“Missing” provided for one of those mid-season finales that will be in the front of your mind until the show’s return. “Missing” not only details Max’s adventure this week but also the missing part of hearts everywhere. Kristina and Adam had a marriage to mend while Zoe came to the realization that she missed out on an extraordinary opportunity because she and her ex misunderstood the meaning of love. There was so much to digest this week and it all came at a steady pace which is not easy to do for an ensemble show… but the writers have been conquering that battle each week for three seasons now. Fantastic episode. Let’s talk about it.
So Amber is now working for Kristina at her new job and while she admittedly doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to working with her family, it’s all in the timing. It is indeed about that time when Amber takes on such a terrifying but challenging and rewarding job. Plus, Kristina is a no nonsens type of gal, so Amber couldn’t be in better hands. Watching Amber grow into a woman has been a joy and this is only the beginning.
Joy comes and goes more often in Kristina’s home. We are initially met with the same Kristina from last week, her giving Adam the cold shoulder regarding the “Rachel” situation. Ironically…or not, she didn’t make another move until Rachel called her to apologize… and she almost lost her son because of her grudge. More on that in a bit. Crosby’s advice to Rachel about not quitting at first seemed ludicrous. But the more he spoke, the more viewers were able to see the mirror created here. Crosby is no stranger to making mistakes and can empathize the most with Rachel out of all of the Bravermans, so it makes sense the advice he gave… In the end, he was right. Rachel’s apology was just the beginning of Kristina’s healing. She has a lot of bruises. Some hurt more than others and are easier to get rid of but there’s no way Rachel would leave a scar on her. Moving past certain situations hurts sometimes but it’s worth rising above and Kristina has a loving husband that wants nothing more than to see his marriage and family flourish. It only took a friendly assistant and disobedient, impatient, oh and autistic child’s actions to see that.
With Kristina busy at her new job and Adam hard at work at the studio, Haddie was left to take Max to the zoo. Defying her mother’s instructions, Haddie attempted to stay home and study instead and things did not pan out well. Haddie might be tired of caring after her autistic brother all she wants but she needs to be tired while caring after him and obeying her parents’ orders. Nice touch showing Adam having technical difficulties in the car on his search for a missing Max. In the end, Adam (and Kristina) took the guilt off Haddie’s shoulders and consoled her after her rage of anger. Siblings have their breaking points for each other but Haddie has been holding hers in for quite some time, so it was only healthy and very satisfying to see her finally let some of that hurt out.
It seems everyone was hurt in one way or another and had to find a way to move on in this episode. It was really about finding that void, accepting what can fill that void, and moving on. Whether you were rooting for these two or not, it seems that Crosby and Jasmine are officially not getting back together. Crosby has finally let Jasmine go. Knowing what it took for Crosby to get to this point, it’s a very proud moment for the viewers. Whatever the writers have in store for Crosby, he’s driven through this storm, he can drive through any others coming his way. He deserves better and Jasmine deserves better and they’ll both get their better… but what is that better for Crosby? Hopefully we will get to see that at least come into fruition in the second half of the season. Finally, there’s Julia. Watching Julia and Joel move on from Zoe was bittersweet. This is the right path for them to take but it still hurts. But the grace that Julia bestowed upon Zoe after her disagreement with her boyfriend was so special. Zoe needed grace even before she met Julia but this moment in particular, it was hard hitting. Let the tears run if you need to in your second, third, fourth viewing of this episode. It’s just that powerful. And what a wonderful moment in time to leave Julia for the mid-season finale. Talk about a cliffhanger. What’s next for Julia?
There was no focus on Drew or Sydney this week and Sarah took a bit of a back seat as well in this episode. What’s incredible about this is that no matter how little of a focus there is on Sarah, she always brings the brightest light to an episode. Whether a sweet light or an angry light, it’s always the brightest. And this was a sweet light. The hinting of a very full future between Sarah and Mark better not be a tease. What do you think? And with that… the season three mid-season finale of Parenthood was magnificent. A+.
Favorite Moment: Zeek’s commercial debut brought the house down! But the moment between Sarah and Mark as Mark brought up
Favorite Quote: “I could totally see myself having a baby with you.” – Mark
Parenthood returns with all new episodes on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 10/9c on NBC.