So I started to feel like a total douche bag because Amber’s awkward moment with Christina at the beginning of the episode made me crack up when I probably should have cried, but then that ending! I was a mess from the second Haddie walked in with that serious look on her face. I love how they focused on everyone’s reactions instead of watching Christina explain everything for the billionth time this week. Crosby’s was my favorite for comedic purposes, because he’s clearly staring at her face, then her boobs, then back to her face. I do still think that Adam should have told him at the office or even at the ball game. Am I the only one who watched with clenched fists and gritted teeth during those scenes? I also wanted to see more of a breakdown when Haddie called Adam on the phone. It was great that he held back his tears while they talked, but when they hang up he just sighs and looks like he’s about to fall asleep. Come on!
Though Christina earned my tears in the final scene, my heart goes out to Julia this week. Women and girls today are, as they should be, taught to pursue an education and career, but I’m glad that this show tells us that it’s okay to make your family your first priority too. That doesn’t mean that girls should just drop out of school and wait around for someone to impregnate them, nor does putting your family first mean that you absolutely can’t work outside the home. Everyone’s situation is different, but I was touched to see Julia walk into her meeting prepared to beg for her job, only to end up quitting when they ask her to prioritize work over her kids. And the fact that it came after she missed Victor’s big moment at the ball game makes it so much more meaningful.
However, I have to call the show out on their crap about this baseball game. First of all, it’s a kids’ league, and I’m pretty sure everyone always gets to bat no matter what. Then the matter of the game being ‘too close’ is ridiculous, because again, it’s a kids’ league and the very first game. And how close can it actually be when the other team is a bunch of bozos who can’t handle the ball to save their life? We also already knew that Victor was going to at least hit the ball because the photos of everyone cheering have been online since last week. Not to mention the fact that they lined up all the Victor drama just a bit too neatly with the Julia episodes, then the Joel episode, and now the Sidney episode.
I feel like they’re hinting towards Amber doing something more with her life. First she has the talk with Max about what it means to be an adult, then Adam asks her to usher the rest of the kids to play games while he and Christina break the news to the rest of the adults. I’m completely stoked that she and Ryan seem to be clicking (definitely called that last week!), so maybe she’ll finally have a serious relationship and maybe even settle down. I’m still waiting for him to actually exhibit some sort of emotional distress instead of everyone just talking about how he didn’t show up for his interview because he didn’t want to work that job anyway, etc. but maybe that’s coming too.
Then there’s Sarah, Mark and Hank. I just want to shake her and scream, GIRL, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? That actually makes the situation she’s in perfect because fans are supposed to have deep feelings about it one way or another. Mark is great, but I’m on Team Hank because he just seems to need Sarah so much more. They have this amazing Beauty and the Beast thing going on, and he finally mustered the courage to tell her how he truly feels. OK, so she practically had to yank that speech out of him, but I just melted. Even though they’re talking about moving in together despite what they previously discussed (why is it such a big deal when Drew already lives in the main house?), I definitely think they’ll break up. Though I predicted this love triangle after the premiere, I failed to comment on how Zeke and Camille’s hesitation to include Mark in the family photo foreshadows the end of their relationship.
What did you think of last night’s episode?