Parenthood Review: "Clear Skies From Here on Out"

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So... who was making waves on "Clear Skies From Here on Out?" Just about every character on Parenthood, that's who. With the exception of Julia and Joel, there wasn't anyone unscathed in some way. Let's break it down!

Zeek and Camille
After he booked a commercial for erectile dysfunction, the kids threw out every other "old people" product on the market (Metamucil, adult diapers, prune juice and Life Alert), but steered clear of the one thing that made them the most uncomfortable. Yep, dad peed his pants, but let's not think about the other ways he might use that thing!

Zeek Makes an Announcement

I had no idea Camille was so jealous of Zeek. The thing she loves the most in him is the thing that makes her the most unhappy: his ability to see what he wants and just go for it. I hated to see her feeling so poorly about herself. It's so funny how people don't see in themselves what everyone else does. Her character has always amazed me with her strength and compassion.

Sarah and Mark
Pictures of Sarah and Mark kissing went viral throughout the high school. Drew was absolutely mortified. The first time they tried to get together, it was Amber in their way. Now it might be Drew? Sarah and Mark are so good together. The scene when he told her how pretty she looked, prior to the kiss, was magical. She deserves love, even if it is with her kid's teacher.

Haddie and Alex
Kristina wanted to talk to Haddie about what might be going on between she and Alex, but unhappy Haddie just pushed her away. Haddie didn't possess the skills to deal with her Alex problem on her own. Adam and Kristina gave her so much leeway with Alex, but not enough support to get her through the hard parts.

When Alex broke up with Haddie, she was wooden. There was something missing in her heart that she couldn't process what he was saying to her. But... Alex. When he was talking to Kristina and crying all I could think was that I don't want him to go. His presence on Parenthood makes each week worth watching. If Michael B. Jordan leaves the show, we will all suffer a great loss of talent. His tears were so effortless and so real.

Max and Jabbar
Max was so happy to have a best friend, and Adam was so happy that Crosby's son was the one, that it was particularly sad to think of poor Jabbar being scared stiff to say no to Max. Crosby stepped into fatherhood with his talk to Jabbar, trying to explain that Max wasn't like other kids wouldn't have come as easily to someone without the childlike qualities of Crosby. He was proud of Jabbar, and I was proud of Crosby.

How Jabbar interpreted what Crosby said was another matter, and repeating it to Max made all hell break loose. They literally had a fight on the playground, which lead to Crosby, Jasmine, Adam and Kristina all fighting as well. It was horrible to watch, and and the saving grace was Crosby and Adam getting their loan. Nothing could steal that moment from them. They're in business together.

Another day in the life of the Bravermans and another satisfying hour of television. It's almost the dramatic equivalent of Seinfeld. A show about nothing, and yet about everything with which we can identify. I can't wait until next week!


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Part 2 of comment: I think he broke up with her because he recognized her need to let loose and be a teenager, and that doesn't mesh with the lifestyle he's trying to lead now. I think he absolutely did the right thing, but I can't imagine how hard it must have been for him to let her go knowing that he'd be losing her family as well. It was the most selfless thing I think I've seen on this show so far. I'll miss him!


I realize I'm watching these way later than anyone else so I don't know if anyone will actually see this post, but I disagree that Alex never should have dated Haddie if this is how he felt. Can't you see the difference between last season's Haddie and this season's? She's turned into a selfish little brat! She was so mature last season, going with him to his AA meeting, enjoying helping in the soup kitchen so much. Then this season she goes to a high school party and gets trashed when she KNEW her alcoholic boyfriend was coming to pick her up? I don't see season 2 Haddie being that inconsiderate.


This is a great show, you just dont see great shows with family values like this one..I'll keep watching thats for sure..


This show is the best show on Television! The actors are brilliant and perfectly cast. Tell everyone you know to watch this show!!! It has been a long time since I have been excited each week to watch a TV show. The Bravermans rock!!!


Couldn't agree more about Parenthood. Best drama or Dramedy on TV. Thought last years overall tone was a bit too emotional and overwrought. This year the writers have found the perfect balance between the drama and the lighter moments. Love spending an hour with the Braveman's. Hope the recording studio idea isn't doomed...but probably is...


Alex shouldn't have dated Haddie in the first place if he feels that way but whatever.


Drew's rant was awesome. Good for him to let it out rather than being depressed most of the time. Drew/Amber's banter at her appt was good. Jabbar/Max fight was crazy. The looks on the supervisor and principal?'s faces when the families were fighting was hilarious.


I agree this was the best episode of the season. I think the real break up (the only one that made me cry) was the one between Alex and Kristina. I didn't realize just how much I had come to care about alex as part of the family. That was some very thoughtful writing. Plus it was some great acting by both of them.
I liked the fact that drew is going to have a bigger story arc this season. However I still feel like drew needs MORE dimension, something that adds to his personality. That way he can do something other than just over-react to Everyone else's main drama. (like he did most of last season. and in this fourth episode he is still just reacting to things everyone else is doing around him) He needs to develop a passion this season which forces him to display a unique personality. I mean he is a Braverman, a distinctive character "strength" lies within in him. Clearly he is going to gain confidence this season I just hope that some of it comes from him discovering his hidden potential (like most of us do around his age- we realize what were naturally good at, and it shapes our personality) I hope they develop a unique strength rather then just have him grow because his new love interest elevates him. He needs to create action, his poetential needs to be discovered. What can drew be good at? ANYWAY GREAT EPISODE. AND GOOD REVIEW


Blu -- you hit the nail right on the head! For as much as he screws up, I still love Crosby :-) (well, except when he slept with Max's therapist. I would've smacked him silly) And Alex was beautiful, wonderful...there aren't enough words! I think Christina needed this without knowing because she got her little girl Haddie back, the one that needs her Mom. I think Alex will be back. Haddie gave him so much! I love love LOVED the scene at the end where Crosby was playing drums and Adam was fake playing the drums. I LMAO! I love that the actors have license to ad-lib -- no way that was scripted! I've been telling everyone I know to watch this show. How it doesn't get nominated for Emmys -- for the show AND the actors -- I don't get it. It's another Friday Night lights, I guess. I'm just afraid it will go the way of other "Best Shows that You're Not Watching," and be canceled because there aren't enough people watching it. I was ECSTATIC when it came back this season! BEST SHOW ON TELEVISION, BAR NONE!!!


The episode was fantastic. I agree that for what it was Michael B. Jordan stole that night. That scene with Kristina nearly had me in tears. It was so beautiful and touching and you seen the anguish, and hurt, and love and you felt it too. He acted his adorable little bum off in that scene. I rewound it like four times just to see the beauty of that scene unfolding. I loved Alex and I understood why he broke things off, and it's sad that in his mind breaking things off with Haddie costs him not just a gf but a family. He genuinnely loves Max,Adam, and Kristina. Wow that was such a powerful scene. Hate to see him go. And as I have a Crosby complaint every single week. Once again he shows how mature he really is. How good he is and how mmuch he's grown and he gets railed. THere is no end to the ways in which this guy gets screwed because he NEVER gets the credit he deserves. His talk with Jabbar was another favorite scene. He handled it perfectly, it was age appropriate he got his point across, it was a perfect moment. people can say what they want but Crosby is a great father. The fact that everyone attacked him w/o eve knwoing what he said and then Jasmine having the audacity to call him a consistent failure had my blood boiling. She continues to never be held accountable for anything herself. My thing is, Jabbar told her directly what was going on. Yes, she should have told Crosby but it was her job to talk to Kristina directly. I mean if Crosby is the consistent screwup that she said he was then why on Earth leave it up to him to resolve it? That ends up reflecting poorly on her! She dropped the ball here. Crosby handled it perfectly and Adam and Kristina can't cram Max's Asperger's down everyone's throats and then get upset when the fact that he strugles with things is brought up. Drew getting shown up on his date by his sister was hysterical and every time I see Deeks I chuckle. I was grateful for the break from Julia

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Parenthood Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

Should I wear a little hat, a little chauffeur's jacket?


You look really pretty. I was listening, but I also wanted to tell you that. And you smell really good.