Parental angst and teen loathing on 'Parenthood'
January 19th, 2011
02:27 PM ET

Parental angst and teen loathing on 'Parenthood'

On last night's episode of "Parenthood," nearly all the parents were wondering or fighting about whether they were doing something to screw up their kids.

At the dress rehearsal for the first grade play, Jabbar develops stage fright and doesn’t want to do the play anymore. Cousin Sydney, however, is happy to step up. Crosby seems very disappointed. At home he tries to explain the concept of butterflies and why it's important to try even if he's scared. 

Mom Jasmine, who spends time on stage, joins in the conversation, but tells Jabbar he doesn't have to do it, without discussing it with Crosby. Which is strange, considering she recently yelled at Crosby for not backing her up. And I swear I saw her look at him like, "let's see how you like it when I play the good parent for a change." 

He eventually called her on it and they managed to convince him to try again. The funniest scene of the evening was watching Sydney, dressed as a mini Marilyn Monroe, negotiating a reward for giving Jabbar's part back to him.

Adam and Kristina catch Haddie sneaking out with Alex. Alex is completely confused at their reaction because Haddie never told him she wasn’t supposed to see him. She’s grounded, he’s upset and Adam and Kristina are furious.

Haddie cuts class to see Alex at the food bank to try to apologize. He tells her what she did is a big problem since part of the AA program is being honest. She leaves and runs into her grandmother, who tries to calm her down and explain what Adam and Kristina are trying to do, but takes her straight to school.

Round 2: The school notified Adam and Kristina that Haddie cut class and they remove the door from her room and take every electronic device she owns. Everyone involved played this very well. Kristina and Adam are both torn over the fact that while their kid says she hates them, they need to stand their ground for her own good. Sarah Ramos, who plays Haddie, has got the screeching, unreasonable teenager down pat.

But I'm thinking Haddie got the unreasonable part from her mother. Kristina talks to Camille about what's going on, and of course Camille tells her she knows, since she's the one who took Haddie to school. Somehow Kristina takes Haddie confiding in her grandmother to mean her mother-in-law thinks she's handling things wrong. Had she put a lid on her own screeching and let Camille talk, Kristina would have known that Camille backed her and Adam by telling Haddie she can't get in between her and her parents. 

That part of the problem isn't going to get any better anytime soon. By the end of the episode, Haddie has packed up to go stay with her grandparents for a while. Camille clearly doesn't want to interfere, but what is she going to do, turn the child away?

Alex goes to see Adam to talk about the situation. He tells Adam had he known Haddie wasn't supposed to see him, he wouldn't have. He also explains that he's not a bad guy, not anymore. Adam calmly explains that he wants his kid to be a kid, and that he's looking out for his daughter. Considering how crazed Haddie is and how calm and reasonable Alex is, Adam and Kristina might want Alex around as an example of how to behave.

I'm interested to see how this business about Haddie staying with the grandparents works. Even if she tries playing the sympathy card to get permission from them to see Alex, I think Alex is done with her for now. He told her he called his AA sponsor and he understands now why they say no relationships for the first year. And Kristina's relationship with Camille isn't going to benefit from this new arrangement. What are you expecting next?

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  1. delena

    And this is just how white people behave. unreasonable and selfish. doesnt matter if the boy is good. he doesnt fit their 'perfect' ideal so they say screw him, foolishness

    January 20, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      Really? You are going to put it into those terms? The color of his skin had NOTHING to do with it. It was the fact that he was 19 with his own apartment more than anything! Terrible to even bring that into it.

      January 20, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. James

    The contrast between Haddie and Alex's reactions just proves to further emphasize that she is a kid doing kid things and he is an adult doing adult things. I don't care if he is as pure as Tim Tebow, I wouldn't approve of my 16 year old daughter dating a 19 year old with his own place.

    January 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |

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