Parenthood Review: Don't Stop Trying

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There was a lot more going on than just “Trouble in Candyland” on Parenthood, that's for sure.

It seemed the only person who was having a good time, for a change, was Kristina. Considering everything she has been through, she deserved a break. Everyone else kind of made their own beds and were stuck sleeping in them.

Sarah and Hank Drunk

The Luncheonette: I still greatly disliked and didn't want to see Marlese, but Crosby was just being an idiot. There was no reason whatsoever people should still have been parking in the alley and antagonizing Marlese. The Luncheonette was already served with court documents putting the entire business in jeopardy, and Crosby's inability to make changes was irresponsible.

If he had been in business anywhere else in the country, he would have been in grave danger of losing everything he and Adam had worked so hard to accomplish. Luckily, he chose to revive a legend, and the local businesses and other residential neighbors recognized what they did for the area. Quite a save.

Julia and Victor: Despite Julia's best attempts to work with Victor to improve his math skills, nothing was working. It really drove him crazy when Sydney knew all the answers while she was still a year and a half younger than him.

Julia went to the best mother she knew for answers, Kristina. Her timing was impeccable. As Kristina said, “I was just dopin' it up.” It was a hilarious moment, but it also gave her just what she needed to give away her best kept secret. Bribery. Check out the Parenthood quotes section for more of what she and Julia talked about and to discover her secret. Julia gave it a whirl with Victor, and while he didn't ace him math test, he gamely studied to get in on the game.

Joel and Ryan: Amber asked her uncle for a favor – to give Ryan a job. You could tell Joel was hesitant, but he was willing to give it a try. As imagined, things didn't go to great for Ryan on the construction site. I'd like to point out one example that I didn't think was his fault.

He was carrying some long pipe and, granted, it was new to him and he may have been carrying it wrong. However – it was not helpful in the least for someone to scream at him to watch how he was carrying the load, because Ryan felt obliged to answer. In doing so, he turned his head, from the neck and shoulders and, in turn, smashed the pipe into a bunch of standing windows. Seriously, that could have happened to anyone.

Ryan is the kind of kid who would feel impolite if he didn't answer, but he also wanted to try to prove he could do it on his own. After another mishap, he walked off the job. The last we saw of him, Joel was knocking on his door while he downed some pills and drank a beer.

I don't expect he'll go to extremes and try to off himself, but he was definitely trying to dull the pain of feeling worthless. It's a really easy trap to fall into and I hope he thinks things through and shows back up at the site, asking for a second chance.

Mark and Sarah: Was this the last we've seen of Mark as part of the Braverman family? Even after finding Sarah and Hank drunk hanging on each other for support, he was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. That is, until he spoke with Hank and Hank spilled the beans about the weekend being a bogus business trip.

Mark understood when Sarah needed to help Seth, as he was the father of her children. But Hank? He was nothing to Sarah. To choose a weekend of helping Hank over one Mark and Sarah had planned for months was the ultimate betrayal, and Mark broke things off with Sarah. Sarah will have to go home with her tail between her legs, to Camille and a Christmas photo with Mark in it before the holiday even arrives.

The only good that can come of this development is if Sarah does indeed move back into the garage, we'll get to see more of Zeek and Camille and that's never a bad thing. I've missed them. There hasn't been a lot of need for them since she's left the nest. I suppose it's either Mark or Zeek and Camille.

One thing I think we learned during the weekend. If there was a spark at one time between Sarah and Hank, it seems to be waning. By treating Mark so poorly, Sarah ruined any of the fun there was to be had with she and Hank. I don't see how her story can have a happy ending at this point.

What were your favorite parts of the episode? Sound off in the comments!


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I love Hank! He is funny and weird and ballsy in his own way. Mark is such a softie, he is just boring me to tears and I am pretty sure so does he Sarah thats why she practically jumped at the opportunity to mess things up. and good for her. I think this will be one mistake she makes that actually pays off.


Boy, episodes really drag when Zeke and Mom aren't in them. My wife has stopped watching because everybody feels sorry for themselves and their situations, but I keep reminding her that's what life is. I love this show!! Can't believe only three episodes left!! NBC renew it now!!!


I have to agree with DeAnn's comment about Sarah shooting herself in the foot. Her charcter is truly flawed and her decision making is horrific.


I sure hope Hank stays with the show. I love Ray Romano in anything.......and the other guy is too young for her !!


This Sarah storyline is terrible! I love mark and this is making her so unlikable! And it makes me less interested in the show. I hope I'm pleasantly surprised that Sarah and mark will work it out


I really do get tired of the whole problematic relationships with Sarah and whoever. It's tiring and boring.


On the other hand... Ryan! I really dislike that storyline.
First of all because as a military daughter I always see characters that come back from war zones under some sort of drug abuse or trauma.
Boring. Second and most important thing.. This shows has enough relationship already.
Can't we see Amber diving into a career or her dreams? That is also part of being in a family... Since she didn't go to college I was wondering how that could go on.
The spiral is descending now. Work with relatives (cool I agree, but she answers the phone and opens the door for now), boyfriend, troubled boyfriend...
And what was all the waterworks while asking Zeek for counsel? Can one person just talk or do we have to see tears all the time?.


hello everyone!
I disagree with the review and with most of your comments! ^_^
I think that now Sarah and Mark are going to get past the foolishness of rushing into having a baby, getting married, moving in, and finally attempt to solve a real problem and go on.
Hank was so likable (to me) that I hoped something was there.. but come on, that was impossible.
The authors don't want to "destroy" Sarah's character.. just show that she is flawed.
Hank will probably move to stay closer to his daughter.


Crosby and Adam were too funny. I loved the back and forth and how Crosby was waiting for Adam to deal with Marlese, and Adam failed miserably! So funny. Adam always feels he knows best and can do better. He didn't this time. And there is Sarah. I left the worst for last. I do hope Mark dumps her. Sarah is a tool. They were planning this thing for months and she goes to help Hank? And the worst part is that you can see Hank doesn't even care that he may have destroyed her relationship with Mark. He's about himself and his daughter, who doesn't even seem to care that much about leaving him either. Cause he's a grouch. Sarah will get what she deserves. I will be sorry to see Mark (Jason Ritter) leave the show, cause I think he's the sweetest guy (reminds me of Cooper in Private Practice), but he can do better than Sarah.


Sarah and Amber always seem to get into problematic relationships. While I like Amber's boyfriend, Ryan (The Chicago Code), I foresee trouble. And Amber seems to be really in love. But wasn't she in love with the politician guy last season? I fear she may end up in problems again, cause this one looks like he needs some serious therapy. I disagree with the writer that because he's polite and stopped to answer he got the window smashed. Someone was offering to help him earlier but because he knew they were laughing at him before, he refused the help and turned around to say he didn't need any. Pride goeth before a fall.

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Parenthood Season 4 Episode 10 Quotes

I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm smoking pot. I was just dopin' it up and I'm really sorry.


Crosby: Drive safe Maureen.
Marlese: You know my name.