I have to say, I was pretty relieved when Nate and Brenda came to a moment when they could get along and agree on something at the end. The first four episodes of this season have been endless fights and constant tension between the two and it was nice to see them come to some sort of an agreement.
However, the episode was filled with arguing. Non-stop arguing, and when people weren't arguing, they were biting their tongues to keep from arguing. In fact, the only people who weren't really arguing were the people who usually argue the most: David and Keith. David and Keith's adoption plot has felt separated from everybody else's issues. Actually, all of the plots feel pretty separate from each other. Usually, the family is dysfunctional but comes together in the end. This season, everyone has their own life and own set of problems. As a result, they don't interact as much as usual. I'm not sure how much I actually like that, but the writing is strong enough to make me forget that.
There's definitely stuff that's more interesting than other plots. For instance, I've found myself less interested in Rico and Vanessa's problems lately. Freddy Rodriguez has been a part of the show since the beginning so him not being in the show would be a shame but I wish that his plots didn't all feel the same. It's always Vanessa drama. I like it when they give him stuff to do. Also, with Billy, I feel like we're going through the same stuff he went through in the first season. Half of the time, I really like his character and the other half, I despise him (regardless of the character, Jeremy Sisto does amazing work in the role).
But everything else is great. Ruth's character frustrates me in the sense that I disagree with what she's doing, but it makes so much sense for her. Here's a woman who has been married almost her entire life and in those years of marriage, she never seemed truly happy. That goes for her marriage to George too, where she meets him and realizes that he has problems and these problems will likely be around for the rest of their lives. I'm worried that Ruth is going to get George set up in the new house and then leave him, which would suck.
There's a lot of stuff free-floating around right now: the adoption of Anthony and Darrell for David and Keith, Brenda's pregnancy, Billy's state of mind and what will happen between George and Ruth. Count on this show to answer these questions in a satisfying manner.