Parenthood 5×10 ‘All That’s Left is the Hugging’: The Winter of Breakups

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I definitely shouldn’t have watched this episode right after watching such an intense Grey’s winter finale. I went in expecting to be underwhelmed by comparison and my expectations were met. I love this show, but there’s a reason why it’s repeatedly the underdog of Thursday night, if not the entire week. This is the first season that I’m only watching one show on NBC, so I’m not entirely sure what’s going on during the other four worthwhile nights of the week (Sunday-Wednesday), but this show would get a lot more support if it were moved to an earlier time slot on less demanding night.

That being said, there were promising moments in the episode but it didn’t really feel like a winter finale, with the exception of Ed kissing Julia. We all knew it was coming, so it was kind of perfect that it happened tonight of all nights. I didn’t quite understand why Sydney bringing up her friend’s parents’ divorce was applicable in more ways than one until Joel and Julia left the room and revealed that Charlotte is Ed’s daughter. Last names really would have helped that scene, though I know it’s such a minor thing.

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Once again, I feel really strange rooting for both Julia and Joel, and Amber and Ryan to break up, but that dude just had to go! I don’t think Amber should necessarily be with Zach, though just because he’s a musician doesn’t mean he’s a druggie burnout like her dad and almost every other guy she’s dated on the show. OK, Bob Little wasn’t but their relationship was still completely inappropriate. Back to Ryan, I’m predicting that sometime later this season or next (wishful thinking) Amber will get news that he’s perished in battle and be haunted forever.

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I care almost as little about Drew and Natalie as I do about post-election Kristina and Sarah and Carl, but I have more to say about the former. I think their relationship would be so much more compelling if Natalie was likable for reasons other than the fact that she’s not an annoying, needy girl. If she were this awesome chick who just happens to want to sleep around commitment-free, I would want Drew to hook up with her instead of moving on and finding a girl that’s actually worth his time. Anyone who saw Friends with Benefits, No Strings Attached, or both knows that the non-couple always ends up together, but she’s not the one, bro! But just as we thought Drew would shame-spiral into a non-committal commitment with Natalie, Amy returns! I’m dubious about their future though, and it feels like Jason Katims is simply reusing the Luke Cafferty and Becky Sproles story line from Friday Night Lights. How often to real-life teenagers date, get pregnant, have an abortion, then get back together and actually make it?

What did you think of this week’s episode? Will Joel and Julia divorce after Joel punches out Ed (see promo)? What will happen with Sarah and Carl? Comment below with your thoughts!

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