Parenthood Season Finale Review: The Season of the Zeek

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As Parenthood had yet to be renewed, we received a relatively predictable and warm, fuzzy season finale. "Hard Times Come Again No More" could very easily serve as a series finale, if needed.

I highly doubt it’s going anywhere, being one of the top viewed dramas on NBC, but with new ownership at the helm, you never know. If it were to happen, I would not be worried about the future of the Braverman clan. They will be okay.

Amber in the Hospital

As I expected, Amber came out of the accident relatively unscathed, and looked a lot worse than were her actual injuries. Not surprisingly, even an accident that could have claimed her life didn’t change her attitude, and she went home with the same pent up anger that landed her in the hospital.

It drove me nuts that from the moment Jasmine made her entrance at the hospital, Crosby stared at her like a lunatic. It felt like he didn’t care in the least about why they were all there.

That he then followed her outside to talk about himself and their future, without regard to the current crisis, was just more proof that Crosby is a child in a man’s skin. Jasmine, however, didn't see him as I did, because by the end of the episode she was in his house, listening to his plans for their future. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Max’s Asperger's snapped Adam back to reality and almost drove Zeek to do something he would regret as Max had no understanding of the severity of the Amber situation. He just knew he was hungry.

The difficulty of dealing with a child who had no empathy and little ability to think about others was difficult enough, but Adam also had to deal with a boss who acted like an emotional imbecile. There was really no place for Adam to escape, as both his home and work gave him no emotional outlet.

My man Zeek, in the second half of this season, was amazing.

Zeek Braverman Picture

The way he took the reins and forced Sarah to recognize her talent was wonderful, just as it was he who managed to get inside of Amber’s head after the accident.

He was like the ghost of Christmases past, present and future in one swoop. Without a doubt, their talk at the impound lot was one of my favorites of the season.

There was absolutely no reason why the nasty pregnant person was hanging onto Julia with such fervor. Would a woman really do that with a stranger just because they are in labor? I’ve never given birth, but I don’t think I like people enough to do what she did. They really didn’t need those scenes to make their point, as even the accident would have been enough for Joel and Julia to decide to adopt.

I really wish Adam had had the balls to quit that crappy job before letting that little drug addled skater dude fire him. I wasn't not on board with his crazy ideas and I dddn't believe for a second the wunderkind ws going to take the shoe world by storm with one damn shoe.

Adam is so smart and talented. We need Zeek to step in, remind him he’s a Braverman, and a Braverman would never allow himself to be treated like that, and that he is capable and deserving of much more, including respect.

Adam and Kristina rounded out a really bad day with some really great news. Of course Adam would immediately expect the test was Haddie’s, but seeing that prom was just a week ago, it was just a tad early for him to jump to that conclusion. I gave him a pass based upon the day he had. Their reaction of crying and laughter was perfect, and summed up their marriage.

There was no doubt Sarah’s play would be a hit, but for some reason I didn’t expect Zeek to really play her father in the reading. It was fabulous! It seems that I am trying to say this was the season of The Zeek.

What were your thoughts on the finale? They didn’t leave many balls in there air, did they? I’d love to hear what you have to say, so please leave a comment if you have the time. Until next year (fingers crossed).. .Parenthood signs off!


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I agree with Maggie, Haddie is a responsible women and even though she is still Adam's daughter he has to be willing to give her a chance. In a world like this, Haddie, to me, seems like an amazing daughter and women and eventually she's gonna make a responsible adult.
The show did seem like it added everything up and tied up all the loose ends but with it's unsecured future that was totally understandable.
I absoulutly loved Zeke in this just showed how much he's truly learned and evolved throughout the season. Knowing Zeke, he probably would punched one of those actors out in the beginning but he acted very professionally.
I'm also SOOOOO happy Adam and Cristina are gonna have a baby :) even though things are rocky, they'll find a way to pull through :)


I love this show and hope it stays on for a 3rd season. It's so raw and real to life. Much better than so much other junk on the air. The characters are touching and relateable.


In case anyone else wants to know...that beautiful song at the very beginning is "I'm There, too" by Michele Featherstone.


I love this show and agree with the previous post way above...why does cr*p like Jersey Shore keep going and shows like this struggle to get a new season when they are SO good! I also could have done without that stupid pregnant woman scene especially since they ended up knowing each other and later confessed that they thought each other was a bitch. The birthing scene...well that was just gross. I put it on mute for a few minutes - the screaming scared the bejeezus out of my dog! The best parts were Amber and Zeek finally telling her like it is and to just buck-up and be a Braverman - finally someone tells her what she needed to hear - she has been such a pathetic brat since she didn't get into Berkeley. I also didn't buy Sarah's fast success with playwriting - -that never happens in real life. Also can't stand Richard Dreyfus in that role for some reason - he is like nails on a chalkboard...why? Can't put my finger on it. And I agree w/previous posts that Crosby was sort of wierdly fixated on Jasmine in the waiting room while they didn't even know yet if Amber was alive and I was disappointed when she came back to him at the end - I figured she would have moved on and found someone else that had it a little more together. Anyone else wonder how he bought that house, especially if this is suppose to be Berkeley? You don't exactly sell a houseboat (even in Sausalito across the Bay) and buy even a fixer shack in the Bay Area so I just don't get that part of the story. But that's OK. Doesn't have to be perfect - love the show. Wish it would keep on going. Tuesday is the only day I look forward to for TV - this show, The Good Wife and anytime the SF Giants baseball is being broadcast live. Yay!


This is by the far the best show on TV! I can't wait for this show each week. The Braverman family has become my family. The writing and acting is fantastic! I laugh and cry through each episode. I can't believe that there's even a question about a third season. Why is it that shows like The Jersey Shore get renewed so easily and a great show like Parenthood is fighting to stay on the air. It doesn't make sense. I loved the finale.


This was a great episode. I liked the ending with 2 families ready to be parents all over again. Usually the story lines ring true with me but I think that the story line with Sarah's play missed the boat. Plus it was out of character for her..achieving too much too quickly, too easily. And I missed the previous story line that Zeek is an actor?? Great show, though.


last night show was great but i expected it to be much better. i wanted to see some emotional scenceS betweent sarah and her family. but they had to ruin it with max tantrum.. i was so annoyed be that. they just had to make it all about MAX! and what is the point of kristina being pregnant? i really want to see how that plays out in season. hope drew gets a storyline in season three. they never give that kid anything to do.


Like others here, I believe Parenthood is one of the best shows on TV today. Great portrayal of Max, great characters all around, realistic, etc. I really hope they come out with Season 3! Lots more story to be had. New baby for Adam's family, further struggles with Amber--she may not really be out of the woods and worry free yet, plus there's issues with Amber and Drew's father too. Sarah and the play, and further writings. Joel and Julia adopting, and continuing to parent Sydney, and a new beginning, hopefully, for Crosby, Jasmine, and Jabar. Thanks NBC for a great show!!!


I have mixed emotions over the finale. I could of done without the whole Julia/pregnant lady storyline, boring. I didn't want Jasmine and Crosby back together. The writes all season made Jasmine insensitive and overbearing and now we are to just accept that she and Crosby area good fit? I think ONE Braverman should stay single. And how can a pregnancy be a surprise? Either you're practicing birth control or you're not. I'd think they wouldn't want to have another kid at their ages and with Max being so much to handle. All and all a great show even with the bits I complained about. Hope NBC renews it and hope Comcast promotes it on their On Demand menu for people to watch it more.


There is no question that this is one of the best shows on television and the only NBC show worth watching anymore! I have serious issues with how well Adam fathers Max and how not well he fathers Haddie. It seems people are supportive of him but it is time he starts wearing the pants in that house. She has not given them a reason to not treat her as a responsible young woman, so let her be a responsible young woman and stop hovering!
As far as Crosby, leave the guy alone! He may be an immature adult, but how many of us are? As far as I am concerned, he is the most realistic adult character on the show... Some of us learn later in life!

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Parenthood Season 2 Episode 22 Quotes

Max: Are you mad at me because I have Asperger's?
Adam: No, Max, I'm not mad at you because you have Asperger's. Never.

She's a very lucky girl.