A New Plan on 'Parenthood'
April 6th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

A New Plan on 'Parenthood'

The plan was the thing on the new episode of "Parenthood."  Old plans not working out, new plans that have no hope of working out and parents' plans not working out for their kids.

Cosby is in an empty house pouring his heart out to someone.  Looks like a real estate agent.  I say "looks like" because why would he be telling all his business to a real estate agent?  And he couldn’t really be trying to buy a house while Jasmine is barely talking to him, could he?

Of course he is.  He really thinks buying a whole house will convince the woman he cheated on to come back to him.  And, for some reason, Crosby thinks telling this plan to Adam is a good idea.  Adam doesn’t want to talk to him, but he finds it in himself to tell Crosby what a stupid idea it is. Sarah was a bit easier on him about it, but not by much.

Amber still hasn’t told her mom about not getting into Berkley. But this being the Braverman family, Sarah hears it from Julia, who misunderstood her conversation with Sarah and thought she knew already.

After the credits, it’s all about prom.  Adam is agitated about the prospect of Haddie and Alex going to a hormone-fueled teen gathering.  Haddie and Alex convince Amber to go to prom.  Alex even finds her a date.

Sarah is talking to theater guy Blount about how he got his first job.  The real point of the story is telling her she needs to cut a couple scenes from her play.  He tells her a Berkeley playhouse might be willing to do a reading of her script.  He seems unusually irritated that she thinks she can’t get it done in three days because of family and work.

I have a feeling he’s either going to steal her play, or he’s hanging his big comeback on her getting it done and to this theater company soon.

A few days later, he’s hollering at her about not getting the work done, as she’s trying to go help Amber get ready for prom. And he tries to guilt her by telling her to put herself first.  Something is up with this Blount guy.

Joel and Julia are trying to deal with the news she won’t be able to have another kid.  Julia is spending more time with Sydney, teaching her French and having her parents dig out her old golf clubs so she and Sydney can play together.  Sydney, being 6 and Julia's child, is rather blunt about not getting why they need to do "so many things" together.  Julia clearly feels rejected by the only kid she thinks she can have.

The before-prom scene is typical Bravermans: sweet and crazy.  Zeek and Camille talk about Adam and Sarah’s proms.  Kristina is really excited for Haddie, but Adam is still agitated about it.  The boys arrive, the girls make their grand entrance and parents and grandparents start snapping pictures.

At one point, Adam looked like he really wanted to tag along with Haddie and Alex, which would have been a good call considering they ended up  back at Alex's apartment. That's when Haddie told Alex she was ready to sleep with him.  She still managed to make it back home four minutes before curfew, which lets her parents' sleep soundly for the night.

Amber seemed to be having a good time, until one of her classmates asked her where she was going to college.  She gets home and takes her anger out on Sarah.  Amber seems to think that since she tried being a good student like her mom wanted, and it didn’t work,  she should make her own decisions.  I think she's tried that before and it usually ends up with her drunk or high... or stuck somewhere with someone who's drunk or high.

Obviously Amber's plans aren't going anywhere good.  Do you think Sarah will be able to stop her from doing something really stupid?  And do you think anyone can help Crosby now that he's done something (else) dumb?

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. darci

    A good episode about coming age...at first I thought some of the scenes between Amber and Sarah were overdone, as they really induced uncomfortable cringes....but then after I re-watched the episode, I realized that that's how things really feel when you're at that age, and I expressed my frustration the same way. It was heartfelt and real, even if it was overdramatic.

    A great example is at the end, when Amber finally tells Sarah that she isn't going to go to college and the whole good student thing was just living her life to do what she thought Sarah wanted. (scene is at http://vimeo.com/22052846 ).

    Also, so glad to hear that they used another Junip song ("Loops") during that scene..they've played them a lot this season, and something about the band's soothing sound is perfect for really emotional scenes like that.

    April 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. www.monogrammedeverything.com

    Not going to lie...I've never even heard of this show...sounds pretty interesting though. Maybe.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. leelow

    this show must be on one of the big networks. only people who use food stamps and get welfare watch their shows anymore. everyone else has a dish or uverse and watches shows that are actually good.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • smas

      you are missing out – this is a great show. It doesn't matter where/how you make your money.

      April 8, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Go Bears!

    It's spelled "Berkeley".

    April 7, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lennie Ross

    Haddie's ready to sleep with Alex? Don't you think that some of the teen ladies these days are getting started a little early? What ever happened to waiting until you were at least possibly near maybe being ready?


    April 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmmbop

      what are you 80? this is normal. the average teen today loses their virginity at 17. usually to a boyfriend/girlfriend. this show reflects society/family life more accurately than anything ive ever seen, especially Haddie's character. and how do you know she wasnt ready?

      April 8, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. leelow

    a new palin on parenthood ? this is incredible ! i hope it will be bristol palin or that snookie palin everyone keeps talking about.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dw

    unfortunately, we know from the trailers where amber's decision is going to lead her. crosby needs to be spend a little time growing up though i hope he gets back with his fiancee and son. they have nice chemistry. love the unity of the braverman family. i know it's television but adam standing by his brother at the end gave me chills. don't we all want that kind of support?

    April 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |

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