home, but he doesn’t want your help or fussing. Just turn on the John Wayne
marathon, please, and step away from the television. Oh, and bring him a glass
of iced tea while you’re up, because
he’s not moving off the couch anytime soon. The doctors said he needed to build
up his strength, which means going for slow, short walks and not being
sedentary. But Zeek’s not trying to hear it.
Braverman siblings (plus Crosby’s wife Jasmine and her kids) took turns
stopping by to visit Zeek and encourage him to get out and get some fresh air.
No go. Zeek wasn’t budging. However, he did share a sweet, sweet moment with
Julia. After she failed to convince him to turn his back on The Duke and go for
a walk, Julia confessed to her dad that she fears she’s screwing up her kids.
She didn’t fill him in on the details about her and Joel’s rocking state or
that she’s specifically worried about their daughter Sidney (the one who
continues to be The Worst). She didn’t really need to go into all of that for
Zeek to drop some science her.
screw kids up. That’s just the nature of it. So don’t think you’re so special.”
Zeek told her, wryly, but then turned it into heart-melt by reminding her that
she’s always been loving and compassionate, “since you were a little girl,” and
that she’s good mom, who will be OK. They both had tears brimming. I was good …
until Zeek asked Julia for a favor: “Could you just rest your head here on my
shoulder?” Rrrats! I was doing well with the dry eyes.
winced in pain when she did it, though. Big flag telling us that Zeek’s
stationary style of rehab was not working well.
is rightfully worried about her husband. She goes over to Adam’s and tearfully
tells him she’s afraid that Zeek’s giving up. Kristina sees this emotional
moment from their kitchen. So you know she’s going over to visit Zeek next.
Because this is how network TV dramas work.
started to roll my eyes a bit when Kristina showed up at Zeek’s (the next day?)
and started with this: “Man, you look like crap.” But that all turned around the
minute the two started talking. She used her experience with cancer to pierce Zeek’s
tough shell, and it worked. Her honesty pushed past his stubbornness and
barely-veiled fears. “You have to try,” she said, “ because you have a lot of
people counting on you.”
response: “Get me up.”
did just that, and they ended up going for a short walk outside. That scene
basically flattened anyone’s hopes of being crowned Queen No-Tissues. It’s a
losing game, friends.
Photograph by NBC
for the other Bravermans:
and Joel are trying to find a way to help the kids (and by kids, I mean that
ever-whining Sydney a.k.a. The Worst) process that’s happening with their parents.
Julia is ready to draw up divorce papers, but Joel is still hanging on for
reconciliation. Sidebar: How unhelpful and awful were those other parents when
J and J took Sydney over to apologize to their daughter?)
likes the new girl, Dylan, at Chambers Academy. But Dylan has some of her own
behavioral challenges that are making Headmistress/Mama Bear Kristina very
uneasy. Dylan dubs Max “Asperger’s” and calls the school “a potpourri of
freaks.” Not nice, for sure. But is it wrong that the line made me chuckle and
think, “Hmm. That girl might just be a
whole Hank-Sandy-Sarah storyline around Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad
Daughter Ruby got resolved from people doing what they don’t usually do on
network dramas: communicate. It all tied up so nicely, I wonder if it was too
easy, and maybe not really over.
Teardrop Counter: On
a scale of 1 (dry eyes) to 10 (ugly cry), I’m giving this episode 5 teardrops.
It’s touching to see a hardened man like Zeek connect with his real fears and
vulnerabilities. What did you think of the episode? Have we gotten over the
hump with Zeek? Is he out of the woods yet?
Join me every Friday for the recap of
the farewell season of “Parenthood.”