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Parenthood Review: "I'm Cooler Than You Think"

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Parenting is hard!  Some say it is the most difficult thing you will ever do in your lifetime and Parenthood portrays an honest projection of how challenging it can really be.

On “I’m Cooler Than You Think," the Braverman siblings learned to deal with the honest, everyday struggles of parents.

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Crosby couldn’t get enough time with his son, and Rene wasn’t planning on helping him along.  It looked as if she was trying to hold back the time he had with Jabbar.  Why would this Grandma be so rude and unkind? 

Turns out, her husband abandoned Jasmine when she was a little girl.  She was trying to protect Jabbar from future heartbreak.  Still, she really did cross the line.

I loved the way Crosby stood up for himself, making it perfectly clear to Grandma his intentions were to be there for his son.  Good job new, daddy!  I know you will be an excellent father, and look forward to seeing how things pan out for your new family in the future.

Haddie decided to run for student council president and told her parents of this decision.  They, of course, were extremely proud of her and couldn’t wait to help her win the election.  Especially Kristina, which ended up just aggravating Haddie. 

Haddie blew up on her mother and actually made her cry.  Can we say what a spoiled ungrateful little brat Haddie has turned into!  You should be so lucky, having a mother that wants to help you whenever you need.  Do you think Haddie was out of line or Kristina too overbearing?  Whose side are you on?

Adam loves his son dearly and wants to build a relationship with him.  Max just wants to play his video game and keep to himself.  I am not sure how Adam can bond with Max, especially with his disability.  Our advice for the wonderful father: be there when Max needs you and love him with all that you have.

Things end up working out, partly because Adam insisted on spending special time with his son.  We really hope Max overcomes his disability and learns to socially interact with others, especially those that love him the most, his family.  Adam is an excellent father that wants to have a bond with his son.

Sarah, once again, has a new potential love interest in her life.  Mike helped Sarah get into a cool secret concert and back into the good graces of her daughter Amber.  This adorable new man has a lot of promise and we think things might work out for these two.

And then there is Julia and Joel.  Julia has been pushing her desires to have another baby, really without any consideration for her husband.  I don’t think she even once asked Joel what he wanted.

We were glad to see Joel finally stepping up and explaining to Julia his true feelings, that he wants to rightfully have a say in what happens in their lives together.  In the end, everything worked out and soon there should be the pitter patter of a new baby running around!  Do you think Joel made the right decision in agreeing to have a baby?  Do you think he is once again giving up his dreams for his wife’s? 

Until next week, here are a few funny Parenthood quotes to keep you smiling:

Zeek: We are his grandparents too, we have a say in it.
Crosby: Well, I'm his dad and I don't have a say in it.
Zeek: Oh I see, well your balls will still be here when you get back.
Jabbar: What balls? | permalink
Rene: You go to church?
Crosby: Oh yeah, the Bravermans have a very rich spiritual lineage. We're ah, 4/10th Jewish, vaguely Catholic, and I'm told 1/16th Cherokee even, and we had a communist atheist grandpa. | permalink
Kristina: Everybody raise your glass. My daughter Haddie Braverman is running for junior class president.
Adam: That's right, following in her father's footsteps.
Julia: Excuse me, your foot steps?
Adam: Yeah.
Julia: I was class president.
Kristina: I wrote speeches.
Crosby: Student council nerds are going to have a nerd off! | permalink

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    Richy

    It took me a bit to realize but Ms. Graham's new beau is Jesus from True Blood, Mike.

    The family I'm really interested in has to be Joel's. He has such a manly career but gets forced to be the stay-at-home dad. Neat seeing him with more screen time lately and with more roles than just being the parent, like helping pops fix the roof and building the desk for Lauren Graham. Interesting!

    Watched and loved Peter Kraus (Adam) in 6 Feet Under so I see why he has such complicated (acting) lives, and roles he brings the strong patriarch of his family that you would think he learned from his father as a young man.

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    Kristina needs to stop nosing into her daughter's life. Fine, offer suggestions to help her along her campaign. Kristina inundates the girl with her presence and literally tries to take over the whole thing. Seriously? I would think Haddie's reaction should have been worse.

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    Kristina is quickly turning into my least favorite person on the show. She was so overbearing and overemotional in the episode where she taught Haddie to drive. All she did was yell at her and try to defend herself ( I AM NOT CRAZY!!!)

    This episode it was more of the same. Haddie was trying to do something, kristina came in tried to force all this stuff on Haddie and then once haddie finally tried to talk to her Kristina gets all CRAZY and start overreacting to everything she had to say. then she turns to Adam to yell at poor haddie because she is being disrespectful, which i really don't thinks she was being at least not at first. For someone who has an autistic child Kristina really can't take any type of critism or deal with any problems that deal with haddie. Maybe she is using all of her sanity to deal with Maz becasue there she actually acts like a normal sometimes wonderful person

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    I'm on side Haddie: her mother cannot understand that the campaigning is her daughter's affair. I mean it look like Haddie is running because she thinks it's fun and not necessarily to win, so no need for platform and speech. Moreover, the election for junior class president is not a national stuff, that does not require a campaign organization. Kristina should relax, it's not the end of the world.




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