Season 2 Episode 22

Hard Times Come Again No More

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 19, 2011 on NBC

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  • One of the best dramas on TV

    NBC's family drama "Parenthood" ended its superb second season on Tuesday (April 19) with "Hard Times Come Again No More." The previous episode ended with teenager Amber Braverman (Mae Whitman) involved in a horrific car accident and her mother Sarah (Lauren Graham) begins the season finale with a phone call telling of the accident. The best scene of the finale is the opening scene where the highly close-knit Bravermans all gather at the hospital in hopes that they'll receive good news involving Amber's accident. This scene involves one of the finest bits of acting from the series all season long by Craig T. Nelson as Zeek, the Braverman family patriarch. Max (Max Burkholder), the young song of Adam (Peter Krause), who has Asperger's is unable to comprehend the seriousness of the situation and wants the pancakes that his father had promised him. If you watch closely enough you can see the irritation building up on Zeek's face and you just know that he'll eventually lose it and he does. It's truly a great bit of understated acting by Nelson.

    The episode quickly reveals that Amber only received minor injuries in the accident, as they didn't want to spend too much time on this with so many storylines to wrap up in the finale. Once Amber returns home, Sarah has a conversation with her about the seriousness of the accident and the events leading up to it. Amber had run away from home with an older man who had been drinking at the time of the crash. Sarah however is upset that Amber doesn't seem to get the severity of her behavior. This leads to yet another fine acting performance by Nelson in a scene where Zeek pounds the severity of what happened into his granddaughter's (Amber's) head. The main plotline of the finale is about Sarah's play, which is being produced by guest star Richard Dreyfuss. It'll be interesting to see if Sarah has a budding career as a playwright going into the third season, if there is indeed a third season (NBC has yet to pick the series up). In another ongoing plotline it appears that Jasmine (Joy Bryant) is finally willing to give her cheating fiancé Crosby (Dax Shepard) another shot after many episodes of refusing to even talk to him. Crosby has sold his boat and motorcycle to afford enough money to buy Jasmine and his son, Jabbar, a house. The biggest surprise of the season finale comes, of course, at the very end when the recently fired Adam finds a positive pregnancy test in the trash while searching for Max's lost retainer. Adam initially believes that the pregnancy is that of his daughter, Haddie (Sarah Ramos), until it is revealed that his wife, Kristina (Monica Potter) is the one pregnant. "Parenthood" might have been, in my opinion, the best drama of this television season, which means that NBC had better get its act together and pick the series up for a third season. If you haven't had the opportunity to catch "Parenthood" yet, you can watch the last five episodes of season two on free of charge.
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