Parenthood is making it on to Best of 2012 lists, y'all. People are celebrating the Bravermans... influential people who sway executives to order more episodes and give extra money to shows. And after watching "What to My Wondering Eyes," is it really so surprising? My biggest complaint about this episode is that I don't get to sit around Zeek and Camille's Christmas tree (along with Max's sweet train) or wear new matching family scarves with the Braverman women. And where's my potty doll?
Okay, so "Trouble in Candyland" was maybe a bit predictable, but I felt distinctly good watching it, the way I often do after an enjoyable episode of Parenthood. Looking over my notes, the four phrases I wrote the most were, "BUSTED!!!", "Poor thing!", "such a good actor" and "Jesus Christ, Marie!" (my fellow Breaking Bad fans will understand that one). Next week's "What to My Wondering Eyes" kind of makes me want to jump off of a bridge with its Christmastime sadness, but for now let's hone in on last night.
Do you think Kristina is going to die? I don't know, y'all. A few episodes ago, I would have given you a definite "no," but there are only six episodes left in this season (unless NBC orders more) and I'm starting to think that if the Parenthood writers believe this is the end, they'll go out with a bang and the saddest final silent montage in the history of this show. Maybe with Bob Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate" playing over Adam coming home from his wife's funeral? I'm getting a tiny bit emotional just thinking about it, though to be clear I really just want her to get better and for her next storyline to be about like, I don't know, deciding to go back to school to become a nurse.
You know how at the end of "One More Weekend With You" when Ryan tells Amber, "I know that this weekend wasn't any fun and it was really intense and heavy, and I just wanna say thank you so much for coming"? I feel like that was from the writers to us. This episode was ridiculously overwhelming; and in one way, that was a good thing, as it showed how dark the show is willing to get, but in a much more realistic way, it made "One More Weekend With You" incredibly difficult to watch. Christ, even the Crosby stuff was serious.
Welcome back to Parenthood! It's been so long since this show was last on, and now Sarah and Hank have a beautiful six-year-old girl together! Seriously, though, it's nice to have our show back, and so much time has passed that I wasn't even sick of Kristina's storyline at first.
Considering NBC just hosted a conference call with Lauren Graham and Ray Romano, I figured "I'll Be Right Here," would have a lot more of Sarah and Hank. While I'm slightly disappointed that we have to keep waiting for more on that front, I'll give the writers credit for sticking in an episode where Mark was really likable (maybe he always is, I just have fun ragging on him) in order to make the love triangle all the more juicer. I will ask all of your Mark supporters out there: Did you roll your eyes maybe a little bit when he said he didn't have cable? What's next, he doesn't have a microwave?
One of the best parts of Parenthood this season has been watching Sarah and Hank pretend to avoid their obvious sexual tension -- and when then finally did kiss in "There's Something I Need to Tell You...", it was an instant series highlight. Lauren Graham and Ray Romano took a media call earlier this week to discuss the 'ship heard 'round the world, and tried their best to not talk about Gilmore Girls and Everybody Loves Raymond... luckily, they didn't entirely succeed. Below are the highlights.
Fair warning: It's kind of hard to read some of the notes I wrote during "There's Something I Need to Tell You..." because I'm bad at typing while hysterically crying. I probably shouldn't have watched a bunch of Google Chrome commercials before Parenthood came on (especially not this one), so that's partly my fault, but also this episode was basically a solid 40-odd minutes of heartstrings-pulling.
I was really impressed with last night's "The Talk." The episode wasn't great, but it did cover the N-word, our society's treatment of veterans, autism, bullying, breast cancer, adoption and the big Team Peeta vs. Team Gale Hunger Games divide -- not bad for a 40-odd-minute primetime family drama. I think Parenthood is laying it on a little too thick so far this season (with not nearly enough Camille or Amber, might I add), but given the fact that the episode ended with Adam making Kristina move up her surgery date, I don't have that much to complain about right now, so let's get to the nitty-gritty.
I was really hoping last night's "Everything Is Not Okay" would open with Kristina and Adam learning that the lump isn't serious, and that the very idea of her even having cancer would propel them into a season-long story arc where they grab life by the horns. As you can imagine, I was sorely disappointed.
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