Holy moly, so many things happened in the final episode of Parenthood‘s fourth season last night! It was as if Jason Katims woke up in a cold sweat the night before writing the script and thought, “OH NO. I FORGOT TO START CLOSING OUT THESE CHARACTER ARCS. WHAT DO I DO? CLOSE THEM ALL AT ONCE FOR NO REASON IN A WAY THAT IS, YES, HEARTWARMING BUT DOES NOT REALLY MAKE SENSE IN TERMS OF ANY OF THE CHARACTERS’ PRIOR ATTITUDES OR MOTIVATIONS? YES, OK,” and then went back to sleep and slept fine and wrote the script the next day over lunch. Everything that happened — Victor finally, sweetly accepting his role as a Braverman, Amber and Ryan getting back together and looking at rings and giggling or whatever, Sarah being left with NO ONE (hahahahaha) (ahhhhhhh!) (my goodness, that was hilarious) (and so sad) (should’ve waited a day, Sarah!) (now you have to move to MINNESOTA?) (WITH RAY ROMANO?), Kristina having her final treatment and being declared cancer-free (for now), Crosby and Jasmine making amends with Jasmine’s awful mother, Haddie 100% not even existing any more at all, like, we’re not even going to Skype with her to see how she’s doing at school while we’re wrapping up everyone else’s stuff, Drew using Snapchat OF COURSE, etc. — all of it would’ve been perfectly fine, and certainly was where the entire season has been headed, but none of those plot lines seemed ready yet for the ending they were given. Two seconds ago Victor was a nightmare. Why does Sarah even like Ray Romano? He seems like a nightmare, too. Did she ever even like Mr. Teacher? Did Crosby and Jasmine coming to an agreement about Jasmine’s awful mother even matter, or are we just going to forget now that everyone is happy about the pregnancy? Will Kristina ever stop being mad when Adam surprises her with stuff? WHO KNOWS. But honestly, the season had up until this point been strong, and the rushed season finale, and the not so great episode before the season finale, only take away from that a little bit. (Maybe because there are always lots of little flaws with this show but it is always very easy to love it in spite of those flaws?) (JUST LIKE FAMILY?!) What did you guys think? Everyone watched it, right? You understood that it was an unspoken rule here that everyone had to watch it? I will be calling on whomever seems like they’re trying not to make eye contact.

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  1. I had a dream on Monday night that I had somehow missed watching this episode. I went to see what grade it had been given on AVClub to know how excited to be, and saw that it got an A. Then I inadvertently read the first sentence of the review, which was something like “Make sure you find a room in which you can comfortably cry for an entire hour”. I was incredibly excited because I knew what this meant for Kristina (against everything I had been expecting), and when I woke up I was incredibly disappointed. Let’s not even get into how wrong that dream was…

  2. I was happy that everyone ended up happy at the end of the season. Last year’s season finale was…compressed…as well if I’m remembering right. Maybe the writers decided that’s Parenthood’s thing! That’s ok with me. I hate when you have to worry about a character until the next season starts!

  3. Julia was right. Look at that picture. Those purple shirts and polka-dot ties totally don’t match Julia and Sydney’s blue dresses. If that adoption judge was Tyra Banks, she would make Joel strip before letting him adopt anybody.

  4. I feel so old for not knowing what Snapchat is. I seriously just looked it up less than a week ago and I’ve already forgotten. Is it teens IMing via instagram?

  5. When this show is inevitably cancelled, and the studio executives are asked why, and they hold up this abandoned videogum post, I’m snapchatting all of you.

  6. I think all their finales usually tie up nicely because they’re never sure if they’ve been renewed or not. Whatever, most of this season was amazing. Monica Potter made me cry on a near weekly basis, and I want to watch Ryan and Amber be in love forever.

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  8. I actually thought two days ago was Monday (two days ago was Tuesday) and missed the episode and didn’t watch it until last night and I think a lot of people did that too and maybe that’s why this post only has 10 comments. ALL PARENTHOOD POSTS ALL THE TIME. PARENTHOODGUM.

    Anyway, I think the show has always had problems wrapping up some of its storylines (remember “Jasmine and Crosby Suddenly Get Married”?) but this is maybe the first time it had such a hard time with so many of them. But I thought Kristina’s was fine and Drew’s (as much as he had one) was fine and Sarah’s was OMG GREAT, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. The Victor transformation was truly weird (although holy shit Sydney is turning into the biggest bitch on the planet) and Ryan/Amber was only bad because we never actually saw Ryan do any of those things he told Amber about (except harassing Joel into giving him a job). Overall, though, the rest of the season was super great and I am fine with everything.

  9. Just got around to watching last night. It did seem kind of rushed to finish up the season but I enjoyed it. Still one of my very favorite shows. Amber + Ryan = 4 EVER (did I do that right? I never had enough boyfriends that were into tree carving)

  10. We just got to watch it last night too. My wife checked to make sure this wasn’t the last episode EVER, because damn, the world could end tomorrow and that show wrapped up everything, didn’t it. And of course The Gilmour Girl chose Everybody Loves Raymond over Three’s Company Jr, and then got ditched and is all alone and living in her parents’ garage and it’s awesome.

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