If last week’s premiere of Parenthood was table setting, then Thursday’s episode (“All Aboard Who’s Coming Aboard”) were the appetizers. We haven’t gotten into the main course that will be the dramatic tensions and fireworks that the season promises, but we’ve whetted our appetite with some tantalizing developments that herald a bountiful feast. So now that I’ve gotten my food analogy out of the way, let’s dig in.
Right there in the cold open, we get the Braverman’s welcoming Ryan home from his service overseas. And while there was some brief talk of holding off on their announcement, Amber blurts out their impending nuptials pretty much as soon as they walk through the door. And while everyone else lights up like its Christmas, Sarah’s face drops like a rock. This is troubling news for her. While any parent would be concerned for their child’s well being after an impromptu marriage proposal, Sarah can’t help but feel a foreboding sense of déjà vu. And while Adam points out that Ryan is not Seth, one senses a tiny bit of doubt in Sarah’s mind as she and Amber bond over bridal magazines and appletini’s.