November 16th, 2011
06:17 PM ET
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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