Parenthood Season 5 “Stay a Little Longer” Review

Parenthood Season 5 Episode 12 Stay a Little Longer (1)

I knew last night’s episode of Parenthood was going to be rough when I was already feeling teary before the opening credits. The scene with Amber and Ryan was hard to watch. I understand Ryan has issues, but I don’t feel good at all about him reenlisting. He’s just so fragile and I want him to be okay.

Along with Ryan, I also find it difficult to watch Max go through a hard time. My heart was already broken for him before even knowing what had happened with Max and his now former best friend. Like Ryan, I just want Max to be okay.

As painful as it is to watch things fall apart between Amber and Ryan, I love how the writers have incorporated Zeek into the story. After all, we met Ryan through Zeek, as they bonded over their shared history of military service. Although he clearly likes Ryan and understands his struggle, he is still Amber’s grandfather and was such a great support for her. Amber may be upset now, but I don’t see her falling into the same trappings as her mother anytime soon. Her evolution has been great to watch over five seasons.

Speaking of Amber’s mom, I’m still not into Sarah’s storyline this season. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I’ve liked anything Sarah was doing. I love Lauren Graham as an actress and I really wish the writers would do something interesting with her. I’m glad that Sarah landed the photography job, but it would appear that she’s heading (back) into another love triangle with Hank and the good doctor. Ray Romano has been a great addition to Parenthood, but I really hate all things Hank and Sarah. And how exactly will Jason Ritter fit into this mess when he returns?

Julia, girrrrrl, you know its not good when a group of moms are outside school gossiping about your shenanigans on the Sustainability Committee. That was literally the only humor I could find in this otherwise bleak situation that Joel and Julia find themselves in.

Julia might call it a “friendship,” but I think Joel nailed it when he called his wife’s relationship with Ed an emotional affair. I know Peet didn’t want to hear about Joel’s personal problems, but an affair between her and Joel seems inevitable. At this point, I just want whatever keeps Joel on my screen.

Random observations:

– As much as I love Amber’s growth this season, I think the most improved award would definitely have to go to Adam. The character got off to a bumpy start when he was hesitant in his support of Kristina’s mayoral campaign. Since then, he’s been a completely different person. He’s calm, level-headed and in the past two episodes, he’s made some great calls when it comes to Max.

– If I was giving out an award for most improved pairing, it would go to Jasmine and Crosby. I hope the writers continue to use them for moments of levity each week. They’ve been through enough drama and some of the Bravermans need a little joy. Right?

– Oliver calling Jasmine Mrs. Crosby. Tee hee.

– Line of the night goes to Max, who told Hank that he liked him better than Aunt Sarah. Ha! Me too, Max. Me too.

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