Parenthood

Thursdays 10:00 PM on NBC
Parenthood
TV Fanatic Works Better with Prime Instant Video
Try it Now for Free and Instantly Watch Parenthood.

Parenthood Review: Booty Calls and Other Relationship Issues

by at .  Updated at . Comments

We took a break this week from Kristina's mayoral race.

And while that may be exciting to think of at first, what it actually meant was that Parenthood Season 5 Episode 7 was practically devoid of happiness. 

I'm starting to feel dragged down a bit by this season. Even my favorite scenes at The Luncheonette weren't enough to carry the episode to anyplace very special.

Drew's Crush

You'd think that with an extended family the size of the Bravermans that Drew would have been familiar with college hook up by the time he got there. Apparently not. It's not longer cute to watch this clueless teen fall for the girl who's dropping by for a booty call while he broods, whines and wants a relationship.

Honestly? I have no idea what she sees in him. To top it off, the story is so poorly written that I have yet to hear him use her name so I'm relegated to calling her "the girl." It's time to take the training wheels off of Drew and give him a little spunk. If not, then put him in some skinny black jeans and a hoodie so he can slink around college like his personality demands.

Unfortunately, Drew wasn't the only Braverman who was lacking a spine tonight. It's becoming a "will they"/"won't they" situation with just about every couple on the show. Enough already. 

Max discovered a photo of Sarah in Hank's drawer at the studio, and Hank - as he does - treated Max like an adult as he explained why they were no longer together. Max being Max then shared their conversation around a family dinner table and that set Sarah running to Hank's to have a chat.

From what I recall, Hank and Sarah never really came to a conclusive decision about the end of their relationship. They still have feelings for each other and the only reason she went to see him was because of those lingering feelings. His reaction was to cut Max out of his life, which he later took back while he flirted with Sarah. It used to be cute, but with all the poor choices Sarah has made in the past, her dalliances with men aren't any more.

Then we have her daughter, Amber. Amber who was absolutely certain just a few episodes ago that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with Ryan was showing signs otherwise. She was asking Kristina to share her beautiful engagement story as if she was questioning what she had with Ryan. And yet when Ryan got down on bended knee and presented Amber with a giant ring, she still didn't seem satisfied.

But she wasn't the only one who looked off. Ryan didn't look any more secure in his decision than Amber did. In fact, he looked jealous quite a bit of the time. While he never brought it up or asked Amber to act differently, it still didn't feel like the two of them were in the best place. He had to see what we did with the Ashes of Rome drummer and Amber being very cozy. While I wouldn't have wanted to think Amber had any interest, I'm no longer sure.

Which brings me to the best part of the night. When Oliver was acting out again in the studio, Amber had an amazing idea to get him to perform well. She had seen him live and thought giving him an audience to pour on the charisma to a crowd would be the perfect way to get a really great recording out of them. 

It's always a highlight when there is good music at The Luncheonette, and the concert atmosphere and seeing Amber excel at something was really fun. I like the music a lot, as well, which is a plus. Ashes of Rome are like The Luncheonette house band and they really fit in with the crew, despite Oliver's antics.

Yes, Zeek and Camille parted ways as she went to Italy alone - much to the surprise of her children. Zeek finally confided in Adam why he didn't go, which gave Adam a little bit of understanding into why Julia was behaving so oddly about their parents when the kids had a meal together. 

Julia only seems happy when she's talking with Ed, and even a booty call to Joel was ineffectual and odd. She was trying to be spicy, but instead her glances around his office make it feel very uncomfortable. She needs to take her mother's lead and tell Joel what's on her mind before she loses herself in her relationship with him.

It was a sad and disappointing episode. I'm ready for at least one couple to start making some serious decisions, but it seems like wavering is the way to go. There needs to be a few more light stories to balance out the dark ones.

Is anyone left out there watching? Hit the comments and share your thoughts on the darkness that's befallen the Braverman family. They were more entertaining during a heavy cancer plot line, and that doesn't seem right. 

Review

Editor Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
  • 3.0 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 3.0 / 5.0 (33 Votes)

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

Tags: ,
Avatar

I see trouble in Amber & Ryan's future. Ryan is certainly jealous and feeling insecure so wants the engagement to be official, yet he isnt communicating the jealous notions to Amber. Amber is definitely having doubts. It the flirtiness with the drummer is unintentional. How they kiss and hug whenever they see each other is almost for show and not genuine. It's good Sarah finally gave Amber her support, so now Amber can make decisions in regards to Ryan on her own, not just wanting to marry Ryan even more because Sarah disapproves.
I loved Joel & Julia last season, but this season does not look good. I feel sad for them. It is very difficult being the stay at home parent. It's more work , no break, with little appreciation or value put on by society. I really hope they pull through but with their minimal time together, it will be very hard with all these other stressors (victor's education, Julia's unhapiness with Joel's business decisions....)
Can't believe Camille went to Italy without Zeek but hopefully absence will make the heart grow fonder and they can see past these issues and come to a compromise they can both be happy with.

Avatar

My thoughts on the episode were very much in line with what Carissa said. The Drew situation is realistic but it does seem very childish for him. Also, does he have NO friends at college so he has to talk to his uncles about this??? I was also frustrated about not knowing the girls name. I feel very upset about what Julia is doing. It was clear that she made the booty call to try and reassure herself that she was into Joel and her relationship was fine. However, she is really upset about being at home and is, in my opinion, handling it pretty poorly. If she feels the need to work she should look for work to do from home or something but she is just pissing me off now. Hank is awesome. He is honestly the only one, including the Bravermans, that treats Max like he doesnt have a disability and it is so cool to see them interact. I doubt him and Sarah will get back together and I hope they dont so Max can stay working with Hank. I expect to see some interaction between Max and the school yearbook coming in the next couple episodes and I bet Hank steps in at some point. The show is good and, like other people have said, it is enjoyable to have such familiar topics but the producers/writers seem to have so many potential conflicts and plot turns and they decide on a weekly basis what they want to do.

Avatar

I felt like we missed some scenes where Amber was getting friendly with the band in the last few episodes, because it seems she is just super chummy with the drummer and we had never seen them together before. I also HATE that we have had to endure 3 episodes of her yelling at Sarah about how much she wants to marry Ryan, how SURE she is and then now that Sarah caved in and said she's on board, Amber is starting to have doubts. The Joel and Julia storyline is raw and I think very accurate. Leaving a corporate job to stay at home with kids it's a HUGE change She's already feeling insecure about herself and now Joel is never home and working for a super hot, demanding woman, who is won't stand up to. It makes sense she would seek emotional (and maybe physical) comfort from someone else. Yes, let's please keep Sarah single, or at least have her date someone that WOULD fit into the Braverman clan. Can you imagine family dinners with HANK? OMG. I like Hank and Max buddying up, but please lets keep him as a peripheral character. I only have room to hate one spouse (ahem, Jasmine - THANKFULLY absent this episode!)

Avatar

Jeez, Carissa, who peed in your Cheerios?
I really liked this episode. Mrs alex o'loughlin is right that it's the uncomfortable, real life stuff that makes this show so good. I have nephews and friends' sons Drew's age, and let me tell you - they are just as confused.
I read Amber's chat with Christina and the ring proposal totally differently. I feel like Christina's story *validated* Amber's: it was a little impulsive, they were young, and it just "felt right". Amber didn't look sad, she looked acknowledged. And with the ring, it really did seem like "what are you doing spending all your combat money!?". She's used to modest means and a $4-6K engagement ring will make you stammer.
I think Amber is being unintentionally flirty with the drummer and that may indeed be giving her pause. Ryan seemed jealous but also nervous, like he fears he doesn't fit in her world.
I am really nervous for Joel and Julia.
(PS Carissa I don't mean that harshly... you're just usually much more upbeat!)

Sarah silva

I liked this episode. The one thing that makes this show so great is that it is realistic and relatable. Yes the episode had way more drama than it usually does but it was still good.
I felt bad for Drew. He needs to tell the girl he will not be her booty call and find one that wants a relationship.
I hope that the time away for Zeke and Camille will be what they need, but I have a feeling Zeke will head to Italy.
It is no secret that Jason Katmis' storyline with Joel and Julia this year is trouble in their marriage, and possible cheating on both their parts. I do not like it but I know it is coming.
It has been a long time since we have a scene with Julia, Crosby, Adam and Sarah and I did like it even though it was a serious get together.
The one thing I did find a little odd was Amber and the drummer. However I did not take the scene at the end with the engagement ring as anything bad, it was a huge ring and I think she was more worried about the money as they do not live in the nicest apartment, and so maybe she was just worried about the cost of the ring and did not want him to spend money on a ring and not a nice house or something.

Parenthood Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

Julia: I didn't come here to talk.
Joel: No you didn't. Ah. Wow. This is a first.
Julia: I mean, if you don't have time...
Joel: Oh no. I have time.

I will tell you the real reason I am not going. OK? I was not invited.

Zeek