"Slipping Away" is an apt title for this episode of Parenthood. It genuinely felt like the Braverman family was on the brink of disaster.
This seems like a good time to give a shout out to network PR execs that we are not likely to be duped by previews any longer. An absolute tragedy was hinted in the previews of last week's show. As usual, it was the final scene of the program.
It is my wish that they discontinue this type of advertising.
We all knew it was coming, most likely in the final moments, and it made everything else that was happening seem less severe than it actually was. Don't show scenes with enormous impact in previews, commercials, etc. The viewers will thank you for it and the surprise ending will suit the actual purpose of the scene.
Every parent's nightmare was shown on screen when Haddie dialed her parents number during sex. As they were driving down the street, they could hear sighs and grunting.
It must have felt like they fell down the rabbit hole. To hear anyone having sex can be embarrassing, but to hear your 16-year-old daughter doing it must be crushing.Kristina was so strong through it all, which was surprising as she was the one who didn't want Haddie to date an older boy. Adam went from a free thinker in terms of Alex being a good kid to ignoring Haddie all together.
There was a scene when Sarah and Adam were talking about children pushing when they need their parents most that turned him around. Adam turned on the fatherly charm and showed Haddie how much he cared about her.
It seems Haddie will a happier member of the family now that it is all out in the open.
I have to be honest, I don't want Jasmine to take Crosby back. Not yet. He thinks buying a house and trying to create a home will somehow erase the fact that he cheated on her.
That she should overlook that and see the new, improved Crosby. He is still ridiculously impulsive and without understanding of what makes a true family.
Watching his scenes is becoming a bit overbearing. What is it going to take for him to actually grow up and stop throwing Hail Mary passes in the hope of a miracle?
The most heartbreaking turn of events took place with Amber. To lose confidence and become such a disappointment overnight seems a bit extreme, but I guess that is what our teen years were all about. The disrespect she had for Julia and her place of employment was a bona fide letdown for me.
She always had issues with her mother, but the other adults in her life did not suffer the same fate. Now it seems anyone in her path is in line for disillusion.
For a while it seemed Drew was lost, but once he reconnected with his father, he developed a new attitude. He was concerned about Amber and told Sarah anything he knew that might assist her in helping his sister. There were two scenes that were extremely uncomfortable to watch, mostly thanks to the fabulous acting of Lauren Graham.
The look on Sarah's face when she realized Amber had shown up at the restaurant high, and when Amber pushed Sarah to the ground in order to get into the car with Gary. Agonizing to watch.
If Amber survives the accident with Gary, her family relationships will need an immense amount of work. I'm interested to see if she will merely be detained short term, of if this accident might leave her with a disability to further challenge her future.
I think that would be the way to go for the best interest of the story, but it's a rare show that is willing to take such a risk.
What are your thoughts? What would happen in your ideal season finale? Sound off in the comments. I love to hear what you think. Join us again next week when we find the culmination of this week's events, and what will be on our minds until Parenthood returns.
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