Parenthood Season 5 “The M Word” Review

Parenthood Season 5 Episode 6 The M Word (2)
The “M Word” could have a number of meanings in this season of Parenthood – mayoral race, marriage, marital woes, mothers, moving (or trying to get Zeek to move). You get the idea.

For Joel and Julia, the m represented the mayoral race as they pitched in to help Kristina’s campaign with some neighborhood canvassing. Joel spent most of the time on the phone with work-related calls and Julia and the kids just happened to find Ed on their route. After chatting, playing and even dinner, it was dark and Ed’s wife was home. Julia returned home to find a guilt-ridden Joel, who had fixed a huge family dinner to make up for being so distracted by work. Thanks to a tv bribe, Julia was able to get the kids to stay quiet about their first dinner of the evening. Despite Joel’s nice effort, this couple is on the brink of serious marital woes.

Crosby’s m word was much more lighthearted, but was also the things of which his nightmares are made – minivan!!! Insert evil laugh. With the newest addition to their family, the small family cars were not cutting it. The image of the band members fighting over burgers in the back of the minivan as Jasmine was driving was hilarious. After having his new wheels and wife praised as awesome by Ashes of Rome, Crosby was a full fledged minivan lover.

The tension between Amber and Sarah continued over another m word – marriage. Thanks to Drew’s resistance and a talk with Camille, Sarah made up with her daughter and thankfully, saved herself from getting the shocking news that her daughter eloped.

Camille was able to get through to Sarah, however, she’s having a much more difficult time with Zeek. At least Zeek was willing to go look at some condos to make Camille happy. Of course, she saw the disinterested look on his face as the realtor discussed condo amenities. Camille was happy that Zeek tried, but then she dropped a huge bombshell about going to Italy with her art class for a month alone. I hope we’re not headed back into marital problems the couple had at the start of the season. They’re much better together than they are apart.

Rounding out the Braverman clan, Kristina pushed on with her mayoral race and finally found her voice. I’m still not completely on board with this storyline, but I did love the sweet moment between Kristina and Max. What did you think of this week’s episode of Parenthood? Sound off below!