By Lucy Sweeney
The self-explanatory title sort of gave it away – this episode focused on some of the tougher everyday lessons that come with parenthood.
After Sidney loses at a Braverman family charades night, her explosive tantrum makes it obvious to everyone that she’s a sore loser. Naturally Zeek feels like it’s his place to step in and teach Julia and Joel how to raise their kid “the Braverman way”, but in fact they manage quite well in their own attempt to tame their spoilt brat. I loved that Juls and Joel took turns at holding down the fort outside Sidney’s room – “I WILL NOT CALM MY BODY DOWN!” I particularly enjoyed Joel returning to find a drunken Julia resting against the door next to an empty bottle of wine. Good work team.
Adam and Crosby are getting to know Rachel quite well, and she’s proving popular with the male clients. Adam steps in with some fatherly words of advice about Rachel being more than just a pretty face. His heart was in the right place, but he really should have realized before the kiss in the rain that Rachel has a bit of a crush on him. Not sure how they’ll deal with the fallout of this one, but there’s no way he can keep it from Kristina forever.
Max’s new friends are kinda making fun of him – not that he notices. This is actually bothering Kristina more than anyone, so she makes it her own business to set the bully straight. Huge round of applause for the Mama Bear performance and the serve she gave to the kid with the “Justin Beiber haircut”.
Now that Seth’s well and truly out of the picture, Sarah’s back to dealing with some “Parenthood” issues of her own – star student Drew got a D. Sarah assumes the only reason for this is his spending too much time with Amy, so forbids Drew from seeing her at all during the week. This was never going to work – Amber immediately pushes Drew to rebel, and Mark and Camille both admit they disagree with the strict punishment. Camille even went a step further to tell Sarah if she expected motherly support, then she’d have to learn to listen to her differing opinions. Well said Camille.
Also – did anybody else DIG the acoustic version of Grease’s “You’re The One That I Want” during Drew and Amy’s scene?