Thursday, September 22, 2011

What I’m Watching: Parenthood

Parenthood: Season 3, Episode 2 “Hey, If You’re Not Using That Baby…” (B+)

In this episode we have a bunch of new beginnings, some more productive from the start and less so later on, and others getting off on a shaky note and improving greatly by the end of the episode. Adam’s business partnership with Crosby is perhaps the most involving one, as he reams out Crosby for using his name and social security number to bolster his reputation. Seeing Crosby argue for the validity of the business and Adam chime in to praise the merits of the plan was great, and I’m excited to see what they’ll do together, even though it’s sure to have its ups and downs. Max’s first few days at school aren’t terrific, but I’m glad that he did finally make friends, in part thanks to Jabar. Mark and Sarah do make a good couple, and especially if Amber’s okay with it, I’m all for it, especially if it produces hilariously awkward scenes like Zeek walking in and asking a hidden Mark how he likes his coffee. Julia did a marvelous job of helping a clearly troubled Zoe with her apartment problem, and it’s a shame that Zoe so callously rejects her open and honest question about adopting her baby. Alex and Haddie’s relationship seems to be on the rocks now since she’s just discovered that he didn’t tell her about his criminal record, and I’m hopeful that this won’t be the end of them since they were just starting to really work well as a couple.

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