PARENTHOOD “Step Up Right” Review

PARENTHOOD “Step Up Right” Season 3 Episode 3 – Aw shucks this show is good. It’s the definition of feel good television without the sappy quality that makes “feel good television” borderline insulting.

Drew, who had often been relegated to third tier, has a major arc when his grandfather pushes him to ask a girl out. It’s an effective storyline which could have quite easily felt clichéd though the actors handle it with enough sensitivity so that it feels totally real, which has always been Parenthood’s forte. Hopefully this arc will provide Drew with enough of a storyline so that he can move into the foreground of the show, instead of skulking around the background.

The story arc of Alex’s arrest was pretty much resolved as the parents of the fellow he hit drop charges after a visit from Adam. It was a satisfying way to resolve a solid but unremarkable story arc. Much more could have been made of this but one of the major problems with the show is that it is so determined to remain in the realm of realism that it something will resist going for more outlandish storylines which would be far riskier, but might ultimately provide more interest. It’s the nature of the show and it has kept the show grounded in reality, but sometimes you’d wish that the show would just really charge head on into a wall.

Julia resolves the fissures between herself and latté girl, and while I’ve noticed a lot of people complaining that her end of the story isn’t quite as good, or at least feels disconnected, from the rest of the Bravermans, I always find myself enjoying their storylines a lot more than I know I should and that’s probably based on the quality and charm of the leads.

Speaking of disconnected, Jasmine and the doctor? Are there any naysayers out there who don’t care about this latest development? I’m a little worried, only because the cast is so extensive already, but I feel like the show has gotten a firm grip on juggling multiple stories and whatever happens to Jasmine effects both Crosby and Jabbar, so when Crosby told Jasmine at the party that she was part of the family, I feel like that was more the writers trying to ready the audience for her next big storyline.

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