Parenthood 5×12 ‘Stay a Little Longer’: Un-douche them

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So I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls during the hiatus and now it’s really weird seeing Lauren Graham on Parenthood. Granted, I’ve said before that Lorelai Gilmore and Sarah Braverman-Holt or whatever her last name is are pretty much the same role, but that actually makes it even weirder. The coffee abuse, lounging in her pajamas at inappropriate hours, and of course, the string of men that she bides her time with when her soulmate is right under her nose. If you’ve been living under a rock, I’m talking about Hank. Hank is Sarah’s Luke Danes and everyone knows it. The surly guy with whom she exchanges banter always ends up getting the girl in the end. It’s Romantic Comedy 101. Even though last week’s episode was ‘Promises,’ plenty were broken this week. This might be a stretch, but you could say that Hank broke his promise to Max not to talk about Sarah in the studio with him.

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None of that is really Jason Katims’ fault, but he did typecast Matt Lauria as Ryan also. Albeit, Luke Cafferty joined the military in the finale of Friday Night Lights and we met Ryan York after he had served his first tour, but both young men have an awful tendency to push away the women they love out of pride. The difference is, even though they parted on good terms, I’m not rooting for Amber and Ryan the way I did Luke and Becky. Though Ryan can be sweet at times, he’s the same kind of bad news that Bob Little and Gary Nolastname were. He seemed like Amber’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but then the sun came out and we discovered he was just a pile of melted chocolate coins. Still not bad (I’m not one to refuse chocolate), but not what we had hoped. Ryan and Amber’s engagement is the another promise broken.

Of all the bromances born on this show, I never would have foreseen Oliver and Jabbar. If you think about it, they’re sort of the kid version of Max and Hank, since Max thinks he’s an adult and Oliver and Jabbar share a pretty similar emotional maturity. Oliver running away from his recording contract for the sake of being “great” is yet another broken promise. I do feel for Max losing Micah, but he could do way better. Who in their right mind would pass up the chance to go to a Spurs game? Come on! If Kristina wants to do some good at Max’s school, she should start a social group. You know, like the one Brick attends on The Middle. Then maybe Max could make more than one age-appropriate friend.

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I know I said before that I wanted Julia and Joel to divorce so that she could be with Ed, but I don’t know what I was thinking. Yes, Ed is much more of a cuddly man-bear than Joel but Julia has built a life with Joel. He stood by her when she failed to get pregnant, when she lost her almost-adopted baby, and through the ongoing Victor drama. Joel was right when he said that she had been having an “emotional relationship” with Ed (don’t sugarcoat it, Julia), but he could have been a bit more understanding. I get that he’s been the nice guy for the previous four seasons and perhaps something in him has just snapped but he now he needs to humble himself before he loses his wife. He let Peet and their work pull him away from his family and his priorities and Ed was simply there to pick up the pieces. There’s broken promise #3.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Can Joel and Julia’s marriage be fixed? Will Amber wait for Ryan?

Rae Bradshaw

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