Parenthood Recap: Marital Mess, Election Upswing, Agonizing Apologies and Puppy Love

ParenthoodRecapThis week’s Parenthood finds Sarah and Amber battling it out over the ball-and-chain of it all, while Joel and Julia drift further apart and Kristina’s campaign takes a turn for the better.

Here, we break down the seven key takeaways from the NBC weepfest’s latest installment:

Bob Little knows how to Blur Lines, as is demonstrated his dated choice of campaign music. He also knows how to steamroll over a timid Kristina during a mayoral debate. Thankfully, a nice lady has a question about her special needs child — something Kristina understands all too well. As such, she gives the concerned citizen loads of support (and her personal phone number!) — and yes, tears are most definitely shed.

You, too, can go “vagina” shopping. Because in Crosby’s world, a “vagina” is actually a minivan aka a car that he — a new dad in need of roomier wheels — wants nothing to do with. (Spoiler Alert: He gets a minivan.)

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Drew is wise beyond his years. After Amber reveals to her baby bro/best friend that she and Ryan are going to elope — sans Sarah — he attempts to pull the plug on the whole shebang. She, of course, doesn’t take his unsolicited advice very well. But hey, props to him for attempting to derail a quickie wedding.

Zeke, meanwhile, is dense beyond his years. It’s one step forward, two steps back for Zeke and Camille when he finally agrees to go condo shopping with his eager-to-venture-out wife. Unfortunately, it was all just a meager attempt to appease her desire to explore. The result? Camille announces that her art class is taking a month-long trip to Italy, and she’s tagging along. Alone.

Joel and Julia are out of sync in a major way. Last week, the former was the wrongdoer, siding with Pete over his wife. This week, Julia is the stray kitten, opting to hang with her new crush Ed instead of helping with Kristina’s campaign — and then neglecting to tell Joel about it.

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Ain’t no apology like a Braverman apology. Sarah once again alienates Amber when the topic of her impending nuptials comes up. Thankfully, Sarah comes to her senses after her own mother delivers a healthy dose of advice, which results in an “I’m sorry” of epic proportions. “I’m so sorry,” she cries to Amber. “I trust you. And I believe in you.”

Adam and Kristina have a sweet little pup, remember? This is really just a friendly reminder. The tailwagger somehow manages to steal the spotlight in a jam-packed scene featuring Kristina, Max and Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s Heather all shouting over each other about the election.

What were your favorite moments from Thursday’s Parenthood?