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The Heart Squishiest Moment From Last Night's 'Parenthood' Came From Our Least Favorite Characters

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | November 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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It’s tempting to give the crown to Crosby and his baby chest bumps this week. It’s hard to divorce my feelings on Crosby as a dad from my feelings about Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell as parents. And their imaginary household. Which, in my mind, is all sloth meltdowns all the time. But no, Crosby didn’t win the Heart Squishiest crown this week.

Zeek certainly got the most laughs for his short-lived enjoyment of bachelorhood and we’re all experiencing the same level of dread around the Amber Ryan engagement, right? Those kids are not going to make it. But the heart squishiest moment came as a result of some convincing tears from Xolo Mariduena as Victor. They’ve had such a hard time with the character on that show, but the kid nailed it last night.

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Of course my heart squishies immediately turned to ice when Joel blew Julia off outside Victor’s room. This is a real character reversal for Joel who has been acting like a royal d*ck this season. I understand work pressures, but I don’t understand changing your entire personality. Was anyone else rooting for Julia to go to Italy with Camille and for everyone to get some space? It’s not too late, Julia. Choose Italy over infidelity!


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  • mairimba

    And I'm done with Ryan.

  • mairimba

    I understand Joel's reaction to everything going on. Julia used to always have control and still wants to be. They are a couple and should discuss important issues (like quitting your job, Julia!). When she was working and he was taking care of the house she missed many dinners and school events and wasn't really aware of what was going on in her daughter's life that much. But she's not cut out to only be a mommy so she can't handle it. And I bet it's really frustrating for Joel since he had those same responsibilities at some point.

    And that was some great acting from Victor. Bunch of dust in my apartment all of a sudden.

  • lmtj

    I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who is trying to figure out why Julia just all of sudden feels enormous pressure on being a mom/Szy Homemaker and expects Joel around promptly at 5pm when she never was that way. I think Joel is showing his suppressed potential and has had enough of Julia's flip floppy crap. He did it and put up with Sydney alone(which is a huge job in itself for that brat by herself), why does Julia think she's so special?!

  • I'm with you, I feel like Julia has been pushing against Joel's breaking point for awhile now. Even now as she's trying to talk to him she's mostly bombarding him with words and following and nagging and telling him what they need to do. She always made unilateral decisions before, no matter what they had discussed (telling Sydney about Heaven, quitting her job, having another kid), and I think Joel's had enough. He is under a ton of pressure and she is only adding to it, and neither is finding much compassion for the other.

  • Merski

    I'm not a big fan of what's been happening with Amber & Ryan this season and it pains me to say it because I love those two together. But more and more it seems like Ryan is a bomb about to go off and Amber just keeps apologizing for being alive. I wish they got a little more to do on the show.

  • Ruthie O

    I'm curious why you are a big fan of Amber & Ryan, because I just don't see it. He's always been detached yet temperamental, which I admittedly overlooked in the beginning because I love the actor. But maybe I'm missing something?

  • Merski

    Hmmm... now that you put it this way I'm starting to think I've been overlooking it for the same reason...

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    The actors definitely have chemistry but yeah, from a character perspective it's just a time bomb waiting to go off, and Ryan is the explosive bit that'll turn Amber into shrapnel.

  • Michelle

    I am definitely not pleased with the way they've been writing Joel this season. He's always seemed like a character that they haven't quite had a handle on from the show's inception; his personality has changed frequently depending upon how it best fits whatever plot line those two have been dumped into.

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