Parenthood Review: Hoodwinked!

at . Comments

Once again, "Mr. Honesty" has lead me to crown the Grahams as Parents of the Week. One of the very best things about this season is the increased role of Sam Jaeger's Joel Graham. I know many of you appreciate his talents as much as I do, and I look forward to reading your thoughts on his awesomeness this week.

Joel and Julia Scope Troy

Sometimes, deception wins
Adam is just not that stupid. Really, I don't believe the character we have enjoyed for two years is an idiot. Yet only an idiot would have told his wife, who just gave birth, that the hot new receptionist kissed him. Or he kissed her. Whatever, he wouldn't say it. He is wise enough to know that honesty can break the bank.

So why decide to write Adam as a complete tool now? The seed was planted when he lost his position at the shoe company or, rather, when the company was purchased by that snot-nosed one-shoe business wizard. It's like he's fallen down the rabbit hole and lost his way of being a responsible husband and parent. I do not like it.

As a previous business manager, he certainly must know that firing a girl you kissed is grounds for a terrible lawsuit. Even threatening to let her go if it happens again is a no-no. He didn't climb the corporate ladder without knowing that, and if I recall his objection to Sarah dating his old boss fell under that very concern.

Sometimes, deception doesn't work. That would be when your wife thinks you fired the girl you kissed and you lie and act like you did. As if that really needs to be said. I don't know why he chose to talk to Kristina about what happened the night of the kiss, instead of talking about the business aspect. He didn't think it through. I don't know what happens next.

Poor golden child
Literally, this relates to economically challenged Amber. She works hard but is definitely not making ends meet. First, she's late on her rent and then her super cool, orange foreign car dies in the middle of a busy intersection. She was so adorable, dressing up in a beautiful dress to ask Camille to help her out financially. The way her voice faltered as she admitted the actual amount she needed was really big. Four hundred dollars.

God bless Camille for not laughing out loud. She handled it so well, knowing how much it took for Amber to come to her for help. She treated her like an adult and helped her at the same time. The Bravermans never cease to amaze me.

It's a round!
Jabbar finally received the bad news that his mom and dad would not be getting married. Crosby has grown by infinite degrees in comparison to Adam. He and Jasmine have finally found their groove and are making great decisions together. It took them a long time to get there, but it's lovely now that they've made it. They sang a round of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" via cellphone. It was beautiful.

Just when I thought she was going to tell Crosby that she was marrying Dr. Joe, Jasmine and Crosby were making love. Left field!!

Can we say extortion?
It started out so cute, Joel and Julia trying to find out something about their potential baby's birth father. He's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but they were willing to look past that and get to know him, just as they had Zoe.

I guess we should have known that Zoe wasn't dating a good guy. But extortion? Of a lawyer? His smug demeanor as he explained that girls Zoe's age can get $30,000 for an egg was appalling. Did he not recall that she had already chosen to have and give up the baby? How could the adoption be about eggs? He's just a dirtbag trying to sell his baby.

Joel, once again, stood his ground and stood up for his wife and his family. Julia blindly hoped that they could talk it through; she is an attorney after all. In spite of Zoe's protests, Troy ushered her out of the house. Zoe doesn't know what to do, but what can she do? Without the signature of the birth father, her baby is going nowhere except her house or foster care. What a nightmare.

There were enough balls up in the air for this to be the mid-season finale, but instead, we will get to spend more time with our favorite family next week, as previewed in this video. Meet back here next Tuesday for more of the Braverman love.


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
  • 4.4 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (40 Votes)

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.


i want Jasmine and Crosby to get back together He really loves her. I don't agree with him sleeping with someone else just because they argued. They are a really good couple. Please don't cancel this show it remind me of my family especially when they get together and all the family members are in one place


Love this show. First, Adam was so right to tell his wife about the kiss and non firing. he did nothing wrong. his wife is an insecure tool.
Jasmine and Crosby- i always thought jasmine was too good for him. but i do like that he is a good father and a good guy. i think jasmine always loved him but he was a loser. now that he is getting his act together career wise he is more attractive again. But i do like the doctor for jasmine.
Joel is a tool. and the boyfriend is right. What smart person walks up to the coffee girl at work and asks for her baby? And this guy joel is really arrogant considering he is a stay at home dad former construction worker. he acts like he was born into a family who owns a yacht. do they really think they can get a baby for free? If they want a baby, go the correct route - to an adoption agency. Zoe and her boyfriend are pay check to pay check. the boyfriend is right. if they want this baby then take Zoe to an adoption agency and go that route.
Love this show. Kristina had better get her act together because good men are very very hard to come by. And Adam is a good man.


Adam was kissed by Rachel in HER doorway in the middle of the night! He had absolutely no business there, and he can't fire her for that without repercussions, since it definitely didn't happen at work. I think he is confused about his attraction to Rachel, and should not even have told Crosby. He should have had a mature talk with Rachel about the situation, instead he was being very awkward. Mid-life crisis indeed ;-)


Adam's a mess. Troy's an ass. Amber should move back home but pay room and board. I don't like Crosby and Jasmine together.


I've never liked Kristina and I am sick of her being a big whiny bitch all the time. Retaliating at Adam for being kissed by a receptionist by saying she's done supporting him and she's going back to work? Fine, then go back to work! Although is there's ever a good time to be a stay at home mom, it's when you've just given birth and you're insane with hormones. Adam didn't do anything wrong. he told his wife what happened. If he had waited and she found out later, he would have been in bigger trouble. There is no pleasing Kristina, she is always unhappy with Adam and it's because she has no identity of her own. I want Crosby and Jasmine to get back together so badly. Joel and Julia are my favorite characters this season. I didn't like Julia in the first season and now that they've given her a personality other than a type-A lawyer, she's so much fun to watch. I am so glad Joel is in this season more. He's been incredible!


"As a previous business manager, he certainly must know that firing a girl you kissed is grounds for a terrible lawsuit. Even threatening to let her go if it happens again is a no-no. He didn't climb the corporate ladder without knowing that, and if I recall his objection to Sarah dating his old boss fell under that very concern." First of all - she kissed him. If the genders were reversed, there is no doubt the reviewer would agree it'd be ok for a female boss to fire an inappropriate male employee. Get some perspective, reviewer, so cooped up in your little tower of a mind.


Adam should have listened to Crosby. Sure he should be honest with Kristina but not telling her about the kiss is not lying. In the grand scheme of things what is a kiss. I think here we are seeing a man that is having a mid-life crisis of sorts. He has been the responsible, dependable father with a good job to provide for his family. He has found himself in a position where he has last his job, not sure about the future and guess what.....a new baby! This started last season when he realized that 'daddy's little girl' is grown, dating and having sex. Kristina's reaction was ridiculous! Sure it mad her mad but she should have given Adam a benefit of the doubt, after all he has always been so dependable. She needed to go to the girl. Doesn't have to be a fight just a presence to let her know I am on to you leave my man alone. Pushing Adam away is not going to make the situation better. Who couldn't see the baby adoption and the money thing coming from a mile away? Only a matter of time but loved the reaction of Joel and Julia. I like everyone else is glad to see Joel being more forceful. Amber needs to get it together. Set a goal, make a plan and make it happen. With her parents though how can she be expected to have it all together? Really great episode! Can't wait for more!


I agree about Adam. @Tammy I think the reviewer is more so talking about Adam overall as a character. He truly has declined. He used to be the lovable,responsibly sibling out of the lot who had the weight of the world on his shoulders dealing with everyone's problems including his own.But he always succeeded and always pulled it off. He was always nice and kind, but just great. Sometime over the past year he became at times dense as a character, occasionally judgmental and cruel, tempermental...really he's been all over the place for quite some time. I went from him being one of my fave characters to not being fond of his actions a great deal of the time. But as for the entire kissing thing. I think he shouldn't have told his wife. Why? Because he loses either way because Kristina is such an insecure pain in the arse. Honestly don't know how he puts up with that woman. But given her current state of being ridiculously insecure and...well, Kristina, he shouldn't have told her about the kiss. He didn't do anything wrong, the girl didn't intend it and was drunk, Kristina was already intimidated and insecure and didn't want the girl around before, and honestly...Kristina has to know when to keep out of things. It's bad enough that she calls up there and visits every five minutes...or has her say in how things are being done there. her reaction was just really was, and smart woman that she is, and smart man that he is, they both should have known that firing or threatening to fire this woman would in fact lead to a lawsuit. Rules and boundaries should be established and leave it at that. No drinking on the job from any of the staff, and she needs to dress appropriately. Period. I love Joel and I was grateful that he got more time again and he was assertive. He's always underminded having such a headstrong Type A wife, and people truly underestimate him, but he picked up early on that this girl's bf was going to be a problem and he didn't hesitate to put the guy in his place. What a scumbag this kid...I say they call his bluff and see how things turn out when he's without a kid and money because either way he's not going to benefit. Gah. I love Crosby...a great father and I'm glad someone gave him credit for that, because he truly has been an amazing father despite the circumstances of how he found out he was one etc. He can do so much better than Jasmine. I almost hate the fact that they slept together.


Calling Adam a tool for being honest with his wife? Really? Yes - he was stupid for not telling her the truth in the first place about not firing the receptionist. But you're suggesting that he should have kept quiet about it? Why? He did nothing wrong - the receptionist kissed him for crying out loud. I get how the wife is feeling, but really - how would she feel if he didn't tell her and she found out? I'm with Adam on this one - Kristina needs to get over her insecurities and be at least a little bit grateful that her man respected her enough to be honest about that at least.


Watching Amber count up her tips brought back so many memories of growing up and trying to make it on my own. I totally feel for her. Also, I am loving Julia and Joel's adoption storyline. It's so hard not to root for them knowing from the start that things just aren't going to go as planned. I am a little disappointed there was no Thanksgiving episode. Total letdown!

Tags: ,

Parenthood Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

Mmmmm. My wife picturing our birth father stripping. That's a little weird for me.


Adam: Should I or should I not tell Kristina.
Crosby: Well, yeah, of course you should tell Kristina. She's gonna love this story. You can walk her through why you were at her place and how soft her lips were and whether or not you got aroused downstairs...and she's probably feeling great about herself post baby, so I think this will go over great. But, you'll be guilt free and she'll spiral into a dark depression.