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Punching a Stranger in the Face on 'Parenthood' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 10th 2010 10:25AM
Punching a Stranger in the Face on 'Parenthood''Parenthood' (Tue., 10PM ET on NBC) deals with family drama and generational conflict. Through all the dysfunction, one man is the rock-steady leader of the Braverman clan. That man is Adam Braverman -- father, husband, employee. But what happens when this "rock" finds himself in a very hard place?

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Adam (Peter Krause) is facing trouble at home and at work. He has a boss who doesn't respect him, a kid suffering from a developmental disorder, and an occasionally overbearing wife. Adam's eight-year-old son Max (Max Burkholder) has Asperger's syndrome -- a form of autism which makes it hard for him to interact socially.

When Adam and his dad (Craig T. Nelson) go to the supermarket, Max sees a stranger put seventeen items in the "10 Items or Less" checkout lane. Max starts patiently removing the seven extra items, one by one -- and over and over again. The annoyed stranger yells, complains, then snaps and calls Max a "retard." Which is when Adam also snaps -- and decides he's not gonna be a nice guy anymore.

Adam takes action -- he punches the stranger in his face. The man tumbles to the ground, but Adam is still burning up with rage. ... Naturally, our sympathies are with the frustrated dad. But violence is no solution -- and Adam's outburst is just part of a larger problem. Hopefully, the family man can stop bottling up his emotions, and can discuss his troubles with his loved ones. Otherwise, he'll find himself in a very hard place indeed.

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