Second thoughts and second guessing on 'Parenthood'
February 16th, 2011
02:46 PM ET

Second thoughts and second guessing on 'Parenthood'

There’s some backpedaling going on amongst the Bravermans.

They're second guessing themselves and each other, and it doesn't look like anything good will come of it.

Zeek was having second thoughts about how important it is for Drew to see his father. I can understand that because Seth is an idiot, even if he is sober - I can't imagine what he's like drunk.

Zeek was making an effort to be supportive and civil, or at least to say supportive and civil things. Seth managed to push Zeek’s buttons before Zeek pushed him onto the car.

Later at the batting cages with Drew, Seth threatened some kids with a bat. The next day at school, Drew beat up a bully who teased him about his dad. After meeting with the school principal, instead of backing up Sarah, Seth pretty much told Drew how cool it was that he beat down that kid in the hallway.

On the other side of this is Sarah, who wasn't thrilled when Seth showed up last week. Now it looks like she's wondering if it could be good for her kids if he's around. Seth thanked her for not turning the kids against him. Amber already doesn't trust him, and I'm betting Drew will eventually feel that way.

Crosby was backing away from some of the things he said to Jasmine during their fight. Maybe sleeping in the empty bachelor boat was getting to him. Now he’s saying it was just a fight about the dishwasher, but Jasmine wanted time apart to figure some things out. Here's the question, though: If she thinks he can't make decisions on his own, why would she think time out of her sight would be a good thing?

Adam and Kristina were busy making plans for Max’s birthday. Amazing Andy and his House of Bugs performed at Max’s school, and Max loves bugs, so he wanted Andy for his party.

Interesting casting decision here; Andy is played by Michael Emerson, a.k.a. creepy and evil Ben Linus from “Lost” and creepy and evil William Hinks from "The Practice." Choosing him to play a guy who entertains children goes way beyond casting against type.

Anyway, how could Adam and Kristina not see Amazing Andy has Asperger's? He was very particular about his contract, his measurements, noise. They didn't realize it until Kristina talked to someone at Max's school. It was interesting to watch Adam and Kristina after they found out. They talked about it and you could see they were thinking about what things will be like for Max when he's an adult.

At one point Adam asked Andy if he's happy. He said sometimes, and asked Adam the same thing. He got the same answer, which gave Adam more to think about.

Max’s therapist Gabby was back. He had a huge meltdown just as Crosby walked in, throwing things and calling Gabby names. It was so bad not even the therapist could handle it. Gabby got teary-eyed and Crosby was very nice to her. They went to have a drink together, and topped it off with an awkward and long good-bye hug.

And by the way, the party scene is exactly why I never have birthday parties at my house. Just the mess alone is scary. Kristina was a trooper for even trying it. You'd think with all that's going on, she wouldn't try to change things up on the bug guy. She wanted him to start early so all the kids could see the show. But if she knows how kids with Asperger's are about schedules, why would she think an adult would be any better about it?

Gabby came to the rescue and helped Andy change his mind, which impressed Crosby a little too much. Way too much. He ended up going home with her.

I really can't see Jasmine and Crosby ending up together after this. And it's not only going to cause problems for Crosby, but it'll also be a problem for Adam, Kristina and Max. How do you think that's going to play out?

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  1. Jessica

    Blogger, you forgot to mention the funniest part of the whole episode: Joel and Julia getting it on in Adam and Kristina's bathroom during the birthday party. My husband and I laughed so hard at that scene; it was hilarious! We couldn't believe that controlling Kristina would be okay with her sister-in-law and brother-in-law having relations in the bathroom with a bunch of kids running around...I don't think I would be okay with it either. That's a little over the line, but it makes for funny t.v.

    February 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |

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