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Parenthood Review: Reality Always Finds You

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There's not much to say about this episode of Parenthood. Just like our lives, the Braverman's find that "It is What it Is."

I had a lot of expectations after Crosby and Lily's kiss (overseen by Jasmine), but was a bit disappointed in how little they were in the remainder of the episode. I really want to see more of Courtney Ford. Her ability to transform from role to role is impressive. There is nary a hint here of her more nefarious characters from True Blood and Dexter.

When the concert finally arrived, the look on Crosby's face was worth the wait as he watched her play. It was also worth seeing the look on Jasmine's face as she finally understood how Crosby felt when she started seeing the doctor. Everyone agree?

Crosby and Lily

Weird moment: I had a rather disturbing thought while listening to Drew talk to Sarah. He and Mark have remarkably similar vocalizations. Is it weird that she's dating someone who reminds me so much of her son?

Zeek realized life is finite. When Zeek was diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm, I think his mortality hit him. I've always figured my own age has crept up on me because I didn't have a husband or kids. Given his reaction, and the realism of Parenthood, I now assume it's not specific to your situation in life after all. Just one day you find you're not the young person you are in your heart. It's overwhelming.

The beauty of the moment was he bought a travel trailer, not for himself, but for Camille. So he can make her dreams come true. He had me fooled. You?

Does Haddie get the short stick again? Kristina and Adam had the very unenviable job of telling Haddie to keep her options open when she was accepted to Cornell because they couldn't afford to send her. The reality is her attendance is her choice. They don't want her to be saddled with debt, but she does have that option. The worst thing I heard was there wasn't money available because Max's treatment is so expensive and they just had Nora. So Haddie gets the short end of the stick again.

That's been a problem with their family for a year and it got them into a bad place before, during and after Alex. Haddie finally has some of her confidence back, and they really need to keep that under consideration while they work out their "options."

Kristina fought to do whatever it takes to get her to Cornell. Adam said they had to tell Haddie she couldn't go. Until he sat on the bed opposite her to share the news. Tears welling in his eyes (and mine... damn you, Bravermans!), he promised they'd do whatever they could to get her to the school she worked so hard to get into. It is what it is.

Reality is hitting Zoe square between the eyes. Early in the season I believed that Zoe would eventually come around and end up a part of the Braverman family. There have been definite ups and downs since then, and I've let go of my supposition. Just as I did, Zoe started to break a bit. Giving Julia her grandfather's watch for the baby seemed like a move in the direction of remaining in their lives. I like her. Joel and Julia would make great surrogate parents for and her baby, so my hopes have again been inflated.

Amber's future is far brighter than it looked last year. Amber is really finding her groove with the Bob Little campaign. And it appears, as one of our commenters mentioned last week, that he might be finding his groove with Amber. He's certainly impressed with her skills, and I wouldn't be surprised if there is more grabbing his attention.

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So Jasmine knows now how Crosby must have felt. Well, not quite. Jasmine has Dr. Joe to ease the pain. Crosby had no one. Jasmine's relationship with Jabbar is far less threatended by Lilly than Crosby's is by Dr. Joe. He hadn't been in Jabbar's life very long, so it's understandable why he should be scared. As for Lilly and Crosby, I hope that relationship is here to stay. They have great chemistry and so far Lilly doesn't seem the type to talk down to someone, as Jasmine did to Crosby on a regular basis. I really like those two as a couple and I think the rest of the Braverman clan will as well.

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Yes once again Haddie is getting the short end of the stick.She's always neglected for the sake of Max.Before they squashed her dreams so quickly they should have looked at their options first and they sure as hellshouldnt have reminded her of how much she has to sacrifice for the sake of her siblings..She'd get scholarships and aid if she or they applied or looked into it.Hated that because you shoudnt discourage that.
I love that my Crosby is happy and Jasmine has some nerve. And knew amber and the rep were heading somewhere.Hes quite smitten.

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I also think that Zoe will end up keeping the baby and staying with Julia's family so they can enjoy the baby too. Or maybe not. They DID already sign the adoption paperwork. Def an interesting story line and I'm curious to see the outcome.

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I can't decide if Jasmine is now jealous that Crosby has moved on, or if she's just upset because he's not pining for her anymore :-P Either way, as many stunts as he pulls, Cros is still one of my favorite characters, along with Adam, Christina and Haddie. Another great episode! Here's to Parenthood FINALLY getting nomanated for an Emmy (??!) this year.

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I feel bad for Sarah, Drew is treating her like Amber used too
I like the idea of Amber and Bob but Amber will not get involved with him until the campaign is over. I think she has found her niche in what she wants to do and I hope in some capicity she can continue down that path.
I have no clue how Adam and Christina can send Haddie to Cornell. IMO Haddie should have gotten herself a job months ago. After she stopped volunteering at the shelter. She should know that after Adam losing his job and the addition of Nora and the care for Max and the fact that Christina had to go back to work has to have made Haddie realized that she has to help pay for college!!!!
From day 1 I was never confident that Zoe would give up her baby and I think after the birthing class fiasco Julia realized that as well.
I cried at the scene at the end with Zeke and Camille

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I do not like Jasmine and never have and last night further cemented that fact. She dose not want Crosby to be happy and she will try and sabotage his relationship with Lilly. I really like Lilly. Dr Joe will not be around long as the look he gave Jasmine when he saw her looking at Crosby tells me was not thrilled at Jasmine's jealousy.

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DEF think that Bob Little has a thing for Amber...im sure they'll end up with some kind of story line...

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Loved the episode but was bothered at how they told Haddie several times that it would be so much
cheaper to go to Berkeley. I realize they live in-state and she could live at home but it's really
very, very expensive and not easy to get into. The whole show was very realistic and wonderful as usual

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Another great episode of Parenthood. Glad that it wasn't overly cheesy and predictable like Parenthood sometimes can be. Really hope that something happens with Amber and Bob Little, but has anyone seen The Ides of March? Would hate for them to get caught and destroy both characters.... if so, I'm afraid it will turn out where Amber looks like that bad seed that spoiled the career of a promising up and coming politician. Please writers, don't go down that road! Really hope they can make it work for those two... Didn't see previews for the next episode. Anyone know what's going on for next week???

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All the talk about Haddie being so smart and taking AP classes yet she didn't get any scholarships? I agree that Haddie has gotten the short stick in the past, but at the same time for her to expect her parents to pay that sort of tuition for undergraduate school is very selfish. She needs to learn to live in the real world. I just don't like this girl anymore.

Parenthood Season 3 Episode 14 Quotes

Honestly, I feel like it's just another situation where Max needs something so I don't get to do something that I want.

Haddie

She's going to need an entire winter wardrobe, too. She doesn't even own mittens.

Kristina
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