Yikes, this is an unhappy show! Between the cancer story, the sad children, and arguing couples, there wasn’t a lot to smile about on this week’s episode of Parenthood. Fun scenes with Lauren Graham and Ray Romano were buried in a lot of depressing muck.
Sad and Sadder
A giddy night of girly drinking quickly turned dark when Kristina Braverman (Monica Potter), absent-mindedly pulled out a handful of hair, reminding everyone of the elephant in the room. She went home and shaved her head, surprising Adam with her courageous new look in the middle of the night. The following day, she faced uncomfortable stares in public and Adam couldn’t comfort her. After noticing a web site full of wigs on Kristina’s computer, Adam grabbed Sarah and went out to buy his wife a new ‘do.
In the good news category, Sarah finally got Hank to ask her out on a date, and Julia’s son earned an A on his math test. However, when the boy wanted to share the news with his biological mother, Julia and Joel faced the tough task of explaining to Victor why he couldn’t run to her. Dinner was an awkward affair, with the boy storming off and their daughter being similarly irritable. Later, Victor threw a baseball bat through a glass door and over his sister’s head when she brought up his biological mother.
Please, Some Comic Relief?
But at least there’s Dax Shepard for comic relief, right? His character, Crosby, first had to deal with Jasmine asking for a big loan for her mother, and then after he came to terms with that, she decided that her mother should move in with them! Not really a laugh riot. But she was ultimately appreciative and he was humbled as Jasmine’s mother called him a good man.
Then things took a bit of an upturn. When Adam gave Kristina the wig, she flipped out and called it a “hooker wig,” but later she showed up with a bright red faux mop and a limo and apologized before taking Adam out on a romantic date. Her night was really made when a 20-something man in the bar hit on her, which was weirdly the happiest moment in the episode. She left the hotel the next morning proudly not wearing a wig and holding her husband’s hand, so that was nice.
Joel chastised Julia for reacting aggressively to their son’s actions, and in response she admitted she did not know what to do about the boy. Victor later locked himself in his room and refused to let Julia take him to school.
Sarah fretted over photos of her ex on Facebook, but her date with Hank went somewhat well, as they ended up eating Chinese takeout off of the floor. Takeout lead to a makeout, so score one for Sarah. The morning after was typically awkward, with Sarah prepared to run out and Hank showing up with breakfast, but at least they were relatively upbeat.
But hey, if this week wasn’t depressing enough for you, next week’s episode will center around teen pregnancy and a possible abortion! Egads!