Parenthood Review: "The Situation"

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This week’s episode had us feeling a lot of compassion towards Adam and Kristina, for the daily struggles they face raising Max.   On The Situation, Adam gets to reconnect with his son on the baseball field.  Sarah meets a cutie, and sparks are definitely flying for this young mother.  And comical Crosby finally tells Katie he is a father.

As each Braverman story unfolds, we feel more connected to its characters.  You have really nailed it on the head NBC! Parenthood ROCKS!

First, there is Sarah's new love interest.  He is much cuter then Jim, but there is one problem... he is Amber’s teacher!  You can’t go around dating your teenage daughter’s teacher.  We see this causing a huge rift between the two. Do you think Amber will freak out once she finds out her mother's new beau? 

Someone needs to introduce Sarah to an online dating site!  Ever hear of Please don’t do this to your daughter, high school is hard enough!

Amber Photo

Crosby and Jasmine agree to a paternity test.  We are sure Jabbar is his son, but a man is entitled to know the truth, especially since she has hidden Jabbar for all this time.  

Crosby also tells Katie about Jabbar, which ends disastrously.  Can’t blame her though, must be tough to be literally the last one to find out about your boyfriend’s son.  They were even planning on starting their own family… don’t really see that happening now, do you?

Finally, Adam is able to reconnect with his son on the baseball field with the help of his nephew Drew.  Adam even admits to Sarah that their time together has almost allowed him forget Max has a “situation”.  Max is such an incredible kid, and we hope he gets the help he needs to live with Asperger's.

We are true Parenthood fans and can’t wait to see what transpires next week. All we can say from the previews is we hope Joel has not fooled around with that slut Racquel.  Go away you want to be home wrecker!

Until next week, here are a few of our favorite Parenthood quotes:

Amber: Can't you just punish me please?
Sarah: No I can't punish you, because I ran out of good punishments for you in Fresno. We'll have to see what he comes up with. | permalink

Racquel: We can't make our children into something they are not.
Julia: Thanks. That's very Buddhist. | permalink
Joel: Does telling me exactly what I should say make you feel like less of a control freak?
Julia: All right fine, this is who I am. I am going to except it. I'm a control freak. | permalink
Adam: Well, what are we going to do about this?
Kristina: Nothing.
Adam: Nothing?
Kristina: It is what it is and there's nothing we can do about it.
Adam: Well, can I still hate the guy? | permalink


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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (7 Votes)

I am in love with this show.I have been a fan of Peter Krause since six feet under- and I adore the other cast mates.
I love the topics and I am hoping for a season 2


When do we hear if it is a go for another season!?


Thanks EH... fixed the name mistake! :)


Joel, not Drew.


I think Max is super cute!!! I agree with you - I really hope Drew keeps it in his pants! Can't wait until next week!


I love Parenthood.
It's one of the better new shows on TV and I will continue to watch. The acting is great, especially from Peter Krause who plays Adam. All that aside, I'm not understanding why Max's Aspergers syndrome is being referred to as a "Situation." As a higher functioning eighteen year old girl with Aspergers I know how hard it is for people to understand, but I've never taken kindly to people referring to me as "ill," because what I have, and what the character Max has, is NOT an illness. Why not just call it a diagnosis if the network is so worried about getting sued? There is no right way around the word, it's called ASPERGERS. Everyone is so afraid of saying the word instead of finding the right way to help the child. In Adam and Kristina's defense, however, I'm sure they're confused and frustrated. The problem with getting the proper help for Max is they don't know where to BEGIN. These parents are flailing. I wouldn't say I'm offended, but the writers of this show need to be careful with how they treat this character and have him portrayed. The other parents offering money, or repeatedly ask if they could help...C'MON. It's not like Max has Cancer. Aspergers is hard to understand because it has such a broad spectrum. But the scene in the baseball stadium was pretty on target, with another parent tapping Adam on the shoulder and Adam responding with something along the lines of "It's not like we're losing money, can't keep a roof over our heads, or for you to bring us food or anything..." because they don't! All that's lacking here is support from other confused, typical parents who don't know a thing about Max's diagnosis. I also think the little boy who plays Max is simply delightful and I think he'll get many more offers after Parenthood.

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Parenthood Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Sarah: He's not the only kid who's been dealt a rough hand.
Adam: I know.
Sarah: All Drew has done his whole life is wait for his father to show up...

Adam: Well, what are we going to do about this?
Kristina: Nothing.
Adam: Nothing?
Kristina: It is what it is and there's nothing we can do about it.
Adam: Well, can I still hate the guy?