'Parenthood': What's going to happen when Kristina finds out?
November 16th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

'Parenthood': What's going to happen when Kristina finds out?

This week there was no mention of Seth (thankfully) and we were spared Crosby-Jasmine-Dr. Joe drama as "Parenthood" focused a bit more on parenting issues.

Sarah opened the mail to find Drew got a D in math, which has never happened. When she goes to talk to him about it, she finds him in his room with Amy. She thinks the fact he has a girlfriend is the only change that explains his grade dropping, and she forbids him from seeing Amy during the week.

Because, you know, he couldn't possibly be having problems because his wayward drunk of a father drifted back into his life, went through rehab, and left town again.

Drew goes to Amber for advice. She reminds him their mom works at night, lives in the guest house, and that it’s possible to see his girlfriend on the sly.

Possible...unless mom is sneakier than he his. Sarah was waiting in his room for him when he comes home. Mr. Cyr points out to Sarah that keeping Drew from Amy is kind of harsh, and that he's been happier and more outgoing at school.

Meanwhile, Zeek is telling Julia and Joel that they've been coddling Sydney and that she needs to learn how to lose. (This is true: She really does.)

Julia blows it off, but Joel decides to show her by beating her at Candyland. Sydney responds by throwing the little cards at him and slapping him in the face. He carries her to her room, where she continues her screaming fit. When Julia comes home, she takes over standing guard outside Sydney’s room.

Zeek was right about them spoiling her, because she's too old to be throwing fits like that over Candyland. And what is she going to do if/when there's a new baby in the house? When Joel comes back, Julia has nearly finished a bottle of wine, and decided that they spoiled her and it’s too late.

Of course, she changes her mind when she sees Sydney has worn herself out and passed out on her floor. Maybe the little sore loser in her was all tired out. When she loses a chess match to Grandpa Zeek, she behaves herself and shakes his hand.

At the Luncheonette, Rachel is hanging out with Crosby instead of doing the job she has. Crosby and Adam have a discussion about whether Crosby is flirting with her and if they should stop letting her hang out in the studio.

What really needs to stop is the stripper-in-training outfits this chick wears to work. Adam finally addresses the subject with her in a tactful way.  She doesn’t take the hint and thinks he’s being protective.

Her wardrobe comes up again after they get a big contract with a manager who was ogling Rachel. He tries to explain to her that she's smart and doesn't need to put herself out there like that. Adam, Crosby and Rachel celebrate the contract, and Adam takes her home.

As he sees her to the door in the rain, she apologizes for the way she dresses and thanks him for saying she’s got more going for her than her looks.  He hugs her (why? I don't know) and she kisses him. He looks stunned, she looks embarrassed, and they're both going to be looking for somewhere to hide when Kristina finds out.

Let's consider how she handles the kid who picks on her son, who's being teased by the older kids on the math team. Max doesn't realize he's being made fun of, and thinks the other kids just recognize how good he is at math.

She wants to talk to teachers, principals and parents, but Adam thinks she needs to calm down. Too bad he's not fast enough to stop her from hopping out of the minivan when she sees it happening again after school. One kid is bright enough to run when he sees her coming.  The other stands around to hear her talk about his Justin Bieber hair-cut, and about how puberty is going to hit him hard.

Can you imagine what might happen if she gets a hold of the half-dressed receptionist?

That scene is going to be SO much worse than the Mini-van Maxi melt-down. Poor Kristina. How bad do you think it's going to be when she find out? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Steph Brown

    I agree with Debbie - Kristina IS the most annoying character. She's a whiner and I wish they (her entire family) would stop talking at the same time! Tons of people have cancer and deal with it with maturity. WAAHHH!

    October 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Debbie Jones

    Kristina needs to be shot! She is just about the most annoying character EVER!

    March 7, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. sabu

    i think that Kristina gets it in the end a lot... first of all, how could everyone just leave her alone after coming home with the baby? where was the matriarch of the family? couldn't she put down her paint brush long enough to help Kriistina out at home a few days? now Adam with the receptionist.. what a jerk. he should have just dropped her off and not walked her to the door, for heaven sakes. Somewhere inside him was wanting what happened... Now he's gonna go home and tell his postnatal hormonal wife what happened.... that's just cruel.. who would do that if it didn't mean anything?

    November 18, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. LovinPeterKrause

    Adam was surprised and we saw him look uncomfortable in the last scene at the Luncheonette. I love the way that happened – the girl obviously has been treated bad. Let's hope she digs herself out! I just don't want Kristina to find out because she'll freak! I dislike how she's back and forth on being self confident. It's a bummer to watch someone so competent in the work world act so insecure about her looks, family and husband.

    November 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kristie

    This is the only show I watch consistantly because I believe it is more real-life than any reality show. These writers do a terrific job on touching on issues we can all relate to. As in a lot of cases, infidelity begins before any physical contact is made. What happened between Adam and this young lady was truly infedility but the game started before Adam realized what was going on. Kristina will be angry and hurt but they will get past it. It would have been the same if some attractive man kissed her because they have been married so long that it does something for the ego to know someone else finds you so attractive. They will have to face this like they have other challenges in their life: stand firm together.

    November 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jane

    While she kissed him, he (a married man) put himself too near the fire. Kristina is wound too tight but obviously all these elements make for good television and very poor real life.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sally

    Statistics show that over half of marriages involving children on the autism spectrum end in divorce. They don't all end because of infidelity but there is a strain put on a marriage when you have a child with autism. The show is highlighting that aspect of things. Autism is all consuming and the Mother is the Primary go to parent leaving the father out of the the loop. That does not excuse infidelity but it does show how it can lead to it.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Pat Smith

    I watched this show a bit, and it just makes me upset, but its compelling. The poor wife is so negelected and unwanted by her husband and kids that its sickening. She'll do better to start over and find a man who actually wants to be with her, and send those bratty kids to live with relatives; but I guess that wouldnt make good tv :) Kudos to the writers.

    I rarely watch TV dramas but this one pulled me in .

    November 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • shelly

      Keep watching Pat and you will see this show is more about the ties that bind and how hard the Braverman family work to keep the family together and moving forward. Everyone in the family make mistakes and it is a show that reminds of us of how much we need to rely on immediate and extended families to pull through the trials...that it's not always the parents making the right decisions but there is family that has their back and help them through life lessons. What Adam and Christina are going through is a hiccup, not an ending. The Braverman family may at time feel life is greener on the otherside of the fence but they stay on their own side of the fence and work it out. It's a great show that is honest and deals with so much of what family life is in today's world.

      November 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Maria

    I also hope that the writers don't have Adam having an affair. I love this show and would hate to see it ruined by this. It is nice watching a show where married couples are working together as a team raising a family and still in love with each other. Very rare to find in this era of so called "reality tv".

    November 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. amanda

    Adam did not cheat on her, the girl kissed him but he did not continue it. I would also be upset if he had an affair, but I can't see that happening because that is not in his character.

    November 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robin Littlefield

    I am the mom of an Aspie, and have loved the show for the very accurate portrail of a family with such a child as, Max. I am disturbed by the way the writers are sending Adam into cheating on Christina.. I know how difficult dasily life is with a child on the Autistic spectrum and know that it's the Mother who is the primary parent, it is not likely that she would consider an alternative life as someones mistress.Christina's character doesn't deserve to be burdened by her husbands infidelity. I hope an affair isn't in the script because I will have to give up on the show. My husband and I have been married for nearly, sixteen years and still a tightly knit team in raising our Aspie son.The reality of the challenge remains a large part of our life and I feel like the story of Adam cheating hasn't any room in what I thought was a tightly knit teamed couple like he and Christina have been portrayed. Please don't ruin for me..or Christina.

    November 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |

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