'Parenthood': Just smile
January 11th, 2012
06:09 PM ET

'Parenthood': Just smile

It's all about taking care of business of one sort or another on "Parenthood" this week.

Crosby and Adam were getting ready to be interviewed about The Luncheonette. Crosby's part of the interview seemed to go very well. When he stepped out to grab one of his guitars, the reporter talked to Adam about how he got involved in the business. He told the story of losing his job and Crosby coming to him with the idea about the studio just when he needed it.

Turns out the reporter found that angle more interesting, and Adam ended up on the cover...with no mention of Crosby.

Crosby tried to be OK about it, but he really wasn't, and it showed during the monthly poker game. A few beers and hands into it, along with some teasing from the poker buddies, Crosby has a fit. He admits he feels screwed, Adam admits he enjoyed some attention, and liked the fact Max, who never pays him any mind, was impressed.

It seems every time they have a client, Crosby and Adam have some sort of distraction. This week's neglected client is Lily, a cellist who is paying for studio time out of her own pocket. That's probably why she is more irritated than the other clients when Crosby is too wrapped up in his own issues to pay attention to what she's concerned about.

They begin to bond when she sides with him about the magazine cover. He offers her the use of an empty studio so she can practice when she wants and not worry about her neighbors complaining. I see no good coming of this.  On the one hand, at first glance, they seem like they could be a good couple. On the other, I seriously doubt he and Jasmine really have things worked out.

Sarah is still obsessing over Mark, saying she could see having a baby with him.  She asks her doctor about it, and discusses it over drinks with Kristina and Julia. They think she needs to talk to him about it.

That would be good advice, if she broached the subject when she and Mark were sober. Instead, she goes to talk to him after his poker game with her brothers and her drinks with the girls. He talks her into waiting until they're both clear-headed to discuss it. The next morning he explains that he's been thinking about it lately, too. He's freaked out by it, but in a good way, and says that they should discuss it more.

In other baby news, Zoe the coffee girl is still staying with Julia and Joel. Her boyfriend/baby daddy/attempted baby seller calls and leaves a message on the machine (Julia and Joel do note the fact they may be the last people with a land line and an answering machine) for Zoe, who hasn't been returning his phone calls.

They consider not telling Zoe he called, but eventually Julia does tell her. Zoe breaks up with him, and brings Julia and Joel the signed adoption documents. Poor thing. She tries to play it off like she's OK and it's for the best, but she is fighting back tears as she goes upstairs.

The papers might be signed, but I still think there's more trouble ahead for them. A guy who would try to get cash in exchange for his child seems like the kind of guy who would claim he was coerced into signing the papers.

Which storyline do you think is least likely to turn into serious trouble? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. jenifer

    Lily is an incredibly likable character so how can you watch the show and not want her to be a part of Crosby's life, especially now that he's accepted that he has to let Jasmine go? But her presence throws a huge wrench into the storyline between Jasmine and Crosby. On the surface Jasmine seems confident about her relationship with Joe and ready to move forward, but you can sense that she still has feelings for Crosby and is confused. This wiser Crosby is showing maturity by opening himself up for a sophisticated and mature relationship with Lily. I see the situation only getting more and more complex, as I suspect Jasmine isn’t ready to let go of Crosby – and she has a big hook on him because of Jabar. On the other hand, Zoe’s boyfriend is T-R-O-U-B-L-E and I wonder if we’ve seen the last of him yet. I feel more optimistic about the situation with Julia and Joel finally getting the baby they have been dreaming about than I do with the Crosby/Lily/Jasmine tangle. I enjoy the tension and anxiety I feel when watching the show – the writers and actors are doing such an amazing job of mirroring real life stories. Where is the new blog for the Valentine's Day show? I can't WAIT to analyze that episode and hear feedback from others.

    February 16, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tim

    Im with you. Suburgatory is in a good tv slot but the show is just a zero. Not funny. Not cute. Just dumb.

    January 12, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. jessica

    I watched MIDDLE and SUBURGATORY tonight. The Middle is a cute show. It grows on you. Suburgatory is garbola. Lame city.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |

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