The more things change on 'Parenthood'
September 14th, 2011
02:44 PM ET

The more things change on 'Parenthood'

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.

Cranky employed Adam is so much better than scruffy, bored, unemployed and cranky Adam. I understand his ego might be hurt, but he really didn't need to go off on Kristina for getting a permanent, full time job. How about "hey honey, that's great, hopefully I'll join you soon and we can carpool." He needs to be high-fiving her for getting a job when she's pregnant.

Julia and Joel are making a video to show to prospective biological mothers.  She's worried because they haven't had an interview in a while. She later finds out that the coffee girl at work (I love that, by the way, people bringing you coffee at your desk!) is pregnant and not planning to keep the baby.  Of course she can't stop thinking about adopting the baby.  If she had any boundaries, the thought might have crossed her mind that a situation like that might make for an awkward workplace.  But Julia, being a Braverman, won't think a thing about asking.

Amber is looking for somewhere to live.  She hasn't moved far enough away from her "didn't get into Berkeley blues" destructive period and seems to think moving into a rundown apartment in what Zeke lovingly referred to as the crack neighborhood is a good idea.

Crosby presents Adam with the chance to join him in opening their own recording studio. I'm not sure that would be a great idea, considering the fights they've had about personal issues. Not a lot has been said on the show about Crosby’s job. Hopefully he runs his work life better than his personal life.

Those six months haven't made a bit of difference for Crosby or Sarah. He hasn't gotten back together with Jasmine, and still doesn't seem to understand how to deal with his kid and relationships. He’s apparently been hooking up with the waitress from their breakfast hangout. She showed up at his house unannounced, met Jabbar and told Jabbar she was "daddy's special friend." That's reason enough to drop her right then and there.  Jasmine had a problem with that and in the process announced she's dating.  Crosby looked so hurt.

Sarah still doesn’t seem to understand boundaries. She runs into Amber's ex-teacher/her ex-boyfriend Mr. Cyr when she’s at the high school trying to get Amber’s diploma. While they’re talking in a park she kisses him, with no warning. He had a "what is she doing?" surprised look on his face, not the "fantastic!" surprised look one would want to elicit when kissing someone like that. I guess this was her way of saying, “It’s been long enough, Amber isn’t your student anymore, let’s pick up where we left off,” without all that messy grown-up discussion. Did I mention she celebrates her 40th birthday this episode? Poor thing needs to get it together.

Haddie kicks off senior year with a drunken party. Her recovering alcoholic boyfriend Alex declines to go with her. But he did show up to try to take her home, long after she's drunk, as any good boyfriend should. The silly senior boy who's hosting the illegal party tries to stop him. Alex punches him, as well he should have. Alex ends up in jail and it’s not his first offense, as Julia finds out after Haddie calls her for help. That's going to go over well. Adam already had a problem with Alex's age and rough upbringing.

That's the Bravermans for you.  Of course, with a dance party. What do you think?  Is anyone here off to a good start this season, or will it be more of the same trouble and angst, middle-aged and teenaged?

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  1. Think_Ideas

    Oh Dear, if i were a first time viewer i would have dumped this show after seeing Alex arrested, and no consequence for the the other teens or parents. It's unrealistic and dumb and reeks of racial profiling. No wants to see that! Come on writers, you're really asking a lot of your audience here.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ryan

    oh have all summer to plan for the season opener and you come up with alex getting arrested at a party filled with underaged high school kids. are you kidding me? nobody on the writing crew thought "hey, why would alex be the only one getting arrested here." i love that scene with all the kids calmly walking out of the house. none of the writers went to a high school party? if you're underage drinking and cops show up, you don't walk out of the front of a house. you run out the back. i have told so many people about how great this show is...i almost feel embarassed now.

    September 15, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. patsy

    Something magical happens to Nate er uh I mean Adam when he dances. I hope there are more Braverman celebrations this season to give him the opportunity.

    September 15, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. ja

    I would like to know how Amber is affording an apartment with no visible means of support (i.e. job). Is Sarah is making that much bar tending and writing plays????? I agree with S McKinney – the cops would have the paddy wagon out for all the drunk teenagers and Haddie would have had Julia bailing both of them out. Also the hosts parents would be in big trouble. Hats off to Kristina for getting a job while pregnant, because that is hard to pull off unless she got hired while not showing.

    September 15, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      I thought the same thing. This kid's parents are going to press charges against Alex but there was underage drinking in their house? I hope Julia can use that to get them to drop the charges.

      September 16, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. s mckinney

    confused as to why the cops only arrested the boyfriend, when clearly there was a house full of really drunk teenagers.

    September 15, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. @Anonymous

    you're a dumb@$$!

    September 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. edddy murfie

    yeah ! im a karate man !

    September 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mark


    September 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Observer

    More liberal tripe from the party of hate. I swear, the only thing that the far left wants to do with kids is their wholesale murder, all the while proclaiming it a "choice"...

    September 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Where in an entertainment article is the topic of abortion discussed? Please go to your tea-party rallies and Michelle Bachman message boards. From the uneducated right, I can understand your confusion but please stop embarrassing yourself.

      September 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lolarites

    I don't know why I watch this stupid show, I can't stand anyone of it, except maybe Amber's lame brother, who is the Bobby (Mad Men) of the Braverman's. I especially dislike Sarah, the lawyer daughter and Adam's wife too. Who screwed up this family? Was it Coach? Must have been.

    September 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mark

    I have heard that is the most nutritious though.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mark


    September 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |

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