i want to be a braverman

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What were you gonna do in France?
Okay, well… Do you remember when I wrote you after I got out of the service and I was in this little village, Yves, and they had this wonderful B&B there with the best food and wine I’ve ever had?
Yeah, I remember that.

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Hey, your sister said that you could use some company and I know that I could sure use some girl time so I thought I’d stop by and say hi. I have so much to tell you, oh my gosh. The school stuff is going great, you know we started to look at properties and we actually—we found one, which is… which is really cool, because it’s this really old office building, and Adam doesn’t love it, I can tell, but I love it. I fell in love with it the second I saw it. It needs some paint, some TLC, but I think it’s very promising. It has potential for sure. I’m blabbering. I am completely blabbering. If you want me to shut up, you can just say so and I’ll stop talking. I think this place is going to be really great, you know. For Max, for so many other kids. I’m really excited about it. I think it’ll be something that can live on forever.

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“I definitely wanted to be an actor. I didn’t want to be on TV, I didn’t want to be famous, I didn’t want to be anyone in particular; I just wanted to do it. I see young people now who look at magazines, or American Idol and their goal is to have that lifestyle - to have good handbags, or go out with cute guys from shows, or whatever. But I definitely wanted to be an actor.”

8 Things I Loved About The Parenthood Series Finale

I keep having the same thought over and over again when I start to contemplate last night’s Parenthood series finale. I think of the entire cast coming together to film that last scene on the baseball field and I wonder how many times someone looked around and thought, for a fleeting moment “Wait, where’s Craig [T. Nelson]?” And then I start crying, because isn’t that exactly how it is? The first Christmas morning or Passover seder or family reunion after someone has died, when everyone is together and it is just so obvious that someone is missing. 

These actors didn’t just play a family on TV, they became one in real life. And what was so special about being a fan was that we all felt like we were a part of it, too. #TeamBraverman. 

I wasn’t sure how they could possibly say goodbye in a way that would feel fulfilling, but they did (I’m not that surprised, Jason Katims’ brilliance knows no bounds). Here are 8 things I loved in the Parenthood series finale. 

8. Jason Street easter egg. 

It is the themes of family that have kept people coming back to Parenthood for six seasons. Over the course of that run, Jason Katims often borrowed actors from his previous show, Friday Night Lights (and if you haven’t watched FNL yet, run don’t walk. You are so lucky to have it to fill the void). Some had bigger arcs (Minka Kelly, Michael B. Jordan, Jurnee Smollett, Matt Lauria), others just made a quick appearance (Angela Rawna, Derek Phillips), but it was always clear that to work for Jason Katims meant to be a part of his family. As a Friday Night Lights fan, watching Parenthood felt like a private get-together. Each time a different familiar face popped up, all the warm feelings associated with FNL came flooding back and made Parenthood feel even cozier. 

The flash forward was a beautiful way to to tell us the rest of the Braverman stories (more on this in a bit), and to surprise us with Jason Street was a final reminder of the journey we’ve all been on and the connection we feel to these people and by extension, all the Katims’ characters we love. (I love that Scott Porter actually got up from the table and walked to the door so there is no ambiguity about whether it was actually Jason Street). 

7. The dancing.

Ain’t no dance party like a Braverman dance party. Having Sarah’s wedding in the final episode was the perfect opportunity to get the gang dancing and there’s nothing better than watching these Bravermans dance. We even got this exchange: 

Crosby: You coolin’ down after that show you just put on on the dance floor?

Adam: The fever’s gotta put himself on ice

Crosby: You got about 104….brain damage. 

6. Drew’s speech.

As Parenthood has evolved, Drew has quietly become my favorite character. Miles Heizer’s portrayal is subtle and nuanced and sometimes unbearably awkward, but his performances always convey real honesty. Hank asking Drew to be his best man was sweet; two naturally uncomfortable men finding a connection in their shared love of Sarah. And then Drew got up and gave a heartfelt toast in which he acknowledged how much his mother has sacrificed for her children’s happiness and how happy they are to finally see her finding some of her own. Lauren Graham’s perfectly glistening eyes were an added bonus. 

5. Max’s photography.

Max has grown a lot since we first met him, when he was just a boy with some challenging behaviors that his parents didn’t understand. Finding photography and realizing that it is something that he both loves and is good at was a major turning point for him. On top of that, finding Hank who believes in his talent and has helped him to nourish it has been invaluable. The culimnation of all of this growth was Hank entrusting Max with the photography duties at his wedding. It was an incredible leap of faith and one that Max has certainly earned. It’s amazing to see how far he has come (though I think the girl was too much; it’s okay to leave us believing that these characters still have some struggles in their lives). 

4. The flash forward. 

Parenthood is nothing if not a bit corny. Things always work out for the Bravermans. The seasons tend to wrap up in nice shiny bows, but, that’s part of why we love it. We root hard for these people and in the end, we just want to know that they’re going to be okay. And isn’t that what Zeek wanted too? The flash forward sequence gave us just that reassurance. If you were afraid that there would be no more Braverman babies, you can relax. There are many, many more babies to come. And Zeek Braverman, you can rest peacefully, your family is absolutely thriving. 

3. The redemption of Joel. 

One of my biggest points of contention with Parenthood over the last two years was the transformation of Joel Graham. Joel was the greatest character on the show. A devoted husband, an amazing father, an all-around rockstar brother-and-son-in-law and man is he nice to look at. When things started getting complicated in his marriage, Joel did a complete 180. He became mostly irrational and made some very strange un-Joel-like choices. When Julia put the divorce papers on the table, we finally started to see the old Joel reemerging. And then last night, as Joel and Julia danced and discussed the possibility of adopting Victor’s biological sister, Joel said this:

Joel: I was up all night, all I kept thinking was she’s Victor’s sister, she’s already ours. 

And just like that, Joel is back. 

2. Zeek dying. 

When the show cut to commerical at 10:49 last night and Zeek was still alive I started to wonder if it was actually possible that he wasn’t going to die. A small part of me was relieved by that thought, but the bigger part of me was terrified that they were really going to cop out like that. We’ve seen this family weather so many storms, it seemed poetically necessary to have them weather this one. But, still, I sat on my couch wondering how they could possibly have him die and appropriately grieve him in less than ten minutes. But they did it and it was spectacular and I am so so glad they decided to go there. 

1. The baseball field.

Some things are so obvious that it’s hard to believe they can be so beautiful, and yet that’s exactly why they are. Of course Zeek’s ashes were sprinkled on a baseball field. That is precisely what he would have wanted, and anyone who knew him at all would know that. Apart from his family, baseball was the love of Zeek’s life. It was the legacy he left behind for his children and grandchildren (and the kids who live at his old house now). It was the medium through which he bonded with the people he loved. There was no other place to honor Zeek than on a baseball field and the pure simplicity was stunning.

Hey, Parenthood fandom. A lovely anon suggested a Parenthood week. And I’m all in!

PARENTHOOD WEEK will take place from Monday August 3rd until Sunday August 9th. Below are the lists of prompts.

  • Day 1: Favourite Braverman(s) (by blood)
  • Day 2: Favourite non Braverman(s) (Spouses/ Guest Stars etc)
  • Day 3: Favourite romantic Relationship/OTP(s)
  • Day 4: Favourite non romantic Relationship/BROTP(s)
  • Day 5: Favourite Location(s)
  • Day 6: Favourite Scene(s)
  • Day 7: Favourite Season(s)

Anyone and everyone is free to participate! And you can make anything you want for these prompts - gifs, graphics, screencaps, videos, etc.! I will be tracking the #parenthoodweek tag so I can reblog all of your wonderful edits, so make sure you put that tag in one of the first five(!) tags of your post so everyone can see it. I also recommend using the #parenthoodedit tag as well :)

And please reblog this post to spread the word! I’d like to see as many people participating in this as possible! But please be fair and don’t repost other people’s gifs and edits! Thanks!

If you have any questions, my askbox is open!

TV IS AWESOME: PARENTHOOD


I forgive you for being a B about Italy and I just want to HUG YOU, CAMILLE. (Photo courtesy NBC)


PARENTHOOD
NBC | Thursday | 10:00 p.m.

Maaaan, oh man. The next three weeks are gonna be rough. It’s been a few since last we saw our dear Bravermans, but tonight’s action started up right where we’d left off – Zeek heading to the hospital with a heart attack. It was a doozy. If you were like me, you were crying from the moment the episode started – watching the recap of the previous ep, in which Zeek’s plan to get Camille to France was thwarted by Drew’s unveiling, only to be re-ignited by an excited Camille… and then the moment the attack hit in the night, and that fear. Camille’s fear, but ooooh, Zeek’s fear. We’ve spent so many episodes investing in this guy’s strength, and it is bruuuutal every time we must face his fear, is it not? Breaks my heart.


Ooof, guys. I’m struggling here. Struggling so much that I thought strongly earlier tonight about letting the DVR pick up these next three episodes so that I can get to them when I’m fully ready. I mentioned previously here that Zeek’s feistier moments remind me so much of my grandfather, and seeing him in that hospital bed reminds me so, so much of my grandfather’s final weeks. It’s a credit to this show, and the investment that we all have in these folks, that it hits so hard… at the same time, it’s making it SO DIFFICULT TO SAY GOODBYE, right?

So, shit, let’s just talk about Joel. Because over so many seasons, I just always want to talk about Joel, really. When last we saw the Grahams, they were reunited by a kiss on the veryyy evening that they were to sign their divorce papers. Now, they’ve done the deed when news comes through about Zeek. Julia rushes to the hospital and shortly thereafter Joel arrives at the hospital WITH COFFEES. You think that’s it? Nooooope. Joel has 8 coffees, and Camille and Julia’s are ordered to their specific tastes (and probably everyone’s is, because… JOEL IS SUPERMAN). IS THIS GUY EVEN REAL?! Can we spin off Joel? I could watch Joel/Sam Jaeger for weeks and years to come. The gentle quiet of Joel is just SOMETHING, and I love it. His return to form – after they desecrated his goodness and made him NOTHING LIKE HIMSELF last season (I’ll never forgive. Not ever) – has been so lovely. This is our guy again… and it appears we’re headin’ back to him bein’ Julia’s guyyyyy again too.

The episode’s weirdest snag came when Adam and Crosby found out that the Luncheonette had been broken into and baaasically everything was gone. This kiiiiiinda felt like it could have happened earlier in the season? Or something? But it did give us that great Crosby moment near ep’s end when he said someday they were going to laugh about the day that their dad almost died and their business was robbed… while ridin’ ‘round in their fast cars. (Who else wanted to pat ol’ Cros on the head and be like, “Dawg, your optimism will one day ruin you.” J/k/j/k/j/k). So what’s to become of the biz? Remains to be seeeeen, but it seeeeems that our brother duo is going to go their own way. My guess – Adam will let Crosby take that $$ and start 'er up on his own… But I will still be a lil’ sad to see this end this way. (The looks on Adam and Kristina’s faces when they talked about getting our of it was SORT OF MAGICAL though. They were so stoked together.)

Bright-side – Jasmine telling Crosby that he should stick it out with the Luncheonette was basically my favorite Jasmine scene ever. And since this blog started EONS ago with me talking/dreaming about Jasmine dying in a horrible car crash…  I figure that’s significant.

Meanwhile, yeahhhh, Hank proposed. We knew he would, guys! (One thing though – WHY IS THIS THE HANK SHOW ALL OF A SUDDEN BECAUSE I HAVE OTHER THINGS I’M WORRIED ABOUT HERE. SORRY RAY ROMANO DON’T CARE. You know?) And Amber is about to POP, so all the B-man mamas throw her an impromptu baby shower in the hospital cafeteria. Camille’s face through that scene was basically all that I saw. 

AND I WAS CRYING. I CRIED A LOT. ALL THE WAY THROUGH. EVEN THROUGH THE COMMERCIALS SOMETIMES, OKAY?!

I EVEN CRIED DURING CROSBY’S GREAT STORY ABOUT ZEEK CATCHING HIM COMING HOME LATE. I criiiiiiiied. I can’t stop crying. I’m crying because I’m afraid of how it’s going to end… but mostly I’m crying because I just.don’t.want.it.to.

{{{{{{{{{HUGSSSSSSSSSSS}}}}}}}}}}}}

Final thought: Who’s with me?
TV IS AWESOME: PARENTHOOD


STAY FOREVER, NEVER LEAVE US. (Photo courtesy NBC)


PARENTHOOD
NBC | Thursday | 10:00 p.m.

I realize that it may feeeeeel like the right course of action to take on this show’s final season to keep things REAL drama-packed and exciting and full of ups and downs that feel craaaaazy – but I have to say that all I really want is for everything to calm down and for there to be millions of happy endings at the end of this thing. You know? Don’t you just want your beloved Bravermans to LIVE FOREVER IN HAPPINESS?! I can’t be alone here.

If we lose Zeek, I’m just gonna be so bummed. That’s what this all comes down to. If they wanna split Julia and Joel up for good, then I’ll take it. They want to throw Amber this mega-unfair curveball of a baby? Whatev, I’ll get over it. They want to give me SO MANY MINUTES of this god-awful character named Ruby that I’m being made to suffer this season?! FINE, I CAN HANDLE IT, SUCKAS! But losing Zeek? Losing Zeek is gonna be a tough blow.

Real talk – Zeek reminds me of my own grandfather. His difficulties with communication, his mumbling, his gruff demeanor, and that occasional twinkle in your eye that melts your heart. My grandpa could make life real difficult for those around him because of his fierce independence, but he was the greatest of great men. Some of the things that come out of Zeek’s mouth could have 100% come out of my grandpa’s mouth, and it is both the greatest comfort, and the greatest reminder of the sadness of having lost him two years ago. Sometimes I sit at the end of an episode and just cry thinking about my Papa. It’s still real fresh. And every time Zeek gets excited about doing something reckless this season, I just want him to succeed and LIVE! At the end of tonight’s episode, when the health scare came back in full force… it was like my heart broke a little more. And then I started to cry. Maybe I don’t want Zeek to die here because I just can’t deal with the visual. But mostly I think I don’t want Zeek to die because, like my grandpa was, Zeek is a figurehead of this family – this family that I’ve grown to love so, so much over all these seasons – and I’d love nothing more than for him to be there to take the final bow.

Know what I’d really hate? I’d hate for them to use Zeek’s death as a means to bring Julia and Joel back together. Or as a means to get Crosby to grow up. Or whatever. I just don’t want it to be some end goal to get us elsewhere – and I don’t want to see Camille lose Zeek.

OKAY I’M DONE. I HAVEN’T STOPPED CRYING, BUT I’M DONE.

NOW – ELSEWHERE…

Julia’s wishy-washiness over Joel is getting so annoying to me that I almost just want them to be over. Now maybe they are back on because they are doing the horizontal hustle on his sad-sack bachelor couch? I DON’T EVEN KNOW ANYMORE. Whatever, to that. Sorry, Chris. Never liked you anyway, homez!

AND MARK CYR. Mark, Mark, Mark. Mark seems to come back ‘round juuust to mess (unintentionally!) with our dear Sarah – but in a bold move that shows JUST HOW MUCH THIS GAL HAS ACCOMPLISHED PERSONALLY, it didn’t freak her out. She cried, she seemed genuinely happy to see him, and she concluded at the end of it all that she was happier with Hank. Go, girl! (Granted, I mean, that little b*tch Ruby and that awful ex-wife would have ME running for the hills, Cyr or no Cyr, and C'MON MARK IS SO CUTE – but whatev. Growth is growth and I’ll take it.)

Amber is just six weeks away from having a kid? Crosby and the Luncheonette didn’t exist this week? I’m distracted by the fact that Glen Gulia is all of a sudden Dylan’s dad? And this is going to be the dumbest thing you’ve heard all week – but does Dylan have SERIOUS JORDAN CATALANO VIBES TO YOU TOO? (I know it’s ridiculous, but, like WHOA.) 

Now we wait with baited breath 'til… GOOD LORD, JANUARY 8?!!! Ah hell…

Final thought: Tell me how you think this is all going to end. They won’t take Zeek from us, will they?