Parenthood Review: Are You Kidding Me?

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"Remember Me, I'm the One Who Loves You" was full of typical Braverman emotional overkill. Too much love, caring and forgiveness for any family, sprinkled with what could amount to a healthy dose of heartache and disappointment. The kicker was we were left dangling in the breeze until next week!

Julia and Rosa

Sarah and Amber
I loved it when Sarah wanted to know if Bob was married because she didn't understand the problem of why Kristina stepped into things with Amber and Bob. I knew I wasn't the only one who thought that Kristina was out of line in jumping into a situation that hadn't even happened. Sarah was right. They were both adults, unmarried. If things shouldn't happen at work, Amber would learn that lesson as she needed to learn it. Or, maybe she and Bob would have something.

Poor Amber was just confused as Hell. She wanted to go back to work, but you could also tell she didn't want to let Kristina down by feeling something for Bob Little. For the time being, she had to make due with climbing under the covers with her mom.

Sarah and Mark
I'm still not sure what is happening here. My decision is that both Sarah and Mark are living out some sort of fantasy through each other. First, they want to have a baby and then he proposes moving to New York City so she can write plays? Well, yeah, because that's what every new mother does. It's like they're grasping at every dream they've ever had, but never in a million years would it work out.

Adam and Crosby
Speaking of a million... If the number on the card to buy The Luncheonette from Crosby and Adam had been $2 million, I would have jumped. But when we're talking only $1 million clear, split between two people, that barely pays off their mortgages. If after only a few months, major names are sniffing around and trying to buy your business, you are onto something BIG. Hold the line, work through the rough patch and see what happens in the next year.

Let's ignore the fact that Adam should have never been talked into a second meeting without Crosby. I was trying so hard to see what the dude was writing as his counter offer, but it still looked like a 1 to me, and if he offered $10 million, there isn't a chance in Hades they could turn that down. It didn't matter the number. Adam basically made the deal without Crosby, via a simple handshake over some drinks. Adam is going to be very happy Crosby went camping.

Crosby and Jasmine
If all it was going to take was a simple camping trip with Jabbar for our star-crossed lovers to realize they were still mad for each other, they should have gone last year! It was a cute and fun break, a nice family moment for Crosby, Jasmine and Jabbar.

I'm very glad that Jasmine made the move because Crosby wouldn't have put her in the position again to let her down. She knows what she's in for and she is all in. They're solid gold. And, frankly, might very well be, depending upon how much Adam settled for on the sale of The Luncheonette.

Julia and Zoe
Am I the only one whose heart grew three sizes when Zoe told Julia she loved her during her labor? For her to then turn her head after delivering and say she didn't want to hold her baby - those two opposing moments were so emotional and painful. I know I wasn't alone when I was scared to death watching the Grahams walk into the hospital lobby. At first I thought maybe Zoe left, but then I thought Julia overreacted seeing Zoe holding her son.

At the beginning of the season, I felt the most likely of scenarios was Zoe would become a part of the Graham family. I have to believe this will be the case. The pain as Julia cried over the loss of her son was astounding. I don't know how many more shows I can watch with both of my hands on my cheeks and a big O mouth, greedily sucking in air like a lunatic. After all they have been through together, surely there will have to be a happy ending for them all, as a large, extended and embracing family. Right? Tell me I'm right.

We're down to one episode this season. I can't wait until next Tuesday because I have to know what happens next. Meet me back here, and in the meantime, share your guesses for the finale below!


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I found myself agreeing with almost all of these comments; love this show(my bf n I always say "the Bravermans are our fantasy family.")
Anywho...what got me here is my very strong opinion about the charetor "Zoe"/Rosa Salazar. I HAVE to see more of her! Her acting skills have captivated me; and I will always wonder about her from here on out. I feel there's an opportunity here to show a very rare yet relatible situation that no one has ever done befor. To have Zoe co-parent or have an "open adoption" with Julia's family! It would be a perfect drama packed scenario that only the Bravermans could pull off. I feel some of the best acting I've really ever seen has been done with in this relationship, and it really just still feels so incomplete.... So with that said, does anybody know where I can go sign to petition for Rosa Salazar to stay on this show?! :-)


I watched Parenthood all the time. What happend? Is it cancelled for good. I hope not. I use to watch it and then got my daughter to watch it and she got hooked. I miss that program.


We love watching Parenthood; love the writing; the realism it portrays as a large family with its ups and downs. We do hope there is another season. The one storyline I have a problem with is with Jasmine and Crosby. Her character seems to be very selfish, only thinking about what she wants. All in the same episode-she borrows Dr. Joe's tent and tells him she loves him and then confesses her love for Crosby. And when she and Crosby told his family they were getting married, she said because "I decided I was in love with him" it was all about her. Crosby didn't really express how he felt. Is he just being swept away by her? And why did they have to get married so quickly? She has something up her sleeve that she's not telling Crosby until after they get married. Dr. Joe and Jasmine seem to be a better match. Besides this, we love the show and watch it every week! We were just surprised that the story took a turn this way.


I think we are seeing the last of zoe and the baby. It was just not meant to be for Julia. Adam and Crosby need to seek the place. Even though it is crosby's dream, he couldn't have gotten into this without Adam so adam's opinion has to be equal. Sell the place and then let Crosby run it. Simple solution. Even though Christina may have over stepped her bounds, Bob Simon was way out of line taking advantage of Amber. He used his position to manipulate Amber into bed. The Sarah and Mark situation is so forced. Why is she thinking of moving to NY? Why would she leave her kids and family? Makes no sense to me.


The scenes between Julia and Zoe were definitely the most powerful ones of this episode. The actress that plays Zoe is incredible... in the scene where she was holding the baby and looked up and saw Julia, her face just had so many complex emotions. You could tell that she felt bad for hurting Julia, but also wanted and needed her approval. I agree that Julia overreacted a little. I hope they can work it out and there will be a happy ending for everyone (i.e. an open adoption where Julia and Joel still adopt the baby but Zoe will also stay in all their lives).


I knew that was Dwayne Wayne from A Different World!!
This is my all time favorite show and have never missed an episode. I'm a tad bit worried we won't be getting a season 4 since they cut season 3 short.
Cannot wait for the finale to see what happens with Julia and Zoe.


Well all I want to know is when will the next season start? Oneore episode is NOT enough!


Amazing installment! That scene with Crosby and Jasmine was incredible. This entire episode, especially with Julia's and Sarah's storylines, felt like a finale. There were so many cliffhangers, and it was was perfectly written. I can't believe there is only one episode left. Without the Bravermans, my weekly TV lineup just won't be the same.


Great episode. I let out the biggest scream when Jasmine leapt out of the car and ran to Crosby to tell him she loved him. How beautiful. The entire episode was well written and superbly acted. The industry guy was played by the actor that was on A Different World - Kadeem Hardison.


Sarah was never going to run off to new York with mark. Am I the only one who sees zero chemistry between them? Sarah is settled for the first time in her life and no way was she going to leave her kids behind, even if they are mostly grown. The relationship felt forced.
And I say give Adam a break. This was never his dream and Crosby knew that. Crosby wanted Adam to be the businessman in the partnership, and that's what he's doing. His family took all the hits in starting this up, Crosby took no real risks or gave up anything. And Adam can't do anything without Crosby anyway... The handshake was to try and get Crosby to agree, it wasn't an agreement on the sale. Crosby has expected from the beginning that Adam would just make all the sacrifices to make crosby's dream come true. I don't think they should sell but after everything adam has done for Crosby, I say Crosby needs to give him a break. Say no but don't get so angry because Adam wants to consider it.

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Parenthood Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

Joel: Hey, our son is coming.
Julia: Our son is coming.

As my brother said, The Luncheonette is not for sale. Thank you though.