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'Parenthood' - 'What's Goin' On Down There?' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 14th 2010 6:36AM
Parenthood, What's Goin' On Down There?
(S01E07) "Would you boys like to come over for a play date?" - Yoga girl to Crosby

I love 'Parenthood.' Yes, there's a lot of people to keep track of, but it's all good. The show has some great players, but really, all I need is Peter Krause and Lauren Graham. And Dax Shepard and Jason Ritter. He reminds me of his dad, which makes me both happy and sad, but mostly happy.

The kids on this show are awesome, too -- Max Burkholder, Mae Whitman, Tyree Brown ... ok, since I'm filling in for Danny, I'll stop crushing on all the actors and get to the review. Follow me after the jump.

First, all I could think when Adam walked into the ocean with his surfboard was, "Get out of there! That's how Lisa perished on 'Six Feet Under'!" Well, we don't really even know that for sure, but as I recall, water was involved. But really, let Adam go surfing in peace, Jane. The guy needs some distractions from his overly scheduled life. He really does. Everyone needs a little escape now and then; that's no sin.

I'm hoping that Kristina finds a way to get back to the meaningful work she loved. Seeing Haddie go off with Julia for career day was tough, especially since Julia is basically "screwing some poor slob out of his retirement" every day. I get the feeling she'd like to do legal aid, but she might be too wrapped up in her job to turn back now. Then again, you never know. The Braverman clan seems like a socially conscious bunch, for the most part.

Even Crosby had a little revelation after putting a halt to the hookup with Yoga Girl while Jabbar was in the pool. Yes, even though "Baywatch Guy" was there, I don't know any parent who'd leave their 5-year-old kid in a pool without being there every second with an eagle eye. Crosby is learning the fine art of parenting. I was just praying a crisis wouldn't happen, and I don't blame Jasmine one bit for being ticked about him using Jabbar as "chick bait." But he's learning. And don't you think he and Jasmine belong together? I do.

Let's talk about Sarah and Mark. What an absolutely adorable couple. The scene where they decided to try making out to see how it went was so cute. I can certainly see where she's coming from, wanting to step back to save her daughter from any agony. On the other hand, Amber isn't exactly on the up-and-up with Sarah either, skipping the SAT test and hopping into the van of the boy from Fresno. Amber and Sarah are headed on a collision course.

And doesn't Sarah deserve some happiness, too? I'll answer my own question: yes, she does. And she and Mark are clearly made for each other, having picked out the very same paragraph on page 47 of William Faulkner's 'The Sound and the Fury.' That sort of pairing only happens, well, never in most peoples' lives.

How fun was it to see Minka Kelly outside of 'Friday Night Lights.' Hopefully, we'll get to see more of her as Gaby, the 'Girls Gone Wild' child therapist.

What did you guys think of this episode? Should Sarah and Mark try to work it out? Do Crosby and Jasmine belong together?

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This episode was my favorite of the season so far. Some times parents need a break. They don't feel they deserve them or they feel guilt for wanting one- and I love that parenthood did a tribute to the parent's desire for "me time".

April 22 2010 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is really a great show, and the writing, directing and acting are all top notch. My favorite scene was when the girls were all chatting and drinking wine and they were all talking over each other-addressing one another in an off the cuff and less dialoguey way. So realistic.

Anyway, reading a review when the reviewer does more than complaining is so refreshing. Actually made me want to post and participate... something I am not usually enticed to do when the review is all negative all the time.

April 14 2010 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked this episode because it was not wrapped up like a visual Hallmark card, as had so may previous installments. I do think Adam is taken for granted by his sisters who then turn opn him rapidly (the soda shop scene) when what he says is not what they want to hear. And his wife volunteering him for more duties is just absurd and unfair. Just because he makes things look easy does not mean they are easy.
And Sarah needs to stop being a Cougar and hurting her daughter. Parental responsibility comes first. If she is gonna sleep around with an inappropriate mate, then her daughter will do the same and she can't hammer her.

April 14 2010 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jane, thanks so much for filling in, now please take it over going forward! You like the show... it was the first words you typed in the review. Can Danny say that? I know you're already reviewing V on tuesdays, but we'd all prefer you. If anyone would prefer DG, speak up... :: crickets ::

I thought it was great to see how Haddie was excited by Julia. Up to now, Julia has been given no real support by anyone. They all seem to judge her, even herself. I think she even ended up somehow the bad guy in the incident where her husband had been kissed by that other tramp. Her feelings of guilt over being a successful woman are valid, but so is her life valid... and Haddie brought a touch of validity to her that none of the rest of the Braverman clan has seemed willing to give to Julia.

But all that did was create feelings of insecurity and doubt in Kristina... wondering where she lost herself. She had the same dilemma as Adam in this episode, she just processes differently. They both feel tugged in certain ways, him into his schedule and the expectations of others and her into being a mom and sublimating herself in the process.

I have fallen for this show.

btw, some people are suggesting you might look at the show from a different perspective... less focus on the romantic relationships... My $.02, focus on the the relationships the title tells you to. The show is all about being a parent and a child. Every aspect is about THAT. There are other elements that factor into that, like how to deal with romance and still deal with your kids, whether you're married, single and dating, or retired and unhappy... it's all told through the lens of the parent/child relationship, regardless of who or what it is... by a specific focus first and foremost on Parenthood, you'll be able to touch on everything you want, but you'll also more easily see and explore the full impact of the show.

Thanks again!

And please, let this be permanent.

April 14 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with both Marali and Charles. It is delightfully refreshing to read a recap from someone who actually likes the show. All too often lately, it seems the recaps on TV Squad are more about bashing the show instead of recapping.

That being said, I would prefer more of a recap/discussion of the issues in the show than the "crushing on the actors".

I also felt ominous when Adam paddled out into the surf.

April 14 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joel Keller

MaryKay, we don't bash shows. Most of the shows are reviewed by people who are fans of that show and are watching them anyway. However, those people are usually even more critical than someone who hates the show, especially when the show isn't meeting the high standards it set in the past.

That's why it seems our reviews are on the negative side; we're expressing our disappointment when our favorite shows let us down instead of criticizing the show just to make us sound smarter than the viewer.

With new shows, though, it's a tough thing. How do you determine who's a fan of the show when no one's seen it yet? Danny liked the idea of it and liked what he saw of the pilot, so he volunteered. But it's been letting him down, which is why he seems constantly down on the show.

Jane may take over the reviews. But Danny may also keep doing them if he thinks there's something in the show that he can talk about every week, and not just to complain.

April 14 2010 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm so loving this show - if it goes away, I will be crushed. I love all the characters. Gosh, it is a great show. I need a tick more Craig T. Nelson - his character is so macho and overbearing but still lovable.

Peter Krause at the beach and Six Feet Under - made the visual connection too.

Good review, I appreciated your enthusiasm!

April 14 2010 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I also wanted to chime in and say thank you for such a positive review! I had honestly almost stopped reading because of his reviews. I am so glad that someone can appreciate a show that isn't "like" all the other shows and wants to be "real". I can't wait to watch last nights episode now!

April 14 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erica H.

I must say (in agreement to the comment above) your post was delightfully opposite from Danny G.s. I think we had all found it painful to read his recaps. Anyway, I thought the same thing when Adam was staring out at the beach.. hmmm.. this is familiar (6 ft. under). And with Lauren Graham with Ambers father.. .that looks familiar too (Gilmore Girls). but, I am not liking the fact that Sarah told Amber about them the day before the SAT test. I mean... honestly, who wants their mom dating their teacher.. let along be it the one your crushing on? Anyone else wonders where Drew is (Sarah's son??) Is he still in the shower?????? Good job Jane. Also, not IN LOVE with the show yet, but i like the dynamic differences of each character.


April 14 2010 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Erica H.

sorry.. Ambers teacher not father.,,

April 14 2010 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

Any chance you can recap any show that has both male and female adult characters and not make it sound like an episode of The Dating Game?

This hour dealt with folks questioning critical elements in their lives--career, family commitments, children--and dealing with fundamental life changes...and you choose to focus on your personal parenting preferences and soap opera hookup issues. Is the review supposed to be about the show or about you?

April 14 2010 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to charles melrose III's comment

Wow, Charles Melrose III. I looked over your past comments and not a positive one to be found. You must be the last angry man.

April 15 2010 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat Keenan

I love the gilmore girls references that keep popping up. I wonder how intentional they are.

"Nobody has ever sent me flowers at work before."

April 14 2010 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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