The title of this week's episode of "Parenthood" is "Forced Family Fun," but they very well could have stopped at "Forced Family." I'm not sure anyone had any fun.
That's not to say Kristina didn't try. She made chocolate chip pancakes for a special “we can take the baby out of the house” breakfast, which everyone but the baby bailed on. You could feel the epic Kristina meltdown getting closer every minute.
And after they piled into the car to go to mini golf, there it was: Mini-Van Maxi Meltdown!
Last week we left off with Sarah running out in the middle of the night to find a beaten and bloodied Seth in an alley. So did we find her visiting him at the hospital this week? Or at his place? No, because this is No Boundaries Sarah. She brought him home, to her place. On her father's property.
This is such a bad idea. It seems like he’s trying to put the moves on her while she’s cleaning him up. Sarah wises up for a second, though, telling him he can’t see the kids anymore if he doesn't go to rehab.
But it's her relationship with Mr. Cyr that's going to need some rehab if she keeps it up. He finds Seth’s discarded cigarettes in Sarah’s sofa bed.
In this week's episode of "Parenthood," Max was having a hard time dealing with his punishment for fighting with Jabbar.
He has to spend a week on lunch detention, which means he's supposed to eat in a classroom away from the other students. Kristina gets permission to have a family member sit with him, and she asks Amber. This is both to help him work on the apology he has to write and so he has someone to make him feel comfortable.
In reality, it's Amber's who needs someone to make her feel comfortable.
This episode seemed to be all about relationships (even more than usual) of all varieties: husband and wife, siblings, parent/child and the not-so-kissing cousins.
Take Max and Jabbar for example: At school during lunch, Max is being a bit bossy and monopolizing Jabbar's time. Max insists that since they are best friends, they have to eat together. Jabbar asks Jasmine if he can eat with his other friends. She tells him of course, and that he doesn't have to eat lunch with Max all the time.
She wants Crosby to talk to Adam about it, even though she knows it will be a tricky conversation. Crosby can't bring himself to do it once he hears how happy Adam and Kristina are because Max says Jabbar is his best friend.
It's another normal day in Braverman Land. And by "normal" I mean days filled with fixing missteps caused by well-meaning friends and relatives with a lack of boundaries and a knack for meddling.
For once, there's a gathering in the Bravermans' yard that isn't a family party. They're having a yard sale. Camille sold some of Amber's things, which it turns out she donated, but Sarah still feels the need to rescue them.
No Boundaries Sarah also drops by Amber's job unannounced, and Amber does her best to rush her off. Sarah is having a lot of trouble with her daughter moving out because she's worried she won't come back. Amber does call her mom in the middle of the night because she hears something in her apartment. In perhaps the funniest scene in this show so far, the two of them find a rat. Amber climbs up on something, jumps on her mom's back and Sarah ends up carrying her out of the room.
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.
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