Emma Waverman writes about the chaos of modern family life in the kitchen and out of it. She has a weekly food column on CBC Radio One, Here & Now. She is the co-author of the family cookbook Whining and Dining: Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters and Families Who Love Them and is hoping to one day finish her certification as a parenting coach. She lives with her three kids, ranging from tween to university student, and husband in Toronto. Emma has written for a variety of national lifestyle magazines and newspapers. When she's is not making typos, telling you what she thinks, and thinking about dinner, you can find her on Twitter at @emmawaverman and Instagram. You can contact Emma at embracingchaos@hotmail.ca.

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Parenthood Recap: "But We Are A Family"

I have decided to recap Parenthood because I get the feels after I watch it and I want to talk about it.  But before I do so, you should know that this will be an idiosyncratic when I feel like recapping sort of series.

So without further ado: "But We Are a Family" (This episode is really called You've Got Mold, my title is way better)

The big issue on Parenthood is Joel and Julia's marriage and all the mould diversions and proscuitto-eating is not going to take away from that. According to my Facebook wall, which is obviously a reflection of reality (actually, not even my Facebook, but the Facebook of my friend Annie) people are at odds over Joel and Julia's split. 

3 Tears! Daddy don't go

Joel seems to  have made this decision and will not back down, even though it seems like a turn-around from "old Joel". "Old Joel" was a lovely stay-at-home dad to Julia's high-powered lawyer but is now a high-powered-contractor worker husband to the tighter-than-a-drum sweater-wearing at-home-Julia. When their roles reversed, their marriage hit the dumpster. Julia doesn't like being a stay-at-home, the show has never explicitly said that for fear of alienating all the mothers who watch the show, but that is the truth and her unhappiness has affected everyone around her. But I still don't see why Joel is blaming her for the probably dissolution of their marriage. It doesn't seem like him.

Joel's personality transplant begs the question: is Joel banging more than nails at the construction site? Or do we need to recognize that this is a soap opera and the writers decided to move the narrative along at a quick pace because we need more dramatic tension on the show? 

Julia gave us the best crying scenes of the night, reminding me that a Parenthood episode without tears is an empty one. There was so much crying in this episode that Vulture did a "crycap" -- with cry factor. She begged Joel to stay, and you could see a moment of tenderness on his face -- but then back to dead-eyed Joel. 

And the scene when they told the kids. UGH. The tears. But the winning, most crying-est scene for me was when she walked into her parents house. Camille recognized her daughter's pain and their family sandwich with Zeek coming around as the top bun felt real. And was also the first time that Camille got her head out of her newly-Italianized painting set. I give this scene a high rating of 4 Tears!

On to the other Bravermans (rhymes with Waverman!)

Camille and Zeek: First off I don't know where Camille went in Italy but was there a fountain of youth there? Because Camille's face looks quite freshened. Maybe it is all the obnoxious Italian she is spouting, or the newly-installed WiFi that is making her skin tight. She has been a self-centred know-it-all since she returned but Zeek has been that way through their marriage, so I guess it's her turn. A real moment of tenderness occurs when Zeek agrees to sell the house. But will he change his mind as all the splintered, broke and hurting Bravermans come back to the family home?

Crosby and Jasmine: I love Crosby, he often provides the comic relief and also says the things that everyone is thinking. But why didn't he want to call his parents? And how does Jasmine put up with his constant man-child thing?

Kristina and Adam: Their relationship feels the most real to me. But Kristina's perpetual job-switching does not. Create a new school? Of course she can, all it takes is a Google search. That said, the issue of IEPs, and fitting square pegs into the school system is a real one. And I am happy to watch Kristina go to the wall for Max and others kids with special needs. 

Sarah and Hank: I could not bear this situation. Sarah kept saying that they hired her because of her creativity. Her big idea was taking pictures of a surfboard company's product at a beach?? She has no experience, and no equipment. The whole thing is ridiculous.  I think Ray Romano is doing an incredible job as Hank and I seriously love his relationship with Max. 

Amber and Ryan: Where were they? Is Amber still sleeping off her night at the bar?

Hattie: Remember her? The writers don't.

Do do you think Joel should leave? Hate Crosby? Let's fight it out in the comments!