PARENTHOOD “Just Go Home” Review

Parenthood "Just Go Home"

PARENTHOOD “Just Go Home” Season2 Episode 15 – Adam, Kristina, and Haddie take steps toward each other while Crosby and Jasmine move apart and Seth’s arrival throws Sarah, Amber, and Drew into disarray in the very dense “Just Go Home” episode of Parenthood.

No light and fluffy Parenthood this week, that’s for sure. We get down and dirty with a lot of messy emotions flying around and I’m thrilled to see so many threads from this season get pulled together and some long-simmering tension and resentment come to full boil.

I’ve been looking forward to Seth’s arrival and I’m glad to say it doesn’t disappoint. Drew’s need for his dad is so all-encompassing and their connection so fragile that it will be fascinating to watch this unfold. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s Amber, who may need her father, but damned if she’s going to let herself because he’s let her down so many times. Oh, the way she breaks my heart–Mae Whitman is extraordinarily gifted. Finally, Sarah has an immediate reaction of overwhelming terror masquerading as rage (Her “I have to see what condition he’s in before I let you see him” gives me chills.) that becomes colored by anger, resentment, and some feelings she won’t acknowledge but Zeek clearly sees. “You need a relationship. You always need something to fill that part of you that’s never good enough.” Having a loving and supportive dad is a wonderful thing, but having one who will hold a mirror up to you when you need it is priceless.

As for Sarah and Seth, what a scene that is: fraught with history, tension, fear, regret, anger, and, yes, deeper emotion from both of them. I love Sarah’s broken “I don’t know what’s right I don’t know,” not to mention her “If you hurt them again, I’ll kill you.” I wasn’t sure how John Corbett would be in this role, but he’s spot-on and he and Lauren Graham have quite a spark. I would happily watch them for hours.

I love Alex more each week. Telling Haddie she moved out because she’s competitive is awesome and his gently brushing her hair away from her face is so intimate and lovely it makes me sigh. It was always going to be Camille who convinces Haddie to go home, but I love the assist from a cluelessly tattling Max who shows Adam and Kristina that Haddie can see Alex whenever she wants. The reunion feels a bit rushed (odd, I know because the separation almost felt dragged out last week) and borders on cheesy, but I’m so glad to see this family communicating and, for a bit of time at least, happy. I’m also very proud of Kristina-she holds herself together beautifully, even though you can still see how scared she is that disaster is just around the corner.

As is so often the case, both Crosby and Jasmine are right, wrong, and in between. As Adam says, “I think Jasmine is a strong woman with strong opinions and I think you can be kind of a waffler.” At the beginning of the season, I absolutely would have agreed with that, but Crosby has made decisions (moving off the boat, committing to Jabbar and Jasmine) and he has tried to make others only to be shot down by Jasmine, so I just don’t see this as simply as Adam does. By the way, having that blow-up come because Jasmine wouldn’t load the dishwasher Crosby’s way is painfully real and wow, can those two fight. It’s amazingly well-acted and right for the jugular with fall-out that could last a very long time. I love Jasmine and Crosby, but they have real issues that they can’t keep sweeping under the rug. Unfortunately, if the previews are any indication, they’re about to have a much bigger problem where the blame is easier to assign. Damn it. Oh, and not for nothing, but thanks ever so much for the flashbacks to my pre-marital counseling which more than once made me want to run screaming from the church.

As much as I enjoyed this episode of Parenthood, I have to say that I don’t like how Julia and Joel are being marginalized or the fact that Zeek and Camille don’t share any scenes together. Again. Obviously, this is a big cast with a lot of storylines to juggle, but those two issues bother me. Other than that, this episode makes me very happy. It’s intense, raw, and honest. It serves the characters well and opens up the floodgates for dramatic potential.

What did you think of “Just Go Home?” If you had to draw a picture of Jasmine and Crosby in ten years, what would it look like? What do you think of John Corbett? Let me know in the comments.

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