All and all this wasn’t one of the strongest episodes of Parenthood. They can’t all be wall-to-wall cryfests. On the one hand, while I really dislike the infidelity/marriage strain plot that Joel and Julia have been saddled with this year, I really loved everything about Drunk Joel and That Cake. My heart was completely warmed, once again, by Victor and Zeek. Someone in the comments last week snarked that “of course” the show was making the Latino kid a mechanic. Not the point, friends. The point is that Grandpa Braverman is using something Victor has an aptitude for (being mechanically minded does not make you a mechanic) and using it to build his confidence in other areas. Besides, back off, some of my best friends are mechanics.
Kristina was bogged down with a Max plot and, as he has been all season, Ray Romano’s character was the key to understanding Max and the way he approaches the world. Meanwhile, Crosby and Adam were locked in irritating Luncheonette in-fighting which brings us to this…
They teased this scene in the promos last week and I was fully expecting Matt Lauria to go for it with everything he had. I thought Ryan was going to unload some heavy childhood trauma and I was prepared to cry my little Luke Cafferty-loving eyes out. But Lauria’s performance was quite restrained. Subdued almost. And that might be in keeping with Ryan as a character but it was Lauren Graham’s performance and Sarah’s reaction that brought the tears. She knows she’s right. Hell. *I* know she’s right. But what can she do? In the face of this plea, what can she do but say “okay?” I really don’t think these two kids are going to make it. Or, if they are, I don’t think it’s going to be with a marriage. Not now. Amber is, what, 20? 21? I have to side with Sarah.