November 10th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
On last night’s episode of “Parenthood,” Sarah, Adam and Gordon hear the demo test results on her shoe-clicker idea – and it's a bomb. (There are mornings when I'd love to have something like that to help my kids find their shoes, but I guess the focus group couldn't appreciate it.)
Afterward, Zeek and Adam are in the grocery store talking about it while trying to wrangle Max and his chips. At the 10 items only check-out line, some twit ahead of them has 17 items, which Max notices. He proceeds to remove the twit's items himself and heads for a meltdown. Because said shopper is a twit, he can't just shut up and move along. He says Adam should "train" Max better, then calls Max the r-word.
Adam knocks him to the ground. And who can blame him? When they get home, no one wants to tell Kristina what happened.
Later Zeek makes Adam talk about the grocery store incident. He starts by talking about how he admires Adam's control. Adam responds by saying he was only trying not to be like Zeek. He then lets loose and talks about how angry he is all the time. Craig T. Nelson barely said another word that whole scene, but he didn't need to.
I thought Zeek was going to let a tear escape his eye, or hug Adam. Instead, he said "I got your back, Adam.” Which is about as close to a touching father-son hug as Zeek and Adam were going to get.
When he finally tells Kristina, the only thing she objects to is Adam saying he's like his dad. They agree he needs to find some way to deal with his anger and frustration.
Meanwhile, Crosby and Jasmine are getting ready to move in together, but Crosby doesn't want to do the grown-up thing and give up the bachelor boat. It doesn't help when Jabbar tells him he's a boat guy. Julia later points out that Jabbar is only six, and tells Crosby to sell the boat because he's an adult. Jasmine helps him say goodbye to the boat like a grown-up.
Sarah continues on with her ill-advised, poorly thought-out relationship with Boss Baldwin. They go to drown their sorrows after the shoe test didn't go well. She ends up spending the night in his limo, then trying to sneak back in as if she's the teenager. She scared her kids and worried her parents. She's worse than Crosby is about not growing up. At least he seems to be making progress; Sarah is doing nothing but backsliding.
And then there's Haddie, who's continued on with her own ill-advised crush on Alex, her community service boss. She, like Sarah, kisses her boss after work. The difference between Haddie and her aunt is Haddie’s age; she’s 16, so that's perfectly understandable. And the difference between Gordon and Alex is that Alex has the sense to quash the relationship because he knows he has problems he's dealing with, namely alcoholism. And she seems to take it like a reasonable person.
I wish this show would find Sarah an appropriate boyfriend. Someone who's not her boss and who isn't her kid's teacher would be good. She should have stuck with the co-worker; that would at least be less inappropriate. What do you think? Does she need to stop dating at all for a while, or is it okay for her to see Gordon?
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