I thought "Hey, If You're Not Using That Baby..." was a really inappropriate title for the episode.
There was less about the Julia/Zoe storyline than any other, though perhaps I missed the gravity of the situation. In just 10 minutes, Julia's dreams were dashed and, putting my own childless self in her position, it didn't mean much to me.
But the rest of the Bravermans are moving on and their lives seem to be on the upswing.
Who would have that our resident Aspergers child, Max, would make the most logical sense out of the entire classroom experience? Why aren't classrooms conducted in conversational fashion? It seems it would be a lot more inclusive and take some of the pressure off of students. Especially those moments when some poor kid isn't paying attention and gets called out in front of the class.
Of course, you would need some sort of rules to keep things from going over the top, but Max expressed something I've never even realized I wanted to know. It was a great moment, but surely frustrating for the teacher. If every kid was ADD these days, Max would be the straw that broke the camel's back. It was heartbreaking to see Kristina's face as he sat alone on the playground, but I didn't think Max was doing as badly as she felt, and Max's teacher agreed.
While Max was conquering the world of public school, his poor father Adam was dealing with the childlike behavior of Crosby, as he used underhanded tactics to bring Adam into an extremely volatile business deal. If Adam didn't have a family of five to provide for, it would be an easier decision to make. But concern about his family was his highest priority. Top that off with Kristina's emotional unraveling about Max and you have go give Adam some points for bravery.
Adam was standing tall as he decided against taking the job selling beverages (the easy way out) and to go into business with Crosby. I will give Crosby kudos for knowing his clientele, and if Adam was really as good at running the shoe business as we thought, he should be able to knock this out of the park. This could give an opportunity for popular bands to make a pit-stop on the show, and that will bring in younger viewers. Excellent idea!
The one Braverman who spent years as the lost girl, Sarah, finally seemed to have the world at her fingertips. It certainly didn't hurt that Amber moved out to give them each some space and release the tension. Sarah mentioned her writing class, so she's still pursuing her dream, and Mark opened the passenger side of his car to her (what a cute reference that was!). He's ready to commit.
But is Sarah? I could tell part of her hesitation was that he is 12 years younger, but they seemed so great together. They enjoyed each other's company and the sex scene in which Zeek inserted himself was really well done. If Mark can stay through that embarrassment, he's a keeper in that family!
I had genuine concern when I saw the look on her face as Camille asked what the real problem was. What was the real problem? Fear of happiness? Nope. It was her concern for Amber. However, Amber not only took it well, but championed Sarah in her relationship with Mark. Things really are looking up for them.
Finally, there was a lot going on with Haddie and Alex, but I have to let it go to get some perspective. Listening to Haddie talk was similar to listening to nails on a chalkboard. For a girl who started out as one of the most responsible on the show, she has slid so far backward as to make her unwatchable. The pace of her speech, that annoying Little Annie hairstyle and her inability identify with others outside her personal space was too much.
Outside of that rant, I'll let Haddie be the teenager in high school that she is and be happy that the rest of the family took such tremendous strides toward new adventures, whether they turned out well or not so well.
I enjoyed this episode much more than the premiere. How about you?
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