Even with Kristina shaving her head, Parenthood's return episode was a relatively balanced and even mostly comedic effort where Julia was the only one in a hopeless position by the end.
I think the most interesting thing about this week's episode is not so much that the Dark Archer is way better and stronger than Oliver, nor that Merlyn is taking care of business in a way that Oliver refuses to,…
All told, the Christmas offering of Parenthood was everything you'd expect it to be: sentimental, emotional, and, in the end, warm and fuzzy.
Did "Dwight Christmas" aspire to the heights of Christmas chicanery displayed in "Benihana Christmas," or was it uneven like the rest of this Farewell Season has been? We're leaning toward the "impish" camp.
"Trouble in Candyland" was as entertaining an episode as we've had all season, filled with instances of drama and comedy that could've made for a fall finale if we weren't looking down the barrel of a Planet Cancer climax in less than a week.
"The Target" was a delightfully Andy-free episode that was all about failure and feeling like the target of some vengeful enterprise. And it was great!
Overall, you can see how this would be Parenthood's version of a filler episode: Characters interacted, but no one actually changed anything and the episode basically reset at the end. Ah, but next week. Next week, things blow up in people's faces.
"The Whale" gave us a dose of the past, with a lot of stories setting the table for more important stories. A better episode. Not perfect, but better.
"The Boat" felt like a step backward, despite setting up some important stories for the rest of the season (Erin and Pete, anyone?).
The Office's final Halloween episode wasn't terrible, thanks to some choice lines from some of our associates, and Pam finally baring some passive-aggressive teeth at Jim over the road he's taking the couple down. But it was dull overall.
"This Is a Dark Ride" was a good mixture of PLL's patented ham-fisted exposition with precious high-level information and opportunities for Hanna to drop some one-liners. Which is all I can ask for in an episode.
This was a good episode, a sweet and sad one to leave us grieving for the next few weeks until we see how the Bravermans are going to handle everything.