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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Parenthood Season 4, Episode 9: Hateful Haight Neighbors

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Julia and Joel deal with stay-at-home parenting. - PHOTO COURTESY OF NBC.COM
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Perhaps sensing that we were all feeling sympathy nausea during Kristina's chemo story arc, Parenthood goes in a less intense direction this week in "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

Let's start with Crosby, who's obnoxiousness is now prompting legal action from others. A new neighbor of The Luncheonette's Haight location busts into the studio to complain about noise, cigarette butts, and band members using up her two parking spaces. First of all, if you live by yourself and have two parking spaces in San Francisco, I already hate you.

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The neighbor, Marlise, is a bit exaggerated as an entitled Bay Area resident (I personally think we Bay Area folk are a tad more passive-aggressive) but I loved the representation all the same. Notable traits include 1.) chastising Crosby when he mistakenly calls her "Marlene" and she responds with "It's Marlise. It's French." 2.) stating the price of her $900,000 condo and 3.) insulting the quality of Crosby's gift basket peace offering. Seriously, if you're gonna give a San Franciscan a gift basket, you better step yo' game up and do a little better than choosing Gorgonzola as your main cheese.

The cheese was an attempt to play nice with Marlise after she gets legal on Crosby for essentially ignoring her complaints. When the plan fails, Crosby tells her she's delusional for buying a place in the Haight if she wanted a pristine, silent living environment and mocks her overall bourgie-ness. He goes to Julia for legal advice and she says that Marlise's homeowner rights could potentially shut down The Luncheonette. Crosby, against all good judgment, decides to handle the situation on his own since Adam has enough on his plate. He should start curating his "I'm Sorry I Got You to Invest in a Business That I've Effectively Ruined" gift basket. See you at the Ferry Building, Crosby.

Meanwhile over at Julia and Joel's, there's some friction between the golden couple as Julia is having trouble adjusting to life as a stay-at-home mom. After dropping off Victor at school, she gets practically kidnapped by a group of squawking school moms to join their morning coffee klatch. Among their agenda items? Naming all the teachers who are infatuated with Joel. It's a bit creepy, as if they're just working themselves up to finally invite Julia and Joel to the mass key party they've been planning.

Not able to transition with grace into her new role, Julia freaks out on Joel when he accepts a high-profile contracting gig without consulting her first. Joel puts his handsome foot down and says he has never questioned Julia's career or parenting decisions because he respects her and clearly it's not mutual now that he wants to work outside of the home. Julia first tries to guilt him by saying they should both be home to devote full attention to Victor while Joel espouses this radical notion that at least one adult in the family should be earning an income. I'm convinced that Zeek made millions as a drug trafficker and is keeping his kids' pockets lined, because the Bravermans have a serious aversion to work while maintaining an affinity for really nice Bay Area homes.

Julia says she's just not cut out for staying at home and that she doesn't find it fulfilling. The kids aren't too excited either, judging by their tepid response to Julia's homemade pasta skills, which is apparently what stay-at-home moms do when they're not at the cafe talking about sexual fantasies. I bet Joel makes fantastic pasta dough. I bet he built that pasta machine himself. And of course, Julia comes around, because how could you not when desirable and reasonable Joel has his masculine five o'clock shadow in your face?

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