'Parenthood' gets an infusion of 'True Blood'
September 29th, 2010
06:17 PM ET

'Parenthood' gets an infusion of 'True Blood'

This week's episode of "Parenthood" was called “I’m Cooler Than You Think," but what’s really cool is the actors they’re getting to portray the employees at Adam’s shoe factory.

They introduced Billy Baldwin as the head of the company in the season premiere and last night they introduced Mike, who’s played by Kevin Alejandro, known to “True Blood” fans as Lafayette’s man, Jesus. Maybe Alejandro is carving a niche as the hot guy lead characters are interested in.

Adam introduced Mike to Sarah at work, and he gave her a tip about a concert so she could impress Amber and her friend. Sarah's quite insecure about the fact the friend’s family is well off, and Amber has been spending a lot of her free time with her friend.  The concert plan almost backfired when Sarah’s name wasn't on the list and they got stuck waiting in line. But just as the trio was about to leave, Lafayette’s man showed up just in time to get them into the concert, and he also managed to impress Sarah and the girls.

Julia and Joel were doing the crazy "get ready for work and school" thing, which was going fairly well until Julia mentioned having another kid.  How did she not notice he wasn't as thrilled as she was about the idea? And she ignored him when he said they should keep the discussion to themselves. She didn't even seem to be listening when he tried to explain how much his day-to-day life would change.

All she heard was "if," which didn't advance the conversation at all. He had to catch her when she woke up to explain his concerns. Apparently talking to her when she’s not fully awake and running on all cylinders was the key to getting through. They did come to an understanding though, and decided to have another child.

Haddie, meanwhile, tried to ease the news she’s running for student council past her parents.  Really, she was just trying to get it past her mom, who used to run campaigns for a living. The only thing she was running last night was Haddie, straight to ‘I’m annoyed with my mother’ town. Kristina acted like she was running a senate campaign. Haddie finally told her that she was being controlling and she doesn’t want her help, which crushed Kristina.

Grandma Renee was being a task master with Jabbar and Crosby. Jabbar mentioned it to Jasmine during their Skype chat, but Crosby attempted to downplay any tension. Crosby finally asked Renee why she’s giving him the cold shoulder when he’s doing what he should be doing for Jabbar, and she said Jasmine’s father was happy and fun, but also not there for very long. Crosby said it’s not fair to hold that against him, that he’s going to be there for his son and she’s going to have to deal with it.

Poor Adam was trying to do father-child stuff with Max, who didn't seem interested; he couldn't get the boy away from his video game to watch baseball with the rest of the family.  Adam overheard Sydney asking Joel about what he does during the day and asking if she could help, and Adam looked so disappointed.  He’s impatient about Max’s progress with the therapist, and he instituted a once a week dinner with Max to try to connect.  To his surprise, he found out Max hasn’t completely tuned him out.

I felt bad for all the parents at some point during this show.  They seemed to be trying so hard to connect with the kids and not getting far.  Do you think they were trying too hard to be buddies with the kids or just trying to keep them close?

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  1. karla

    I see love triangle and Kevin Alejandro is perfectly for the third wheel.

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    November 25, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. waty

    Watch TV serials online

    October 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. IAMSOBZ

    I had a hard time getting past thefact that Amber's friend is Peggy's lesbian friend on Mad Men. She is probably the most low-key actress on TV.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. love triangle

    i agree with the above statement about Kevin Alejandro, very *nice* addition to the show. I wonder if this means that Sarah will have a little love triangle on the show in the weeks to come; should be interesting, especially because Adam will probably be the brunt of everything. continuing with Adam, it is always a relief to see how they treat his relationship with his son on the show. I think the character playing Max is great too!

    September 30, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. happytam

    I don't watch True Blood so I had no idea who Kevin Alejandro was. All I know is that when he appeared onscreen, my first thought was "Yummmm!" I hope he sticks around for a while.
    I was so happy to see Crosby finally stand up for himself and say something to Renee. It was a long time coming. I liked the scene at the end when she joined Crosby and Jabar in watching some baseball on TV. I think it shows that she's trying not to hold and grudges and she's willing to give Crosby a fair shot.
    Julia is incredibly annoying. Does she listen to anything her husband says? She needs to start taking his comments and opinions into consideration before he walks out on her controlling and neurotic @ss.
    This is still one of my favorite shows and I'm looking forward to next weeks episode.

    September 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Natalie

    I am LOVING Kevin Alejandro's character...he and Lauren Graham seem to have really good chemistry. I'm rooting for them to work! And K.A is just pure awesomeness anyway. Here's hoping they decide to keep him around full time!

    September 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |

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