Two steps forward on 'Parenthood'
September 21st, 2011
02:02 PM ET

Two steps forward on 'Parenthood'

Is it just me, or do most of the Bravermans seem to be on the verge of some sort of melt down at all times?  Not that some of them aren't justified, but for the next family gathering in Zeke and Camille's backyard, they might want to try group meditation, or invite a life coach over.

The only person Sarah invites over is Mr. Cyr. She stopped by his classroom during open house. Usually all most people take home from those things is a pile of papers and a PTA membership; Sarah took home the teacher.

Not sure which is more awkward: Zeke bringing coffee for Sarah’s "sleepover buddy," as he put it, or Adam telling his pregnant wife that he’s considering not taking the first job offer he’s had in more than six months.

Sarah and Mr. Cyr go on a date that seems more appropriate for a couple of his students. Which I guess is sweet, but still a little strange considering that Sarah just turned 40. The most annoying thing is when he says that after two years, he’s ready and all in, and she says she doesn’t know.

Seriously? She’s the one who said she couldn’t date her kid’s teacher (yay for a grown-up decision!) and now that he’s not her kid’s teacher (and his epic science fiction show has been canceled, so he’s free) she’s not sure?

Later her mother calls her on her nonsense, telling her it's OK to take a chance on being happy. And it turns out Sarah was still worried about her kid. She talks to Amber about falling in love with Mr. Cyr. This time, Amber seems genuinely happy for her mom.

Julia is making friends with the pregnant coffee girl, Zoe. Julia still isn’t over this idea of asking Zoe for her baby. She runs the idea by Joel who, correctly, tells her she can’t just walk up and ask this girl, “excuse me, if you’re not using that baby can we have it?”

He reminds her she doesn’t know anything about her, aside from the fact she makes good coffee. Julia seems not to have a problem with any of that. She gives Zoe some legal help when her landlord acts up.  Zoe is appreciative and looks like she’s warming up to Julia.  So what does Julia do?  Ask her if she’d consider letting Julia adopt her baby. You can see all kinds of things working across Zoe’s face, with "so THAT’s why you were being nice.  You want my kid.  I should have known better than to ask for help.  What’s wrong with you?” being one of them.  All she says is no and walks away.

Adam and Crosby are talking numbers for Crosby's proposed recording studio, which sound promising. Crosby's eyes all but glaze over until he hears the word "profit," but he seems genuinely excited. Adam gives all kinds of good reasons for why he can't be Crosby's partner. But Crosby's a Braverman, so he doesn't hear that part.

He goes to their dad to get Adam’s social security number, puts it on an application and tells the landlord they're partners. Even though they aren’t.  Adam reiterates all the reasons why he can't, and shouldn't, go into business with Crosby. Crosby says all he needs is Adam's help with the landlord to get the place, then he won't bother him with it.

Adam does help, probably more than he originally intended. The landlord is less interested in musical nostalgia than he is in selling the place and letting it be turned into office space. Adam turns on the sales exec charm when he sees Crosby faltering. The pitch worked on the landlord and on Adam. He decides to work with Crosby, seemingly forgetting all the reasons why he shouldn't. We'll see how long it takes him to regret it.

Or perhaps he won't. What do you think? And what about Sarah and Mark Cyr? Is there a chance she won't do something to mess up a good thing?

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  1. Reverend Dr Luther

    They deleted my post. Dang honkieees.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred

    The white devils continue trying to opress us but we keep on keeping on.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fred

    I agree with you son. Im proud of you Lamont. You have turned out to be a good role model for our black community.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LAMONT

    I think it doesnt portray african american family life in a positive manner. It kind of seems like a racist shoe to me.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Meg

    How could you leave out the part with Haddie and Alex???? and Max with school??? I loved the part where Alex breaks done and tells Haddie he couldn't tell her because then she wouldn't have stuck around and that she is all he has.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Policeman

    That blonde chick looks mighty doable

    September 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. What a bunch of morons

    Two steps forward on "Parenthood"

    Two steps backward on Marquee Blogs

    Wow, two irrelevant comments to start it up here... if you guys don't watch it why are you here???

    Great show, big fan of Sarah.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Observer

    A very liberal show. Serves no purpose whatsoever. Should be removed ASAP.
    That is all.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Funny, I think the same thing about those Naz - I mean, Tea Party candidates.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. .

    i dont watch this show so guess i shouldnt post. people really seem to love this program though.

    September 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • [lol] (@.)

      I assume you just commented to be the first...

      I don't watch this show either, but judging by the commercials I've seen on TV, it's too dramatic for me... I enjoy light-hearted comedy and sports... none of this drama appeals to me.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |

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