can’t take it. So. If that’s selfish, excuse me.
ROUND OF APPLAUSE CAMILLE!!!! I seriously stood up (actually I was already up screaming at Crosby through my TV) and starting clapping and crying. Good for you Camille. You put your ungrateful, inconsiderate, rude, SELFISH, son in his place. The worst part about it, it didn’t sink in with Crosby at all. I don’t think he really listened to Camille and he got a little too much joy out of listening to his parents fight about this when he’s the cause of their fighting and pain. And for all the times over the years Jasmine has scolded Crosby and given him a hard time, NOW all she has to say is “I told you not to get involved.” Really Jasmine? That’s all you can muster up? Unbelievable.
I sincerely hope this storyline does not go down the path of Crosby getting what he wants and the house doesn’t sell. Or if it doesn’t sell, I hope Camille leaves Zeek and her ungrateful son behind and goes on an adventure of a lifetime and do something just for her….because she deserves it
Sarah, Carl, and Hank
I used to like Hank. He was weird and quirky, but I liked him. Which surprised me because I HATED Everybody Love Raymond. I found the show and Ray Romano, very unfunny. But on Parenthood, I really liked his character and how Romano brought this character to life. But this season, since they seem to be going down the “Hank Has Asberger’s” story line , it seems as thought Hank’s behavior has reached a new level of annoying. Sure he was odd before but it was charming and sweet. Now, he’s just a dick. And I’m not sure if the Aspie suggested diagnosis is supposed to make us accept his rude/bad behavior or if his behavior is getting worse and we’re going to use an Aspie diagnosis to hopefully make people more understanding of Hank. I know I’m saying the same thing but I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’m not sure which came first….the new ugly Hank or the Aspie story line. And with all due respect, I’m great with one Asberger’s story line because I find it fascinating, I don’t need another.
This was another story that had me screaming at my TV. Sarah was going to go away with AMAZING Carl to Zimbabwe, a once in a lifetime trip, and decided not to go after a nasty confrontation with Hank. Her reason for not going….it’s the year of Sarah. Really? Year of Sarah huh? So if it’s the year of Sarah, why did you let a man make your decision for you? Isn’t the reason you’re now staying the exact reason Hank yelled at you for going in the first place….a man was distracting you and dictating your decisions? Because when she decided to go to Africa, that was HER decision. But her decision to stay was based off of being bullied by a man. How exactly does that conform with her idea that it’s the year of Sarah? Also it’s the YEAR of Sarah. Not one week in the year if Sarah. What is going to Africa with an amazing, smart, philanthropic, sweet stud have to do with it not being the year of Sarah? Is Sarah not allowed to go away during that year? Can she not have fun? Can she not have an outstanding experience both personally and professionally? Because those seem to be the types of things you’d want to do in a year for yourself. Am I wrong? So instead, she’s going to let Hank bully and berate her into feeling bad about herself to stay because he’s jealous she’s going away with Carl. Because let’s be honest. Hank doesn’t care about Sarah being true to herself. He cares that Sarah is going away with another man other than him. Because if Sarah was going to Africa with Hank, I’m sure there would not have been a problem. While Carl has always seemed to have Sarah’s best interests at heart, Hank only cares about himself. Which is why I hope we haven’t seen the last of Carl because he’s a really good guy and I think he’s great for Sarah and I hope Hank goes back to wherever his daughter is and leaves the show. Jason Katims, DO NOT put Sarah and Hank back together. Carl was good for her. For someone who always struggled to find herself and make her way in the world, Carl not only gave her support but self confidence, strength, and belief. I don’t think you could have found a better guy for Sarah. But what do I know.
Julia, Joel, and Ed
Oh Julia. What are you doing girlfriend? I know this is a brutal time for you. But why, WHY would you go to Ed’s house…wait back up. Why would you make Ed dinner, THEN bring it to his house, then decide that it’s an even better idea to stay and have dinner with him! Seriously woman? What are you thinking! I have no problem with what Julia said to Ed at the sustainability garden (which was basically back off because you’re no good for me.) And I can understand her back being up when Ed shows up at her home unannounced and uninvited to want to talk. Ok Ed, what do you want to talk about with the woman you kissed and assisted in putting her marriage on the hot seat? What made him think that was a good idea? Just because Joel moved out, doesn’t mean he might not be at the house because of the kids. Wow, talk about really dumb or really inconsiderate.
But in fairness to Ed, Julia was out of line in her verbal beat down. Granted, she was probably pretty peeved he just showed up without warning, but that doesn’t mean her comments were accurate. Her tone, however, was completely understandable. While Ed kissing Julia (and Julia kissing him back) certainly didn’t make Joel more secure about his marriage, it was far from being solely his fault the marriage is on the rocks. Ed was right to tell Julia to dig deeper to find the real reason her marriage is in trouble. Eventually, our little Julia does realize he’s correct. But you know what? THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU MAKE HIM CHICKEN MARSALA AND BRING IT TO HIS HOUSE AND EAT IT WITH HIM!! I mean was Katims just handing out stupid pills this week? Sheesh.
I want my J&J back together. They are both at fault and they both need to suck it up and work it out. I know Julia wants to try but Joel needs to pipe down already, move back in, and work on his damn marriage.
Drew and Natalie
First things first. Drew. We need an intervention. For your hair. Have you never heard of scissors? A barber? A flowbee? Get that mess under control. You are an attractive young man but we wouldn’t know it because we can’t see your face behind your out of control Beiber.
Now, it’s time you kick Natalie to the curb. You almost did last night. You did put her in her place and tell her what I have been yelling about for weeks….you can’t have it both ways! A little history. Natalie and Drew connect at first and they’re hooking up and hanging out so obviously (because Drew’s adorable) Drew wants to give her his pin and go steady. But Natalie, being a current woman of the 2010s, tells Drew to go pound sand. They can be friends with benefits but nothing more. After Drew tells her the benefit part has to come with something more, she says they can only be the friend part. Ok, no problem. So then why is Natalie going all Glenn Close/Alex Forrest on Drew? As he reminded her last night, you’re the one who wanted to be just friends and now that Drew is trying to be just that, she disses him. What is with people in this episode?
Like with Ed, I have to be fair to Natalie. I didn’t like the way she treated Amy. She has no right to be bitchy and dismissive when you’re the one who told Drew you’re just friends. So because he’s not pining away for you, he’s the jerk? Whatever. But where Natalie was right was in telling Drew that when Amy’s stay was getting to Jennifer Jason Leigh levels, it was time to do something. Drew wasn’t living his college life. He wasn’t doing anything and experiencing things, both socially and scholastically. He was missing out because Amy was going through a hard time. And while it’s noble of Drew to want to be there for her and help her, he’s hurting himself and Amy by letting it go on as long as he had. Time to cut the apron strings. Couldn’t agree with Natalie more. But where Natalie is wrong is making Drew feel bad for being exactly what she told him to be…a friend. If you like him, speak up woman! If you don’t, then shut your pie hole. Either way, make a decision and stick with it because right now, you bug the crap out of me.
Adam and Kristina
I really have nothing to say on this front other than, I love them. Best couple on the show. Love the school they are trying to build and I hope it works out for them. Oh and SUCK IT CANCER!! You’re not going near my girl again!
That was a lot of anger for a Parenthood post wasn’t it? Wow. That’s so not like me. Except for Crosby. He usually brings out the worst in me even though he hasn’t lately. So I guess he was due for a whopper. And I get so frustrated because I’m an idiot and have a tendency to forget these aren’t real people. But that’s why I love the show. Katims, the writers, the actors…amazing. I feel like I’m watching a real life family so when things happen I tend to react, strongly. I’m uber attached to this family the way Max is attached to bugs and photography. But I need everyone to wake up and get back on track. No more calling your mom selfish or not going on sex trips with hot guys or having dinner with men you shouldn’t. Let’s pick up the pace Bravermans. I have big expectations as the season comes to an end!!!