Episode Number: s04e10
First Aired on Global TV Canada: December 3, 2012
Original US Air Date: December 4, 2012
Director: Dylan K. Massin
Writer: Jesse Zwick
SARAH DEEPENS HER INVOLVEMENT WITH HANK, FURTHER STRAINING HER RELATIONSHIP WITH MARK. JULIA EXPERIMENTS WITH NEW TECHNIQUES TO ALLEVIATE VICTOR'S FRUSTRATION WITH SCHOOL. MEANWHILE, AMBER HELPS RYAN SECURE A JOB WORKING ON JOEL'S CONSTRUCTION CREW. - GLEN HANSARD ('ONCE'), RAY ROMANO ('MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE'), AND MATT LAURIA ('FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS') GUEST STAR
Sarah (Lauren Graham) puts her energy into helping Hank (Ray Romano) mend his relationship with his family, leaving Mark (Jason Ritter) increasingly impatient with his status in Sarah's life. Julia (Erika Christensen) is concerned with Victor's (Xolo Mariduena) frustration with school and seeks advice from Kristina (Monica Potter) on how to provide encouragement. Joel (Sam Jaeger) reluctantly hires Ryan (Matt Lauria) on his construction site despite Ryan's lack of experience. Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Adam (Peter Krause) enter a legal battle to save the Luncheonette while attempting to record an album for Academy Award winning musician Glen Hansard. Also starring Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Miles Heizer, Joy Bryant, Tyree Brown, Xolo Mariduena, Max Burkholder, Mae Whitman and Savannah Paige Rae
1.7 rating (adults 18-49) and 4.90 million viewers
tvbythenumbers.com - Parenthood notched a 1.7, down a tick from last week's 1.8 among adults 18-49.
*Warning this episode aired in Canada one day before the US the below write up is full of spoilers for those who have not seen this episode.
There was trouble in Candy Land on all fronts.
Amber getting Ryan a job with Joel's construction team was a nice move, just a shame his co-workers weren't a bit more understanding. Victor having trouble at school, falling behind. Nice to see Julia diving it to help including a visit to pot-head Kristina.
But the big issues of the week were Sarah's relationship with Mark and the Luncheonette and the 'angry neighbor lady' why didn't she put up a no parking sign sooner? Having Glen Hansard's car towed was a low blow. Also tossing in the cancer thing bit Crosby in the ass. Not good to pee in the Ally between the two places. It was nice to see Crosby save the day at the hearing.
Now we come to Mark & Sarah, I think there was wrong on both sides. Sarah should have told Mark or just not gone and let Hank deal with his own personal issues. Being caught half drunk like that was a sobering wake up call for her, if only Hank had not tried the help in the elevator.
So with the ending I guess we'll see Sarah and Drew moving back in with her parents, wonder if we'll get a re-run of the pilot scene? Or maybe they will stay with Amber in her tiny apartment? Good thing we have more next week before a short break for the winter and the final 4 episodes of the season in January.