What To My Wondering Eyes

Episode Number: s04e11
First Aired on Global TV Canada:
December 10, 2012
Original US Air Date:
December 11, 2012
Director: Hanelle Culpepper
Jason Katims


The holiday incites a mix of emotions as Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) experience a health scare while Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant) celebrate their first Christmas together as a family. Sarah (Lauren Graham) is torn between her feelings for Mark (Jason Ritter) and her evolving relationship with Hank (Ray Romano). Amber (Mae Whitman) and Ryan (Matt Lauria) face challenges in their relationship. Meanwhile, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) helps to restore belief in a childhood hero. Also starring Bonnie Bedelia, Erika Christensen, Sam Jaeger, Miles Heizer, Tyree Brown, Xolo Mariduena, Max Burkholder, Sarah Ramos and Savannah Paige Rae

1.8 rating (adults 18-49) and 5.71 million viewers
tvbythenumbers.com - Parenthood notched a 2.0, up 11% from last week's 1.8 among adults 18-49.


"Sleigh Ride" The Ronettes
Opening song with Sydney and Victor looking for their presents - iTunes

"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" Ella Fitzgerald
Amber and Ryan making Christmas cookies - iTunes

"Christmas Time Is Here" Vince Guaraldi Trio
Crosby and Jasmine reading to Jabbar - iTunes

"Winter Wonderland" Aretha Franklin
Amber dropping off the presents for Sydney & Victor - iTunes

"White Christmas" Bright Eyes
Adam gets the hard truth about Kristina's condition - iTunes

"The Christmas Song" Nat King Cole
The Family gathers at the Braverman house - iTunes

"Green Grows The Holly" Calexico
Sarah and Hank talking outside the Braverman house - iTunes

"Wishlist" Pearl Jam
The family opening the presents Christmas morning - iTunes

"Glorious" Melissa Etheridge
The family going to see Kristina - iTunes

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*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.

My Thoughts

Its Christmas eve and a lot happens over the next 24 hours, we have a break up, new love, someone makes plans for the future and even a trip to the hospital. I defy anyone to watch this weeks episode without tearing up at least once!

So main story first, Kristina is not feeling well so Adam calls Crosby for help and races Kristina to the hospital with septic shock, some touching scenes as Adam watches over her in the ICU. Adam was rightly upset and took it out on Zeek, not sure why Zeek didn't pickup Camille and take her as well. Adam and Zeek hugging was good to see. Kristina making a video was a nice touch, if a little morbid. On a side note I like they didn't fake the OS X interface on the MacBook Pro.

Sarah is grumpy after her recent breakup with Mark, unusual to see Hank as the charming one to calm down the angry mother. Loved the elf outfit she was wearing at the Mall Santa and getting into a argument with Santa, all fun stuff. This all lead to drinks in the bar, one too many bad martini's, Hanks bed and an awkward after sex scene, only saved by Zeek calling about Kristina. Point to note, Sarah says she is 42. Didn't Sarah turn 40 at the start of last season, maybe she was rounding up? I did like how Hank bough Sarah a Christmas gift to the house, they talked and he clarified they he didn't want to forget it happened. Could this be the start of a beautiful romance?

Amber's love life is next in the firing line after Ryan lied about the job, I can understand Amber not wanting to follow her mum and end up in the same kind of relationship she had with Seth, I hope they fix her cute little car. But there were some fun moments this week, like baking the Christmas cookies, I really hope they can patch things up and Ryan can get the help he needs.

Watching Crosby look after Otis, Nora and Max was fun, Max being his usual self and letting slip to Zeek about the hospital and wanting to get the train. Nora running around with no dipper on and Otis leaving his own present under the tree. But where was Jasmine? I can only guess she was doing other errands or getting Jabbar ready for the day as it was early morning. The mall scene with Hank was great, do they get a family discount now? Love Hank talking the Max about Santa, right in front of the Mall Santa. Also Jasmine taking the photo with Nora for Kristina.

Other things, Drew was there but it was blink and you'd miss him early on. Glad to see he's not all broken up about moving back in with the grandparents. Maybe being back with Amy and now in walking distance to her home has something to do with that? Sarah looking at the Christmas card, using the family photo taken at the start of the season was good, I'm sure Hank can Photoshop himself right in now. Also Haddie stuck in the snow waiting for a flight from the East Coast, making it home just in time for the end of the episode.

Sydney and Victor looking for the presents, like any brother and sister. Victor letting slip that Santa is not real and Julia not wanting the Christmas magic to disappear from Sydney's life. Good that Zeek was there in the end to save Christmas for all of the younger Braverman kids. More to come with Jasmine now wanting a baby.

Good to see Zeek 'sneaking' the clan into Kristina's room for the usual mass gathering of the family!

One last thing, how big was that Christmas wreath on the barn door at the Braverman's house?

Well thats it until next year, Happy Holidays everyone.