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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I was bothered by the college storyline because I didn't see why neither of them called the financial aid office and started a dialogue. My son went to a private school and it was expensive. I called the financial aid office and told them about my son- his grades, his drive for excellence, and his personality. I had the premise 'You want this person to be an alumni of your university.' I was able to explain a recent decline in our income. We eventually were awarded a $40K scholarship (over 4 years) and it was increased to $70K after he put in a few semesters and proved I was right.


I would LOVE for Amber and Bob Little to get together. Amber is a smart girl who has suffered heart break and has messed up a lot in the past but is really trying to work hard and move forward. Why can't she have a great guy in her life??! They have great chemistry together and I would love to see it go further with them.


Haddie doesn't get the short end of the stick. She's smart enough to realize that even without the cost of Max's treatments her parents cannot afford that tuition. Her reluctance to get a job said it all.


If Amber and Bob Little have a romantic relationship, it is going to kill the show. I feel like it started out as Amber having a mentor at the beginning of the episode and then when Bob asked if she wanted to get something to eat it turned more on the romantic side? I just really hope they don't get together! Whoa Mark and Drew are so similar! only caught that because you pointed it out.


Ford is a great actress. Little is definitely romantically interested in Amber. Amber was great. Good catch about Drew and Mark.

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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.


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