Tuesday’s episode of Parenthood gave us the moment we’ve been not-so-quietly dreading for months: Upon giving birth to a baby boy, Zoe opted to keep her child instead of giving it to Joel and Julia to adopt.
“My first reaction [upon learning the resolution to the adoption storyline] was that it’s brutal and so heartbreaking,” Erika Christensen (Julia) tells TVLine. “The way that it goes down — it seems impossible and then it just happens.” The actress adds that while Joel and Julia “can’t hold it against Zoe because it is her child,” it’s not something they’ll easily forgive.
Christensen says that, obviously, the bond the couple shares with Zoe — baby aside — will be, for the foreseeable future, irreparable. “Zoe changing her mind about the adoption is something, long-term, that you could possibly get over, kind of like a breakup,” she muses. “But at this point, Julia feels very betrayed [because] she knew this was going to happen and gave Zoe every opportunity to back out.”
But the Braverman clan’s most determined duo won’t be down (or out) for long. Teases Christensen’s leading man, Sam Jaeger, “Thankfully, the end of the season… is somewhat distracting for Joel and Julia, who just immediately start on a different path. They’re open to anything at this point.”
“Our story is sort of wrapped up tonight, and then [next week’s] finale just goes — boom! — into the next season for us,” Christensen adds. “It’s pretty broad and open where Joel and Julia go from here, but we’re definitely moving forward.”
As one couple coped with crushing disappointment, another celebrated long overdue bliss. After years of dancing around their soulmate status, Crosby and Jasmine (once again) decided to make it official and became engaged while on Jabbar’s school camping excursion. “The trip symbolized a crossroads for Jasmine, where she could either go down this road with Dr. Joe (D.B. Woodside) or that road with Crosby — and she decides to go with the one that is more exciting and unexpected,” Jasmine’s portrayer, Joy Bryant, tells us. “She just realizes that what [she and Crosby] have is greater than whatever happened between them in the past.”
And this time around, they’re foregoing a lengthy engagement and proceeding directly to the wedding.
“They’ve already planned a wedding once, so they just decide to get married [in the finale] and have a party,” shares Dax Shepard (Crosby). “But of course, the rest of the family wants more than that.”
Enter an exquisitely-decorated Braverman backyard and a Joel Graham-whittled alter, and — voilà! — you’ve got yourself a ceremony!
“Expect a lot of dancing at the reception,” Shepard tells us. “Our director let us pick out songs so we were comfortable dancing… For the slow dance, I picked out John Legend’s ‘Again.’ It’s a good one, but also it’s about a couple that keeps breaking up and getting back together… See what I did there? And also ‘Teenage Dream’ by Katy Perry, which was a mutual pick among the cast for our fast dance.”
Gushes Bryant, “For something that is planned in 72 hours, it goes off without a hitch. It’s beautiful and its fun… Crosby and Jasmine finally did it!”
Now, about those other significant others… Reveals Bryant, “Dr. Joe takes [the news of the engagement] very well and is really understanding — what a cool dude!” And what of Crosby’s lady friend, Lily (Courtney Ford)? “Yeah, I haven’t shot those scenes yet, but I’m not looking forward to it,” Shepard tells us with a laugh, noting that he’d read the script and her dialogue conveys a less-than-civil reaction.