Thursday, January 24, 2013

Parenthood Season 4 Finale: Everyone Wants to Be a Braverman

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click to enlarge All of the Bravermans gather to attend Victor's adoption hearing. - PHOTO COURTESY OF NBC.COM.
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  • All of the Bravermans gather to attend Victor's adoption hearing.

As Season 4 wraps up, Parenthood brings in The Man himself to pen the finale: Jason Katims. If you thought this series was lacking at all in eye-welling, voice-cracking monologues then you were in for a treat with "Because You're My Sister."

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Let's start with Drew, who anxiously logs in to his online admissions page for UC Berkeley. He is in! Past episodes will confirm that when Drew was not muttering or fertilizing the eggs of his teenage girlfriend, he was consistently hitting the books. He announces the good news to Sarah, Zeek, and Camille and they are thrilled that he got into his first choice school. Also, Drew mentions that he got a ton of financial aid, which in light of Sarah's perpetual state of underemployment, is a relief. A sometimes bartender/inexperienced photography assistant/aspiring playwright? If you were wondering what the young lasses of Girls will end up like at 40, look to Sarah Braverman.

Drew heads over to Amy's house to check up on her after their pregnancy crisis. She is doing well and she thanks Drew for his support. Drew shares his Cal news with her and she seems truly happy for him. She then swiftly crushes his soul by telling him that she'll be going to Tufts in the fall and as they hug goodbye, she utters "I'll never forget you," which is code for "I can't wait to get to my coed dorm on the Eastern seaboard." It's a pat, yearbook kinda thing to say and it also states the obvious. How often do you forget people who have impregnated you?

Over at Crosby and Jasmine's, the mother-in-law narrative continues to extend itself well past its expiration date. Jasmine still feels that Crosby owes Renee an apology for their parenting squabble, but Crosby changes the subject to the couple's upcoming anniversary dinner. He has scored chef's table reservations at a swanky French restaurant in the city and a room at the W. Right when he suggests that they ask Renee to babysit Jabbar while they hit the town, Renee emerges from her room and asks for her suitcase. She's headed to Jasmine's brother's 700-square-foot apartment because she wants to be in a place where she's wanted. Renee, you will most likely not be wanted at your bachelor son's studio apartment. That's just a universal constant.

At their anniversary dinner, Crosby swoons over the food and wine pairing but Jasmine is noticeably silent. Because Renee worked so hard to raise her kids on her own and helped raise Jabbar before Crosby joined the team, Jasmine feels that the relationship needs to be mended. Especially since Jasmine is newly pregnant.

That's right. A new half-Crosby spawn is in her womb. And she is happy about it. I just throw my hands up at this point. This would have been the perfect time to cut to commercial and do a cross-promotional sponsorship with the film Mama.

Jasmine and Crosby show up at her brother Sekou's place where he and Renee are in a heated game of Scrabble. Single and lovin' it, y'all. Renee tries to shoo them away to continue their anniversary celebration, but Crosby says he needs to apologize to her. They also announce that they are expecting and Renee is overjoyed. Finally, Cereal Bar Gate has come to an end.

Now let's move onto some of the more earnest parts of the finale. Ryan shows up at Amber's place with flowers, a thank you gesture for helping him get his job back with Joel's construction crew. He tells her that he'll be making good money, that he's back in therapy, and that he's no longer abusing pills. He also tells Amber that she's his best friend, that he loves her so much, and that he can't remember what life was like before her. Hint: you were not making money, you were dodging therapy, and you were abusing pills. Amber cries on cue and they hug. Ryan jokingly apologizes for the emotional outpouring as he came over with the express purpose of dropping off flowers, and with one line, Katims makes Ryan's speech pretty close to perfect.

Later, Amber shows up at Ryan's door with tear ducts amped and ready. She tells him about her car accident from a few years ago in which she almost died. Surviving the crash made her realize how important her loved ones were and how she doesn't want to waste any more time not being with Ryan. She just needs to know that he's in this with her. And of course Ryan is all in and he proves it by making out with her in between her exquisitely executed sobs. The couple that emotes together, stays together.

Meanwhile, Kristina and Adam prep for her final chemo session. Kristina's doctor finds some abnormal blood work results which is likely related to her treatment, but he schedules her for a PET scan just to be sure that the cancer has not spread to other areas of her body. This sets Kristina on edge, particularly when she sees her pal Gwen -- the saucy cancer survivor who first showed Kristina the ropes -- returning to chemo after a relapse.

Adam is much more positive about the situation and surprises Kristina with a trip to Hawaii. Kristina, not totally convinced that she's healthy, asks him to cancel the trip. Adam responds the only way he's known how this entire season: "Okay." Kristina could stab him in his side with a rusty shiv and Adam would just say, "Okay. Thank you. You were right."

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