Season 3 Episode 1

I Don't Want to Do This Without You

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Sep 13, 2011 on NBC
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Sarah celebrates her 40th birthday and leans on Mr.Cyr for emotional support, while Amber strives for independence. Adam is now unemployed and struggles with the stress of providing for his pregnant wife and family and ponders a new business with Crosby. Meanwhile Julia gets frustrated with the adoption process and dreams up a bizarre scenario. Haddie's boyfriend Alex reveals hidden information to Julia.


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  • Not Parenthood's Best, But Certainly Not Bad

    NBC's family drama "Parenthood" is one of the few naturalistic or realistic shows on television now that "Friday Night Lights" has come to an end and "Men of a Certain Age" has been canceled.

    Season three premiered on Tuesday night (Sept. 13) and picked up a few months after season two left off. Kristina (Monica Potter) who we found out was pregnant in the season two finale is now very obviously so and her husband Adam Braverman (Peter Krause), who lost his job in the season two finale, is still jobless and struggling to come to terms with that.

    Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham) is preparing for her 40th birthday, but upset by the fact that her daughter, Amber (Mae Whitman), wants to move out, especially when she gets a look at the grungy-looking apartment Amber wants to move into. She is also forced to confront feelings for one of Amber's former teachers (Jason Ritter), who she's previously had feelings for.

    Crosby Braverman (Dax Shepard) is still coming to terms with living without Jasmine (Joy Bryant) after he cheated on her last season while they were engaged. Crosby is also trying to talk older brother, Adam, into buying and renovating an old, rundown music studio where the likes of Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin once recorded in its heyday.

    The weakest storyline between the four Braverman siblings was that of Julia (Erika Christensen) and her husband, Joel (Sam Jaeger), as it almost always is. The two still want another child, but are forced to go the route of adoption.

    Other than the storyline revolving the siblings the show also gave us a glimpse into the ongoing relationship between Adam's daughter, Haddie (Sarah Ramos), and her boyfriend Alex (Michael B. Jordan). Alex, who is a recovering alcoholic, doesn't want to tempt himself by going to a high school party with Haddie, but tells her he'll pick her up. When he does, he finds Haddie loaded and gets into a scuffle with a male partygoer who hassles him about taking her home. Alex is arrested for assault and we later find out that this isn't his first offense. Jordan is certainly a talented young actor who I hope the show decides to keep around for as long as possible.

    Overall, the first episode of season three wasn't one of the better "Parenthood" episodes. I felt like there was maybe a little too much going on. With a large cast this is bound to happen from time to time and thankfully it isn't something that "Parenthood" experiences too often. It's a gem of a show that unfortunately doesn't have huge ratings. Seems many of today's best shows and most realistic shows never seem to be seen by many. It's a shame. If you're not currently watching "Parenthood" it's high time you scheduled it for your Tuesday evenings.

  • The Bravermans are back in the same emotional yet compelling matter to which we are accustomed.

    Moving on from the fact that the adult Bravermans don't have friends, Sarah's birthday party was just a nice excuse to get the clan back together. As forced and awkward as the moments might feel, it's a lot more satisfying seeing this family making a fool of themselves and having fun than seeing your own do the same.That's exactly where the power of the show comes from. It's infinitely relatable yet that much more soapy than you ever wish you family to be. In the season premiere Adam pushes the boundaries of nuance as he still hasn't found a job and actually has trouble with Julia being the provider of the family. Amber is actually growing up and moving out in one of the easiest moves in television history. Haddie and Alex are still going strong, perhaps a little too strong as Alex soon finds himself in trouble for bashing someone's head. Yes, drama has come all around once more in the Braverman clan, just as we expect it to. The problem for me is that the Bravermans complain more about what happens to them than TV critics do about bad episodes, which is just unacceptable.I'm not too confident that I'll continue the show through it's third season (and considering the ratings, I'm not alone) but the premiere was a solid one. Every character played its part and got a moment to be honest and true. The show hasn't lost its touch with reality nor its sense for over-the-top drama and chaotic conversations. The sense of realism is both the greatest and worst aspect of the show and this episode delivers perfectly in that respect. A treat for the fans, but I don't know how big of a fan I actually am.moreless
Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Sarah Braverman

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Amber Holt

Dax Shepard

Dax Shepard

Crosby Braverman

Peter Krause

Peter Krause

Adam Braverman

Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen

Julia Braverman-Graham

Sarah Ramos

Sarah Ramos

Haddie Braverman

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Julia: The latte girl at work is pregnant and I kinda want to ask her if I can buy her baby... That sounds kinda insane.
      Sarah: No, no, it's not insane. I mean she sells coffee, so she might also sell her baby.

    • Adam: Do you have that in writing?

      Crosby: I have that in fist bumps.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music Featured:
      -Coconut by Harry Nilsson.
      -A Million Years by Alexander.
      -Summer of Love, Add 40 by Terry J. Low.
      -Only a Fool Would Say That by Steely Dan.
      -Watch Me Dance by Toddla T.
      -Pump It Up by Elvis Costello.
      -Junk by Paul McCartney.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 13, 2011 on Global
      Australia: October 4, 2011 on Channel 7
      Finland: September 16, 2012 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: March 15, 2013 on Prima LOVE


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