Parenthood: Season 4, Episode 6 “I’ll Be Right Here” (B+)
This episode was a powerful balance of comedy and drama, as Kristina prepared for her surgery and everyone else rallied to help support Adam and offer him plenty of tea. I was worried that Crosby’s offer to be helpful would turn into Adam once again resenting him, but a coned Otis and a late food delivery were quickly forgotten as Crosby showed up to the hospital more frequently than indicated on Julia’s frighteningly scheduled time sheet, thankfully with no more painful massages for Adam. At the hospital, it was most entertaining to hear Adam’s excitement at Sarah sharing some of her personal life with him and telling him about her kiss with Hank. Drew not gelling with Mark immediately isn’t a surprise, but it’s nice to see Mark making concessions to try to ease him into it, like getting cable and declaring that he’ll never read a book again. I’m loving the budding relationship between a surprisingly sheepish Ryan and Amber, and I hope that only goes good places. Max speaking up about his Asperger’s during his speech was brave, and I like that he continued to stay firmly focused on his vending machine issue. It was nice to see Haddie there to support him as he won, and tough to watch Adam and Kristina lie to her so that she would go back to school and not take her entire fall semester off. This show sure knows how to pull off heart-wrenching family scenes featuring faces full of so much emotion.