Parenthood Finale Recap: Change is Good

parenthood-season-5-finaleIf there’s one thing we’ve learned this season on Parenthood, it’s just how much the Bravermans hate change. But as Thursday’s season finale proved, not all change has to be bad.

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TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT | Welcome home, Haddie! Adam and Kristina’s eldest returns home from school, with her “super-awesome best friend” Lauren in tow (who we can all agree looks like Michelle Williams in her Dawson’s Creek days, right?). As Max discovers when he unceremoniously walks in on them kissing, the two aren’t just friends, but they’re dating. Haddie doesn’t want to tell her parents the news, but after Max questions his mom about what it means when two girls kiss, Haddie really doesn’t have a choice. She admits to Mom and Dad that she’s in a relationship, and — as if we should expect anything less — Kristina and Adam are totally cool and supportive. (Side note: Major kudos to Sarah Ramos, who seemed so conflicted throughout the episode, I felt like I was keeping a secret from my family.)

COLD SHOULDER | Back at the hospital, Amber and Ryan get a visit from Ryan’s estranged mother (played by Pretty Little Liars’ Annabeth Gish), who greets him oh-so-warmly: “Well, you’re a damn mess.” Ah, I can really feel the bond between these two. The dynamic isn’t any better between her and Amber, especially when she learns that Amber and Ryan didn’t exactly “just date” a little bit before he was injured. And with that in mind, Mrs. York delivers a bit of bad news: Ryan’s been discharged from the army, and he’ll be returning to Wyoming with her after he gets released from the hospital. Amber confronts Ryan about the discharge, and asks him how exactly he got all banged up. The answer? Drunk driving and using his phone while driving. (Ryan, I am so not happy with you right now.) But Ryan takes this opportunity to be extra-honest with Amber, telling her he still thinks about her every day. If you didn’t reach for the Kleenex at least once as the two kissed (and did a little somethin’ somethin’ on Ryan’s hospital bed), I hereby declare you need to check for a pulse. But that’s not all: Before episode’s end, Amber grabs a pregnancy test at the drugstore.

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HE LOVES ME NOT | As Drew and Natalie say their goodbyes for the summer, she tells him she loves him. And Drew, well… just stands there. Oops. The teenage Braverman remains moody for the rest of the episode, but it’s nothing Zeke can’t solve. After convincing Drew to help him move furniture out of the house, Zeke hands over the keys to the ol’ Pontiac. Yep, now Drew can visit his girlfriend in Portland, and he wastes no time in doing so — and finally tells her he loves her, too.

TOMATO, TOMAHTO | Hank’s season-long character development isn’t all for naught: After he remains a supportive and concerned — dare I say it? — father figure to Amber, Sarah agrees it’s time to finally discuss where she and Hank stand. The bottom line? Despite Hank’s Asperger’s, she needs open communication in a relationship, which Hank recognizes is not easy for him. Still, Hank’s progress throughout the last few months seems to be enough for Sarah, and at the end of the hour, she walks into his studio and greets him with a long-awaited kiss. (My favorite quote of the episode? Hank’s stunned “Really?” after Sarah planted one on him. So cute!)

READING BETWEEN THE LINES | Here’s something to put in the “win” column for Victor: Not only did his entry to the school essay contest win first place, but he gets to read the piece aloud to the entire school. Proud parents Joel and Julia can’t help beaming as they watch Victor recite his essay, and for the first time in a long time, the happy family celebrates together with some frozen yogurt. Later, after Sydney begs Joel not to return to his apartment, he and Julia tuck their daughter in, sharing with her the story of when she was born. And if you audibly squealed when Joel grabbed Julia’s hand, you were not the only one.

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HOME SWEET HOME | Throughout the episode, Crosby and Adam reluctantly help their parents pack up their childhood home, reminiscing about some of their best memories from yesteryear. Bobsledding down mattresses on the staircase? Check. Learning that Crosby didn’t actually make that awesome birdhouse in art class? Check. And although the Bravermans are sad to say goodbye to their beloved home, the entire gang reunites for one last family dinner in the backyard. And all of us watching at home cry, “This show must be renewed!”

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the Parenthood finale? Grade the season ender via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice!


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  1. Tricia says:

    I really like Parenthood! It is my favorite! If you could just PLEASE leave out the homosexual acts! So uncalled for!!! It will ruin it!!!!!!!!!!!! I will no longer be a fan!!!!!!!!

  2. Linda Downs says:

    Love, love, love this show. Only wish its season was longer. Give us more episodes please!

  3. N. Glo says:

    Love Joel and Julia and family seeming like they are reuniting. Would love to see Julia really apologize. She was lost when she lost her job and got selfish…Max is a great asset to the show…

    Love it that Zeke got it, Camille and marriage is a partnership and she gets to vote!!!. Love always Crosby, Jasmine and Jabber ! And Jasmine’s mom..Let’s see more of Renee and have the family WARM up to her more..she is great!! Love Haddie is with a woman..She finally looks real in the show…Glad they are favoring gays in their show and will let Haddie come to LIFE!

    Amber and Ryan are great…

    And writers if the show…is to really have impact. I believe Sarah is a total co-dependent as you show her…really a troubled chick..keeps running away from love and not believing in herself…

    Mark was good for her. And she could have gone to Africa for week and been even more inspired on her own project…she likely could have both worlds like WOMEN of today…she was more than an appendage to Carl…she was in love with Mark, Carl is a possibly good guy, ready to get real in a realtionship and be a partner…..and then Sarah does (why Writers, Producer!!!!). this maddening UNTREATED codependent thing and goes toward Hank????!!!!!!Hank..she is once again in caregiver role…she needs help to be with someone that lifts HER up…and to join Alanon!!!!

    Ray Ramano is such a lousy actor and does injustice to MAX in every way…wish he was off the show.. For good!!!!

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  5. Rebecca cook says:

    I WILL NOT watch this show that I LOVED because of Hattie’s lesbian relationship!! Take it out or I’m done.

  6. marierose says:

    I want more I wanna see what happens with amber and the baby, I wanna what happens to zeek, do they really loose the lunchnette, I think max should be home school he has proven once to any time with his tantrums he really can’t be around other children not even with challenges, I want more I felt like Julie am in limo I been watching them since day 1 and now they end lime this am hurt .

  7. Susan Owens says:

    Best show on television very good sad happy awesome show im sad it finishing

  8. satireknight says:

    Because bisexuals don’t exist in TVland. Idiots.