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Parenthood “We Made it Through the Night”

Photo Credit:  Justin Lubin/NBC

Photo Credit: Justin Lubin/NBC

I’m at the point where simply seeing the opening credits of Parenthood is making me emotional. Oh, how I hate for this series to end! It’s bittersweet, though, because the way it is ending is being done with intention, and I think it’s going to be satisfying for everyone.

Here’s a breakdown of what happens with the Braverman clan in “We Made it Through the Night”:

Of course, I’m starting with Julia and Joel. The two of them are back together (hooray!) but as we imagined, it isn’t all sunshine and roses. These two still have a long way to go, and I appreciate that in this episode, we see them start working through it. The children are skeptical, and that makes sense. In fact, I’m glad that’s something else that’s shown here. It’s real, and Joel moving back home shouldn’t be that easy.

Joel: “I’m too scared to argue.”

Julia: “I’m too scared not to argue.”

They manage a compromise, which is to argue in the car. That puts the kids out of earshot and also leaves the negativity out from under their roof. It does seem like Julia could have cleaned out her underwear drawer, though…

Either way, I couldn’t be happier that the two of them are back together just in time for the end of the series.

Photo Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC

Photo Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC

Speaking of couples, I’m also pretty thrilled about Sarah and Hank. Zeek’s reaction to Sarah getting married is priceless. He barely chokes out that he can’t wait to walk her down the aisle, and that’s exactly what Sarah wants. There’s a strong sense of urgency in her mind, so she asks Hank if they can get married in a week. What better way to end the series than with a wedding? I can’t wait.

But the most important part of “We Made it Through the Night?” A brand new, tiny Braverman.

Photo Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC

Photo Credit: Colleen Hayes/NBC

In the beginning of the episode, Amber thinks she is in labor, and Sarah sits in the back of the car with her while Hank drives to the hospital like a maniac. It’s insane and perfect, especially since nearly the entire family shows up only to find out that it’s a false alarm. No baby. Just gas.

How many times has the entire Braverman clan found themselves in the hospital this season? Geesh. This family has been through a lot, and these kinds of scenes have become iconic. Everyone talking over one another and the various forms of panic and distraction that take place are exactly what you’d expect in real life. So much so, that I find it hard to watch at times.

When the moment actually happens, Amber is alone. She calls her mom, and that’s the only person she wants there. But what about Drew? If I have a complaint about this season, it’s the way key characters have been absent at times when they probably shouldn’t be. Still, the scene is beautiful and emotional, and it even looks authentic – which so many shows don’t manage to do in birthing scenes.

As an extra special touch, the baby is a boy, and Amber names him Zeek. We may not be there when Zeek dies, but this is a circle of life kind of moment that puts a capstone on the series. As one family member is on his way out, another comes into the world. And they’ll even share a name.

Parenthood airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC.

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