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It’s Complicated: Sarah and Hank’s Relationship, Parenthood 

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[WARNING: Spoilers for this week’s Parenthood]

Parenthood is one of my favorite shows on TV. I’m already in denial that season 4 will be over and done with in a couple of weeks. Having said that, I find myself torn about one aspect of the show: Sarah and Hank. My feelings about this new couple are a bit complicated.

It should be known that I’m Team Mark. Big time. Jason Ritter is good on this show. And Mark and Sarah were so cute. I wanted them to last. Who knows? These two could be endgame, but, for now, they’re apart. According to the latest episode, “Keep on Rowing,” Mark had a rockin’ New Year’s Eve and the proof is all on Facebook, a fact that definitely made Sarah jealous.

Meanwhile, Hank and Sarah are doing their own version of a cute relationship. I love their conversations. Like the one after Sarah dropped a monstrous anvil on Hank’s head urging him to ask her out on a date. My favorite part of the exchange:

Hank: “Oh, where are we gonna go?”
Sarah: “Where are we gonna go?”
Hank: “We’re gonna go to that place you uh have in your head already. So…seven-ish?”
Sarah: “You have to make some decisions.”
Hank: “Yeah, let’s go seven.”
Sarah: “OK, I’ll wear a dress.”
Hank: “I’ll buy something. I’ll buy something new.”
Sarah: “Hmm…”
Hank: “This’ll be fun.”

The actual date was funny and cute. They both realized they didn’t want to be at the chichi (but smelly) steakhouse where the salads are $17, the lighting sucks, and diners send their wine back. Instead, the two ended up playing cards on the floor at home suppering on takeout Chinese. That was more their speed. It was all adorable. And Lauren Graham and Ray Romano share a nice chemistry.

Photo Credit: Danny Feld/NBC
Photo Credit: Danny Feld/NBC

However, I couldn’t truly enjoy watching them solidify their couple status. The entire time, all I did was think about Mark. And how he and Sarah should still be together. And that I hated how their relationship ended. I wished Sarah hadn’t gone to Los Angeles with Hank, a move that sabotaged her engagement to Mark. I guess being part of the official Braverman family portrait wasn’t a good thing after all.

Yes, I’m way too invested in a TV couple but I don’t care. I just can’t be happy for Sarah and Hank when I rather have Sarah and Mark together. Maybe that’ll change in the future. For now, there’s a lot to love about the new couple but I’ve already chosen sides, thank you. It’s Team Mark all the way.

Parenthood airs on Tuesdays on NBC at 10/9c.

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