“Look, if it’s not good, you can blame me,” Adam reassures Sarah when she’s hesitant to move back home. And she takes full advantage of that in the years to come.
Maybe Amber doesn’t have her love life figured out just yet, but she’s come a long way from the oh-so-mysterious Damian. (Who never did put on a shirt, might we add.)
I don’t think any of us have ever truly appreciated how adorable Max was as a child. So. Cute.
Two things of note here: (1) Crosby’s atrocious hair, and (2) his short-lived relationship with Katie, who was refrigerating sperm in an attempt to get pregnant. (But Crosby “wasn’t mature enough” to have a kid, according to her. Interesting foreshadowing, hmm?)
Ah, the good ol’ days for Joel and Julia (and Sydney, who was truly the center of attention at all times).
Long before they managed The Luncheonette together, Adam and Crosby co-coached Max’s baseball team. Well, Adam coached. Crosby just showed up late to the games.
The first of many bonding moments between Zeek and Drew. Which is good, because Drew’s current handshake game is weak.
Speaking of Drew, he’s got the cutest little baby face. (And a questionable haircut, but it gets worse before it gets better.)
Amber, put those away! You’re about to have a baby in five years!
And cigarettes weren’t the only thing Amber lit up back in the day: She and Haddie — yes, Haddie! — got busted for smoking marijuana.
Zeek and Camille’s marital issues seem like a lifetime away now, but the pilot episode alluded to them when Sarah found — ick — a box of condoms in her dad’s desk drawer.
Hey, remember when Sarah went on a date with Mike O’Malley Jim Kazinsky…
… and cried when he gave her the ring she used to wear…
… then slept with him…
… then was caught half-naked by Drew? Good times! (Though this is still better than the time Drew literally saw his mom doing the deed with Mr. Cyr a few seasons later. Horrifying.)
Heartbreak alert: After Max lashes out at a classmate, Kristina is forced to drop the “A” word for the first time.
“Dad, there’s something wrong with my son,” Adam confesses to Zeek after learning of Max’s potential Asperger’s. “And I’m going to need you to help me.” ‘Scuse us while we get this pesky dust out of our eyes.
It just seems wrong to have anyone but John Corbett playing Seth, right? Alas, Darin Heames (Sons of Anarchy) filled the role before being recast.
“For what it’s worth, you have me,” Sarah tells Drew after he flees to his dad’s place. “I’m not going anywhere. And I’m really sorry, but that’s going to have to be enough.” It is, Sarah! It is!
Fun fact: Joy Bryant hasn’t actually aged in all the years she’s played Jasmine Trussell. (Or at least, we wouldn’t be surprised if that were true. Just look at her!)
Whether he’s mature enough or not, Crosby does get a son. And Jabbar was just as adorable back then as he is now.
Speaking of adorable: Seriously, Young Max is so precious.
And that’s the face of a proud papa after Max gets a hit in his baseball game. With that, our weekly tradition of sobbing uncontrollably began.
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