Parenthood “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back” Season 4 Episode 14 airs Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 on NBC (10-11 p.m. ET).
Episode Synopsis: Victor’s (Xolo Mariduena) adoption deadline draws near, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) contemplate the long term effects of this decision. Renee (Tina Lifford) oversteps her boundaries and intrudes on Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant). Upon advice offered by Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Amber (Mae Whitman), Ryan (Matt Lauria) seeks to make amends with Joel. Meanwhile, Mark (Jason Ritter) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) discuss their relationship, concerning Hank (Ray Romano). Kristina (Monica Potter) supports Max (Max Burkholder) with a unique campaign. Also starring Peter Krause, Bonnie Bedelia, Tyree Brown, Miles Heizer and Savannah Paige Rae
Show Summary: “Parenthood” is a one-hour drama inspired by the box-office hit of the same name. This re-imagined and updated Universal Television/Imagine Television production follows the trials and tribulations of the very large, very colorful and imperfect Braverman family.
Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham, “Gilmore Girls”) is a financially strapped single mother trying to raise two teenaged kids, the bright but rebellious Amber (Mae Whitman, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) and sullen and sensitive Drew (Miles Heizer, “ER”).
On the home front, Sarah and her kids live with Sarah’s larger-than-life, headstrong father, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson, “Family Stone,” “Coach”), and pillar-of-strength mother Camille, (Bonnie Bedelia, “Heart Like a Wheel”), who are continuously dealing with their own marital issues.
Meanwhile, Sarah’s sister and complete antithesis, Julia (Erika Christensen, “Traffic”) is a successful corporate attorney trying to juggle work and motherhood, alongside her loving, but increasingly restless stay-at-home husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger, “Eli Stone”.) Having encountered difficulties getting pregnant, Julia and Joel welcomed an adopted son, Victor (newcomer Xolo Mariduena) into their family.
Crosby (Dax Shepard, “Baby Mama”), Sarah’s younger brother who once struggled with commitment issues, is now married to former flame Jasmine (Joy Bryant, “Antwone Fisher”). Together, they are raising their young son, Jabbar (Tyree Brown).
However, it’s Adam (Peter Krause, “Six Feet Under”), the oldest Braverman sibling, who has had to relinquish his expectations about what constitutes a “normal” family as he and his quietly forceful wife Kristina (Monica Potter, “Trust Me”) struggle to cope with their eccentric son Max (Max Burkholder, “Brother & Sisters”), who has Asperger’s Syndrome, while raising a toddler as their eldest child heads off to college.
Although each sibling and family has its own share of life and everyday challenges to grapple with, they still manage to be there for each other in their hours of need.
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