Parenthood Review: The Times are Changing

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Nothing too drastic happened on Parenthood Season 5 Episode 22 - and that was the perfect decision for this finale. 

As of this writing, there is no determination whether the series will be picked up for another season, but it seems unlikely there won't at least be a shortened run to close out loose ends.

Even so, if this episode did have to be an end, it would be just fine because everything was just beginning.

Haddie came home from college not only because Casa Braverman was on the market but because school's out for summer. The clue was when Natalie and Drew also left university. See how smart I am, putting that evidence together like a pro! 

It was odd timing for Natalie to tell Drew she loved him, but not really shocking. She was looking for him to step up and when he did she opened her heart. 

Haddie's heart has been opened as well, by her "super awesome best friend" Lauren. It was difficult to see much of a love connection between them in such a short time, but expected that Kristina and Adam didn't hesitate to accept her choice. When Haddie tried to explain Lauren to Adam in the kitchen, but failed, she sounded so much like Kristina. That was very well done on the part of Sarah Ramos, emulating Monica Potter like that. 

Amber finally met the mother Ryan was so anxious to keep from her and she wasn't much of a prize. Even so, since Ryan has been discharged from the Army he'll be going home with mom to recuperate and figure out his next steps. Burdening Amber didn't feel right to him and that was a very Ryan move. He's a bit of a martyr.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but we still don't know much about the accident or what Ryan has been up to. Was he discharged before or after the accident? There seems to be more to his story and since he and Amber are obviously still in love, I expect we'll find out. Especially since she's pregnant. I'm going with it -- she was drinking water at the dinner and she never passes up a drink.

The experience Victor had helping Zeek rebuild the Pontiac was life-changing. He wrote an essay about it and won the school's essay contest. That moment brought Joel and Julia together as parents as they watched their son grow into a man, just before he got ready to stuff his face full of ice cream. 

There is still hope for Joel and Julia, mostly because of the bond they once shared and their children. They still haven't taken any time to talk about who or where they are now. Lingering glances won't fix the hostility that has split them apart, and he was noticeably absent from the family dinner. One good night didn't send them back into each others orbit.

Sarah finally talked about the big tomato in the room. She admitted to Hank that his Asperger's scares her and if they revisit their relationship, it's not a little thing, it's a big thing. It was comforting that she told him why, as well. That the Asperger's takes away something she really needs -- communication. That he doesn't look at her when they talk makes her uncomfortable. 

Hank: Really?
Sarah: Is there still a tomato in the room?
Hank: No tomato and I'm lookin' right at ya.

Here's hoping she doesn't squash the tomato now that she has picked it up in her hot little hands again.

Was there anything more fun than watching Crosby and Adam revisit their childhood as they moved their parents from Casa Braverman? The way they retreated back to being the boys who grew up in the big house, wrestling and cajoling each other into bobsledding down the staircase was wonderful. My sister and I used to slide down our stairs as kids, but we just skipped the mattresses! Ruined the carpet.

Neither Crosby nor Adam won the best mover contest, though. That was set aside for Drew. It was always for Drew. He accepted his prize with tears in his eyes and drove to Portland to see Natalie. Will the next car go to Victor? Maybe that '68 Mustang he talked about in his essay.

Life isn't perfect, but as long as you're always present in the one you have, things will eventually turn out OK. The Bravermans are always available for each other and they emulate a good extended family for us, reminding us to just be there. That's all it takes.

That's all there is for this season! Hit the comments and talk about what you loved or didn't and be sure to watch Parenthood online for all of your most treasured Braverman family moments. 

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


Dont forget. Is the same version played on ER ("Life After Death"), "The Times They Are A-Changin" by Richie Havens cover.


Good review! I liked the episode and the season as a whole, even though it was a little sad at times. there is hope for Joel and Julia only if they START to TALK!! especially Joel...he cannot skip the whole process...and it felt right that he was not at the table. the last scene reminds me of my family lunches/ is approaching, I get more sentimental! anyway I hope there'll be a season 6...come on! we get never-ending-grey's anatomy...can we get a little bit of Braverman???!!please!!!

Mike hurly

Great show until last night when NBC decided to bring the gay agenda into it.. NBC couldn't leave well enough along. They killed that show called The New Normal... Who wants to watch two men in bed... not us.

Mike hurly

Great show. We look forward to it every Friday night. It was one of the few shows we didn't have to see homosexuality in it unlike Modern Family and so many of the other shows on NBC. I even read a comment last week about how this show does not have any gay issues in it until last night. It seems like they brought this daughter in last night for the first time just for the gay agenda... why?

@ Mike Hurly

I agree, Mike.

@ Mike Hurly

They didn't bring the character in for any agenda. It's a fact of like Mike. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's not out there. Tolerance is how you deal with it, not accepting and engaging in it. I'm sure it won't make a huge impact on the series and you can continue to enjoy it.

@ Carissa Pavlica

I like your answer very much

Mike hurly
@ Carissa Pavlica

You don't think so....??? I understand it's a fact of life, we just don't have to watch it.. Just like that show called The New Normal. Watching two men making out in bed is not my kind of entertainment.. NBC is really trying to push the envelope on this topic, as we all can see.. If you don't think they didn't bring Haddie in for a reason, you're wrong...

@ Mike Hurly

@Carissa I like this answer even more!! xD
Such a good way with words, inspiring!

@ Mike Hurly

Then cross the show off your list. Your inability to tolerate will greatly diminish your entertainment choices as life carries on. Best wishes.


Ryan explained the accident. He was out partying all night, drunk drove cause he was late for maneuvers something, was involved in said accident, and then was discharged from the army. medical discharge so it doesn't screw too much his future, the army was nice, it could've been a dishonorable discharge Ryan said to Amber.
At least, that's how I understood it.

@ Didine34790

How on earth did I miss that?? I'll go with mumbling. ;-) Thanks for the explanation and yikes. I'm glad he didn't go home with Amber. He's much too much like her father and he's certainly not ready to be one himself. Shame.

@ Carissa Pavlica

Well, I do tend to focus a little bit more when characters speak since english is not my native language. I don't think Ryan is like Amber's dad. Though they are both messed up, Ryan's situation is mainly because of the way he grew up and what he saw as a soldier.
and Seth's situation was because he fell too hard in the rock and roll way of life (or so I assume). Ryan, ultimately wants to be a good guy. Seth was too drunk or high to care.


On last night final Parenthood show - Who sang the song the times they are a changing - its was awesome.
Please let me know who the artist that sang the song thanks you


Richie Havens

Sarah silva

This was a great episode! However it felt a little rushed! I think Jason Katmis tried to give the fans as happy an ending as possible in case the show is not renewed! I really hope it is.
It is up to the viewers to fill in the silent conversations we saw. I imagine Julia told Kristina there may be hope for her and Joel.
I would like to have seen Joel at the table but it would have been way to fast to see him there, the scenes with he and Julia in this episode and Joel touching her hand makes me think they may work it out.
Haddie told her dad about being a lesbian.
Also Amber drank water so I am sure she is pregnant, however it seems like in Parenthood time she has not been with Ryan for months and she drank and smoked pot with Drew recently.
Still not a fan of Drew and Natalie, however he seems happy. I loved that Zeke was building the car for Drew.
Victor's speech was great.
It was funny seeing Crosby and Adam reminisce about their child hood and time in the house.
I am slightly okay with Sarah and Hank now.
I am still sad that Camille and Zeke sold their house but I do like that Adam and Christina will carry on the tradition of the outdoor Braverman dinners!
So will Ryan get better for good and come back to Amber, I predicted last week he would have not been on the army and it was a car accident he got into.
Do not like his mother at all.
PLEASE NBC we need a season 6.
Carissa: Kristina said right before Haddie pulled up that he was coming home for the summer. :) Also Ryan was discharged because of the accident. He said that he was medically discharged after the accident not dishonorably discharged, I guess he may get better benefits that way?!?! Not sure how all that works.

@ Mrs alex o'loughlin

Amber and Ryan made love at the hospital. It was a subtle cutaway. I hope she was gentle! !


Yeah,I kept hitting rewind on DVR looking for Joel at table. Little disapointed but could have been worse,like Ed or the teacher. Ouch


I hope Parenthood is renewed. But if it isn't, this was a good way to end the show.


I wish Joel had been the last person we saw as the camera panned the Bravermans' dinner table. I believe that NBC was not doing it any favors when it was placed in the schedule opposite the wildly popular Scandal which follows Grey's Anatomy which still has a huge following. I agree that many loose ends were tied up and we could be satisfied that they all drive off into the sunset. However, for those of us that do like a drama based on family, we have Parenthood and Blue Bloods…neither of which has a prime schedule niche.

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Parenthood Season 5 Episode 22 Quotes

When two girls are kissing does that mean they're lesbians?


Drew! I love you.