Rubber Band Ball

Episode Number: s01e08
Original Air Date:
April 20th, 2010

Director: Lawrence Trilling
Jan Oxenberg


The Braverman family is on high alert when Amber's (Mae Whitman) ex-boyfriend Damien (guest star Eddy Rioseco, "Related") arrives from Fresno. Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) takes Adam (Peter Krause) on a road trip for investment advice and some father-son bonding. Meanwhile, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) worry that Sydney (Savannah Paige Rae) might be suffering from Asperger's and Crosby (Dax Shepard) wants to help plan Jabbar's (Tyree Brown) birthday party. Bonnie Bedelia, Joy Bryant and Max Burkholder also star.

2.9 rating (adults 18-49) and 7.22 million viewers

Transcript by Craig Best - PDF


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"Baby Boomer" Monster of Folk
Plays at the end of the scene with Zeek and Adam having lunch and into the scene with Crosby and Adam. - iTunes

"Gimmie Some Salt" Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Plays as Zeek walks up to Damien's van - iTunes

"Hustle" Tuung
Plays in the store as Crosby and Jasmine are shoping for Jabbar's party - iTunes

"Sausalito" Conor Oberst
Plays as Adam and Zeek are driving along - iTunes

"100 Yard Dash" Raqhael Saadiq
Plays at the start of Jabbar's brithday party - iTunes

"Out Go The Lights" Spoon
Plays while Amber and Damien are talking on his van - iTunes

"Wait" Alexi Murdoch
Played during the final few scene, from Max in bed with his parents. - iTunes

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My Thoughts

First nice to see Camille and Zeek, but why no Drew again? Nice mother daughter talk with Sarah, and then Amber. Weird how the SATs didn't come up again but good that she more or less told Amber she had broken up with Mr. Cyr.

Yes Damien must be an idiot! Student of philosophy :lol: Love that Zeek was going to kick his butt! Washing in the yard, like Sarah said "Are you kidding me!" I can see him being one of these guys, help up in a cabin somewhere and ending up getting eaten by a bear. I think she is realizing Damien might not be the one in that scene on the van and then sending him off.

They probably over did the whole Sydney thing (BTW wasn't the Doctor Pelikan hard to get an appointment for?) then Julia lying to Kristina but coming clean a day later.

Good we learned a bit more about Jabbar, I felt for Crosby with Jasmine lying to her family for 5 years, sort of weird that one minute they were at each others throats then they had a happy ending for the party, only in TV land. The talked afterwards was nice, plus the look on her face she Crosby said he was falling in love. Oh and letting Crosby watch the birth video, so sweet.

Love the road trip, funny how Adam has a Nissan and they had lots of shots of the shinny new car. Zeek and the sex talk again. :lol: Also finical problems with Zeek, good to see he open up to Adam, might explain a few other things Sarah found out earlier on. Finally an extended scene with Camille and Zeek, but he should have told her that they were in trouble.

The scenes with Adam and Kristina were fun, the lotion and OTB then the rubber ball and Max climbing into bed with them, so cute.

I liked the episode but I wish we could see Sarah smiling some more, she looked so happy in the scene when Amber came home.

Next weeks looks like another good one!


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