November 17th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
Members of the Braverman clan took some personal chances on last night’s episode, and while some worked, others definitely didn’t.
Max wasn’t invited to a friend’s birthday party, and while he didn’t really notice, Kristina seemed hurt. She confronted the mom, Andi, about it at school, and it turned out the girl didn’t want to invite Max and another kid.
Andi said she thought for one day her daughter should have what she wanted, and that Kristina should understand since she’s also the mother of a child with Asperger’s. You’d think Kristina would leave it alone – I mean, it’s just one birthday party. But she approached the girl about it in class.
The child said Max doesn’t like to lose so he couldn’t come to the party. Kristina went back to Andi and tearfully explained why she's trying so hard. Thankfully, Andi understood and the kids had a supervised play date to work on their skills while Andi and Kristina bonded.
Meanwhile, Amber brought home some near-genius SAT scores, earning a 2250 on her SATs (for those who don’t remember, 2400 is perfect). Sarah brought donuts to work because she’s so proud and happy about Amber’s score, and she walked right into Adam’s office - again with the lack of boundaries - while he was talking to some woman.
Then Boss Baldwin came in, hugged the woman and barely acknowledged Sarah. At some point, Sarah talked to the woman, who is a Berkley grad, about speaking to Amber so Amber could make connections for college. Amber, however, didn’t want to do it, and I can kind of understand that. It turns out she was scared she would screw it up. Her uncle Adam made this sweet mini-speech about how she shouldn’t be scared to put herself out there, and she ended up doing the meeting, which turned out well for her.
Camille let it slip that the art class she’s taking is being taught by the guy she slept with, and Zeek decided to bring it up in therapy. He wanted her to drop the class, but Camille wasn’t having it. She argued that she’s been waiting to take the class and she didn’t expect the guy to be teaching, and besides, nothing was going on.
Camille wants them to learn to trust each other again, which is all well and good, but Zeek doesn’t trust the teacher. He confronted Matthew the art teacher in the parking lot outside the school, and after an awkward class where Matthew says it's probably best they don't talk about anything, Camille confronted Zeek. He lost it, and yelled about how humiliated he feels and she yelled back that he hasn’t changed.
Moving on to another relationship: Haddie and Alex. The two were doing the playful banter thing at the shelter, and I’m still not sure how old this guy is supposed to be. If he’s of an appropriate age, it’s cute. If he’s too old, it’s creepy and I’m not sure if I like where it’s leading. Haddie told her grandmother how much she likes Alex, and Camille gets very emotional about it, telling Haddie she thinks it's wonderful. It's nice to see, considering how much trouble she's having with her own love life.
It was a fairly laid-back episode. Not a lot of crazy drama, but the stories moved along, which is why I think this is a great show; sometimes realistic stories can be entertaining. What did you think?
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