Parenthood Review: Moving On

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"Politics" is all about the things we go through to make our dreams into realities. The games, the truths, the lies. Everything plays a part, but what matters in the end is how you handle the desires of those you love.

Adam and Crosby
It clearly shows my age, but I absolutely loved that Crosby and Adam were in a used record store with real record albums. I used to love thumbing through the vinyl. There was an almost magical feeling to it. This is something that this generation and their digital music will never experience, especially on the marketing side. To wit: Led Zeppelin (look them up on Wiki, people!) had an interactive experience wherein the black and white cover revealed actual colors when you used a brush and water.

So this was a perfect place for the brothers to be hanging out.

Crosby and Jasmine
They've finally reached the end of their road as a couple. They will always share parenthood of Jabar, but with Jasmine moving in Joe and Crosby willing to let the past remain there, a new future can be found.

I think they will always love each other, but they know they know a relationship would never work. Crosby's continued growth as a character supported his decision to let her go and move his son into a home with Jasmine and Joe.

Parenthood Goes Political

Amber was promoted to Bob's assistant. Kristina tried to make it a surprise using the "you might be fired" approach, but after the last episode and how close Amber and Bob became, we knew there was no way he would allow that to happen. The disappointing part of this story is that Amber doesn't know if she got this promotion on merit or because of his obvious attraction to her.

Amber freaked out at the possibilities of what that might mean, and asked him straight up when he delivered her soup for a fake illness if she got the job because he wanted to sleep with her. Turned out that he wanted to promote her and kiss her for the same reasons. I can't think of a better arrangement: Truth. How rare is that?

Sarah and Mark
Sarah and Mark are saying I love you without thinking twice. They're looking at old yearbooks and exploring the past. This is done in preparation for a big family meeting between with Sarah and Mark's family. He had a girlfriend all through high school and college and bad feelings were pouring out as I imagined Sarah meeting them all.

How in the heck did Camille know that Sarah and Mark were talking about having a baby? That would have been the last topic I would have pulled out of the hat. Maybe marriage, moving in together, but baby? I guess that shows how much I know how much I know about mother's intuition.

I didn't buy that Sarah should feel out of place with Mark's friends. He had friends of every available ethnicity, but having an older girlfriend would somehow throw a wrench into his lifestyle? He obviously has no societal issues weighing him down, and I found it a bit upsetting that she went into it with some sort of preconception of what would happen. That was unfair to Mark and his friends.

Sydney and Zoe
Being a little girl, Sydney was talking to Zoe in a little girl way that frightened the heck out of her. So much so that she quit her job and moved out of the Graham house. Yes, we get it. Girls giving up their babies is difficult. But this crap where they constantly portray in entertainment (entertainment!) that a birth mother always has last minute jitters gets old. Could a better family possibly come along for a baby if you had one you weren't certain you could raise on your own?

With the Grahams, there would be no doubt that your ties could be intact for life, should you so choose. Zoe walked into the perfect set-up for a girl in her situation. Instead, she is wishy washy and repeatedly leaving Joel and Julia to think the worst. I'm about done with this storyline. Either commit or walk away. The pain Zoe is putting them through is not worth the drama.

While Zoe assured Joel that her stance hasn't changed, I doubt we've seen the last of this scenario before, during or even after their baby's birth.


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Amber should quit or report Bob. Very inappropriate. Zoe storyline isn't handled well. Lily's going to break up with Crosby. I liked Adam/Crosby's storyline.


"He had friends of every available ethnicity, but having an older girlfriend would somehow throw a wrench into his lifestyle?" ... Really? Maybe one of the more straightforward racist things I've heard in a while. Available ethnicities? Lifestyle? You're basically suggesting that having friends of other races/ethnicities is something that only people with a certain "lifestyle" do -- a more liberal/relaxed lifestyle, the same sort of lifestyle that would automatically make someone more comfortable dating older women. How in the world does that compute?


Anyone else notice the nod to Friday Night Lights (also from producer Jason Katims)? When Adam and Crosby went into the record store, Cros was wearing a Panthers Football shirt. Made me smile.
I also thought I saw a possible shift in the Crosby/Jasmine relationship. While she was originally horrified by the house he bought for her, she was surprised to see how much work he has put into making it a comfortable home. And when he gave her the doorknob made from a ballet barre, well there seemed to be a big change in her attitude. Jasmine is such a control freak, and she may now be confused by Crosby evolving into someone who doesn't fit the labels she had previously placed on him. I'm not sure what's in store for the two of them.


Honestly I love Bob and Amber together. I dont think its creepy, shes nineteen and can make decisions for herself.


Sorry but you are wrong about Crosby and Jasmine. There is no way Jasmine is moving on with Joe after last night, there are too many unresolved feelings for Crosby. She wanted him to tell her not to move in with Joe. She couldn't wait to tell him how she felt about the door knob. Crosby just told lily the truth, he like her, she is nice but she is not Jasmine.


Bob Little's relationship with Amber is totally inappropriate. She is a naive nineteen year old who has little experience careerwise or in life. He should not have kissed her, nor should he have promoted her over the college graduates who are more than likely better prepared for the job. Sarah can barely take care of herself and the children she has let alone a new baby.


Bob Little's relationship with Amber is totally inappropriate. She is a naive nineteen year old who has little experience careerwise or in life. He should not have kissed her, nor should he have promoted her over the college graduat


I love Bob Little! He and Amber will make a great couple BUT I respect Amber for putting the breaks on their relationship while she is working on the campaign!
Crosby was super funny tonight when he was drunk, however I felt bad for Lily as she knows that Crosby still loves Jasmine (why Crosby, Lily is way better) and the last episode we see that Jasmine still loves Crosby so as much as I can not stand her it is very obvious that they will get married in the finale


First Sarah was meeting Mark's friends not his family. I really like Sarah and Mark and it is very realistic her fear that she is holding him back as he is younger and can travel and has time for babies with someone else BUT if he wants to be with her they have to have a baby very soon.
From day one I never thought Zoe would give up her baby and I still don't. I love Joel he has always been my favorite guy on the show. Him going to talk to Zoe was great but I do not think he is convinced she will give them her baby


Zoe is not having second thoughts! What made her move out was the thought of where does SHE stand after the baby is born? She is becoming like part of the family now and she is trying to distance herself a little so what she thinks will be the parting of ways won't be as difficult.....however, I think the writers are just setting up the idea of Zoe staying there and really becoming part of the family..think that would be rich with storyline possibilities.

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Parenthood Season 3 Episode 15 Quotes

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