'Parenthood': Don't sleep with your autistic nephew's therapist
February 23rd, 2011
04:22 PM ET

'Parenthood': Don't sleep with your autistic nephew's therapist

The title of this episode is an example of one of the many reasons I like this show; it gets straight to the point.

Crosby manages to have a negative effect on a bunch of people, all because he was feeling sorry for himself and decided to spend the night with Max's therapist, Gaby. He does the walk of shame out of her apartment the Morning After. He’s about to find out it’s not going to be that easy to walk away from what he did.

Jasmine shows up at Adam and Kristina's while Gaby is working with Max. Gaby overhears Jasmine telling Kristina about her problems with Crosby. She's so guilty and distracted she can't concentrate.

Later, Gaby tells Adam and Kristina she can’t work with Max anymore, effective immediately, but she doesn’t tell them why. It’s not long before Max is having a serious meltdown, which Crosby witnesses. He’s there to apologize for blowing up at Adam earlier. Adam clearly doesn’t have time, since Gaby quit and Max is melting down. Crosby heads over to Gaby’s to tell her she has to go back and fix it. He says he’ll feel guilty if Max suffers for what they did. Well, he should have thought about that before. He had been making pretty good progress towards acting like a grown man until this nonsense.

Jasmine goes by the bachelor boat to apologize for their fight. Crosby has been drinking and can’t look her in the eye. He admits to sleeping with “someone.” Jasmine throws some things at him, tells him he doesn’t deserve anything good in his life and says she’ll never forgive him.

Meanwhile, Kristina thinks it’s her fault Gaby quit. She goes to apologize and ask Gaby to come back. Gaby admits there were some "complications" with Crosby. I can’t tell if Kristina is more disgusted with Gaby or Crosby. Adam is clearly disgusted with Crosby, who walks in just after Kristina breaks the news. Crosby was about to admit what happened. Instead he gets an earful from Adam about how selfish he is and about how much Max needs Gaby because he has Asperger's. As if things weren't bad enough, Max is standing on the stairs and hears all of this. Remember, they've never told Max about his diagnosis. Thanks to Uncle Crosby, they're going to have to and we've got the serious storyline for next week.

Seth brings Drew back after a father-son breakfast. Amber really doesn’t like the idea of her brother being out with her dad, but she looks at a loss for words when Seth gives her an old guitar as a gift. Later Amber and Drew have a fight about how she’s treating their dad, and she tells him she thinks Seth will leave. The next time Seth is over, she tries not to be flat out rude, but that effort doesn’t last long. She finally loses it when he doesn’t remember she gets seasick. She lets him have it. She can’t forget how he let her down, and she can’t forgive him as easily as Drew did.

It turns out Amber was right about Seth taking off soon. Seth and the band get another job in Seattle and he wants to leave town early and let Sarah tell them. If Seth hasn’t completely changed, Sarah has. After agreeing at first to tell them, she refuses and tells him to show up before they go to school. He does show up to explain what’s happening. Before Amber has a chance to apologize, Seth admits she had every right to go off on him.

Sydney, meanwhile, has decided to become a vegetarian. Camille and Zeek come over to babysit, toting meaty lasagna. Sydney refuses to eat it. She thinks she’s going to get away with not eating the second meal her grandmother made. Zeek says she has to eat something or she doesn’t leave the table. That’s a parenting approach Julia doesn’t approve of. She thinks it undermines her. Zeek thinks Julia and Joel are letting Sydney run the show. Camille intervenes, explaining that Zeek was just trying to help, but that he’s right, Julia can’t let Sydney run things. And looky here, sensitive Zeek is back. He tells her it felt good for her to have his back, and he shows his appreciation in the laundry room.

I'm not sure who the bigger child is, Sydney or Crosby. He did nothing but prove that he can't make good decisions on his own. Sincerely apologizing for screwing up isn't going to help him at all. What do you think? Is there any hope at that moment that anyone is going to forgive him?

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  1. MD

    ! I think a lot of people will find Gaby easier to relate to because she is white, it's a fact. Negative stereotypes about black women have played into perceptions of Jasmine. The unfair criticisms of Jasmine just defy logic, especially when so many of the other women on the show are just like her. I guess folks missed Julia and Joel’s nasty fight where she belittled him, I didn’t hear anyone call for them to divorce. All other couples get a chance to work on their issues, Crosby and Jasmine should be allowed the same. Why should one fight mean the end of Crosby and Jasmine?
    Also Jasmine should be allowed the full range of emotions/ behaviours just like others- sometimes she is angry, a little controlling (not more than Julia) and other times Jasmine is playful, supportive, happy, cute, strict, selfless. When people make comments like Jasmine ALWAYS, or Jasmine NEVER, you know it’s biased; the characters on this show are not that one dimensional. People are happy that a man cheated on his fiancé? People are siding with the home wrecker? GMAB! Folks are just happy that a situation has been created that could lead to Crosby and Jasmine co-parenting instead of marrying…it’s easier to believe that IR couples can’t work or that black women like Jasmine aren’t the marrying type, they can only be baby mamas.
    Crosby and Gaby? Gaby was Crosby’s fantasy paramour, typical home wrecker- dumbsel in distress ‘, Max was harsh with me, and I’m so lonely Crosby’… Ugh!, Of course she listens, of course she’s sweet, of course she can tell Crosby what he wants to hear, she does not have to live with him...wonderful women do not sleep with someone’s fiancé or husband…but selfish ones do. Jasmine and Crosby have a real relationship; issues to resolve, careers and a home life to balance, bills to pay, a child to look after and a future to plan. Crosby and Jasmine love each other, they had a good life together, they were happy...sucking on his edible ,watching his finace's play lingerie fashion show, Crosby concluded "life is good"...and i am now to believe that they will throw this away after one fight? NEVER!!

    March 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 21, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. jennifer

    I agree with everyone. I like crosby and gaby more than crosby and jasmine. I felt there was more chemistry with gaby and crosby and crosby was able to act himself around gaby. With jasmine, it feels like he has to watch what he says or do.
    As far as adam, he had no right to go off on crosby like that. Adam can be mad at him for doing a mistake and be mad at him for gaby leaving but he went over the top. At the end of the day, Crosby was the one who made the mistake and it was his mistake to fix. Why do Adam and Kristina let what crosby did affect their life?
    If my brother cheated on his fiance, I would be angry and call him out but at the end, I don't have a right to kick him out of my house. As a sibling, I would give him advice and not get involved.

    March 11, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. B

    I've never posted like this before, but I am a die-hard Parenthood fan, and love all the characters, and wanted to put in my 2 cents. I am glad that Crosby slept with Gaby. I don't think it was a mistake. I think both are good people, want to be good people, and need a lot of reassurance about being good people. Sleeping together was something they needed in some way, just to keep going. Gaby is no less able to help Max. Crosby is no less able to help Jabbar. Their sleeping together was no more harmful than many of the other actions by many of the other Parenthood characters. The real question is can they forgive themselves, and can others forgive them. I cannot see how Jabbar is better off with Crosby and Jasmine married, unless they are able to share their lives in a way they cannot at present. Adam is wrong in summarizing Crosby as being unable to grow up. Crosby lacks confidence in his ability to make a place for himself in the world, but deep down he knows he is a good guy and he has definitely sacrificed of himself to maintain the relationship he presently has with Jabbar. That's grown up in its own way. It's not everything, but it's something. Jasmine is not just a strong personality – she does not know how to help Crosby, she doesn't have that life skill, but she is able to watch out pretty well for herself, and so the result is a bolstering of her life at his expense. I don't see any vilification as needed in any respect. The relationship between Jasmine and Crosby just doesn't have enough internal foundation for it to hold up. I am not sure whether it will turn out to be a good thing or a bad thing if they don't wind up married. It's not clear either way to me at this point.

    February 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. O

    So many people complain about the Jasmine character and are so quick to make her a villain because she has a strong personality. Many of the Braverman women have strong personalities and are not ever seen as poor examples for their children. Furthermore, I can't imagine anyone being calm when after a fight their boyfriend decides to cheat on them. Get real. What's the real reason behind accepting Crosby's misbehavior and wanting to kick Jasmine to the curb. Crosby's parents cheated on each other too, they weren't ever seen as too negative for each other. Also some of the other Braverman women have been just as cruel to their men. I believe because Jasmine is African American and strong-willed, she's being vilified .

    February 25, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. A

    I hope they get rid of Jasmine's character. I really can't stand her or her mother or the idea of the rushed wedding. She or her mother never let Crosby talk or make decisions for Jabar or for their futures together. Also, why wasn't Crosby able to make a mistake, albeit a big one, and admit it to Jasmine without her flipping out and getting physical? Ew I would have called the cops on her! And Crosby is okay having Jasmine suddenly flip out like that around their son?
    I would love to see Crosby and Gabby together–I agree they both seem to be more encouraging and stable and at least Gabby knows how to talk to children instead of Jasmine flipping out, getting physical or making assumptions about the "BRAVERMANS." Gabby seemed, prior to last episode, to be more secure while Jasmine was quite the opposite.

    Ah, we shall see what happens next!

    Oh yeah and poor Drew and yeah, too much Haddie and Alex (overdrive!!!)

    February 24, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jay

    ....oh, and by the way, Adam is as much at fault for Max hearing that he has Asperger's as Crosby. I understand Adam is upset, but letting your anger lead to shouting about your son having Asperger's (in your own son's home) is about as wreckless as sleeping with your autistic nephew's therapist. Just as Crosby should have thought about the consequenses and not be the victim of his own emotion...so should Adam have been. As much as I love the Adam character, he needs to chill and not pop his top like that.

    February 24, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jay

    Agreed it was a mistake on both of their parts. That said, Jasmine is awful to Crosby where Gaby lifts him up and believes in him. If Crosby needs anything it is for someone to believe in him. So I would love to see Gaby be the "wind beneath in his wings", and it appeared from the previous episode that he believes in her as well.
    Glad the Asperger's thing is out too. They have to deal with the concern now though that Max will label himself and use "Asperger's" as an excuse for his behavior.
    Poor Drew is right, but there is hope for them because Daddy is definitely changing. Men don't become men overnight and even though he is way overdue, it was cool to see Seth "man up" and say that Amber was right to say what she said....that she had every right.

    February 24, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ivette

    Gaby knew the situation between Crosby & Jasmine and she shouldn't have let it get that far. She should have known that this will affect her job. I'm glad that Max knows, now Christina and Adam can stop being so secretive about the whole Asperger thing to him.

    February 24, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Adrian

    Gaby and Crosby both did a bad thing but Gaby really shouldn't have let that get in the way of her job. They'll probably find someone better than her because sometimes she takes Max's meltdowns personally and that isn't very professional anyway.

    Poor Drew... <3

    February 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |

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