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Parenthood Review: Communication Breakdown

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This week on Parenthood, we watched couples in distress because of scheduling mishaps, communications problems, illness, unstable relationships and suicide. Things were stacked against many of them in "One More Weekend With You." Let's check out what was going on with the siblings and cousins in the Braverman clan...

There were some concerns in the comments last week about how Kristina is receiving her chemotherapy. I did some research and, according to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, "In order to prevent the sometimes uncomfortable process of placing an IV in the arm or leg, your doctor may suggest that you have a permanent (although it is removed after therapy is over) IV line put into a central vein in your chest."

At this time, it would appear Kristina's doctor is not using state of the art medicine. 

While it may not be delivered in the most comfortable of methods, we learned it's certainly hitting its mark in. All hell was breaking loose and just after Otis peed on the carpet, she threw up on the stairs trying to make it to the bathroom. I was expecting the neighbor boy, Micah, they were watching to reinforce the method of teaching the dog to Adam for Kristina, roll up a newspaper and hit her and then rub her nose in it. 

Kristina's Cancer Treatments

Max was on overload. Full Max mode, if you will. As Kristina was on the bathroom floor sick as a dog, he was still determinedly going to her to try to make his life right. Adam is never enough when he wants things to be set straight, and in his eyes only Kristina has the common sense to see things the way they are meant to be seen. Instead, he was disgusted by her laying there, with all the microbes and fecal matter. But still, he was unable to grasp that she was suffering. They really needed help.  

Crosby to the rescue! His protests about being a responsible parent aside, Adam was able to hit Crosby up for some marijuana. We're pretty lucky in Colorado, having a medical marijuana law (and now a non-medical one!), but it would take a while even in that case to get a license approved. When you see someone in pain, you want to do anything you can for them. Do I condone illegal drug use? No, but the legal drugs Kristina was given weren't doing anything. That's when you need to reevaluate why some drugs are legal and why some aren't.

Jasmine and Crosby finally had a great storyline! Their fight was so realistic. When you are living with someone, it's so difficult to know what do to about the other person's schedule. I'm sure when the party was first set, things hadn't been so crazy in the Braverman family. With Crosby working until 3 and 4 a.m., throwing a weekend shindig is the last thing you want to do. But Crosby pulled it out in the end and Jasmine couldn't hide how much she loved him, even when he was a brat.

Another couple who are still learning how to work together are Sarah and Mark. I know many of you weren't pleased with my exclusion of Drew's antics in last week's review, but I wasn't ready to discuss his how awful I thought it was that he used Kristina's cancer to get Amy back. It was such a low thing to do, and I was shocked that Amy fell so easily for the trick. She fell pretty hard, as this week they were in bed when Mark walked in on them.

Watching Jason Ritter try to parent Drew as Mark about condoms and STDs had to be one of the most uncomfortable scenes I've seen in a very long time. It got kind of convoluted, but he promised Drew he wouldn't tell Sarah, then Sarah asked Hank for advice. Going against Mark's wishes, she told Drew she knew what happened. That threw a wrench in Mark's relationship with Drew and also showed Sarah thinks more highly of Hank's opinion thank Mark's. That cannot end well.

Even Joel and Julia faced a parenting dilemma. I've been waiting for Sydney to crack, and she fell apart in a big way this week. She made it clear Victor was not her brother, Julia didn't quit her job to spend time with her and Victor but only Victor, and in case they forgot, she was there first. Seeing her little tearful face, dragging her suitcase away in hopes of finding a taxi was heartbreaking, but totally understandable. We've all been wondering where Sydney was as Joel and Julia attempted to bond with Victor. From being an only child to having an older brother was a huge deal.

It was wonderful of Joel to wake up the next morning with an understanding of where Sydney was coming from. Julia's first response was that Sydney's tantrum really worked on Joel, but Joel stood his ground. Sydney made some valid points. They had been spending so much time making sure Victor felt secure in his new family, the kind of forgot to make sure Sydney felt as secure with her new family, as well. The three of them finally did something together, and I loved the classic Sydney response to Julia's idea of taking Victor some hot chocolate on their way home. Nah.

Finally, Amber and Ryan went on a road trip to a funeral for one of the guys from Ryan's unit. He committed suicide. I thought it was pretty evident, but it took a while for Amber to catch on. Ryan took it pretty badly and gave her an out.

Amber watched her mother take care of her father all her life, and that's definitely not the life I'd want for her, but being a veteran is also much different than being an addict. Every couple has something to move through or past, and if they can get through things like friend's suicides and the haunting feelings they bring up, they should be okay.

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Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Sarah Braverman has absolutely no personal boundaries! Not with her kids, not with her boss. It's like she can't just be...she has to be up in everyone's business. (BTW, whatever her happened to her budding career as a playwright?) The way things are going, her behavior may well cost her the relationship with Mark.

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And don't get me started again on Drew. Why is this little boy having sex in the first place, and why does Sarah feel she has to know everything? Drew disappointed me in using Kristina's cancer to get back with Amy. We all know that isn't going to last.

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I enjoyed the ep but so sad for Kristina. I really hope she gets better soon cause it's driving Adam crazy, and Max is only making things worse. I hated how Sarah handled the Drew situation. Mark told her not to say anything and she went right in and rambled along as usual, then said she didn't say anything. Obviously Drew realised that Mark had told her. She could never keep her mouth shut and is always interfering in her children's business. Look how she was supportive when Amber was getting laid with Ryan. What mother does that when their unmarried daughter has a man in the house, having sex, and she is there seemingly wanting to be a "friend" and to get details. Gross in my opinion. Yes Ryan is hot but hasn't Amber had enough troubled men in her life? Ryan is only going to be trouble in the end. He needs help.

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Oh, and I LOVE the Amber/Ryan romance...they are so good for each other and Ryan looks incredibly hot in a uniform! YUM!I loved watching them play in the surf together, it reminded me of that 1950s movie with the actors rolling around on the beach in the surf...I hope that Amber and Ryan get married, because I think they honestly love one another and Ryan is healing with Ambers TLC.
But I am not loving deceitful Drew who uses his Aunts cancer to get his ex girlfriend in bed...what a creep! I am glad that Marc had the 'talk' with him, but still, he's just such a jerk, and his mother isn't helping at all. She needs to realize teenage boys don't want to talk to their mother about their sex life, they'd rather talk to a guy, if at all. I hope Sara doesn't dump Marc for her boss, because I think that romance would end badly.

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As the wife of an oncologist I have enjoyed the breast cancer storyline, however no oncologist would want his patient inhaling burning plant matter whether tobacco or marijuana. There are excellent anti nausea medicines on the market now (the very best is now generic)and Kristina really should have called her doctor because her chemo might need altering and the doctor needed the info.

Deann

I agree with Jim's comment above that we need less of Max, because he's just becomming a character that most viewers cannot stand, he's always completely selfish, rude, won't help with the dog like he swore he would (he lets the dog pee all over) and he could care less that his mother is sick, and instead of helping he makes life extra hard for his dad who is dealing with a very sick mom. I have never been a fan of Monica Potter, and I realize we are supposed to have a lot of sympathy for her now that she has cancer, but I think she's screwed up Max by giving him everything he wants without any consequences and she took on another handicapped kid this weekend just because she's too much of a wimp to say no...I mean WTF? She dropped it all in Adams lap and he nearly imploded keeping up with it all. And she thought she'd be the only one to not get sick from Chemo? REALLY? What an idiot!

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Not one of their better episodes. Drew's conduct last episode was disturbing. It made no sense for the most sensitive character on the show to manipulate Amy's empathy over Kristina's cancer to get her to hook up with him. The sex ed quiz from Mark minutes after he walked in on Drew and Amy was a very awkwardly written scene...and not b/c the situation was inherently awkward. I know Max can't really control himself but they need less Max on the show b/c he's becoming very unlikable...watching him be so cold and insensitive to Kristina is tough to overlook, even with his condition. Ryan's army friend made no sense either. If this guy despised the person who committed suicide and just kept trashing him, then why travel to the funeral and stay at the hotel with everyone else? Why would he even be there in the first place?

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Yes he is not his father but he is a guy and I think Mark handled his talk with Drew well.
We are seeing the old Jasmine again that I do not like. She picked a fight with Crosby and was mad at the party that everyone liked him and then after he said he was sorry but she did not eventhough she should have too!
We have not seen much of Sydney lately, and while I think she had some good points when she was telling her parents why she was running away and Joel and Julia were right to give her some special time BUT Syd can be a brat as was evident when she did not like Julia's suggestion of bringing home hot chocolate for Victor. If Julia would have been able to get pregnant and give birth to a baby OR if they would have adopted a baby then lots of Julia and Joel's time would have been spent with the baby too. Syd was so used to being the only child she was spoiled and I do not think she will be happy with any addition to the family.

Sarah-silva

I say this every week, this show deserves a full season!
On to the epiosde.
I will start with my favorite Braverman well she is a Holt but still. I love Amber and I love Ryan and I really hope they keep him around for the rest of the series. They are the perfect pair and who knew that Ryan had a funny side, I loved when he was giving Amber a hard time about her car.
Monica Porter continues to be phenomenal this season. Her protrayal of a woman with cancer is very real.
With a baby, a son with aspergers and a wife with cancer, Adam needs help this is when having Haddie there would really help. Adam is doing well so far but he needs some help.
I am team Mark and I really wish that they would not break up Sarah and Mark but we can all tell that is what will happend. I can see both Sarah and Mark's side of the whole Drew and Amy thing, and Mark was correct in telling Sarah BUT I think Sarah should have let Mark handle it like she asked her to and she said she would. Yes he is not his father but he is a guy and I think Mark handled his talk with Drew well.
We are seeing the old Jasmine again that I do not like. She picked a fight with Crosby and was mad at the party that everyone liked him and then after he said he was sorry but she did not eventhough she should have too!
We have not seen much of Sydney lately, and while I think she had some good points when she was telling her parents why she was running away and Joel and Julia were right to give her some special time BUT Syd can be a brat as was evident when she did not like Julia's suggestion of bringing home hot chocolate for Victor. If Julia would have been able to get pregnant and give birth to a baby OR if they would have adopted a baby then lots of Julia and Joel's time would have been spent with the baby too. Syd was so used to being the only child she was spoiled and I do not think she will be happy with any addition to the family.

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I adore amber and Ryan! Their storyline has so many possibilities and I love the fact Amber understands Ryan! What does everyone else think?
Also it helps that they guy who plays Ryan is a babe and actually an amazing actor! Watchinf FNL for hime and michael b jordan! Thrilled with this storyline!