Road Trip

Episode Number: s03e12
Original Air Date:
January 3rd, 2012
Director: Jessica Yu
David Hudgins


Seeking his mother’s approval, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) demands the entire family caravan on a road trip where they encounter many road blocks along the way. While spending time on the road, Adam (Peter Krause) connects with Haddie (Sarah Ramos), Sarah (Lauren Graham) confronts an embarrassing issue with Drew (Miles Heizer) and Julia (Erika Christensen) learns to appreciate Crosby’s (Dax Shepard) odd personality. Meanwhile, Kristina (Monica Potter) struggles to enforce a harsh punishment she gave to Max (Max Burkholder) for acting out. Also starring: Sam Jaeger, Savannah Paige Rae Tyree Brown, Bonnie Bedelia, Mae Whitman and Joy Bryant

1.7 rating (adults 18-49) and 4.95 million viewers - Parenthood returned with a series low 1.7 adults 18-49 rating down 19% vs. a 2.1 rating for its last new episode in early December.


PH Promo 3.12
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Parenthood 3.12 Promo 12-27-11 - YouTube
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Music is "Come Home" by Faith Hill - iTunes - YouTube

NBC Sneak Peek

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"The Nitty Gritty" Shirley Ellis
Drew walking in on Sarah & Mark - iTunes

"Goodbye Geoffrey Drake" Graffiti6
On the road (just after the credits) - iTunes

"I’m Coming Home" Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
Second song in the cars - iTunes

"Give Me Time" Circus
First song in the Diner - iTunes

"Dream Away" Hope
Second song in the Diner - iTunes

"I Love You" The Jetzons
Sarah listening to this on her iPhone before the call from Mark - iTunes

"Ride Hooker Ride" Earl Hooker
Sarah on the phone with Mark - iTunes

"A Shade of Difference" Bozo Darnell
Haddie and Adam talking in the road side gift shop - iTunes

"Startin' the Day with a Song" Blue Shoes
In the car with Haddie and Adam apologizing to each other - iTunes

"OMGCD" The Low Anthem
The family arriving at Grandma Blanches house - iTunes

"Honey I'll Try" Emile Millar
Closing Song - iTunes | | |

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My Thoughts

I liked the episode a lot, no real dull moments and a welcome return for the new year.

Zeek has issues with his mother but it was nice they talked in the end, kinda funny how that happens on the show, ditto Max with Kristina. Haddie with Adam and Drew with Sarah.

Poor Drew, no child should have to see that. But given the size of guest room and how close the bed is too the door I have to wonder how much he really saw. Maybe Mark and Sarah were in the bathroom and he imagined far worse than he actually saw? It was a shame we didn't see his POV to judge for our selves. It was nice that he told Amber and then in turn she told Sarah, how covered her face in horror of the moment, when told the news. It was cute how they shook hands as hug was too soon. I did however notice them close together in the last scene with the family at the look out.

Good on Kristina putting her foot down and sticking to her guns after what Drew called her. And Adam backing her, yes Zeek its not the 50s anymore. I think Max learnt his lesson even if in the end she caved and he got a free plane ride out of it. I do like that he cleaned his room and made dinner for them. I was wondering if they took the taxi to get there, plane makes more sense.

Other things, anyone else notice how tall Max is now. It's really apparent in that last scene next to Sarah (Haddie) and the much shorter Mae. How old is he on the show? Dax riding with Julia/Joel and annoying them with the singing. Haddie and Adam talking about her leaving for college, but I'm sure Haddie will be going to a college not far from home when it happens. And the chair going missing, I mean how many eyes were at the table and they didn't see a thing! Different if a van pulled up and blocked the view but that was not mentioned.

Also I'm not sure what to think of Grandma Blanch yet, seamed nice but a big critical of Zeek and the family. Having once told Zeek she doesn't Sarah approve of her. The rest of the family deciding to turn around and go home when Zeek left them, but in the end turning back and arriving just after Kristina got there. Well this is TV.

I can't end this with out mentioning the family gathering as they prepare to set off, Joel helping Zeek strapping down the chair. Joel asking about the cell phones and "paper GPS". Dax -forgot his flat jacket! and Sarah "No Sir! No Sir!" and laughing. It must have been a fun few days shooting the road trip scenes.