"All Aboard Who's Coming Aboard" was a surprisingly weep-free episode that didn't particularly move the story forward, but did, however, introduce two new likable characters (played by Friday Night Lights alum Jurnee Smollett and The Office's David Denman) and gave us some genuinely funny moments. Here are our picks for the best and worst of the Braverman pairings this week:
Best: Ryan and Amber
: As promised last week, Ryan and Amber will always be in the best category (unless they break up, in which case…no, you know what, I'm not even putting that mojo out into the universe). These two are blissful in their happily engaged phase and can't keep their hands off of each other. Amber initially is hesitant about telling her family, especially Sarah (hmm, can't imagine why she'd worry about telling her wet blanket helicopter mother) but changes her mind when she sees the warm welcome they give Ryan upon his return. Even when Sarah puts doubt in Amber's mind about the engagement being too rushed and of the moment, Ryan settles her fears by saying, "Trust me." Ah, young love!
Best: Crosby and Jabbar
Everything is about the same in the Crosby and Jasmine household in that baby Aida won't stop crying and everyone is losing it. When Jabbar starts to act out after feeling neglected (such is the woe of an older sibling), Crosby does everything in his power to make it right because he's an awesome dad. From taking him to his favorite restaurant (which turns out to be a disaster when the baby gets them kicked out and Crosby has a hilarious meltdown) to letting him eat candy and drink soda at the Luncheonette to leveling with him about how terrible Aida is ("She's the worst we've got"), the father-son bonding was not only needed for them, but for Parenthood viewers.
Best: Julia and Ed
Who's Ed, you say? Why, Ed is another parent at Julia's kids' school who not only gets stuck with the same crappy volunteering job she has (Sustainability crew, which is basically telling a bunch of kids to recycle) but is also a work-free stay-at-home parent. These two already have a lot in common and incredible chemistry (it's nice to see Denman play a nice guy), so I'm sure there will be some will-they-won't they tension. But, let's be honest, Julia is married to Joel, so that's a big won't. Still, it's nice to see Julia happy and fun and mildly less irritating.
Worst: Adam and Kristina
I don't know about you, but I'm already exhausted with this mayoral campaign storyline. We know how this thing is going to pan out and honestly watching Adam be overbearing and kinda shitty to Kristina is fun for literally no one. While I do like the addition of Kristina's no-nonsense manager Heather (Smollett) to the mix, Adam being unsupportive is not only out of character, it's unpleasant to watch. Plus, it's just another thing to make Kristina more saintly than usual. Quick thought: if the Bravermans are all such supportive huggers, how come none of them were at Kristina's speech?
Worst: Zeek and Camille
The writers had to give Zeek and Camille something to do, so this was it: argue about their gorgeous, albeit old, home. Zeek wants to be the man of the house and continue puttering around fixing things and avoiding getting a security system, while Camille wants to move into a more affordable, maintainable place so they can use their time and money on travel. Love that house, but I gotta agree with Camille on this one. Plus, Zeek is such a stubborn coot; he needs to have things not always go his way because he says so.
Worst: Sarah and Her Unrelenting Need to Ruin Everything
Oh wow, as soon as Amber and Ryan announced their wonderful engagement, Sarah immediately had that concerned deer-in-headlights look. What a surprise! While Sarah spent the bulk of the episode belly-aching to anyone that would listen (including Hank, who took a break from hanging out with Max to keep worming his way back into the Braverman clan) and making Amber feel bad. Granted, she eventually redeemed herself by assuring Amber she would help give her the best wedding ever, but that only means we'll have to deal with Sarah being a mother-of-the-bridezilla, which almost sounds worse than her usual M.O. of being an overbearing nightmare. It may say "super" on her door, but she's still anything but.
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