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Parenthood Review: Pretty On The Inside

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Thanks to "Keep On Rowing," Parenthood viewers were treated to a wonderful start to 2013.

With a focus on the elder Braverman children, we had glimpses into Kristina's battle with cancer, Julia's relationship with Victor, Crosby's acceptance that a man's house is not his own and Sarah's blossoming romance with Hank.

Crosby's House Guest

Kristina and Adam: The only other show I've ever watched where a character with cancer shaved her head and delivered the same emotional one-two punch of both sadness/strength was with Reva Shayne on Guiding Light. I know that may be a strange analogy, but after knowing a character for 30 years, amazing things happen.

The decision to have the the night out feature Kristina so full of life, so spunky and almost more herself than she had been in years culminate in that major change was perfect. As perfect as the pin in her balloon when Adam's reaction wasn't exactly what she expected.

As always, Adam's attempt at follicular replacement for Kristina was taken the wrong way in a moment of stress because of miscommunication, but Kristina pulled out a fantastic save. Her choice to go with a new color wig instead of trying to replace her own hair - an impossible task, really - was another brilliant move. 

I disagreed that she looked silly in the wig. She looked lovely. Not that she needed to wear it, but if it made her comfortable to don it under certain circumstances, there shouldn't be any shame in that, just as there shouldn't be any in not wearing one. At least Kristina knows she has options.

Julia and Joel: Did anyone think the situation with Victor and his mom was going to end well? I couldn't even imagine the pain Julia felt when, after all her work, the first person Victor wanted to share his math victory with was his "real" mother. It was even more tragic when Julia's pain flowed over to Sydney, who was just getting her groove back with a new brother in her family.

Things went from bad to worse when Sydney started pushing his buttons and Victor's reaction was to throw his metal baseball bat at her. It was surprising Joel let the move roll off his back like he did. That was attempted assault. Even the most ignorant of parents couldn't think a bat flying yards through the air "slipped," and our Grahams don't fit that bill.

I don't know if they would ever take the road less traveled with adoption, but what if Victor just can't be saved? He's definitely shown progress via lovely moments of growth. But what if his anger issues and violent tendencies overtake it all and something bad happens? As much as I'd hate for it to occur, that would make for very compelling drama, something we rarely see outside of a crime serial.

Crosby and Jasmine: As Crosby and Jasmine struggled with how to handle her mom's rapidly declining financial situation, Crosby reluctantly agreed to her moving in with them. The obligatory marital strife and Parenthood quotes from Crosby resulted, but my favorite part was when he was shouting at work at Adam and Amber about being the creative mind behind The Luncheonette, and he acquiesced Amber might one day be the same. I like that they see Amber there permanently. It's such a small thing, but had great meaning.

Inviting someone into your home is a huge decision, especially someone with whom you've already had so many disagreements about family. Thinking about the challenges Crosby and Jasmine faced with her mother in Parenthood Season 4 Episode 1 about religion alone, this change should make for an interesting time in their lives.

Sarah and Hank: So Sarah and Hank have been going to work and then home to have sex, huh? Oh, the fun things you can learn from a girls' night out! They did find the time for a proper date and, considering their last dinner at the restaurant where they got wasted, I was surprised at Hank's choice. They just don't strike me as a dress up and go out kind of couple.

It turned out they're not that couple, and with some snacks, a bottle of wine, a deck of cards and a blanket on the floor, they found a bit of a groove. Coming from such complicated backgrounds, it's even possible their baggage might not be too much for either one. While I'm still not completely sold on them as an end game couple, their progress is impressive.

With three more episodes to go in Parenthood Season 4, what are your hopes as we wind to a conclusion? Other than a renewal, what must happen for YOU to be happy?

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Great episode and Kristina and Adam were a great couple out on a date and really handled the pickup artist surprisingly well. Victor really has a serious anger problem and I hope they can find a way to help him. As for Sarah and Hank; how could the writers concieve such foolishness? Hank has said he doesn't believe in love; Sarah couldn't wait for Mark to leave the scene before jumping in bed with Hank, and I don't think either one of them is in love with the other. Sarah made no effort to keep Mark from leaving and he told her how much he loved her and she had nerve to be upset about a kiss that a lady gave Mark. She and Hank just aren't a good match.

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So Christina is 34? That would have made her 16 when she had Hattie?

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I was most upset by Julia's reaction to Victor asking to show his good grades to his Mom. No matter what she's done, Victor is always going to love his mother and that's not going away. Julia's reaction that he needed to let that go and embrace his new family was unreasonable. He's a little boy in a terribly confusing situation. His mother is just gone from his life. He's been bounced through the system. How is he suppose to trust that this family won't disappear too? As for the bat, he was hurt and frustrated and angry and he threw it. As Joel said, his behavior was wrong and that needs to be dealt with but his feeling leading to it were understandable. And Sydney's acting out was equally understandable, although bratty. I don't see Victor as unstable or violent. He's a little boy who needs to understand what's going on in his life and be taught better ways to handle his anger and frustration. It seems to me they can still be a great family with a little help.

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@MrsO you seriously think victor should call them mom and dad? I don't think its necessary that he does. He's been bounced around a great deal, even though its been a few months to a year, he probably still feels like there is a chance for this situation to not be permanent. I often wonder if Joel and Julia ever really explained to him his adoption in a manner that he comprehends. I think they, more specifically Julia expects things to be a certain way and quickly. The adjustment for all of them takes time that could be longer than a year. They rotate between coddling him rather than disciplining him and not taking the time to actually understand all that they need to take care of an adopted kid with a troubling previous home life. Plus they have Sydney who also demands their attention. It isn't fair to either brat that they can't grasp how to handle it. Julia in particular. Joel fares well actually.

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The moment the incident happen she reverted to the momma bear protecting her cub....forgetting that he's supposed to be her kid too. Its no surprise he feels closer to Joel, especially after that. Yes Victor has issues but nothing astronomical as long as he's handled properly. Joel has a grasp on this that Julia doesn't, which strikes me as odd given the big family she grew up in. So I actually found Julia frustrating in this instance. And victor being seen off as a bad kid is disconcerting .
I am not a Kristina fan but she was delightful to watch in this episode. I actually enjoyed her and Adam's time in this episode the most. Knew the wig thing would backfire on him but loved the new do on her. I love Crosby and I probably couldn't have been so accommodating not with the friction he and Jasmine's mom have always had. Ugh love Hank but Sara has some nerve being jealous given the circumstances.

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I find the reaction to Victor surprising. Granted I wasn't a huge fan of his initially, but I actually felt like Joel as usual had a reasonable response. The bat ob fact slipped, hurling it wasn't intentional on his part. I think both children are rarely held accountable for their actions and Sydney is a certified spoiled brat. The lack of accountability she faced that contributed to the incident was also appalling. Verbally destructive to a kid who already has issues. Julia and Joel s "talk" with victor about his mom was not only a little off but left incomplete, and they all walked around in edge from that moment in letting this tension build. Julia's issue was that she felt insulted that he doesn't think of her as his mom. Her response was to pretty much tell him that he's hers now and that's that. There are better ways to discuss that and they failed miserably at that. I found it frustrating to watch. To make matters worse and confirm his feeling outcast

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I know Victor had a hard time in his old house but I have always thought he was a brat. He will not call Julia and Joel, mom and dad. His attitude is so awful. They adopted him and do not treat him like an outsider, the whole family has embraced him. Yes I do think Sydney was wrong to provoke him but the kid has major anger issues. Sadly I think Victor was the worst thing for them and I fear Joel and Julia will not make it to the end of the season.
I can see where Crosby is coming from with the whole situation. I know that times are hard but some one that is as old as Jasmine's mom should have some savings. What happens when she retires? I guess she will be living with them! This will be a bit of a disaster, her mom is very controlling and I think Croby's fear of her taking over the house will come true!

Sarah silva

This was a fantastic episode! Sarah was my favorite Braverman but she has become my least favorite this season! The way she treated Mark was awful and then when she slept with Hank right after she and Mark broke up and then yesterday for her to be jealous of the girl that kissed Mark on the cheek in his face book photo made me more upset! I found it hard to enjoy her witty banter with Hank.
I know that Christina is going through alot and is having a tons of emotions but I did feek bad for Adam! I loved when she showed up at the studio to take him on a date.
I know Victor had a hard time in his old house but I have always thought he was a brat. He will not call Julia and Joel, mom and dad. His attitude is so awful. They adopted him and do not treat him like an outsider, the whole family has embraced him. Yes I do think Sydney was wrong to provoke him but the kid has major anger issues. Sadly I think Victor was the worst thing for them and I fear Joel and Julia will not make it to the end of the season.
I can see where Crosby is coming from with the whole situation. I know that times are hard but some one that is as old as Jasmine's mom should have some savings. What happens when she retires? I guess she will be living with them! This will be a bit of a disaster, her mom is very controlling and I think Croby's fear of her taking over the house will come true!

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So Sara sleeps with Hank 10 minutes after Mark breaks up with her for lying to him but she is hurt when she sees that Mark isn't alone? Karma is a ....Can't stand what they have done with her character. I don't care who she chooses (although Hank over Mark, really?) but they make it seem like she had nothing with Mark, she moved on in like 10 seconds. That's just bad writing and it makes it hard to like a new character like Hank.

Parenthood Season 4 Episode 12 Quotes

These were 'butter me up' pancakes, weren't they?

Crosby

Mark is so cute, but he's like a puppy. Hank is a man!

Kristina
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