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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Parenthood- The Talk

By Greg Hernandez [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
What happened: Zeek becomes obsessed with a weird sound coming from his sprinkler system, so Camille suggests he fill his time by volunteering at the local veteran's center. He befriends Ryan, a guy who just came back from Afganistan. Hank has trouble bonding with his daughter, Ruby, but Sarah helps. Joel and Julia force Victor to do an after-school activity, and he picks baseball. At first, it's rough, but he comes around at the end. Jasmine gives Jabbar a talk about racism. Christina tries to push back her surgery so that she can help Max run for president, but Adam makes her take the earlier date.

What we thought: At first we were with Crosby in thinking that Jabbar hearing that word shouldn't have been made into a big deal. We thought, "Don't tell Jabbar about racism yet. Let him keep his innocence. He heard the word in a rap song. From a black guy. That's not racism, so why make it about racism?" But something about Jasmine's speech to Jabbar made us tear up. She did it well. Maybe it IS better to talk to your kid about racism before they inevitably experience it.

If someone is ever racist toward Jabbar, Crosby is going to kill him. That might be the best we've ever seen the topic handled on TV. We're glad Crosby and Jasmine didn't use the term "the n word." We agree with Louis CK. Using that phrase plants the word in people's head so it's the same thing, and it's just a way white people can get away with saying that word. Great Harry Potter reference, by the way.

Reading The Hunger Games is always better than reading Twilight. That IS a smart kid. Well, she was. It's not cool anymore? If Hunger Games is uncool, we don't want to be cool. How can you be Team Gale though? HOW? We weren't crazy about the Justin Bieber lie. Ruby will be even more uncool if they find out that she's lying. Can't you find out where Bieber was on any given day using the internet?

Ray Romano's daughter looked way older than 11. And isn't 11 too young to start hating your parents? Maybe that's what happens when you give them a cell phone that young. Our kids won't get one until he or she drives. Man, our kids are going to hate us. Also, we can't believe we're starting to ship Sarah and Hank now. But we do. Ugh. We like his stupid art too. Hank, why do we care about you now? Did you guys know that the actors playing Adam and Sarah (Peter Krause and Lauren Graham) are dating right now? Is it weird that we find that gross, since they play siblings?

This episode had the Joel/Victor bonding we've been wanting. But it seems like Julia is better with this kid. Her moment was sweeter. Still, now they've both grown closer to him. It's only episode four though...isn't it unrealistic that it should be this easy? Team Christina. Adam is wrong. Max should be allowed to run. A kid should always be allowed to try something, even if it's likely he will fail. Failure is a test and learning experience, just like success is.

Also, he got the 25 signatures. We can't believe that! Plenty of "normal" kids would find that a daunting task. This might be the first episode in a while where we liked and respected Max.
This is one of Zeek's best episodes in that he wasn't as annoying and selfish as usual. Talking with veterans and bonding with them might be a calling. He should spend more time around there.
Episode grade: A-

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  1. Great rundown of last night’s episode! At first, this episode started out with a lot of turmoil in several situations, but it seems like everything ended on a reasonably happy note. I heard from one of the girls I work with at DISH that Ryan, Matt Lauria, will be a recurring character on the show, which makes me very happy since it seems Zeek could use a friend. I’ve really come to love Parenthood and all of the members of the family, new and old. I’ve been saving all of the new episodes this season to my Hopper so that when my mom comes to visit from Jamaica, she’ll have something to watch late night during her month long stay. She loves novelas, and Parenthood fits right in that niche, so I’m confidant that she’ll fall in love with the Bravermans. I have plenty of space to fill on the 2-terabyte hard drive of my DVR, so I’m confident I’ll have more than enough space.

  2. Good episode, per usual. I liked the Joel/Victor storyline. It was cute/heartwarming. Again, a little annoyed by Max, but I don't think that will ever change =). I too am starting to like the Ray Ramano character & Sarah. I feel kinda bad saying that b/c I really like Sarah's fiance too. So conflicted! P.S. - When did this blog become a commercail for Dish? ;)

    1. You should see all the spam comments the filter catches. They are so weird. We delete them. The dish people actually try to talk about the shows before they mention dish, so they don't get filtered. We think they are hilarious, so we leave them.

      Love triangles are good for shows. This is such an interesting one because the guys are so different.