Episode Number: s04e14
Original US Air Date: January 15, 2013
Director: Lawrence Trilling
Writer: Bridget Carpenter
JULIA AND JOEL STRUGGLE WITH A DIFFICULT DECISION INVOLVING VICTOR. CROSBY AND JASMINE ARE FRUSTRATED WITH RENEE, CAUSING TENSION IN THE HOUSE. MEANWHILE, KRISTINA HELPS MAX FIGHT FOR A CAUSE THAT HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT.
Ray Romano ('MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE') AND Matt Lauria ('FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS') GUEST STAR
As Victor's (Xolo Mariduena) adoption deadline draws near, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger) contemplate the long term effects of this decision. Renee (Tina Lifford) oversteps her boundaries and intrudes on Crosby (Dax Shepard) and Jasmine (Joy Bryant). Upon advice offered by Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Amber (Mae Whitman), Ryan (Matt Lauria) seeks to make amends with Joel. Meanwhile, Mark (Jason Ritter) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) discuss their relationship, concerning Hank (Ray Romano). Kristina (Monica Potter) supports Max (Max Burkholder) with a unique campaign.
1.9 rating (adults 18-49) and 4.95 million viewers
tvbythenumbers.com - Parenthood earned a x from last week's 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.
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"Everything Happens to Me" Chet Baker
Hank and Ryan talking over Breakfast - iTunes
"Ruby, My Dear" John Coltrane & Thelonious Monk
Sarah telling Hank about having Coffee with Mark - iTunes
"Hold On" Tom Waits
Amber and Camille talking about Ryan - iTunes
"Never Forget" Fleetwood Mac
Mark and Sarah talking over coffee - iTunes
"Lovesong of the Buzzard" Iron & Wine
Crosby and family having dinner - iTunes
"Dance in the Graveyards" Delta Rae
Max gets the Vending Machine - iTunes
Nice to see Ryan back, still talking to Zeek about his problems, also good to see Amber going to him and after a false start getting his job back with Joel, nice touch with the donuts.
Renee starting to take over with Jabbar's diet, the talk quickly turning into a fight, Jasmine really needs to be able to confront her mother about these issues.
Julia still not sure about adopting Victor, the talk with Crosby was good, we don't get enough of those two together on screen. Good that in the end after last week Victor seemed clam and civil again.
Max upset about PTA "Parent Totalitarian Association" and wanting to change school. Good to see Kristina using her political skills and winning the vending machines back for the school. Thought the last scene with the Skittles and Max dancing was a bit much. Loved the line from Adam about Kristina being the Candy Lobbyist!
Sarah running into Mark at the school and him asking her for coffee to talk thing out. It was good that she told him about the dark room kiss with Hank. And was anyone shocked he then used it on Hank. Mind you just about any other show and they would have ended up in a fist fight outside Hanks studio.
Hank was right telling Sarah he was screwed, and She has to make a choice. Hank or Mark, who will it be next week?
Only downside this week was no followup with Drew, in fact he was the only main cast member not on the show this week and he was barely mentioned.