The Ring

Episode Number: s05e08
Original US Air Date:
November 14, 2013 (November 13 in Canada)

Lawrence Trilling
Justin W. Lo


The family watches out for Zeek (Craig T. Nelson), but he ends up giving Sarah (Lauren Graham) some much needed advice. Tension rises in Julia’s (Erika Christensen) household when she receives some unsettling news from Victor’s (Xolo Mariduena) school. The media uncovers some skeletons in Kristina’s (Monica Potter) closet that attract unwanted media attention on Adam (Peter Krause). Meanwhile Amber (Mae Whitman) makes a tough decision that rocks the boat with Ryan (Matt Lauria). Also starring Dax Shepard, Joy Bryant, Bonnie Bedelia, Max Burkholder, Miles Heizer, Savannah Rae Paige, Tyree Brown

1.3 rating (adults 18-49) and 4.11 million viewers - Parenthood matched last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating


These photos can be found at

Trailers & Teasers
Parenthood 5x08 Promo "The Ring" (HD) - YouTube
Thanks to US TV Channel

Parenthood Promo 11-11-13 - YouTube
Thanks to Debbie L


"Song" by?
When? - iTunes

"Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Opening with Zeek home alone and enjoying himself- iTunes

"22" by Night Beds
Amber & Ryan talking about ring coming out of movie - iTunes

"Just Beneath the Surface (Reprise)" by Dawes
When? - iTunes

"Hawk Fly Tiger Run" by Ofelia
Jabbar in ballet class, closing scenes - 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
Lots to love this week, we took a step back with some stories carrying over from past season, like Adam hitting that guy and Amber with Bob Little. Adam learning the hard way how to handle the media with Kristina’s political life, I think she made to right choice not bringing Amber into it, even though it was interesting she wanted to be used to bring down Bob Little. Kristina had a good speech to the media out front of their house.

Amber unsure about spending so much on the engagement ring causing tension between them, I wish he wouldn’t hold things in, Ryan should have told Amber how he felt. Also hard times in the Graham house between Joel and Julia, still coming to terms with the change in working lives. Julia needed to talk to Joel sooner about Victor, really hate how he’s deciding them. I don’t have a problem with Victor and the scene where they told him he’s moving back to the 4th grade was touching. Also liked Julia talking to Sydney about it but not how close she is getting to Ed, even though nothing happened.

Crosby and Jasmine’s family life is still going good, providing the lighter drama of Crosby not being happy with Jabbar’s choice to do ballet. Like how Adam provided his point of view with Max and in the end Crosby seemed to accept his choice.

I must say the best parts I liked this week were Zeek home alone and Sarah visiting him, cringing at his breakfast choice and bringing him the care package, then later his advice and Sarah going off to the party with Carl. Nice to see another side to Carl and him introducing her to his friends.

I missed drew this week, along with Hank and Max. Of course Camille was only there via a video link on Zeek’s computer, I think he’s missing his wife, maybe the wiped cream on cereal and banana is getting old?