Parenthood 5×06 ‘The M Word’: Four carrots

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I’m really glad I had the privilege of starting this episode in the wee hours of the morning and finishing it after I took a shower because I do my best thinking in the shower. While in the shower (how many times can I say shower?), I thought about Joel and Julia’s storyline and came to the conclusion that her playdate with Ed could have one of two results. Julia could either tell Joel immediately that they spent the entire afternoon together or she could wait to let him find out on his own but both would result in Joel getting really mad. Then I got out of the shower and realized that I had forgotten all about Ed’s wife! The scene where she walks in on them was perfect, though I would have added a line in which Ed offers her Julia’s half-eaten dinner. The guilt on Julia’s face, not only while rushing out of Ed’s house, but when she comes home to find another meal cooked especially for her by her husband, was priceless as well. Whatever Ed’s wife’s name is (I don’t remember), I predict that she says something to either Julia or Joel to cause trouble. As much as I love Julia and Ed’s friendship, it’s her God-given right. Yes, it’s emasculating to lose your job and have your wife become the breadwinner, but she’s giving up precious time with her kids (which he clearly doesn’t cherish as much) to work and support the family. Is it possible that I could forgive (not encourage) Julia cheating on Joel since he’s been a huge jerk, but not Ed cheating on his wife? The fact that I’m so torn over one situation is brilliant!

In regards to Amber and Sarah’s road to making up, I’d like to point out the enormous amount of irony. Early in the episode, Amber walks into Drew’s dorm room and wonders if she’s going to get in trouble because she’s a “grown up,” yet she’s not mature enough to suck it up and include her own mother in her wedding. She and Ryan are considering eloping, despite Amber telling Sarah that the two of them are nothing like Sarah and Seth, who also eloped. Though they don’t come out and say whether or not they went through with it, nor do they show Amber’s left hand when hugging Sarah at the end (some strategic man shirt action there), the look on her face is pretty indicative that they already got married without her. Bummer summer.

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There was a lot of irony with Crosby and Jasmine buying the minivan also. “Minivan” is obviously “The M Word” to which this episode’s title refers, though “marriage” does have a strong argument there. I thought it was a little out of character for Jasmine to agree to pick up Crosby and the band, but maybe she did it so that Crosby could finally appreciate the minivan. I myself am hesitant to get one because I feel like a large SUV can get the same job done with a little more style, though there’s the issue of gas consumption and rollover risks and blah blah blah. A large SUV doesn’t have a door that can shut on its own, which added to the cute factor in Crosby and Jasmine’s alone time in the van.

Another part of the episode I appreciated was Kristina’s debate. I understood why she didn’t want to talk about Max because she didn’t want to use her son’s situation to get ahead in politics. Then there’s the mudslinging that could occur over Max having AS, since a lot of people think that autism and related disorders are caused by vaccination. All that aside, I see the other half of the argument also, that in talking about Max, Kristina isn’t using him to win debates, she’s showing her constituents a huge part of who she is as a mother, which they seem to love overwhelmingly. I’m glad she found her spine and cut off Bob during that last question.

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As always, Zeek and Camille aren’t extremely relatable to someone my age. I’d like to say that I’m on Camille’s side, but she’s just as guilty of not communicating as Zeek. The condo they toured was definitely not the right one for them, but that doesn’t mean they need to stop looking. I’m sure there’s a smaller home or apartment with less ridiculous amenities that would suit them much better. Zeek is a total idiot for thinking that a fire pit would end the argument, since that’s not even what Camille liked about the condo, but she’s being a little hasty about going to Italy without him. I guess it creates good drama for the show and more mirroring between Julia and Camille, but it’s just not my favorite story line.

What did you think of the episode? Will something happen between Julia and Ed? Did Amber and Ryan already get married without the family?

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  • Kendra Beltran

    I cannot stand Amber this season. “Here’s some eggs.” “OMG WHY DON’T YOU CARE?!” At least that’s how I heard it. I can’t with her, which sucks because she was my fav.

    • http://watchitrae.com/ Rae Bradshaw

      Haha I know, she’s such an idiot! I was totally going to title this article “Egg dish,” but then I forgot…wah wah.

  • Kendra Beltran

    I like your point about Ed and Julia. I wonder what’s going to come of that little dinner date…

    • http://watchitrae.com/ Rae Bradshaw

      Something I hope! I don’t expect Ed and Julia to ride off into the sunset together or anything but Joel at least needs his feelings hurt a little bit right now.