September 15th, 2010
04:53 PM ET
The second season of “Parenthood” premiered last night, and the Bravermans are pretty much where we left them.
Sarah is still in her parents’ guest house and still looking for a career, and Zeek is still at home - after being kicked out near the end of last season - and is wooing his way back.
He and Camille have had some marital counseling, because he now “sees and hears” Camille. Sarah, on the other hand, couldn't believe what she was seeing and hearing. As for Zeek, he couldn't believe he was spending $150 an hour for something he doesn’t understand.
Crosby went to visit Adam to tell him that Jasmine and Jabbar are coming to visit from New York. Crosby seemed excited about seeing his son and his girlfriend…So why was he eying Max’s therapist?
Apparently, someone decided this season needed more annoying side characters; enter one of the Baldwin brothers, William.
He's going to be the single and single-minded boss who apparently exists as an island and doesn’t get that people have families and need to tend to family crises, occasionally during business hours. Considering all the family crises the Bravermans have and the fact that Adam is the Guy Who Wants to Fix Everything, Boss Baldwin is exactly the kind of manager Adam doesn’t need.
On another note, it’s nice to see the sibling, “hey, that’s mine, you can’t steal it” thing lasts into middle age. Sarah offhandedly said Adam should invent a shoe lojack that helps kids find their shoes. He mentioned it to Boss Baldwin in an awkward meeting and then took credit for it when he got the go-ahead to make it happen. Sarah called him on it later, and Adam eventually apologized and offered her a job.
But you know, parents should probably never teach their own kids how to drive. I’m not saying that from any traumatic personal experience - watching Kristina try to teach Haddie how to drive is reason enough.
Haddie went to her dad for help, which frustrated her more and led to the line of the night from Haddie: “Dad, do you guys have, like, some stupid agreement about not acknowledging each others’ flaws?” Adam: “Yeah, it’s called marriage.” (As a matter of fact, after watching that whole thing, I’m going to start saving now to hire someone to teach my daughter to drive in a few years.) Kristina eventually fessed up to being terrified about Haddie driving and possibly ending up in an accident.
That's one of the reasons why I love this show; it's nice to watch a program where the hour ends on a nice note with no sudden horrible deaths, no time shifting, no world crisis to avert and no deep metaphysical mystery to solve.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to Tuesday nights with the Bravermans?
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