Crime and non-punishment on 'Parenthood'
September 28th, 2011
12:40 PM ET

Crime and non-punishment on 'Parenthood'

It's another normal day in Braverman Land. And by "normal"  I mean days filled with fixing missteps caused by well-meaning friends and relatives with a lack of boundaries and a knack for meddling.

For once, there's a gathering in the Bravermans' yard that isn't a family party. They're having a yard sale. Camille sold some of Amber's things, which it turns out she donated, but Sarah still feels the need to rescue them.

No Boundaries Sarah also drops by Amber's job unannounced, and Amber does her best to rush her off. Sarah is having a lot of trouble with her daughter moving out because she's worried she won't come back. Amber does call her mom in the middle of the night because she hears something in her apartment. In perhaps the funniest scene in this show so far, the two of them find a rat. Amber climbs up on something, jumps on her mom's back and Sarah ends up carrying her out of the room.

Jabbar, Jasmine and Crosby are visiting a doctor, who says Jabbar has a wheat allergy. Crosby questions that, likely because the doc and Jasmine are doing a little flirting. She points out she and Crosby aren't together. Crosby is still having a rough time accepting that Jasmine may be seeing other people. Later he tells her that maybe she ought to see him. I hope he really meant that, because the doctor asks Jasmine out.

Julia has finally realized that perhaps she shouldn't have asked Zoe the coffee girl for her baby. She dreads going to work and mentions to her husband that she's probably lost her mind. Joel is justifiably slow to offer up the maritally-required "of course not, honey."

Julia actually runs from Zoe when she sees the girl in the hallway. She's not at all slick about it either. It's sad that Zoe has to take her coffee and tell her to quit being crazy. Julia apologizes, and Zoe explains she said no because she wants a closed adoption. It would be too hard for her to give her child to someone she knows and likes. I have a feeling this storyline is not going to end well.

The fight at the party is leading to conflict between Alex and Haddie.  She wants to help out and visit with his lawyer. He explains she can't since she was a witness. He tells her they live in two different worlds, and his is the one with real problems that he needs to handle by himself. He's right, but I wonder if he's irritated with her for helping put him in the situation in the first place.

After talking to an upset Haddie, Adam goes to talk to Alex. Not to tell Alex to stop seeing Haddie, but to offer support. Alex doesn't think that there's anything they can do, but I'd beg to differ.

They could start with "Judge, our silly child went and got drunk at a party she had no business attending, her boyfriend went to bring her drunk ass home, and the idiot minor child who was serving alcohol to other idiot children got in the way. And, by the way, what's he being charged with, your honor?"  Seriously, why is no one mentioning the laws that kid broke?

Adam goes to see the parents of the idiot child, who has not-so-bright parents. They talk an awful lot about holding their kid responsible considering they own the home where a high school kegger was going on. Finally, Adam mentions the underaged drinking while he's talking about Alex. Perhaps that swayed them, because they decided not to press charges. (Which they shouldn't have been doing in the first place, so they could avoid drawing attention to what their kid was doing.)

How well do you think they resolved that fiasco? Would you have still have tried to press charges for a fight at a party where your underage kid was drinking?

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  1. leeann

    Love the show!

    September 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anomic Office Drone

    I watched a few episodes of this when it first started but lost interest. Is it good?

    September 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Weezie Jefferson

    YOU RULE PORTALPUNK ! YES ! Have you watched Terra Nova yet? Its not too bad.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. portalpunk

    FIRSTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |

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