Family Portrait

Episode Number: s04e01
Original US Air Date:
September 11, 2012
Director: Lawrence Trilling
Jason Katims


The Braverman family gathers for a family portrait before Haddie (Sarah Ramos) departs for college, while Kristina (Monica Potter), Adam (Peter Krause) and Max (Max Burkholder) have a hard time digesting the new change. Meanwhile, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) struggle to adjust to their newly adopted son’s behavior and worry about their family’s future. Newlyweds Jasmine (Joy Bryant) and Crosby (Dax Shepard) disagree on the spiritual beliefs they should teach Jabbar (Tyree Brown). Mark (Guest Star Jason Ritter) proves his commitment to Sarah (Lauren Graham) by altering a Braverman tradition, while she attempts to prove her worth as an assistant to photographer Hank Rizzoli (Guest Star Ray Romano). Also, Amber (Mae Whitman) navigates a new job at The Luncheonette. Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Miles Heizer, Savannah Paige Rae and Xolo Mariduena also star.

1.9 rating (adults 18-49) and 5.57 million viewers - Parenthood premiered its fourth season to a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating, down three tenths from last season's 2.2 premiere rating and its lowest-rated premiere ever.


"Just as Loud" Paul McDonald
First song played by the band at the Luncheonette - iTunes (Not released at time of episode airing)

"Corner" Allie Moss
Photo shoot with Hank and Sarah - iTunes

"Call Me the Breeze" Beth Orton
Kristina on the phone with Julia about Guacamole and then into the next scene at the Luncheonette with Amber meeting Chelsea - iTunes

"Amen" Rocco DeLuca
Crosby talking to his parent about religion - iTunes

"A Little One" Peasant
Joel in bed with Julia when she sees Guacamole, into the next scene with Drew and Zeek - iTunes

"Counting Stars" Paul McDonald
Second song for the bandwhen Adam kicks them out - iTunes

"T-Bone Shuffle" T-Bone Walker
When Haddie is talking to Victor at her going away party - iTunes | | |

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My Thoughts

So much going on in just 42 minutes and 31 seconds.

So they did skip the last 6-7 months and now Haddie is off to college, Amber is finally working at the Luncheonette, Sarah is looking for work. And life is going on for the rest of the family.

Sounds very much like Sarah, lie to get a job, then screws up and get fired. Kinda Awakard with Sarah at the family poritraid until Hank talked to Max. Also nice later when he offered Sarah the job and started to tease her about Mark. Is this a classic TV fix up in the making?

Haddie off to college makes me wonder how much we'll see of her this season, but given the number of stories on the go it wouldn't surprise me if we just get a few good scenes with her this year. Look at Drew last year, barely there most of the time. Nice scene at the end when she finally realised this was it at the airport.

Victor is not feeling the Braverman love right now, guess he did take Guacamole from Max but it was a little weird that Julia didn't call Kristina right away after finding him as we then had the scene with Max tearing up Haddie's room.

Love how Mark found a loophole to get into the family portriate after seeing Camille but he should be more worried about Hank, no engagement ring after 6 months, no wedding date and as far as I could see Sarah still living at home with her parents and Drew.

Adam being protective of Amber was nice but she is 20 and as she said they need to be treated as such but I blame the musician more than Amber.

And last a nice scene at the end with Jabbar and Crosby talking about religion, it was all nice, no big events just life as normal for the Braverman family first week back.