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Season 5 Episode 22

The Pontiac

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 17, 2014 on NBC
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The fifth season ends with Adam and Crosby reminiscing over childhood memories as their parents prepare to move. Meanwhile, Amber clashes with Ryan's mother at the hospital; Haddie comes home for the summer with some big news; Sarah responds to Hank's request; Victor triumphs over his fears at school and gets a driving lesson from Zeek; and Drew pursues his bliss.


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  • The End of an Era

    The final montage of the season rang true as it sang, "For the times they are With all of the drama that the Braverman family has endured over the last 5 years, it seems almost strange that the season should end on such an upbeat, acoustic note.

    While the feel-good feels are relatively new, other elements of the episode were quite familiar: Sarah in a new old relationship; someone possibly pregnant; and the entire clan breaking bread together.

    It was good to see Ryan's familiar, albeit terribly scarred, face again. The Lord knows that Amber has made terrible choices in the past, but despite Ryan's problems, he wasn't one of them. Hopefully they get their happy ending by the series finale.

    Haddie's return was slightly less welcome. In the previous 21 episodes this season she might have been mentioned by name once. It felt like she crawled out of a black hole right in time for fans to bid the family farewell. I understand she's in college (so is Drew) on the other side of the country, but she's been pretty much dead all year, so it was strange to see her again.

    Here's to Joel and Julia reuniting, Max getting a girlfriend (or any kind of friend), the Gwen Chambers Academy, and a dramatic 6th season.moreless
  • Emotional Weekends

    I have Hulu Plus so I got the episodes on the weekends. The episode where Julia and Joel announced their separation RUINED my weekend. Really I've never in my life had a show ruin my weekend but this show has often so mirrored my own life now or in the past. Such spot on acting and writing. How come Max has never gotten an emmy nomination? Or Victor or his sister? NBC has got to see that adults are addicted to this show. We talk about it. It's our life and it's nice to see how other people deal with the situation. To me, season 5 doesn't wrap up well. I keep thinking that Zeke and Camille will announce, "We made a This show is for a quiet massive audience (when you take in Hulu and DVR) that truly loves this show. I cried every episode this season.moreless
  • GREAT season finale!

    Really hope they renew for S6. So many good things happened in this ep. Nice to see Amber get some closure with Ryan, Drew getting AWESOME wheels AND the girl, Victor`s essay victory, Hank and Sarah giving things a shot, Haddie's return, Adam and Crosby stair-sliding LOL, Zeke and Camille taking their huge move step, WHEW! C`Mon NBC, they def have another season in them!
Peter Krause

Peter Krause

Adam Braverman

Craig T. Nelson

Craig T. Nelson

Zeek Braverman

Dax Shepard

Dax Shepard

Crosby Braverman

Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen

Julia Braverman-Graham

Sarah Ramos

Sarah Ramos

Haddie Braverman (seasons 1-3, recurring afterwards)

Mae Whitman

Mae Whitman

Amber Holt

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