It's date night on 'Parenthood'
October 6th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

It's date night on 'Parenthood'

It was all about quality time and connections on "Parenthood." Couples were trying to get together and the adults were attempting to connect with the kids. Of course, this being the Braverman clan, someone had to end up with an awkward disconnect.

Things were crazier than usual at Adam and Kristina’s, and they were just straightening out the family calendar and trying to throw away junk. Kristina ended up leaving to go on a walk with a slightly crazed, mid-divorce Suze Lessing.

And as if Kristina didn’t have enough to worry about, Suze told her that 80 percent of marriages with a child with autism end in divorce, and next thing you know, Kristina was trying to re-institute date night. She wanted to dress up and “connect” with her husband.

Adam, on the other hand, had different ideas about it means to connect. He was still under pressure at work and needed to push the date back a week. Kristina panicked and started talking about the 80 percent divorce rate statistic, so Adam made arrangements to make sure they had their date night as planned.

Meanwhile, Sarah bumped into the hottie (known to some of us as Lafayette’s man on "True Blood") who helped her with the concert. He asked her out and she kissed him at work which is, as she said, “totally inappropriate,” yet he thinks it is “completely awesome.” 

What’s not at all awesome and likely totally awkward? When they ran into Kristina and Adam on their date. They ended up sharing a table, which is not at all what Kristina had in mind, but Adam made it up to Kristina later. Instead of going back to Haddie's election celebration dinner, they went and had cute alone time to themselves.

Sarah tried to set up a love connection for her son Drew, who was working on a science project with his lab partner, Holly. She encouraged him to make a move because she thought the girl liked him. He thought Holly was just trying to get a good grade, and he should have stuck to his instincts. He kissed her and they both have a minor freak out, which led to Drew having a major freak out. 

He told Sarah he doesn’t need her advice, that he needed his dad and she screwed it up for him. I guess being a teen means you don’t always understand that your drug-addled dad is the one who screwed that up. He did apologize later and Sarah admitted she misses his father sometimes too.

Crosby, on the other hand, looks like he’s falling off the “responsible dad” wagon. He was drinking at a CD release celebration party at work when Renee called him and asked him to pick up Jabbar. He said he’d do it, claiming he was fine even though he was drunk, but he did have enough sense to know that and called Adam’s house looking for a ride. 

Gabby answered and ended up taking him. She was trying to talk Crosby out of going to get Jabbar when Crosby noticed Jasmine’s brother going in. Renee sent Sekou when she noticed how bad Crosby sounded. Drunken Crosby and Sekou get into it outside the after-school center and Gabby had to break it up. Later Crosby tried to explain what happened, saying he was off the clock. The uncle reminded him if he really wants to be a good dad, he’d know he’s never off the clock. Later, Adam told Crosby to "quit half-a**ing" the dad gig. They both have a point.

Honestly, I was surprised Renee didn’t rip Crosby a new one. They actually had a reasonable discussion about what she thinks is best for Jabbar (for his parents to settle down for the child’s sake) without yelling at each other. He was really conflicted about the whole thing. He admitted to Gabby he’s a screw-up, and that he’s worried he’d mess up something with Jabbar, but it doesn’t feel right that he’s living with his grandmother. It turned out that he didn't have to worry too much about it; Jasmine surprised them by coming home unannounced. She left the dance company because she missed Crosby and Jabbar.

I suppose maybe Crosby was due a screw-up, but he seemed to recover nicely.  Do you think he will be a good full-time dad, or will there be trouble involving Max's cute therapist?

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  1. portalpunk

    I'm just an ignorant troll that serves no useful purpose in life. I was abused as a child and feel the only way to get attention is to be a whiney little girl on these blogs. Just ignore me because I really am stupid and don't deserve anything in life.

    October 7, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. viewer

    Love this show. This was the first time though that I felt they were forcing the Crosby thing. Sekou's comment that a part-time dad is always on call is a crock and what's with his 'tude?

    October 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anna

    My only issue with this episode was the whole 80% crap. It's a myth that has been going around the autism community for years that has been disproven in quite a few studies. I normally love this show's angle on autism- hits the nail on the head most weeks. I know its just TV fiction but a lot of people are going to be quoting that stat as fact now- instead of knowing its a made up lie- even more then already do (Thank you Oprah and Jenny McCarthy)

    October 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • DotDotDot

      If the 80% thing is going around the autism community, then it makes perfect sense that one mom would say it to another. It's not like the show is putting it out there as fact, it's just written into the dialogue, as if it's something two moms would talk about, and you just validated that it's something you'd totally expect to be shared, accurate or not.

      October 11, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Clara

    Great recap! I love this show so much. I cannot get over how stellar the acting is. Truly my favorite show this season. The Bravermans are such a great fictional family.

    October 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |

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