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Let’s Check In On Parenthood, Please

Kelly Conaboy | January 24, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Oh my goodness. Well. Let’s just get into it. The Bravermans continue to refuse to acknowledge or properly mourn the apparent death of their oldest child, Haddie, which I find very odd. At least contact her ghost with an Ouija board and see if she likes Heaven! Camille has come back from Italy and is fucking impossible, talking about wine and prosciutto like she just invented them, painting landscape upon landscape, planning out an entire European life without Zeek, which I understand is largely because she spent her whole life having to more or less follow Zeek’s lead on most of the decisions in her life, but nonetheless seems oddly cold and distant and straight up annoying. Kristina Braverman, after the realization that Max will not properly be able to fit into any of the schools in their district, GOOGLED “HOW TO START A SCHOOL” BECAUE SHE IS GOING TO START A SCHOOL NOW, justifying it by listing the other ridiculous things that she and Adam have done as of late (“Well I ran for mayor moments after I was declared in remission, and you started a record label, and we aren’t even sad about Haddie”). Dax Shepard would rather have his family WITH A NEW BABY spend two months in a motel than stay in his parent’s beautiful and spacious guest house for literally no given reason. Why? What? Why? Why is he so resistant to live there now? Didn’t he bring every load of laundry to Camille for her to do up until, like, a month ago? Sarah is an expert photographer now, a topic on which I’m sure she will write her Pulitzer Prize-winning play in the building of which she is the superintendent. Amber is worried that she will end up like her father because she broke up with her emotionally distant fiance with whom she had nothing in common and who clearly had a lot of anger issues that for some reason she didn’t want him to medicate? What? And finally: JOEL REFUSES TO EVEN TALK TO JULIA ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THEIR MARRIAGE BECAUSE SHE KISSED ANOTHER MAN, WHEN ANOTHER WOMAN KISSED JOEL MERE SEASONS AGO?! (PS: Parenthood loves extramarital kissing.) Why is this show writing Joel to be so insanely difficult this season?! And even if Julia is the most patient and repentant woman on Earth, there is no way she would not at least once point out that she had to forgive Joel for the same thing two years ago, or whenever. Also: Joel was willing to see a counselor about breaking the separation news to his children, but not about maybe saving the marriage and life he built with his wife and those same children? AND THAT BEAUTIFUL HUGE HOUSE THEY HAVE? THINK OF THE HOUSE!!!! Parenthood, you have gotten difficult to love this season. But I will continue to love you because, unlike New Joel, I understand that what we have is worth working on. #foreveryoung