'Parenthood' - 'Slipping Away': The Talk, too

A review of last night's "Parenthood" (the next-to-last episode of season 2) coming up just as soon as I accidentally go to a quinceanera... 

A Jason Katims show has a pretty high bar to clear when it comes to the subject of parents finding out about their teenage daughter's sex life, given how brilliantly "Friday Night Lights" dealt with it both beforeand after Julie Taylor had sex. (Wish there was a clip of that later conversation between Tami and Julie, but the first one's so good that you can just go and watch it twice. I'll wait.) And though I don't think the Haddie story in "Slipping Away" cleared that bar (Monica Potter has her moments, but she's no Connie Britton), I thought it was as strong as you could have hoped for given the similarity of the material coming from the same creative team. Haddie's reaction to Adam's line about never wanting to see her hurt was just so damn well-played by Sarah Ramos; that's a classic example of where a "Parenthood" feel-good ending feels completely earned, not forced. 

I also really liked the scene near the end where Adam and Sarah are discussing the problems with their respective daughters and Sarah is completely dismissive of Adam's concerns compared to what Amber's putting her through. Frankly, seeing that scene made me wish (as I often do) that the show had ditched the other storylines to just focus on what these two sibs are going through. I didn't need to see more of Crosby's "Extreme Makeover: Home and Relationship Edition" project, didn't need to see the return of Adam's caricatured twentysomething boss, didn't even necessarily need to see Richard Dreyfuss and/or Steven Weber.  Read More...



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