Parenthood Season 4 Episode 2 – Left Field
It’s the first day of school, which means butterflies and fresh starts. Julia shows her love in an unusual way to Victor. Meanwhile, Max is excited about the possibility of getting a dog. Sarah’s new boss Hank (Ray Romano) surprises her with his honesty about handling Drew, and Kristina gets some news that may change her life forever.
Parenthood Season 4, Episode 2 starts with showing how different couples may share their “alone time”. It’s Sunday night and we find newlyweds Crosby and Jasmine relishing in the fact (if you catch my drift) that Jabbar is visiting his grandmother. Meanwhile, happily married Adam and Kristina are in bed winding down for the evening in their comfy pyjamas and discuss the possibility of getting a dog. A total contrast to Crosby and Jasmine’s relationship.
Next, we see Drew off to pick up his girlfriend for their first day of school as seniors, and of course Sarah is going over the top and gives him advice for his first day (“Wash your hands!”). Upon arrival, Drew’s girlfriend tells him about her summer vacation that she spent away, leaving Drew crushed. At the same time, Julia and Joel are getting their kids ready for their first day, when Victor announces that he’s not feeling well enough to go to school. Julia gives him the benefit of the doubt and leaves him at home for the day with Joel. It’s obvious to the viewers that he’s faking, but is it because he’d rather stay home and watch TV or is it a mixture of fear and insecurity?
Adam, Crosby, and Amber have a quick business meeting at the Luncheonette. Crosby wonders why Adam’s phone keeps beeping in the middle of it and Adam explains that his and Kristina’s calendars are linked together and he gets an update whenever she adds something to their busy schedule. Crosby discovers a time slot titled “Funky Town” and can hardly believe that Adam and Kristina schedule their “alone time”. Crosby tells Jasmine that he hopes they’ll never be tied down to their schedules like his brother is. That plan backfires right away when there is a misunderstanding and they forget to pick up Jabbar from school. Sometimes “going with the flow” doesn’t always work.
Julia finally brings Victor to school, but he can’t seem to get out of the car. As frustrated parents honk at the fact that Julia has climbed into the back seat with him, she talks openly with Victor and promises to stay at school while he’s in class…just in case.
Sarah asks for Hank’s advice on what to do about Drew and she’s surprised by his blunt honesty. Sometimes men really have a way with words! She’s completely shocked at his response and has to leave to get coffee, making us wonder “Why did you ask for his advice if you’re not interested in his honesty?”. Hank stays true to his character of being awkward in social situations and may not have given the best advice, but he redeems himself when he talks to Drew personally and tells him “It’s okay to bed sad”.
Meanwhile, Julia wonders if staying around at school all day was the right thing to do. Joel comforts her, saying that she’s amazing. Sometimes being a mother means doing crazy things and going to amazing lengths for the comfort and happiness of your children. Julia really shines in this department, putting her children’s needs before her job. Victor and Julia start to communicate as she explains to him that “in this family when we say we’re going to do something, we do it”. They really start to bond and finally see Victor coming out of his shell.
The episode end when Adam decides to get a dog for his family, seeing as how Max is extremely excited about it. Sarah has a new found respect for her boss after hearing about the solid advice he gave Drew (she even brings him freshly baked brownies). Crosby and Jasmine try the “Adam and Kristina Way” of organizing their lives and Kristina gets some news that may change her life forever leaving us wondering if next week’s episode will explain the unfolding events.
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