PARENTHOOD “Orange Alert” Review

Parenthood (NBC) Orange Alert

PARENTHOOD “Orange Alert” Season 2 Episode 6 – Sarah and Crosby try to clarify their relationships in the “Orange Alert” episode of PARENTHOOD while Max goes trick-or-treating for the first time and Julia is upset by Sydney’s costume choice.

Halloween is a big deal for the Braverman clan, and I love Zeek quietly telling Max about how he and Camille wrapped many holidays worth of celebrating into the Halloween before he was shipped out to Vietnam. Because Zeek is usually so booming and over-the-top, this is an especially touching and lovely moment.

Max is afraid of fire, including candles, so Halloween is a problematic holiday for him, but he decides he wants to go trick-or-treating dressed as a cockroach. Adam is thrilled, but Kristina is terrified and she goes into control issues over-drive, inspecting potential houses, trying to get the entire neighborhood to use glow sticks instead of candles, mapping out a route, and making Max practice trick-or-treating. I love how Max is beginning to realize he’s treated much differently than other kids. “Do other kids have to practice?”and “If the little kids can do it, so can I.” just about break my heart, while Max’s triumphant exit from the haunted house (I wish we had had a house half that cool in my neighborhood when I was a kid) makes me cheer. It also occurs to me that in some ways Monica Potter has the most thankless role on the show. Kristina is tightly wound to begin with, and her necessary worry over and obsession with Max’s well-being make her frenetic and occasionally difficult to watch because her tension is so palpable. When she’s relaxed; though, she glows, and she and Adam are beyond sweet.

Sarah is apparently smitten with Gordon to the point that she dumped Mike, gets dressed up, and makes me cringe when she bumps into him with her hopeful, flirty face. Oh, Sarah. Great conversation between Julia and Sarah, though I have to remind myself that Sarah is indeed the older sister. Is it just me, or is Julia becoming much more fabulous a character? Anyway, Sarah confronts Gordon again, and while what she’s saying isn’t wrong, it’s all so inappropriate in terms of time and place and she just looks like a besotted teenager over freaking Gordon. It hurts me. The bar scene is better and their final scene better still, but I’m not sold on these two yet. I like “getting herself together” Sarah. I don’t want her to be “in an overly complicated relationship” Sarah yet.

Sydney is one of the most adorable kids on TV–maybe ever–and her Miss California costume story is cute. I can’t blame Julia for wanting to nudge her in another direction (I would have, too, and I love Julia’s Amelia Earhart costume, by the way), but I also think she and Joel did the right thing by sucking it up and letting Sydney wear what she wanted, no matter how creepy it is that she already has the wave down. In the end, it really is just that pink is Sydney’s favorite color–kids don’t have the same moral conundrums as adults. Love Joel lying to Julia about time slowing down and Sydney’s sugar rush bouncing on the bed like the kid she is.

I hope Kelsey becomes a better friend now that Howard (“Never trust anyone named Howard.”–hee!) should be out of the picture. Amber (the banana costume is awesome) is a very good friend to her, and yes, I’m grudgingly impressed by Gordon’s nonchalant handling of the matter. “Wow, he’s kind of amazing.” Well, I won’t go that far, Amber, but yes, he’s very good here and it’s a nice touch that he says he’s good with drunk women, not kids.

Crosby is still torn between wanting to commit to Jasmine and Crosby and freaking out at the idea of becoming Adam, so he makes apartment hunting a bit more of a challenge for Jasmine that it should be. “You said we, weirdo.” A talk with Adam clarifies matters and he proposes with a spider ring because he realizes there is nothing he would rather do than pilfer Jabbar’s candy with Jasmine. It is a genuinely aww-worthy moment and a sweetly fun cliffhanger–at least until NBC runs the promo for next week that stomps all over said cliffhanger. Ha!

“Orange Alert” is a terrific episode of Parenthood. It zips by and balances the laughs and drama very well. There’s good romantic development and I love Max’s victory. There are also some terrific costumes, but thank goodness Adam said Kristina is a cotton swab because otherwise, I never would have guessed. Oh, and thanks for ruining coconut, Max. Hee.

What did you think of the episode? What development made you the happiest? Which was your favorite costume?

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