PARENTHOOD “Amazing Andy and His Wonderful World of Bugs” Review

Parenthood "Amazing Andy"

PARENTHOOD “Amazing Andy and His Wonderful World of Bugs” Season 2 Episode 16 – Adam and Kristina get a glimpse into a possible future for Max, Crosby does something that will probably change his future, and Drew grows closer to his father in the “Amazing Andy” episode of PARENTHOOD. Oh, and Julia and Joel once again get the short end of the ovulation test stick, storyline-wise.

There’s just something about seeing Michael Emerson on my TV that makes me grin. He’s terrific as Amazing Andy, and I love that Kristina and Adam get to see a functioning, happy sometimes adult with Asperger’s, even if it takes them a while to realize that’s what he is. “He’s the weirdest person I’ve ever met.” I love this. It is so easy to accept what is in your life as right and normal and then to see something similar out in the world and reject it for being strange. I think this story is handled beautifully: We see the nightmare it can be raising a child with Asperger’s or autism with all the special arrangements, violent tantrums, and worry and then we see the very, very cool Amazing Andy as a goal to work toward. I wonder what Max will call his bug show. This is a great episode for Kristina, too. She never over-reacts, but every emotion flits across her face and she’s too funny holding the stuffed cricket like a baby.

Oh, Crosby. First he tries to bury the issues raised last episode–issues that did need to be dealt with, by the way–and then he plays with fire named Gaby. I’m surprised Jasmine is so unresponsive and closed-off. Of course she’s upset and angry, but the insistence on time and space before she’ll even discuss anything is strange. I expected her to suggest counseling or at least try to hash things out in the bright light of day. Of course, she needed to be absent for Crosby to have the opportunity to sabotage himself and their relationship by sleeping with Gaby. Plus she made another one-sided decision, darn it. On the up side, Crosby did make a decision on his own and he has the bonus of leaving Jasmine little choice but to also make one when she finds out, thus taking pressure off him. On the down side, this is going to cause a world of hurt for many people-especially Jabbar. I’m not sure where this story will take us now, but it’s definitely going to be a rough road for a while.

So, did Seth’s batting cage rage inspire Drew to hit the bully and if so, is Sarah right that it’s actually a good thing? My worry with Seth is that Drew seems to have him on such a high pedestal that everyone else-everyone who has been with him each step of the way so far-will fall short and Drew will isolate himself from them to align with his father. This is going to get very messy, I think. That said, Amber telling Sarah she loves her and their sitting on the steps as so completely one unit makes me happily weep. I’m such a mush.

Not to minimize how cute and funny Julia and Joel are in the episode, but do you think Erika Christensen and Sam Jaeger have done something to offend the writers? Julia and Joel have barely been in the show lately and now they get the obligatory no sex until ovulation comic relief bit? I love seeing them flirt, and Kristina is beyond adorable when she catches them in her bathroom (“Do you want to use the bed?”), but I miss these two and I want them to get a big, juicy storyline.

I think this is a decent episode of Parenthood made better by Michael Emerson. I love the Amazing Andy and Max/Kristina stuff, but I don’t completely buy the Jasmine/Crosby/Gaby triangle. Crosby and Gaby have chemistry to spare, but I’m still surprised he sleeps with her at this point and we’ll just have to see where that goes. As well as Seth and Drew are bonding now, I think there’s major trouble ahead, and it should be interesting.

What did you think of the episode? Does anyone else find it surprising Crosby would cheat now? Any story ideas for Julia and Joel? Let me know in the comments.

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