Monday, March 10, 2014

What I’m Watching: Parenthood

Parenthood: Season 5, Episode 16 “The Enchanting Mr. Knight” (B+)

We’ve got major developments on every single front in this episode, well worth recapping and analyzing. Crosby calling his mother selfish was a low moment, and, while it is noble, it’s a shame that she decided that she had to be a good selfless mother again to ensure that her family is in good shape rather than selling the house and moving on with her life. Hopefully Crosby, with some helpful prodding from Jasmine, can be appreciative of that fact and act more nicely towards Camille. Sarah going to Africa with Carl seemed like a very big move, and I think focusing on herself might be the most productive thing for her to do right now. It’s wonderful to see Kristina and Adam charging forward with their plans to open a charter school, and enlisting the enthusiasm of one Mr. Knight, played by Zachary Knighton of “Flash Forward” and “Happy Endings.” Amber trying to cheer Drew up by going to the party was sweet, but that rager didn’t turn out well for anyone. I enjoyed Amber’s flabbergasted, disgusted reaction to being kissed by Drew’s roommate, and it seems that Drew and Natalie still aren’t even close to on the same page. Julia telling Ed that she can’t be actual friends with him was harsh, and after he managed to save the day by making up a court case about tomatoes being vegetables and talking about eating dirt, he did deserve an apology. I’m sure Joel won’t like the idea of them doing anything even resembling dating, but they deserve some happiness too.

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