The latest "Parenthood" episode, "There's Something I Need to Tell You," was not about action and sharp wit, but rather a show of realistic beauty. It was all about the performances, and the everyday challenges and moments of life.
A few of the series' storylines revolved around work issues for the Braverman clan. Crosby had a mini showdown with Adam over his salary at the Luncheonette, and why he wasn't earning a bigger slice of the recording studio's pie; Julia made a huge multi-million dollar mistake at the office, missed her daughter's dance recital, had a melt down at home, "I can't do it, it's too much," and ended up quitting the job that was grooming her for the role of partner.
Meanwhile, Hank and Sarah made goo-goo eyes in the photography dark room, which lead to a sweet smooch, as Ms. Braverman tried to pretend she didn't like it while Mr. Grumpy Boss claimed it was no big deal. "You're funny, you're pretty, you're nice, I like talking to you. And I know you got somebody, so let's just leave it at that," said Hank, while the viewers say, "I saw this one coming for weeks."
Kristina faced the heartbreaking task of telling the family that she has breast cancer, while Adam had to remain the strong, loving, supportive husband.
Both actors, Monica Potter (Kristina) and Peter Krause (Adam) are doing a beautiful job at bringing honesty and realistic portrayals to their roles, particularly since the cancer storyline was introduced. No overacting, just powerful emotions conveyed primarily through facial expressions, which is very effective.
There was one scene where Adam had a phone conversation with daughter Haddie about her mom's illness. As he described the situation, the words he spoke, along with the pain in his eyes and tears streaming down his face, was deeply moving. "It's scary, but I'm okay," Adam told Haddie.
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Zeek and Afghanistan War veteran Ryan had a couple good scenes together, which included a confrontation of why Ryan was a no-show for a job interview and how he wants Zeek to back off, but the two worked it out as the handsome young Vet joined the Bravermans for a gathering at Victor's baseball game. This was also the set-up for another romance for Amber, as she and Ryan batted their pretty eyes at one another at the sporting event.
During the final moments, Sarah made a sudden announcement to sweetie Mark that she wanted to move in together, which of course had absolutely nothing to do with the sexy kiss in the dark room, while Kristina finally tells the family her sad news.
As the camera pans across the crowded restaurant where the Bravermans gathered to eat after Victor's game, Haddie makes a surprise visit. The faces showed looks of concern, and Kristina stood up, telling everyone she loves them and that she has something to say. Then the rest of the scene was done in silence with only reaction shots. It was artistically lovely and emotional.
This has been an excellent season so far on "Parenthood," and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out from here.