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'Parenthood' recap: A whole new person

Season 5 | Ep. 20 | “Cold Feet” | Aired Apr 3, 2014

What is the appropriate amount of time to wait to hop into the sack with a new person after your husband tells you he doesn’t think he sees the two of you getting back together? According to Julia Graham on the April 3 episode of Parenthood, it’s less than a week, a few brief meetings and one celebratory drink. But before we get to Julia’s metamorphosis and shocking end-of-episode rash decision, let’s rewind to the scene that set her rebirth in motion.

Kristina taps into Julia’s professional expertise (remember when she used to be a cutthroat lawyer?) and asks her to look over the application packet she and Adam have put together for their proposed charter school. Julia responds with such interest and enthusiasm that I have to Google her character’s photo to make sure it’s the same person. Seriously, it might be the first time I’ve seen life in her eyes and a smile on her lips since September — of 2012. Energized with a task that doesn’t have to do with pulling weeds in her kids’ schoolyard, she asks Ed if he’ll help make sure the spreadsheets in the proposal are accurate. He readily agrees (because we all know he’s been crushing on her for months) and manages to slip in a dinner-date request. Flying high on adrenaline fueled by newfound purpose, she accepts … and runs straight to her new BFF, Kristina (truly, I cannot remember having seen these two have this much dialogue — ever).  Julia asks Kristina if she could be with someone sexually if Adam weren’t around.

Kristina: Is he dead?
Julia: No, not necessarily.
Kristina: Gay?
Julia: Sure.
Kristina, smiling: OK!

When Kristina finds out it’s Ed that Julia is wondering about, she warns her to be careful and not do something she’ll regret (she is still married, after all) —  then immediately smiles like a true BFF and giggles, “ED!”

After a decadent homemade dessert (Ed’s been brushing up on his Top Chef skills while unemployed, it seems), Ed tells her that she has been the best thing about his “crappy year.” Despite Julia removing her wedding ring prior to coming over (seems she ignored Kristina’s advice and was perhaps anticipating a different kind of dessert), she freezes up at his admission and immediately walks away, leaving poor Ed sitting alone with his half-eaten dessert — which he’ll apparently be finishing alone.

Things begin to get interesting when Adam and Kristina introduce Julia to Mr. Knight, whose first name is actually Evan, but whom I will always refer to as “Mr. Knight” (because he’s a teacher and everyone knows teachers do not have first names … and live in the school). Julia has set a meeting with the school board and impresses Mr. Knight with her confidence and decisiveness. When she visits him at his house to discuss his involvement with the new school (and to encourage him to embrace the role of headmaster), it’s obvious he’s enamored with her. Hell, I’m enamored with her, especially after she takes charge at the school board meeting and assuredly outlines the proposal for Adam and Kristina’s charter school. I like this new and improved Julia. It’s like she’s a whole new person.

Meanwhile, Hank is still mooning over Sarah and turning to Dr. Pelikan to help him sort out his feelings. Dr. Pelikan (or Mr. Rogers) points out that Sarah broke up with her fiancée for Hank, and he responded by moving to Minnesota. He suggests reaching out to Sarah and apologizing, which Hank does in his typical Hank-ish way: “Let me ask you something: I don’t owe you an apology, do I?” After Sarah basically tells him that YES, HE KIND OF DOES, Hank tries again and gives her the most backward apology in the history of apologies: “I’m sorry I had to go to Minnesota to be with my daughter who I was afraid of losing. So there.” (Cue me, shaking my head and muttering, “Hank … Hank … Hank,” immediately followed with, “Paging Dr. Carl. Dr. Carl?”)

Later, Dr. Pelikan helps Hank understand that Sarah is mad at him because of him, not because of his Asperger’s. Hank returns to Sarah and admits to messing up. He gives her a (decent) apology and a speech about not wanting to push her away that is so out of character for him, I find myself reaching for a tissue sponsored by Hank for the very first time. Well done, Hank. It’s like you’re a whole new person.

Time is up for the fate of the Braverman family home, and we find Zeek and Camille signing it away and beginning to pack their up their lives in boxes. Camille is having a (surprisingly) hard time with the finalized decision. She tells Zeek that she realizes she was so wrapped up in convincing him and being heard that maybe she didn’t listen enough. Ya think? She’s worried they won’t find a new house; Zeek reassures her that they will and promises that everything will be all right. I’m left shaking my head and trying to figure out who is who in this scene. I mean, it’s like they’re whole new people.

The next day, Zeek takes Camille to an adorable and colorful row house with an interior that looks an awful lot like a miniature version of the house they just sold, except with a cramped back yard and a distant view of Coit Tower. Camille is thrilled. Zeek tells her he can give it a coat of paint. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the point of them selling the house was to move to a high-rise condo with no maintenance, where they could just focus on travel and other things that I honestly have been confused about for the past six months. This doesn’t seem like a good trade to me, but since no one asked, I’ll just keep my mouth shut.

But back to Julia and her rash decision. When the school board approves Adam and Kristina’s charter school application, she and Mr. Knight toast in celebration, then are instantly seen ripping each other’s clothes off outside a bedroom (Mr. Knight’s?). Julia pauses for a brief — very brief — moment before forgetting Joel and Ed and all the misery and pain of the past year, and chooses to embrace this new person — literally.

What do you think of Julia’s decision? Will she regret it? Let me know in the comments below!

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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