PARENTHOOD “Tales From The Luncheonette” Review

PARENTHOOD “Tales From The Luncheonette” Season 3 Episode 6 – There’s something to be said about a character who is a deadbeat dad, whose only function when it came to raising his children was in the conception area and then to drop by every now and again to screw them up just a little more and screw up their mother with false promises and expectations, then to finally make a return to suck up some money after getting his face smashed in because he’s been drinking too much after getting fired from his band and to ask his wife and kids to support him through his troubles and through rehab like he’s never supported them through theirs, and yet said character is played by an actor so likable and charming as John Corbett that, while still seeming like a complete douchebag, you end up rooting for him and hope that Sarah will dump that bland nice guy played by Jason Ritter.

Because that’s pretty much what happened in this episode. Well, it’s not all, and as usual with Parenthood there was such an eclectic mix of storylines firing from all canisters that if, say, Haddie’s college essay crisis didn’t float your boat, you could get involved in Drew’s first kiss with the perfect girl who likes the most amazing bands only a forty year old would know, but whatever.

Myself, I wasn’t a big fan of the Cee Lo Green storyline, mainly because the Adam/Crosby duo isn’t working for me. I like both of these actors well enough when they’re on their own, but when you put them together my own personal biases against these character types rears its ugly head and I end up spending the few minutes dedicated to their storyline wanting to gnaw my hand into a stump. It’s definitely a case of “it’s not you, it’s me” on my part, since I am well aware that the actors are very capable, so my argument against this storyline can basically be summarized as “just cuz” accompanied with a little shrug, which is neither insightful nor lucid, so let’s move on.

The Sarah storyline has irked me for a while, mainly due to the presence of Jason Ritter, who, for me, is sort of like a charm vortex. But this week, with the reintroduction of John Corbett’s deadbeat dad and the devastating scene where Sarah asked her little sister Julia and Joel for money to send Seth to rehab, the Sarah storyline just shot up from least interesting the most interesting, which happens quite a bit on Parenthood.

All in all, between Sarah and Seth, Sarah and Julia, Joel and Julia, Zeek and Camille, Zeek and Joel, Drew and Amber, Drew and his girlfriend, there were enough clashes and conflicts and meltdowns and all round great moments that whatever business Haddie had with her essay or Cee Lo Green had with his mic were all forgotten and the run of strong and stellar Parenthood episodes continues unbroken.

What did you think of this episode? Sound off in the comments below.

  • Anonymous

    I liked the Jason Ritter character lots.  Stop hating on him. 

    While I love John Corbett and totally wanted Carrie to be with Aiden and not Mr. Big, in this show I am totally on the side of Zeek.  I would kick him to the curb so fast…….

    Just saying…

  • SpankyMan

    Joel standing up to Zeke and telling him what a great bunch of daughters he and Camille have raised – priceless.

    Good to see Joel getting a little (emphasis on little) more meaty stuff.