Parenthood – I’ll Be Right Here

S04xE06 – Haddie is still home from school and wants to help Kristina around the house, but she’s not letting her. Kristina is telling Max about how Zeek will be picking him up from school on Wednesday because she and Adam will be at the hospital. Max tells her that he needs to pick him up later because he wants to know the results of the election. The election is on the same day that Kristina has surgery. Not good.

Crosby wants to help Adam at work, and decides that a shoulder massage will do the job. Yeah it doesn’t. So Crosby keeps hounding Adam for something to help with, so Adam gives Crosby the task of getting them their pre-surgery dinner and walking Otis, Max’s new puppy. Crosby takes it and leaves Adam alone.

Drew doesn’t want to move in with Mark, so he’s stalling on his packing, but it’s not working. Sarah pushes him along as Hank shows up. He begs Sarah not to quit, which wasn’t her plan, and then has to tell Hank she’s moving in with Mark and that’s why she took a day off. So Hank offers to help her move. Didn’t see that coming!

Ryan shows up at Amber’s work and asks her out. He’s super nervous about it which is cute, and she says yes. Nifty!

Kristina talks to Max about not being able to hear his speech and to also see if he has his speech ready. He says it is, but it’s not written down though, it’s in his head. Kristina’s face fills with worry.

All moved in and Drew wants to go out with friends when Sarah and Mark had planned their first night together as a family. Drew is not taking it well. He’s upset Sarah didn’t ask him before making the decision to move in the first place. He has a point.

Julia is making a schedule of who will wait with Adam during the surgery and how long they will be there. I think she’s bored not working. Crosby is walking Otis and loses him while on the phone with Julia arguing about the schedule.

Drew is trying to get the tv to work when Mark tells him he doesn’t have cable. It was interfering with his book reading. I don’t have that problem… but for Drew that is a problem. Mark tries to talk to him, but Drew tells him he just wants privacy.

Adam informs Kristina that dinner’s going to be late because of Crosby’s mishap with Otis. Kristina asks Adam to help Max write down a speech after dinner, and then asks Adam if he will go to see the speech and he tells her no that he wants to be at the hospital, and that’s when Haddie walks in saying she will do it.

Amber and Ryan are on a date and they’re making good conversation until Amber mentions having worked with Kristina. Her demeanor changes and it’s because she’s worried about Kristina’s surgery, and starts crying on her date. But instead of running, Ryan consoles her and it seems the date went better than it began. Ryan walks her to the door and she invites him in, but he declines. Amber looks both hurt and confused.

Crosby still hasn’t brought dinner over, so Kristina decides to make herself a sandwich because she can’t eat after 8pm before the morning surgery. Crosby finally shows up with dinner and Otis who is wearing a cone and has a couple stitches. Poor Otis. Kristina is putting Nora to bed, and then checks on Max and leaves him a note about the election. She next checks on Haddie who is on the phone. When she hangs up she tells both Kristina and Adam that she has talked to her school and is able to get refunded for fall semester and can restart in the spring. Kristina is not ok with it and wants her to go back to school.

Sarah shows up to work and Hank asks about the move and what was up with Drew. Sarah kind of brushes it off attributing it to changing the date of the move. Not true. Hank then asks if the date change on the move had anything to do with him kissing her and she says no, but you know it’s also not true. She totally has feelings for Hank.

Drew is leaving for school and sees that Mark is skipping first period and waiting for the cable guy. Aw they’re getting cable. Mark’s really trying.

Kristina and Adam are in the hospital awaiting their surgery. The nurse comes in to take her so they say their farewells and Kristina gets rolled away. Adam and Julia are in the waiting room and they talk about Julia quitting and the card that looks like the kids made, but was really Joel.

Haddie is with Max at school encouraging him and making sure he remembers his speech. Max is insistent that he remembers.

Now Adam and Sarah are in the waiting room and Adam is going crazy because he hasn’t heard anything yet. Everyone keeps offering him tea, which he keeps saying no. But it’s soothing Adam. He then asks Sarah to tell him about what’s been going on with her to keep him distracted, so she tells him how Hank kissed her and she kind of admits that the kiss made her decide to move in with Mark. Ha! Julia and Crosby walk in which screws up the schedule Julia made, but Adam doesn’t seem to mind. He can use all the distractions he can get.

Max is up for his speech, and he starts to fiddle with the microphone and once he gets it just right he starts to give his speech which is about bringing back the vending machines and that’s it. No wonder he remembers his speech. He then realizes he needs to say more and starts to talk about his aspergers and how it’s actually his greatest strength. He gets a standing ovation. Aw.

Adam is finally back with Kristina who hasn’t quite woke up yet. When she finally wakes she asks how Max did, and Adam tells her he won. Go Max!

Sarah goes to talk with Drew and admits that she didn’t think about him when she decided to move. And then tells Drew that if he wants to move back to his grandparents they can talk about it. That seems to smooth things over a bit because they then go out to watch cable with Mark.

Ryan shows up to Amber’s and brought flowers. She tells him that she’s confused about how he feels about her. He tells her that he can’t stop thinking about her, and she brings up that he declined her invitation to come in the other night. He says it’s because he wants to take it slow, he doesn’t want to screw it up. This will be good for Amber! I’m kind of excited about this potential relationship.

Crosby tucks Jabbar into bed and asks him to show him how the praying thing works so Jabbar shows him how to do it. And Crosby prays about Kristina.

The results are in and they got all the cancer in the breast, but one of the nodes they removed has cancer in it which means it’s spread and is more aggressive than originally thought which means she’s going to have to go through chemo. And I cry for the hundredth time. Haddie has been at home waiting for them to return, and when they do she asks what the news is, and they lie to her! They really want her to go back to school so they tell her that Kristina is cancer free. Wow, that’s actually kind of cruel, and now I feel bad for Haddie.

Best of the episode: Max winning the election. That was a good thing for him and hopefully now that he’s explained his aspergers to the students, they will go easier on him and not be so scared either.

Worst of the episode: The fact that Adam and Kristina lied straight to Haddie’s face and told her the cancer was gone. I don’t really care for Haddie, but man do I feel bad for her, and will hate to see how she reacts when she finds out the truth.

Where did this episode leave us?: Kristina’s cancer has spread, and now she has to go through chemo. Max is the new class president at school. And Amber has a potential relationship that could be good for not only her, but Ryan too. I’m also left wondering if I should start counting how many times  I cry per episode, because it never fails to make me cry more than once.

Best one-liner: Sarah about Hank’s kiss – “We were in the dark room. We were developing…” Adam – “The dark room? What, are you in seventh grade?”

What the episode ruined for us: Crosby as a good choice for dog walker


– a la Chryshele


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