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.
What a difference six months makes.
When we last saw the Braverman clan, Adam had just lost his job and found out he and Kristina would be gaining another child. Amber was reeling over not getting into Berkeley, the only school she applied to. Crosby bought a house, hoping to get back together with Jasmine after doing everything he possibly could to mess up that relationship; Julia and Joel decided to try to adopt; and Sarah was making some progress getting a play written and produced.
At the beginning of "Parenthood's" third season, it's another crazy morning for the Bravermans. Kristina is obviously pregnant and apparently no longer a stay-at-home mom. She's the one dressed in office-wear, while Adam is in his robe making breakfast for the kids. Adam needs a job. Or a therapist.
As "Parenthood" wrapped up its season last night, the show was all about tying up some story lines while unraveling others for next season.
Last episode, Amber went completely off the rails. She was getting high at Julia's law firm with the age-inappropriate valet guy and not hiding it at all. Amber fought with her mother and drove off with valet guy, right into a drunk-driving accident.
This episode opened with Sarah getting the phone call and the Bravermans gathering in the hospital waiting room. Of all the family gatherings to lose patience, Max has a meltdown at this one. He's hungry and Adam promised him pancakes, which he wants right at that moment.
The Bravermans return after a break without the clouds that seemed to be hanging over them - well, most of them anyway.
Pre-break saw Jasmine and Crosby breaking up after a fight and infidelity on Crosby's part; the infidelity was with Max's therapist Gabby, which affected Kristina, Adam and Max. Sarah was back to bartending, and her unreliable ex was in and then back out of the scene.
While he was there, he did spark some creativity in her - Sarah's working on refining a play she wrote. Zeek, who brings his own style to being a supportive parent, decides to help Sarah with her dream of being a writer.
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