It Has To Be Now

Episode Number: s05e01
Original US Air Date:
September 26, 2013
Lawrence Trilling
Jason Katims


Jasmine (Joy Bryant) and Crosby's (Dax Shepard) unnamed newborn causes quite a stir in their house and serves as a Braverman family magnet. While Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) reset their life after her cancer ordeal, she quickly decides to take on another kind of fight, and Joel (Sam Jaeger) and Julia (Erika Christensen) face personal and professional challenges. Hank (Ray Romano) moves back to town, unbeknownst to Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Amber (Mae Whitman) welcomes her soldier boyfriend home. Also starring, Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Max Burkholder, Miles Heizer, Savannah Paige Rae, Xolo Mariduena, Tryee Brown, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker.

1.6 rating (adults 18-49) and 5.17 million viewers - The season premiere of Parenthood garnered a series low-tying 1.6, down three tenths from last year's 1.9 adults 18-49 premiere rating.

Transcript by Craig Best
Sorry about the delay, I've been busy in real life but hope to get started on the transcripts soon.


"Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
Adam & Kristina at the Bar - iTunes

"Wrap It Up" by Sam & Dave
Jasmine Giving Birth - iTunes

"Yonder Wall" by Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
Family visits new Baby - iTunes

"Our Love Is Here To Stay" by Shirley Horn
Unknown - iTunes

"I'll Be Your Mirror" by The Velvet Underground & Nico
Unknown - iTunes

"If You Want Me To" by Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
Sarah Fixes Smoke Alarm - iTunes

"Unknown Song" by ?
Kristina runs for Mayor - iTunes

"My My Love" by Joshua Radin
Ryan returns home - iTunes

Songs on this list are TBC as I have not had the time to check them, they are listed at

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My Thoughts

So 8 months have passed and we open with a heavily pregnant Jasmine shopping with Crosy, before we know it her water breaks and they rush to the hospital. Its not long before the baby is born. Later the Braverman clan pays them a visit at home and we lean Aida doesn't like sleep. Love the scene where Crosby drives by Adam's house slowing to pick him up. Jasmine and Crosby fighting is always fun, now they have a baby that won't sleep, should be fun for a while. Must say I'm glade they kept going in real time and skipped the last 8 months.

Sarah has a new apartment and job, as a Super for the building she now lives in, Carl could be an interesting addition, just hope he's not the latest in Sarah's never ending revolving door of boy friends. Not sure if I'd trust her to fix my smoke alarms. In other news Sarah is missing Drew since he went off to college but she is learning text short cuts thanks to Amber. Speaking of, Amber is keeping in touch with her brother as they have coffee and talk, later Drew pays Sarah a house call. Thats nice.

Max was a little annoying trying to take photos of Nora as he doesn't like people. Hank and Sarah broke up over their long distance relationship when he left town, but now he's back as being in Minnesota was causing too much disruption to his live with his daughter and ex. Liked the scenes with Max and later Adam, finding out Sarah was happier after their breakup.

Kristina is recovering well from her year with cancer, spending more time with Adam. Later she decided to run for Mayor, Adam is not on board at first thinking ti's too much. I do get her point they after the cancer she wants to do something, no time to wait, life is short. Julia is still unemployed and finding it hard to get another job at a law firm. But in better news Joel gets a big job, they have dinner with his new partner Meredith, this could spell trouble in the future. Julia really wants to get back to being a lawyer.

At the end of the episode where was a nice scene where Ryan returns back from war and proposes to Amber, she says yes.