April 20th, 2011
05:32 PM ET
As "Parenthood" wrapped up its season last night, the show was all about tying up some story lines while unraveling others for next season.
Last episode, Amber went completely off the rails. She was getting high at Julia's law firm with the age-inappropriate valet guy and not hiding it at all. Amber fought with her mother and drove off with valet guy, right into a drunk-driving accident.
This episode opened with Sarah getting the phone call and the Bravermans gathering in the hospital waiting room. Of all the family gatherings to lose patience, Max has a meltdown at this one. He's hungry and Adam promised him pancakes, which he wants right at that moment.
Adam tries to calm him down and tries to make it a teachable moment, but it doesn't work. Later Adam tries to explain empathy and the importance of being there for family. That might be a tough sell for any kid, but Max's Asperger's makes it a little more difficult for him to grasp.
Adam finally loses it at the skater boy who's been running his company. Corey has fired the head designer and installed one of his skater boy friends, without consulting Adam. Adam's had it with the kid. He goes off on Corey, saying essentially that he feels like he's there to clean up after him. That's a problem he's not going to have anymore, because Corey fires Adam, too. Maybe Adam should have waited until Corey was high on his special lollipops before he went off on him.
Adam's not having much more luck on the home front. He's still trying to come to terms with the fact his daughter is sleeping with her boyfriend. He has to tell Kristina he's lost his job, when she clearly has something to tell him. Max has lost an expensive retainer which Adam goes digging through the garbage to find. Instead, he finds a positive pregnancy test. He assumes it's Haddie's, and just before he goes after her, Kristina stops him to let him know they're the ones who are going to be parents again.
Amber comes out of the accident OK. She has a couple of broken bones, but no other injuries. Her doom and gloom attitude is still intact, too. Sarah can't figure out how else to get through to Amber about how her life is going, so Grandpa Zeek takes the reins on that one.
He takes her to the junkyard to show her the car her friend wrecked. In the way only Zeek can, he tells her he understands she's upset about not getting into school, but it's time to suck it up and deal. He also tells her she's not allowed to mess with his dreams for his family by endangering her life. The man has a way with tough love. Later Amber apologizes to her mom for putting her through everything. I don't know about you, but I think Mae Whitman deserves some sort of award for her performances this season. Just amazing.
Love is still being tough on Crosby. He finally tells Jasmine about the house he bought for her, but she's still not giving him an inch. He eventually goes to see her, telling her he won't pursue her anymore, that he knows he messed up. Something finally works. Joel brings Jasmine to the house, where Crosby shows her what he and Joel have been working on. So, they're talking. Crosby may still have a chance at saving his relationship.
So, what do you think, about this episode and this season?
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