Parenthood Season 5 “Speaking of Baggage” Review

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The break from Kristina’s mayoral campaign was a welcome one for this Parenthood fan. I like the character, but the absence of the storyline from this week’s episode made me realize how much I dislike it.

With politics on the back-burner, this week’s episode continued to focus on the relationship woes of Sarah and her kids and as Archer would say, Julia inched closer and closer to the danger zone.

Every time I see Drew falling for a new girl, I start holding my breath waiting for that moment of disappointment and heartache. This week, Drew’s dorm crush stopped by for a drunken booty call. Drew may have to do a little growing up because I’m pretty sure these type of casual encounters are not uncommon in college and they certainly aren’t grounds for becoming immediately smitten.

By the way, I haven’t seen a coed dorm/shower situation since Boy Meets World. Is that a real thing? I lived in a coed dorm, but our bathrooms were separate. I could not imagine showering (and other things) in the same bathroom with guys.

Not to be outdone in the area of relationship tension and awkwardness, Sarah and Hank continued whatever it is they’ve been doing this season. A picture of Sarah and a few comments about baggage led her to confront her former boss/lover in a strange attempt to clarify or confirm that they were done. Sarah should have been upfront about why she came to see Hank – clearly she didn’t appreciate his discussion with Max about her, nor did she care for the baggage comments. Fair enough. However, coming over and giving some speech about being done was just silly. I don’t know or care what’s happening with Hank and Sarah, but I am glad that Max and Hank’s friendship remains intact.

And then there’s Amber. It seems like it was just yesterday when she was ready to spend the rest of her life with Ryan. I don’t know how much time has passed on Parenthood since the premiere, but I think it’s fair to say that Amber’s obvious cold feet came pretty quickly. Despite the impending disaster that is her personal life, Amber really seems to found her professional stride at The Luncheonette.

Zeek and Camille shared the news of her solo trip to Italy with the kids. As expected, they were shocked and I think they were even more surprised by Julia’s loud outburst in defense of her mom’s decision to travel alone.

Speaking of Julia, the “friendship” with Roy from The Office gets more inappropriate with each episode. I really like Joel and it’s going to be tough to watch this situation come to a head over the next few episodes.

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