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Parenthood Review: Pimptacular

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"The Talk" was spectacular, or pimptacular, depending on whom you ask. There are so few shows that tackle the topics we get to see on Parenthood, let alone with the quality that drips from every story. I feel honored to watch such an insightful program.

Jasmine and Crosby had the unenviable position of explaining to Jabar the intricacies of race and the speech patterns that go with it. What does "nigga" mean and who can use it? Why can they and not dad? I was so pleased to hear there wasn't a defense from Jasmine for any usage from anyone. Rather how we've come as a society and how far we need to go. 

Crosby's reaction to the whole situation, his understanding and recognition that there are parts of their lives he will never fully understand, was beautiful. His character development never ceases to amaze me.

Ray Romano as Hank

In keeping with the title, we learned a bit about Hank and his struggle as a single father. It closed the door just a bit more on the future of Mark and Sarah. There wasn't much of a doubt that Mark would be the man for Sarah in the long run, but the introduction of Ray Romano's character and now his genuine love and affection for his daughter seemed to seal the deal. It's just a waiting game at this point.

While Jabar was learning about how things had changed for blacks in our culture, Max was struggling with lessons he didn't even know were on the table when his petition for class president came back signed with names the likes of Seymour Butts. I wonder, is it his Aspergers that kids don't like? Or just Max? If Max didn't have Aspergers, would he be amiable? It's difficult to tell, but he does have road blocks at every turn.

Kristina's fear of her future gave her some wiggle room to put the surgery off a bit to spend time with Max, helping him with his campaign. It wasn't written as such, but you couldn't miss that clue. Political campaigns are her thing. What if something happened and she missed her only chance to ever be there for Max? It was totally Kristina to put her child first and herself second, even if it scared Adam to the core.

Zeek and Victor have both been on the outs this season, trying to find a place to fit in. Zeek found his way to the veterans center and met a young man who just returned from Afghanistan. Realizing he could give more of himself to the many who had come before and after him in service to his country, Zeek chose to stick around.

Joel and Julia essentially forced Victor to get up and off of their couch, and in his case it was to give baseball a whirl. Of course he hated it because he was so new at it and we all feel like failures when we don't catch onto something straight away.

But, oh, what a lovely confession from Joel to his new son. How could Victor not be moved hearing that his new dad was so excited to have him in his life that he just wanted to try a little bit of everything to find that special connection? I can't think of a better reason to be dragged to the baseball diamond than that your adopted father who loves spending time with you so much.

A favorite moment of the night was seeing Matt Lauria's smiling face as the veteran Zeek met. I love Jason Katim's crossovers from Friday Night Lights and will never tire of their appearances. Share your favorite moments and more in the comments!

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Just wonderful. Enuf said.

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continued... I have NO IDEA how they are such careful, genuine, true writers and actors, but holy crap is this amazing television. When the reviewer said she felt lucky or honored to watch this - I have to agree. I had a similar sentiment of "thank God my friend ___ told me about this show." Simply wow.

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This is by far my favorite episode yet.
What I found particularly brilliant on "the talk" - there were a lot of critical talks that were taking place: Adam and Christina (and supposed to be with Max), Zeke and the Vet, THE talk about the N word, Sarah's talks with Ruby, Joel and Victor - each one had such incredible merit.
Loved Amber stepping in to TALK to Crosby.
The most amazing thing to me is how when there was the risk of getting preachy or declaring what was "right/normal" on two issues that HAVE no right or normal (PTSD and the N word), the show didn't make an answer. Yet addressed it beautifully.
I felt I understood racial issues in a new light from the show (I'm baby powder white LOL) that really moved me. And the PTSD issue is one close to my heart as I know a LOT of vets. There IS no NORMAL timeframe of recovery - each one is different - and if Zeke had said "it took me X ____", anyone before or after that mark would feel even more isolated. I have NO IDEA how they are such careful, genuine, true writers and actors, but holy crap is this amazing television.

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This is far and away the best show on network tv. I wish more people would discover it. Great episodes each and every week.

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in my mind, jabbar can say it cause hes black. and i would say the same thing, a white guy can say cracker, but a black guy couldnt (jabbar can say both cause hes white and black ;) )

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I do not want Hank and Sarah to kiss...not happy about that but we will see how that goes.
I was very impressed at how Jasmine handled the topic with Jabbar and Crosby he was so great! I never realized until this show how good fo an actor Dax Shepard was such a great actor!
Next week will make be cry like a baby!
Oh and I like Matt Lauria's character ALOT!

Sarah silva

Every week when I watch this show I think to myself "Why does NBC give this show the shaft? It deserves a full season order". Then yesterday I read they gave 3 new shows early pickups and yet a show that has proven to be so great gets a short season ever year!
Anyways on to last night: I loved this episode! It was so good!
I love Joel and was glad he had a bigger part on this episode! I cried when he was talking to Victor and when Victor came to him and asked to play catch and then them playing catch. We do not know Victor's back ground but I think he is a brat! He has everything now that any kid could want but yet his attitude sucked! I hope this was a turning point for him.
I never liked Christina but I am starting to like her now! I knew as soon as she saw the sheet of sginatures from Max that the kids were mean and signed fake names! I just liked all the scenes with Adam, Max and Christina.
I do not want Hank and Sarah to kiss...not happy about that but we will see how that goes.
I was very impressed at how Jasmine handled the topic with Jabbar and Crosby he was so great! I never realized until this show how good fo an actor Dax Shepard was such a great actor!

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I thoroughly enjoyed this episode! Courtney Grosbeck, who plays Ray Romano's daughter, Ruby, did a fantastic job in her first primetime appearance. She just has a glow about her. Where has this little actress been hiding? I look forward to seeing her and Ray Romano in many future episodes.

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i loved this episode. genuinely loved it. jasmine and crosby's storyline was incredible in this episode, and their talk with jabbar gave me chills, as well as her and crosby's talk in the hallway where he said he felt irrelevant. two really powerful moments. i also loved joel's storyline this episode. i think his character is so adorable, and this was the storyline for him at this point, it made total sense from start to finish. i felt like hugging him in every scene, and i was so glad he got through to victor in the end. such an amazing series.

Parenthood Season 4 Episode 4 Quotes

Okay. Please, stop torturing me. Why should I be team Gale?

Hank

You either pick a sport or play the violin.

Joel
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