May 26th, 2010
12:46 PM ET

Family secrets surface on 'Parenthood'

If there was anyone left on "Parenthood" who didn’t know a dark Braverman family secret, they were let in on just about everything Tuesday, usually in a group, in public or both. Quite a few people were on the verge of tears for most of the show, and like any good dramatic season finale, there was also plenty of yelling.

Haddie hasn’t recovered from the "cousin sleeping with her ex-boyfriend" thing and she’s going through a dark period: dying her hair black,  wearing dark lipstick, skipping class and being generally bratty.  Her parents have a mild freak out, but really, aside from the change in hair color I’m not sure what’s different.  I don’t care what I was going through, if I had spoken to my parents the way she talked to hers, I can’t imagine what they would have done.  It certainly wouldn’t have been ,“OK honey, it’s fine.”

Amber hasn’t recovered from sleeping with her cousin’s ex and she too has been cutting class. In the middle of that discussion, Drew says he wants to try out for baseball and he wants Uncle Adam to help.  For some reason, Sarah says she’ll talk to Adam about it, instead of letting the kid ask himself.  She goes to Adam’s, where she gets a frosty reception from Kristina. (Apparently no one is getting past Amber sleeping with Haddie’s ex.)

Sarah goes to Mr. Cyr (he of Sarah’s second awkward breakup) to talk about Amber.  She tells him she’s thinking about moving on and that she missed him.  He tells her she’s doing fine with Amber and that they shouldn’t leave.  In fact, he doesn’t want her to. That makes it seem like he might be back next season, but considering Jason Ritter has another series lined up for next season,  I don’t know if I’d count on it.

The Braverman adult kids get together at the diner to talk about their parents.  Adam and Sarah tell Julia and Crosby about their dad’s affair.  Then Adam backs out of helping Drew with baseball, trying to keep the peace at his house.

Sarah ends up taking out her problems with her brother on Amber.  She tells Amber she didn’t want to come back to Berkley, that Amber is miserable and is taking everyone down with her, and Amber ends up running away.  Adam and Sarah then go to ex-boyfriend Steve’s house, where they let Steve’s parents in on the whole horrible high school love triangle.  That was a lovely little shouting match; almost as good as Sarah and Adam walking in on Amber’s Fresno ex, who was with another girl.

Just as Crosby, Jasmine and Jabbar are getting used to being a family, Jasmine and Jabbar may be leaving.  Jasmine had a successful audition and made it into the Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe.  The bad news is she has to be in New York by Friday, and Zeek shows up to announce he’s moving in, bringing a bag full of awkwardness with him.

Zeek found room in that bag for some liquor, because he and Crosby have a piano-playing, shot-drinking session. It's quite the interesting father-son bonding ritual, but at least Zeek wasn’t too drunk to advise Crosby to make sure he’s there for Jabbar.

I think Crosby has turned out to be my favorite character; as Jasmine says, he’s a constant surprise.  It was so sweet to see him with Jabbar, who decided to call him Daddy.  And it was sad to see the look on his face when he was talking to Jasmine about making sure Jabbar knows he didn’t abandon him.  Later he confronts Zeek about cheating on his mom, and told him to be a man and fight for her.

Crosby eventually decides to fight for his own family telling Jasmine he wants to drop everything and move to New York with her and Jabbar.

It's the end of the season, and they still haven’t gotten over the cheesy family get-togethers.  This time The Bravermans gather at the house before they follow Drew to his baseball tryout.  I guess that’s supportive, but what high school kid wants his entire family to watch a tryout for anything?  It’s a plot move to get them all there to witness Zeek try to apologize and get back together with Camille. Because really, who wouldn’t want to see their dad grovel, then break out a ukulele and sing to their mom?

So, this finale was nothing of “Lost” or “24” proportions, but it wasn't bad.  What do you think?  Are you looking forward to next season?  What did you want to see in this episode?  Log in and let us know!

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  1. Germaine

    I ABSOLUTELY love this show. I cry every episode-it just reminds me how important family is no matter what. Every character is likeable and they all gel. I have watched these actors throught out the years and I'm so happy they are all together on this show. I tape it on my DVR and watch it over and over. AWESOME show

    August 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. millie

    Krause is hot

    May 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lulu

    Thoughtful, well-acted, well-written, great music, superbly-casted-I LOVE THIS SHOW!

    May 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    I think it's an awesome show i wish it was on earlier but it's a really good show because it's about real life and you can relate to some things in it. The actors are really good and I can't wait for next season

    May 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kathy

    It's a wonderful of my very favorites. And this one was a tearjerker!

    May 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Irwin

    Too bad it's on the same time as The Good Wife. But each week I feel better about choosing this one. The acting is superb, the dialogue first-rate; it's replaced Brothers and Sisters as my favorite family drama. There's no weak links in this ensemble. Even Amber and Haddie are great!

    May 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Misty

    The mess is part of the reality! That's actually what I LOVED about the show! It's real. You can relate to all of them in one sense or another. We've all been young and fearful of responsibility at one time (Crosby), we've all made HUGE mistakes in highschool that we wished we could take back (Amber), we've ALL questioned our parenting (Kristina & Sarah)....and you have to admit whether you have one of those families who are a regular part of each other's life or you wished that you did, it's very heartwarming to see. Can't wait for round 2!!

    May 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sarah

    Beautiful show! Talented actors! I just hope the Bravermans would have a windfall and transfer to better environs with with well-lighted backgrounds/walls and organized kitchens. I get headaches taking it all in that I have to concentrate on the dialogue, and not be distracted with the mess. Thanks

    May 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hollie

    I absolutely LOVE this show...I HOPE, HOPE, is picked up for another season again and again...this show and Modern Family are the best shows on TV!

    May 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    I really like this show! I'm so glad it will be back next season. However...I think the Amber/Haddie/Steve love triangle is completely ridiculous. I can't believe no one (like her parents?) has told Haddie to get OVER it because she dumped Steve! Yeah Amber probably crossed the line ethically, but Haddie and Kristina are overreacting big time. For supposedly being such a "smart" girl, Haddie comes off as a total brat. Kudos to the writers though that Haddie told her friends to stop being nasty to Amber. We need to see more TV teens addressing the bullying that seems to have become such a real-life problem.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tina

    Definitely – it is a great show! Wish it would air earlier in the evening!

    May 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |

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