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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Parenthood Season 4, Episode 10: Who Peed in Your Alleyway?

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Mark and Hank share the most awkward elevator ride ever. - PHOTO COURTESY OF NBC.COM.
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The Haight neighbor strife continues this week in "Trouble in Candyland," when Marlise interrupts a recording session with Glen Hansard (of Once and The Swell Season fame) by getting his Camry towed as it's parked in one of her numerous spots. First, how great is it that Glen Hansard drives a Camry? Such a responsible purchase.

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Parenthood Season 4, Episode 9: Hateful Haight Neighbors

Parenthood Season 4, Episode 8: Bad Seeds and Killer Weed

Crosby finally has to tell Adam about Marlise's threat to shut down The Luncheonette and Adam arranges a meeting with her where he will do all the talking, inferring that Crosby's clashes with her have only exacerbated the tension. Crosby takes offense -- even though he referred to Marlise as "horse-faced" a few minutes earlier -- and begrudgingly cedes all communication responsibilities to Adam. It turns out that they have to present their case at a city council meeting the following night and things aren't looking good as Marlise has rallied some of their neighbors for her cause and has also produced a surveillance photo of Crosby urinating in their shared alleyway. Adam chastises Crosby for whipping it out and both he and Amber affirm that peeing outside is not a normative practice. Crosby tries to compare his actions to peeing out in nature at Yosemite, but surprisingly, it's not very convincing. May I remind everyone, that this man is married to a ballerina? A really hot one? Also, the meeting with Adam, Crosby, and Marlise is a disaster when Marlise thinks they are trying to use Kristina's breast cancer (Marlise is also a survivor) as a manipulation tool.

At the city council meeting, Marlise puts her best stink-face forward and talks of the noise, drugs, and law-breaking that The Luncheonette brings to the Haight. Relax, Marlise. You have a Whole Foods, shouldn't that be enough? Crosby, though late to the meeting, makes it just in time to give a sentimental speech about respecting the artistic legacy of the Haight and even brings in some of their neighbors to speak on their behalf, including a cute elderly dry cleaner owner who talks about what great residents the Bravermans are. Note: It's sad that I yelled "Hey!" upon seeing an Asian person on this show and that it was an old man with 10 seconds of screen time, but I'll have to take what I can get. Meanwhile, Marlise looks like someone has just peed directly on her in an alleyway. Judging by the Glen Hansard recording montage that follows, we can safely assume that The Luncheonette is here to stay.

When Amber's not helping save the studio, she's out crusading for Ryan's employment and her first stop is at Dreamy Uncle Joel's house. As Joel is getting ready to depart for his new job overseeing a major construction project, Amber arrives to butter him up with some coffee. Joel finds this weird and says so aloud. He is totally on to all forms of Braverman coercion. Amber finally gets to it and asks if he can give Ryan a job. Joel says no at first, as he is already fully staffed, but sweetly caves and says Ryan can show up the next day.

Ryan expresses some nervousness about being skilled enough for the job while he and Amber share a carton of Chinese food in bed. Amber assures him he'll be fine and that the other workers will love him almost as much as she does. I assume this is the first verbal expressions of love between them and it's kick-you-in-the-face adorable. Ryan's face breaks out into this goofy wide smile but then he ruins it by kissing Amber's forehead in between bites of food. Perhaps, I'm just projecting my own neuroses about interpersonal exchange of food remnants.

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