'Parenthood': Stuck in the 'In Between'
November 9th, 2011
03:44 PM ET

'Parenthood': Stuck in the 'In Between'

I think the title of this week's "Parenthood" - "In Between" - must mean some of these people are in between a rock and a hard place, either at work or at home. Let's start with Adam, who is, or will be, up against it at home because of work.

Crosby and Adam are still trying to find a receptionist/assistant for the studio. They interview some sketchy characters, including one who probably couldn’t find his way home.

The one person who doesn’t seem crazy and actually knows about music is young and very cute. Adam seems reluctant to hire her, claiming he didn’t notice she’s hot. Crosby says perhaps Adam is scared about Kristina objecting. As well he should be!

Crosby acts like he hasn’t seen Kristina unleash. Adam is right to have second thoughts about hiring the hot chick at all, much less so soon after his wife has had a baby.

Kristina meets the new girl on her first day, and clearly no one has explained to her what is appropriate attire for a new job. While Kristina doesn't flat out object to the new hire, she's clearly not pleased with the 20-something chest that greeted her.

When Kristina's trying on a cute red dress to wear to the party later, she's uncomfortable with the neckline and tells Julia she really doesn’t want to go. She does go, and seems to be having a good time. It all goes well until Receptionist Rachel notices the spill on Kristina's dress. Kristina is mortified, because she’s leaking.

The receptionist quickly lends Kristina her jacket (yet another chance for her chest to be on full view) and Kristina runs off. Adam redeems himself when he finds Kristina and tells her how beautiful she is. She really isn't feeling that way, but she loves him for saying so.

Meanwhile, Seth and No Boundaries Sarah are checking out Seth’s new apartment, and I'm using that term loosely. The place is a hole.  A roomy hole, but a nasty one nonetheless.

No Boundaries Sarah is more concerned that it's too far, to which I ask, too far from what? Her? Seth's a grown man, and seems to finally be acting like it.

Sarah tells Amber about her dad’s place, calling it The Relapse Inn. Amber sees how concerned Sarah is, and offers to let Seth stay at her new place, which in comparison is a penthouse suite.

Sarah and Mark are talking and having wine and making plans for him to meet the rest of the Bravermans when Amber comes home. Of course, Sarah hasn’t told Mark about Seth’s living arrangements, and Mark looks incredibly uncomfortable about it. It’s like Sarah wants to screw up the good relationship that’s working in favor of the bad one that’s already failed.

She even brings him groceries, and they find a birthday card Amber kept, which may be the only one Seth sent her. He begins to talk about what could have been, and he kisses Sarah - and she doesn’t stop him for a good minute. I understand they were married, and they have kids, but at some point she needs to move on. She may get a little help from Amber, though.

After the party, when Amber sees how happy Sarah is with Mark, she tearfully tries to explain to Seth that he’s interfering with Sarah’s happiness. In a sign that maybe he really is trying to behave like a grown man, Seth admits he’s getting in the way and decides to move instead of hanging around.

Crosby is still having issues with Dr. Joe hanging out with his son, sort of infringing on his paternal territory. He should be more upset his 6-year-old is watching "Harry Potter" movies - they’re a little much for a kid that small.

But I do have to credit Crosby for hiding how he feels from Jabbar, even when Jabbar announces he’s going to a football game with Dr. Joe. Crosby heads into Dr. Joe’s office and confronts him about getting to experience things with his son, and the doc did the right thing by eventually handing over the tickets.

And yet he also tells him that he’s not going anywhere, and that he’s going to be in Jabbar’s life.

I think Crosby wins for having the toughest time this week, with Amber running a close second.  At least Amber didn't cause herself her heartache.  What do you think?

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  1. Carol

    Well, ok, now that Katty admitted to crying- I bawled like a baby!!! 😉

    November 11, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Katty

    I just have to say, the ending when Amber found the envelopes of birthday cards made me cry. I'm not much of a crier normally but it was just so sweet and I do think this episode really showed how hard Seth is trying to grow up and be a good man/ex-husband/father.

    November 10, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Carol

    No Boundaries Sarah– that's a good name for her! Oh I just love this show.!! I can't pick my favorite storyline on this one..they're all so great. I feel for Crosby and am so glad Dr. Joe gave him the tickets because I think Cros was right about wanting to be the person to do the 'first' things with his son...I don't like what's coming down next week with Adam and hot girl receptionist...I think Amber and her emotional talk with her dad was the toughest thing this week. What a great show.

    November 10, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
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