PARENTHOOD “I Hear You, I See You” Review

PARENTHOOD (NBC)--"I Hear You, I See You"

The Bravermans are back and more dysfunctional than ever in the “”I Hear You, I see You” episode of PARENTHOOD. Zeek and Camille are in therapy, Sarah is still searching for a job, Joel accidentally agrees with Julia (at least in her mind) that they should have another baby while they try not to tell Sydney about where babies come from, and Crosby is getting increasingly frustrated with his long distance relationship with Jasmine while Jabbar is still completely adorable. Kristina is trying to teach Haddie to drive in her own uptight, scary way and Adam is still shouldering work and family problems and telling everyone he talks to exactly how much he has to do.

“I hear you, I see you, sweetheart.” Zeek has cut his hair, is going to therapy he hates, and is either trying to listen to Camille or at least trying to make her think he is. Let’s see how long that lasts.

Great Haddie episode tonight, which is such a relief after the end of last season. Her imitation of Kristina is darn near perfect and she very realistically loses patience with Max only to later thrill him with a sleepover.

Kristina seems even more Kristina than usual in this episode. Between the oh-so precise veggie chopping and nerve-wracking driving lessons, she seems to be one sticker away from a breakdown. With Gaby there to help out, she needs to get out and do something non-family related on a regular basis before she snaps and juliennes her family into just the right size strips.

Adam gets so defensive when he knows he’s wrong and he jumps right into martyr mode. He needs to take a lesson from Sarah (scary, I know) and learn to ask for more, just not from his boss. What is he thinking telling Gordon (Hi, Billy Baldwin) about any of his family issues? Oh, and that family is always welcome policy should probably be stopped, too. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Adam tells Gordon the shoe clicker is Sarah’s idea and gets her a job, but Gordon is not the kind of guy you discuss anything personal with. I don’t think I’ll have a hard time picking sides in Sarah’s upcoming love triangle, by the way. Team Not Gordon, all the way!

Crosby gets blocked from every direction: Skype cuts out during Jasmine’s dance and then she has to cancel the weekend. Long distance relationships are tough, and we’ll have to see if Jasmine and Crosby are strong enough to handle it or if Crosby will end up trying to jump Gaby.

I think I learned more about Joel tonight than I did all last season. Terrific scene with Sara and Joel and I want to see her idea-making desk. Plus, he stands up to Zeek and Zeek loves him. Aw. As for the baby thing–I don’t blame him for not jumping on the bandwagon, but I don’t see that discussion going well.

I’m glad to have Parenthood back. Not enough Amber, Drew, or Camille tonight, but “I Hear You, I See You” is a good start to the season, opening up a lot of potential storylines.

What did you think of the episode? Any bets on which relationships won’t last the season? Does anyone else find the Sarah-Adam chemistry (especially with the knowledge that Lauren Graham and Peter Krause are dating) distracting?

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