February 2nd, 2011
02:15 PM ET
I'm starting to think that a few of the Bravermans need to get their ears checked. Was it just me, or did some of the family members seemingly forget how to listen during last night's episode?
Let’s start with Zeek wanting to take Max on a fishing trip. I think any kid with Zeek on a camping trip would be a problem, but Zeek with Max? Definitely problematic.
Crosby tries to warn him, but Zeek is convinced Max will have no problem on the traditional Braverman manly hunter-gatherer camping trip. Grandpa Zeek is well-intentioned but not well-versed on Max’s Asperger’s, despite the handbook Kristina prepares for him. But men like Zeek don't read instruction manuals. He realizes he really doesn't understand what Adam and Kristina have been going through when Max has a meltdown.
Meanwhile, Julia is throwing Jasmine a bachelorette party, complete with embossed, scented invitations. Jasmine thinks it's sweet, but a bit over the top. Crosby informs her that the party is really all about Julia. He’s not sure why, but he is right. Julia is making the appetizers from scratch and planning games days in advance, because she believes no one thinks it’s fun at her house. I can’t imagine where she’d get that idea. How are you Type A about a bachelorette party?
Inappropriate Sarah is trying to hit up her brother for a raise just weeks after the layoffs. Adam says he can’t do it and that it's not the right time, especially with the new boss he calls “Boy Blunder” in the mix. So she goes to Boy Blunder - who also tells her it’s not the right time.
He then goes on some tangent about how she should do what she wants and maybe what she wants isn’t there. And what do you know: Sarah decides to quit. This woman needs to win the lottery so she doesn’t have to work. It seems like Sarah’s never learned how to deal with, well, anything. I suppose it could have been worse…she could have asked him out.
And honestly, it’s a good thing she didn’t. Boy Blunder is too high at all times to deal with. He called Adam into the office on a Saturday to share his “vision” for the company, and hands Adam a lollipop. Adam doesn’t realize how much pop that lolly has until he gets to Crosby’s place. Crosby notices his brother is high on the candy, which is medicinal marijuana. What kind of boss hands out drugs in the office during a planning meeting?
Crosby and Joel take Adam to the girls’ party, where everyone has a good laugh about uptight Adam being high and incredibly hungry. They have one of those spontaneous Braverman dance parties. Sadly, being high does not help Adam's dancing.
Adam and Kristina go to Camille & Zeek’s to talk to Haddie, who is still being a stubborn brat. Her parents say it’s time to go home, and she says, "you know my condition." The child has lost her mind. If you don’t pay the bills you don't get to have “conditions.”
Kristina is still acting like Camille is on Haddie’s side about the whole Alex issue. When Camille tries to offer her thoughts on the matter, Kristina stalks off. And she doesn’t get much sympathy from Adam. He’s having second thoughts because he realizes Alex is a good guy. Good or not, he's still 19 to Haddie's 16, and even if he'd had a perfect, alcohol-free childhood, the two of them dating isn't the best idea. I feel bad for Kristina, but it’s clear where Haddie gets the screechy irrationality from.
Underneath it all, she’s terrified of losing her daughter. Kristina finally tells Camille she feels like the only one who sees a disaster waiting to happen if they let Haddie see Alex. She tells Adam later that she’s scared Haddie and Alex will end up like her parents. Kristina’s mom ran off and got married when she was 16 and her dad made her mom miserable.
As for Haddie, it seems Amber may have gotten through to her a little bit. Amber finds it silly that Haddie won’t talk to her parents because of a guy who won’t talk to her. Haddie went to her parents to apologize for the things she said, but tells them she’s staying with her grandparents.
It's a good thing Haddie has somewhere safe to be while she's going through her teen nonsense. She is going to have to get over it. Alex may be a good guy with good intentions but Kristina is probably right. Does anyone think there's a chance that teen romance can work?
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