Parenthood: Season 4, Episode 5 “There’s Something I Need to Tell You” (B+)
As one devastating revelation continues to play itself out, Julia’s mistake at work comes along to deal another blow to the overall Braverman family happiness. Dealing with her young children’s reactions to her not being present, Julia made a surprising and meaningful decision not to let her job control her life but instead to take control again. That’s sure to lead to some difficulty with Joel in the near future, but for the moment, it’s a positive development. It was evident that Crosby talking salary with Adam would be awkward, but it actually went much better than expected as Adam agreed to it after Crosby went off on him without knowing the full story. Showcasing the conversations with both children was very effective, and Haddie’s return underscored the severity of the situation, culminating in a heartbreaking final scene in which Kristina told her entire family. Coming after Victor’s triumphant home run, it made for one emotional episode. Max’s conversation with Amber about being an adult, despite her not dressing like a grown up, being shorter, and not being married, was extremely interesting. I suppose it makes sense that Ryan should date Amber, and I’m curious to see how Zeek reacts to his accidental matchmaking. I was concerned, as Joel was, that Zeek talking to the coach wouldn’t turn out well, but, thanks to a rousing if overdramatic speech, things turned out just fine. It didn’t take long for Hank to develop feelings for Sarah, but I like how he handled it by recognizing the reality of things. Moving in with Mark because she feels guilty, however, wasn’t smart, and that’s sure to come back to haunt her at some point soon.