It took me three days to get around to watching this, which says something about how far this show has fallen.
I was pretty much with this episode, until Kristina decided to run for mayor of Berkeley despite literally no name recognition, never having held public office before, and never serving in a political capacity higher than speechwriter. We're talking about an affluent city with a population of more than 110,000 people. To put it into perspective, the current real-life mayor of Berkeley had spent twenty years in the state legislature before running for mayor.
As someone who grew up in a family that was heavily involved in small town politics, the whole development just reeks. The only realistic outcome would be for her to come in fifth with 1 percent of the vote, but that wouldn't be dramatic enough and I just know they'll want to give the cancer survivor a victory. Even if she doesn't win the election, she'll do implausibly well.
Harried, hit-upon Building Super.
It was actually nice to see Sarah working in a realistic job for her situation again.
And was anyone else freaked out watching Crosby drive - head constantly turned, both hands off of the wheel
I was thinking the same thing during that scene! About mid-way through I started counting the seconds between glances at the road in front of him.
I liked Amber/Drew, too. But the proposal? Meh. You just know this is a relationship that doesn't have the slightest chance of success. The writers are trying to make it easy on themselves. Conflict between Amber & Sarah, too!
When Amber gave him the speech about not making the same mistakes her mother did, and how she can't prop him up if he's unwilling or unable to prop himself up, that should have been the last time we saw that character.
And while reservists certainly do get called up, the fact that they put him back serving overseas tells me that they have no idea who the character is outside of being a service member.
I actually didn't mind the Jasmine/Crosby storyline this week. Crosby not immediately bonding with his daughter and the guilt and fear that comes with that stuck me as a very real thing. I also thought that Crosby reacting to life with a tiny baby was something that the show had to delve into, given that he wasn't around when Jabar was little. I was happy the show didn't play up the dramatics of a premature birth, and I was glad the birth of the baby didn't eat up the whole season premiere.
At the end, when Crosby was still keeping up with Jasmine after days of hell, it was nice to see her acknowledge that yes he's in the trenches with her and that no, Jabar wasn't this fussy as a newborn. I thought the scene where she agreed to let the baby be just a Braverman was hugely important. Not because I necessarily have a problem with couples that hyphenate their children's surnames, but because it's a statement of intention on her part that she's not going to go down the road she went down with Jabar. Crosby is this baby's father, and he's got an equal say in her upbringing.
That being said, I think Jasmine's kept her streak of terrible baby names alive. Aida isn't "Jabar" bad, but it's certainly not great.