Monday, February 28, 2011

What I’m Watching: Parenthood

Parenthood: Season 2, Episode 17 “Do Not Sleep With Your Autistic Nephew’s Therapist” (B+)

Here we have another intense episode, thanks to such drama-sparking characters as Seth and Gaby. I do wish that the excellent Mae Whitman was featured more prominently, and therefore any chance to see her scream someone’s head off, and surprisingly even experience some less heated and more sentimental emotion, is welcome. Drew got pretty angry too, yelling at both Amber and Sarah, and it’s a shame that Seth proved just as predictable as always, though it’s good that Amber didn’t let him get away with it just as he had in the past. Crosby’s attempt to be distant from Jasmine didn’t work out so well, and it’s too bad that there likely isn’t any way for him to go back to what he had with either Jasmine or Jabar. Jasmine had a pretty scathing line, “You don’t deserve anything good in your life. I’ll never forgive you for this,” complemented nicely by an equally angry but far more humorous quip from Adam: “it’s going to solve my desire to punch my brother in the face.” It was hard to watch Kristina’s face when Gaby told her about what happened with Crosby, and that last moment was a bit of shock. Hopefully explaining Asperger’s to Max shouldn’t prove too problematic in the coming weeks. Sydney’s stubborn vegetarianism was a lighter plotline that worked very well, especially in terms of Zeek’s rather aggressive reaction to it. The sex scene between Zeek and Camille was a bit startling, but it’s good to see that all generations can have their moments.

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