'Parenthood': Life isn't fair
November 30th, 2011
07:02 PM ET

'Parenthood': Life isn't fair

Life was better for some Bravermans than others this week, and while it was definitely more upbeat than the last episode, there's still no happy dance party at the end.

Jasmine wakes up next to Crosby, realizing her mom will be there with Jabbar. She proceeds to act like a child instead of a grown-a– woman who spent the night with the father of her child.

So, she forces him to get up and run, while he's trying to discuss the situation.  At least she didn’t make him go out the window.

Meanwhile, Zoe doesn’t realize that she’s not going to be able to be-bop in to chat with Julia after her baby daddy tried to sell their unborn kid over the main course. As expected, Julia tells her she needs some space, all while working the “I refuse to cry at work face.”

Zoe goes to the house to try to explain her dumb boyfriend, but starting out with “Troy is not a bad guy” isn’t the right move.  Julia ends the conversation saying she would have been a great mom to Zoe's baby.  Zoe comes back again, still in tears.

She told Troy she didn't agree with what he was trying to do - and that would be trying to sell their baby - so he told her not to come home.  She had nowhere to go but Julia and Joel's.  Julia welcomes her in, even though Zoe warns her she has no idea what will happen with the adoption.

Kristina is doing the serious passive aggressive thing with Adam, and since he was wrong, all he can do is take it.

When Amber asks Crosby and Adam if they have any work for her at The Luncheonette,  Kristina overhears and is quite snarky, saying they have a great assistant already.

Crosby is having lunch with Sarah at the Luncheonette, talking about how great it would have been for Amber to work there.  In one of the most awkward topic changes ever, Crosby spits out something like, “speaking of Amber working here, I slept with Jasmine last week.”

They talk about the bond-with-your-ex-who-is-the-parent-of-your-child thing.  In another sign Crosby's growing up, he tells Sarah he still isn’t even sure if he wants things to be different. I think I like this new, more grown-up version of Crosby.

Kristina stops by her new job to meet the team.  She looks so happy to be there, and the candidate is thrilled to see her. He springs a Saturday meeting on her, which means she can’t go with Max to the dinosaur exhibit. Adam can’t take him, because he’s got clients coming in to check out the studio.

When Kristina tells him about the just-called meeting, he then says he would have appreciated a heads up. But about a just-called meeting? Is she supposed to be psychic now? She and Adam talk to Haddie about watching Max, but she says she can’t....as if she gets to even say that.  Adam starts negotiating with her and Kristina stops both of them, letting them know there’s no negotiation about Haddie watching her brother.

Max is upset about not being able to go to the dinosaur exhibit.  He yells at Haddie that it’s not fair he can’t go after their parents broke their promise.  She kicks him out so she can study.  When she takes a break to check on him,  he’s gone.

He hops on a bus headed for the museum, the route mapped out, but got lost. He ended up in Oakland. When the cops bring him back, Kristina is back home. She and Adam were just going to let Max stroll back in without saying anything to him, and it was Haddie’s turn to lose it. She expected there to at least be a discussion. Apparently she’d been holding in how hard it is on her dealing with Max, and he doesn’t think of anyone but himself.

What did you think of "Parenthood" this week? Is Crosby finally getting the hang of acting like an adult and not a teen? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. vintage274

    I love this show. It's one of the most intelligent choices out there because it portrays people as REAL. While Crosby is the traditional family screw-up, and Sarah is the recovering black sheep, and Julia is the good girl, and Adam is the fixer, they all have layers. Their personalities aren't love 'em or hate 'em. Like real people they struggle with their emotions, react badly to situations, say the wrong thing at the wrong time, get frustrated with their families. My only gripe is that while the improv script (following in the steps of Friday Night Lights) allows actors to sound more "real" in responding to situations, it also frequently slows down forward motion. Amber, especially, seems to falter frequently in coming up with unscripted response lines, and she and Sarah often trade meaningless speech for four or five lines before the action takes over again. I like that the show explores topics like Apergers and stay-at-home dads and the frustrations of aging women and biracial relationships. We viewers can never exacty predict what's going to happen next, and the mixture of pathos and comedy is exactly right.

    December 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MRMoore

    Great show about a real life family. The actors should be wining some awards for this year.

    December 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AJones

    I love this show. I really liked this weeks episode. I am glad to see Hattie breaking down. I do hope she gets a break though because Kristina and Adam do depend on her a lot more than they should. She's a teenager and should be allowed to be one without always having to care for her brother.

    I am genuinely thrilled that Adam and Kristina made up, as well as Jasmine and Crosby, and Kristina and Rachel because this time of year, things begin to take a different focus, and who wants to go into Thanksgiving and Christmas with everyone mad at each other. While that would possibly be realistic in the "real" world we live in, it would also be really depressing during the holidays.

    Amber needing a better job is a no brainer, but I'm so glad that Kristina gave her a chance. I really look forward to seeing how she handles this job since she messed up in season two with Julia. Although, it appears that her character is growing up a little more this season, which is a break from the heart wrenching scenes we watched Mae Whitman do as Amber last year.

    I cannot wait until this show comes back in January. After that though, seems like the season finale will be in February, where as last year I think it was May. I sure hope they aren't cancelling the show. My sister and some girlfriends and I have Parenthood Tuesday's where we snack, laugh, cry, and take in the Braverman life which sometimes reminds us of ourselves. This show has made us all closer... and without it, well....

    December 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. A

    I realize Max has Asperger's, but I'm just getting really sick of his character. Can they not get any more treatment for him? I mean he wasn't doing all that great with mainstreaming, but I guess they left him there. Isn't he supposed to have someone to work with to help him understand? I think it's irresponsible for family members to be pegged here and there to teach him when they have no instructional background on how to approach Max's Asperger's.

    Also, what's up with Amber looking like a troll in the show lately? Get her a better hair cut and clothes and have her working to do something better! Also, I'm really sick of Sara and her hot for teacher liasion. Really? I thought she was all up with Seth for the longest time and wanted to help him. Sometimes this show is so backward! I wish this show would show them coming together a little more as a family, not to view Zack's "commercial" either or watch Julia's kid meltdown. I seriously fall asleep sometimes out of boredom from these characters...I hope this show starts picking up a little more.

    P.S. I hoped they had lost Max for at least a few episodes!

    December 1, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. mominABQ

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show. My family and I watch every Tuesday night. I understand that Max is playing the role of an autistic child however he is supposedly "high functioning" autistic. Where? It frustrates me that he get to be so dang bratty and he has no consequences. I mean he needs structure and discipline to become a well adjusted adult and not some a spoiled person who thinks the whole world revolves around him IMO.

    December 1, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Meg

    I thought the best part was how at the end, Kristina and Adam made up, and you left it out! O well, I thought it was time. I like how she also talked to Rachel and is ok with her too. I think Crosby & Jasmine belong together, but i know not everyone agrees. I mean, he did make a HUGE mistake, but now she has. I get was Crosby was trying to say about not telling Dr Joe, but that's not how I see relationships working out. I mean, you should always be honest, even if it's brutal like Jasmine telling Dr Joe about her sleeping with Crosby. He deserves to know the truth. He may forgive her if he were to find out. I have a bad feeling about Amber working with Kristina. I think that Zoe will end up letting Joel & Julia adopt, even if that is unlikely in the real world. This post is so random with my thoughts, but I love this show and have so much to say about it!

    December 1, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michelle

    I love this show altho it took a while to get used to all the different characters. I wonder tho if the kid who plays Max is really autistic. He plays the role phenomenally but is he just acting ? I need to look this up. I would think if he was really autistic, it would be difficult to work with him, remembering lines and placements. If he's not, he's an awesome actor.

    December 1, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • carol

      Michelle, I wondered the same thing about the actor as Max Braverman. Here's an interview with him:

      http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2010/11/09/parenthood/11084/

      He is just amazing in this role.

      December 1, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Carol

    Love this show. I do like 'the new' Crosby, but unfortunately, now there is no 'screw up' in the Braverman family ;). Unless you count Pa Braverman...who does make me laugh most of the time!!
    Tearing up moment for me was when Haddie went off on Max...the poor girl was due for a meltdown. I love the actor who plays Max (Max Burkholder)- he is just brilliant in this role. I appreciate that this program shows how a family deals with Aspergers. Just amazing.
    I still can't believe Kristina called hot-girl-at-Adams-workplace and just told her 'don't do that again.' Wow. That was surprising. I thought she was going to make Adam pay for that forever!

    I hope this show sticks around for several more seasons!! More people need to tune it in. It's just a wonderful show.

    December 1, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. remy

    Jasmine's behavior was great con firmation for Crosby about her mother's influence in her life and how she still isnt her own person.
    Haddie needs to file for emancipation from her parents – they consistently hold her responsible so they can go off without a care in the world – this child is long overdue for her own life – she isnt Max's parent
    Gee a plot thread about Amber needing a better job..........*yawn* yeah like that's new and original

    December 1, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. KB

    THis show is great for a view into the life of a family with a child on the Autistic spectrum. It enables friends and family members who are unaware of the daily life struggles to peek into this reality. Kudos to the writers, actors and producers of this show!

    November 30, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. daydoe

    Does anybody know the last song played on the show? Name and who it's by?

    November 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joy

    hi jeanette :)

    November 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wife

    I couldn't watch Parenthood with my husband like we usually do since he decided to watch the Victoria Secret Model Show

    November 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • HollywoodSurF

      Why gays are the best parents?

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UumsHBz0YU&w=640&h=390]

      December 1, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |

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