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Parenthood

Episode 3.04 : Clear Skies From Here on Out

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TV Info


Episode Premiere

October 04, 2011

Distributor

NBC

Genre

Drama

Show Period

2010 - now

Production Company

Imagine Entertainment, Universal Media Studios

Cast and Crew


Director

Adam Davidson

Screenwriter

Bridget Carpenter

Main Cast


Additional Cast

Synopsis


Adam, Kristina and Crosby watch their sons walk into school together, thick as thieves. Kristina's visibly relieved to think everything's going to be okay as far as Max finding friends is concerned. Meanwhile, Sarah steps into the kitchen and is immediately confused by her parents' conversation. Zeek explains: Camille's helping him with dialogue for his upcoming audition... for an erectile dysfunction drug commercial. Later, Sarah drops Drew off at school after a dentist appointment. As he runs into the school, Mark Cyr strolls up to Sarah's car for a little flirting. Does Sarah want to hook up for a date? She sure does. Mark looks around to make sure the coast is clear, then leans in to kiss Sarah. Too bad they don't see the student who takes a quick snapshot of the kiss with her cell phone. Uh oh!

Haddie and Alex are deep in a discussion that sounds more like an argument. Alex is backing out of a Braverman family dinner, claiming he feels too isolated during these sorts of gatherings. Haddie insists it's not true, and no one's thinking about his record. The trouble is - Alex insists he's thinking about his record, and it's awful. Asking Haddie to send his regrets, Alex kisses her and takes off, bumping into Kristina in the hallway. Kristina knows something's wrong, but Haddie slams her bedroom door, sending the clear message that she doesn't want to talk about it. Over lunch, Jabbar quizzes Max on his timetables. Jabbar's bored; but Max is having fun, and he doesn't want Jabbar to stop. When Jabbar's pal Jensen stops by to invite him to eat lunch, Max archly says no. He and Jabbar are cousins and best friends; they eat lunch together every day, and they're already doing something. Jabbar sadly turns Jensen down.

After school, Drew stops by Amber's to ask a favor - will she drive him and Amy to the movies tomorrow night? Intrigued, Amber accepts the invitation, then starts teasing Drew with abandon. On the way to Zeek and Camille's for family dinner, Jabbar asks Jasmine if he can eat lunch with Jensen tomorrow. When Jasmine asks why not, Jabbar explains that Max told him he couldn't. Surprised and troubled, Jasmine tells Jabbar that he doesn't have to do anything he doesn't want to do. Jasmine can't stay for dinner, but she asks Crosby to be available later that night to talk. Once everyone sits down at the table, Zeek stands to announce that he's booked his first commercial. The Braverman kids are beside themselves and start guessing - could it be an adult diaper commercial? Metamucil? When Zeek finally comes clean, Sydney asks the most important question of the night: What's a reptile dysfunction?

After dinner, Jasmine calls Crosby to discuss Jabbar's issues with Max. She's convinced they can't let it continue, but Crosby wants to wait and see. Jasmine insists that Crosby talk to Adam about it as soon as possible. The next evening, Amber's car is as silent as a tomb on the way to the movie theater. Amber breaks the ice, talking about music, and Amy easily picks up the thread of the conversation and gets so involved in it that she climbs into the front seat, leaving Drew silent and alone in the back. Later, after dropping off Amy, Drew yells at Amber for embarrassing him. Hearing the argument, Sarah leans in the car to break up the fight. When Drew huffs off, Sarah climbs in the car to ask Amber what really happened. They both agree that Drew's a pretty shy guy, and it's having an impact on his romantic life.

The next day, Sarah's surprised to find her mother walking through the yard wearing headphones and practicing Mandarin. Apparently, Camille's always wanted to learn to speak Chinese. When Sarah tries to pay her mom a compliment, Camille confesses. What is she doing, trying to speak Chinese? Who is she kidding? She's never followed through on anything. She's been painting for 30 years and never had a show. This is really about Zeek's acting. He's fearless, which is the quality that made her fall in love with him way back when. She hoped some of that would rub off on her, but so far, it hasn't.

The next day, Sarah's surprised to find her mother walking through the yard wearing headphones and practicing Mandarin. Apparently, Camille's always wanted to learn to speak Chinese. When Sarah tries to pay her mom a compliment, Camille confesses. What is she doing, trying to speak Chinese? Who is she kidding? She's never followed through on anything. She's been painting for 30 years and never had a show. This is really about Zeek's acting. He's fearless, which is the quality that made her fall in love with him way back when. She hoped some of that would rub off on her, but so far, it hasn't.

The next day, Sarah's surprised to find her mother walking through the yard wearing headphones and practicing Mandarin. Apparently, Camille's always wanted to learn to speak Chinese. When Sarah tries to pay her mom a compliment, Camille confesses. What is she doing, trying to speak Chinese? Who is she kidding? She's never followed through on anything. She's been painting for 30 years and never had a show. This is really about Zeek's acting. He's fearless, which is the quality that made her fall in love with him way back when. She hoped some of that would rub off on her, but so far, it hasn't.

Super excited, Zeek returns home from his day on the set to tell Camille all about it. Would he be crazy to try to pursue an acting career at his age? Camille does her best to seem enthusiastic, but she cuts off the conversation abruptly, leaving to get a sweater. At school, Jabbar eats lunch as fast as possible, then tells Max he's going to play with Jensen. Max refuses, and it's not long before he's screaming and pushing Jabbar. Max isn't done eating yet; Jabbar can't just leave! Finally, Jabbar blurts out that he's only eating with Max because there's something wrong with him. Not only do all the other kids hear this, but Max pushes Jabbar to the ground. Drew's having a crap day at school, too. Everyone's talking about the Facebook photo of Mr. Cyr making out with some chick. When Amy shows Drew the photo, he walk away. She runs to catch up, so he explains - the chick in the photo is his mom! Everyone in his family is so screwed up. No wonder their date sucked.

After school, Adam, Kristina, Crosby, Jasmine, Max and Jabbar meet with Principal Taylor and the lunch lady who broke up Jabbar and Max's fight. Jasmine's confused. She thought they figured out "the lunch issue," which is news to Adam and Kristina. Jasmine explains the problem, and Crosby admits that instead of talking to Adam, he talked to Jabbar. When Jasmine asks what he said, Jabbar pipes up. He's supposed to be nice to Max because there's something wrong with him. Crosby insists he said something more along the lines of family sticks together, and before long, everyone's talking at once in loud volumes, which continues as the family walks through the playground. Adam and Crosby yell at each other all the way to their cars. For her parting shot, Jasmine tells Crosby that if he just did what she told him to do, they wouldn't be in this mess. Crosby apologizes for failing her once again; at least he's consistent.

It's dusk when Drew returns home from school to find Mark and Sarah canoodling in front of the house. Sarah knows something's up, but Drew doesn't want to talk about it. Finally, he admits to being the laughing stock at school because of the photo of Sarah making out with Mark that's all over the Internet. Sarah insists it's impossible, but Drew knows better. Everyone's seen it, including Amy. Later, Zeek finds a downcast Camille in the bathroom. He admits he's been pretty full of himself lately, and he doesn't want his burgeoning acting career to drive a wedge between them. Camille admits to feeling left out. Zeek was feeling incredibly happy, and it had nothing to do with her. She knows she has to find something that makes her feel the same way. The good thing is that Zeek inspired her. This leaves Zeek feeling inspired to show his wife how much he loves her...

That night, Drew's lying awake when he hears the sound of pebbles hitting his bedroom window. It's Amy! Drew apologizes for overreacting at school and acting crazy. Amy doesn't think he was acting crazy. Does he want to sneak out and go for a walk? Oh yes, he does! Kristina knocks on Haddie's door, and Haddie finally admits that Alex broke up with her. If he loves her like he says, then why doesn't he want to be with her? She feels like she did something wrong. Kristina tries to explain that this is about Alex; Haddie did nothing wrong. Sometimes this stuff just happens. Haddie cries and hugs her mom, holding tight.

Crosby finds Adam at the studio, trying to work off his frustration over the lunch fight with work. So why is Adam running cable in the middle of the night, when he has no idea how to run cable during the day? Adam explains. The bank called; their loan came through. The Braverman brothers are officially in business!

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