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RECAP & REVIEW: Parenthood “Sore Loser” & “Mr. Honesty” S3 E9 & 10

There were some MAJOR developments in the last two episodes of Parenthood.  As always, there is much to discuss about what is happening with the Braverman clan from parenting to marriage management to really bad decisions and choices.  So let’s break it down by family:

Joel/Julia/Sydney

I REALLY hate when Zeke is right.  With every fiber of my being, I hate when Zeke is right because he is such a jerk and I hate his character so much.  But in “Sore Loser”, he was 100% right and he needed to say something to Joel and Julia.  The way he goes about it is still wrong but his instincts about Sydney were dead on.  Sydney is a spoiled brat.  In Julia and Joel’s quest to make sure she feels strong and positive, they created a little monster who has no idea how to behave when things don’t go her way.

The scene where Sydney and Joel are playing Candy Land and she loses it and completely has a melt down, I couldn’t believe what I was watching.  I literally gasped out loud when she threw the cards at him and then proceeded to slap him.  My jaw hit the floor.  Now I don’t have kids so for those of you that do or are around children a lot, does that really happen?   Can kids really have that bad of a hissy fit and be so disrespectful to their parents?  It’s so hard for me to fathom.  A child accusing their own father of cheating and then getting physical with him out of frustration.  Wow.  And I have to say, Joel really did a great keeping his composure because I don’t know if I could have.

I’m really proud of J&J for not giving into Sydney’s tantrum but I wish we could have seen the calm discussion J&J had with her to explain how that behavior isn’t acceptable and how you should be a gracious loser.  I know Joel went through some of that with Sydney when playing Candy Land but I would have thought that would have went in and out of her head.   It seems like we skipped over that part.  Sydney went from her tantrum to playing chess with Zeke and being a nice loser. That seemed a little quick for me, but I admit, I am nit-picking.

As for the baby adopting storyline, you knew this was coming right?   Something was going to make this not as easy a situation as it initially seemed.  Although I thought it was going to go down one path and it went down a different one.  I am going to preference my next comments with I have no idea of the adoption laws in California and how this whole thing works.  I don’t what is right and what is wrong.  Therefore, I can only comment on what I see on-screen with my limited knowledge.  I can see both sides here.  On one side you have Zoe and Troy.  Two young kids who have created a life that they want to see go to a good family because they have decided they aren’t the best option for their child.  So before they are ready to just sign this child over, they have a conversation with J&J about it and ask about compensation for the child.  J&J are paying all her medical expenses but Troy is looking for a bigger pay-day than that.  In his research, Zoe could get $30,000 for an egg and people usually pay for adoptions so he is looking for J&J to step up and write them a check otherwise, no deal.   On the other side, you have J&J.  A wonderful, successful couple with a great home life that is ready to give a baby a good home.  J&J did not respond well to Troy’s demands.  Julia informed him that in the state of California, it is illegal to solicit money for a child.  Wait, was it illegal to solicit or pay for a baby.  I think it’s pay for a baby.  So Julia tells Troy, it isn’t going to happen because it’s illegal.  So on a side note, how does that work in CA then?  I was under the assumption that when a couple goes through the adoption procedure, there is a cost involved in getting that baby.  In CA is that not that case?  Are adoptions free there?  I’m confused.  Regardless, Julia and Joel are standing firm and are ready to walk away if this is the path Zoe and Troy are taking and I am thrilled to see them handle it that way.  I know how much they want a baby and I am glad to see that they aren’t willing to just do anything to get him/her.

You know where I thought this was going?  I thought Troy wanted to keep the baby and have them try to raise him/her themselves.   Turns out that no, he just wants a big pay-day for his child.  A part of me can understand it because they are young and need help.  But the other part of me thinks he’s a scum bucket for doing it.

Adam and Kristina

Oh boy.   Talk about something blowing up in your face.  I’ve seen this storyline happen in many shows.  Unfortunately, I’ve seen it in real life as well.   When someone cheats (or in Adam’s case, an inappropriate situation happens) and it’s a one time thing….a mistake…do you tell the other person?   What is the right thing to do?  It is such a hard question to answer and I think each situation is different so I don’t think you can make a blanket statement to cover everything.

In this particular situation, Adam should have NEVER told Kristina what happened.   Kristina has been in a very vulnerable situation lately after having just given birth to Nora.  Adam knows this.  Hell even Crosby knows this because he laid it out for Adam why this is such a bad idea.  But Adam decides to tell her anyway.  He thinks he’s doing the right thing by giving her the respect of telling her what is going on and not hiding anything but he really isn’t because he didn’t think this through.  Number One, all he did was relieve his guilt over the situation.  This wasn’t about being honest with Kristina, this was about relieving his own guilt.  Adam knew this was never going to happen again.  He has no attraction to Rachel in that way and both regretted it as soon as it happened.  So why say anything?  Number Two, he had to know that Kristina was going to want Rachel gone.  HOW DID HE NOT SEE THAT COMING?  You tell your wife, your receptionist has kissed you.  Of course her next question after did it mean anything, was it a one time thing and did you kiss her back was going to be, did you fire her?  If you were never planning to fire Rachel, you should have never told Kristina.   Then not only do you not fire her, but then you lie to Kristina about it!!!!  So you don’t want to disrespect your wife by keeping this kiss from her, but you are going to disrespect her by lying to her about firing this girl and think your wife is so dumb she’ll never notice when she calls your office or stops by to see you?  Seriously?   Come on Adam.   You have now made a meaningless situation now VERY meaningful in the way you have handled this.  And I am 100% in Kristina’s corner.  Of course she is upset, of course she is second guessing her husband’s feelings for her, of course she is going to go ballistic.  By lying about firing her, you have now made your wife feel like there is something more going on than there actually is.  No disrespect to Rachel or receptionists but it’s not like she’s their VP of Finance or their top sales person or the only person who knows how to work the equipment.   She answers phones, gets coffee, and entertains the clients.  You can’t find someone else to do that?   You can’t see how Kristina is going to think that?   I just wanted to kill him.  He should have never told Kristina but now that he has, he has no choice but to fire Rachel.  He can’t keep her around if he expects Kristina to be ok.

Sarah/Amber/Drew

While I love the character of Sarah, she’s not the greatest mom.  Don’t get me wrong, she loves her kids and she would do anything for them and always put their needs first.  I just think she has a tendency to want to be friends with Drew and Amber vs. being their mom sometimes.   They walk all over her.  And even when she tries to establish some sort of discipline, it eventually goes away because she can’t stand the idea of one of her kids being mad at her.  Prime example…Drew and his grades.  She was furious that his grades dropped and directly related it to his new relationship.  Sarah told Drew that he couldn’t see Amy during the week anymore and only on the weekends.  Which I thought was perfectly fair.  Drew goes to see Amber and Amber tells him how to get around that.   Well Drew doesn’t do a very good job and he gets caught by Sarah and everything is taken away from him…his phone, his iPod, his computer, everything.  But then after Mark Cyr tells her she’s being too hard on him, she backs off and let’s Drew see Amy again.  What’s up with that?  Sarah did the right thing.  If for nothing else, Drew needs to respect his mother when she tells him something.  But  Sarah proved that they can continue to do whatever they want because she doesn’t want them to be mad at her.  It’s the one thing that really frustrates me about her.

As for Amber, she is really struggling.  She can’t make rent, she can’t take care of her car, she can barely buy food…it’s awful.   But it’s great at the same time.  It shows that maybe it’s time to stop trying to live on your own with no education and go back to school!  But I have to say, the scene with her and Camille is heartbreaking.  You can tell she really doesn’t want to be there and it is killing her to ask for help.   I’m sure everyone has been in that situation at least once where you just need some help to stop the bleeding.  So she smartly asks for help before her situation gets any worse.  Camille helps her but also gives her advise to change what she is doing because what she is doing now, isn’t working.   Here’s an idea…..GO TO COLLEGE!!!   Sarah is also trying to help by showing her how to create a budget.  It was during this scene I wanted to drop kick Amber down a flight of stairs.  Sarah is asking her how much money she is bringing in and how much her rent is and Amber just got overwhelmed and said she didn’t know her salary or her rent and doesn’t know how to do this.  How do you not know your rent and how much you are making?  No wonder you are in trouble.  You don’t have that many bills at this point so it should be easy to track and it’s simple math…make sure you have enough coming in to satisfy what’s going back out plus a little.   Early on, it’s that simple.   If Amber can’t manage a basic checkbook, she certainly isn’t ready to be on her own and should come home and go back to school.  But when she got overwhelmed, Sarah said don’t worry we will figure out a plan and work this out.   Here’s a great plan….GO TO COLLEGE!!!!  Are you sensing a theme with me here?   I think it’s a matter of time and Amber is the kind of kid that needs to learn these things on her own.  But she’s very smart and driven and she needs to come to this decision in her own way when she is ready.  I have a feeling she may be at that point soon.

Crosby/Jasmine/Jabbar

Ugh.   And you know why I’m saying ugh.  Crosby and Jasmine slept together last week.  So now, this make Jasmine no better than Crosby by sleeping with someone else when in a relationship.  So maybe she’ll come off her high horse a bit…but I doubt it.

I don’t like these two together (I bet you never heard that before) and I was really enjoying seeing her build the relationship with Dr. Joe (whose character I really like a lot) and her and Crosby parenting without being together.  I think that storyline is much more interesting but I fear that with this latest development, the direction of this writing crew will be putting Crosby and Jasmine back together.  It cemented it for me when they both told Jabbar that they are never getting married.   Don’t like it but what are you going to do.

So what do you think of Parenthood’s amazing third season and these last two episodes?

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REVIEW: Parenthood “Nora” S3 E5

I know, I know, I’m really behind!  So I am going to try to make this quick.

Adam/Kristina/Crosby

Ok show of hands.  Who was peeing their pants with stomach cramps when Adam started walking down the street in his ’80s pimp/rap outfit?  He looked like a New Kid on the Block who ran over the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  I was laughing so hard…it was priceless!

I think Adam and Crosby are going to have major problems if they don’t start respecting one another with this business.  Crosby’s expertise is in the music part of the business and his relationship with the artist they are looking to sign.  Adam’s expertise is all the marketing, financials, and logistical side of the business.  And neither one of them was respecting that about the other.  Crosby was all over Adam to not wear a suit and bring a contract to a meeting to land a rapper, Mista Ray.  Adam was all over Crosby for being too casual with the clients and not taking the business seriously and “lying” to him.  I think they could have met in the middle.  I find it very hard to believe that Mista Ray has never had a meeting with anyone wearing a suit before.  I also believe that Crosby’s relationships are strong enough to land the artist without a contract but that there isn’t anything wrong with covering your ass.  What they should have done was go into the meeting, as the people they are.  Crosby could have given Adam pointers on how to talk to and manage informal clients and Adam could have said to Crosby that while he understands they don’t like contracts, he is bringing one just in case and will politely and gently try to get it sign to protect themselves.  Seriously, they need to hire me!!

Well, after Adam had his Run-D.M.C moment, he realized that he can’t pull it off and asked Crosby to get one of his suits for him at his house because he was already at Mista Ray’s and Crosby was still on his way.  When Crosby goes to the house, he and Kristina get into it.  There are times I have Crosby’s back and other times where I want to wring his neck.  This was one of those wring his neck moments for me.  He picks a fight with Kristina about picking Jasmine’s new boyfriend as the family pediatrician.  Are you seriously going to pick a fight with a woman who is 9 months pregnant?  Are you kidding me?   I know it’s always hard to see your ex moving on.  And Crosby does have some valid concerns over Jasmine dating Jabbar’s doctor.  But why are you pissed at Kristina?  I don’t understand.  It’s not like her going to Dr. Hottie is going show a sign of solidarity between her and Jasmine against Crosby.  It was stupid.   But if festered from there and they started fighting about everything…Jasmine, Gaby, the business, Max, you name it.  But when Crosby goes to storm away Kristina asks him to come back for a second because her water just broke.   Yeah!!!

They are off to the hospital but of course they can’t get a hold of Adam because for some reason his cell phone has no service at Mista Ray’s house.  So he thinks Crosby has missed the meeting when he’s really taking care of Kristina at the hospital.  What ensued was a very sweet and funny scene, where Crosby stays to help Kristina through the birth and Adam finally shows up (Crosby sent a text to one of Mista Ray’s boys who told Adam to get to the hospital) right as Nora is born.  That’s right…Nora Walker’s mother is Kristina Braverman and not Marion Cunningham.  Sorry, bad Brothers and Sisters joke.   (Tap, Tap…Hello, is this mike on?)  Next thing you know, EVERY Braverman is there (including Jasmine…ugh) and everyone gets to meet beautiful little Nora.

Sarah/Mark/Seth/Zeke

Sarah and Mark’s relationship is going very well and then something annoying happens…Seth (played by John Corbett) shows up and ruins their evening.  How?  Because he is three sheets to the wind.  Seth has fallen off the wagon it appears.  Sarah is trying to handle the situation while Seth continues to call Mark Captain Morgan (which was a little funny I have to say) and then all of sudden asshole Zeke shows up.  You all know how much I hate Zeke so just bear with me.  He takes over and makes the situation 20 times worse and kicks Seth off his property.  I understand he is being protective here, but it’s none of his business.  Yes, Seth is on his property therefore making it his business.  But if he were a class act (which he isn’t) he would have let his daughter handle the situation herself and only interfere if she asked or if it got out of hand (which it didn’t.)

The next day Sarah goes to see Mark and asks if Seth (and her father) freaked him out to the point that he wants out.  He insist that he doesn’t and he is intent on staying with Sarah.  I love Jason Ritter!!  The one thing I did notice in this scene is that the dialogue seemed very stiff between them.  I don’t know if that was intentional or not but it seemed like I was watching two acquaintances having a discussion about politics where they were treading lightly for fear of insulting the other person rather than watching two people with intimate knowledge of one another because they are in a relationship having a meaningful conversation.  It was very strange.  Regardless, Mark’s all in.

Back at the house, Camille is trying to tell Zeke to back off and let Sarah handle the situation with Seth and to try to be more understanding because he has a disease.  Zeke doesn’t want to hear it and yells at Camille for being as dumb as Sarah for always having a soft spot in her heart for Seth.  It’s called compassion Zeke!   Ever heard of it?   No?   What a shocker.  I seriously don’t know how Camille has continued to stay married to that jerk.

At the end of the episode, Sarah gets a call late at night.  It’s Seth.  She drives to a seedy motel and can’t seem to find anyone answering the office.  She goes towards Seth’s car and hears noises in the alley.  She sees Seth falling by the trash cans and runs over to see him.  He’s beaten very badly and you can Sarah’s heart crushing all over her face.   Regardless of how much of a douchebag Seth is, he is the father of her children, he was the love of her life (right or wrong) and he does have an addiction he is struggling with everyday.  Of course her heart is going to break for him and she is going to help.   The question is, how much and how long will she help him?

Max/Jabbar/Amber

At first, I didn’t like where this was going.  And if I’m really being honest, I’m still not sure how I feel about it.   But there may not have been any other solution.  SO I would really like to know what other people think.

Kristina asked Amber if she could stay with Max since he received detention for pushing Jabbar.  Amber reluctantly agrees.  Kristina also asks her to help Max construct the apology letter to Jabbar.  Again, reluctantly agrees.

When at school with Max, Max is having no part of the apology.  He says Jabbar started it and he has nothing to apologize for.  How about you are twice his size and older than him and shouldn’t be getting physical with anyone?  Amber asks him to watch her and ask which apology looks more sincere.  She showed Max a sincere apology and a not so sincere apology.   He couldn’t tell her which one was more sincere.  “You really don’t know do you?” Amber asks Max.  And it dawns on her that this is part of his Aspberger’s.  Emotions are foreign to him.  Amber decides to go down a different road.  She starts showing Max a video of Bill Clinton apologizing for his being a pig and sleeping with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office.  She starts to ask him what he notices about the video.  Little by little they start writing down words that Max uses to describe what he is seeing the screen.  Amber then teaches him what a certain facial expression or tone of voice, means in an apology.  Then they start working on crafting the proper apology to Jabbar (using the ever popular Tootsie Roll as incentive.)  It works and Max gives Jabbar a heartfelt apology and asks Jabbar if they can still be friends.  Jabbar tells him they never stopped.  I love that kid!

Here’s where I didn’t like what was going on.   Did Amber teach Max how to FAKE being sincere or did she teach him how to really be sincere.  Because if she taught him how to act the part, nothing was accomplished.  But in fairness, if Max simply has no control over his emotional state, because of his Aspberger’s and this was as close as she could get to having him emote an apology, then she did an amazing job.  That’s where I get confused because I don’t know enough about his disease to know if someone with Aspberger’s can really learn emotion or not.  I honestly don’t know.

Joel/Julia

Not much to say here other than latte girl is going to give her baby boy to Joel and Julia and there were some really cute scenes with Sydney and latte girl as well as some touching scenes with Julia and latte girl in the hospital.

I really do believe at this point, that Julia was truly being nice to latte girl because she really liked her and saw that she was in a tough place with very little support around her.  I don’t believe she was doing it in the hopes of getting her baby…which is exactly what happened anyway.  For now.

Does anyone else believe that this girl may change her mind?   because after she decided to give her baby away, she turned and burst into tears.   Yes, I know.  These decisions are brutally hard and there is a ton of emotion that happens during this time.  But I just have to wonder if she may be changing her mind.  Guess we’ll see.

What are your thoughts on Parenthood?  Let me know below!

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2011 in NBC, Recaps and Reviews

 

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Coming Attractions

I am still catching up on my DVRs.  I really should stop scheduling work events that interrupt my TV viewing.  Especially during premiere week!  People I work for, if you happen to have read that, I’m kidding!!!   (not really.)

So the last shows I have to watch and comment on are Glee, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, Survivor, Blue Bloods, and the Office.   Stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2010 in ABC, CBS, NBC, Recaps and Reviews

 

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