Max's Vending Machine Returns!

So much happened this week, but even if all we got were Max's vending machine and the return of Ryan, Parenthood fans will still be giddy.

Parenthood family portrait

Oh, thank God!

Of all the excellent things that happened this week on Parenthood, this twist stood out the most: Ryan (Matt Lauria) is back! Ryan, that PTSD-sufferin' hottie that dated the crap out of Amber (Mae Whitman) before leaving when things got too complicated (namely his PTSD, but also the effect it had on Amber). I don't know about you, but I was crushed. Crushed, I tell you!

Parenthood's Ryan (Matt Lauria) returns

When Zeek answered the phone at 3 a.m., the first thing I thought of was when he admitted to having an affair a few seasons back. Was is that other woman, again? Or what if it was Kristina?

Worse yet, I worried that if it were neither of those things, Camilla would think it was that other woman and end up mad and everything would be awful. Instead, it was Ryan calling for a much needed guy bonding session. So sweet!

(Daydream Time: When Amber and Ryan get married, I think Zeek should be Ryan's best man.)

Grandpa Zeek tells Ryan he needs to find a task he knows he can complete and then jump on it. He decides he needs to apologize to Uncle Joel for bailing on his job when he figured out he sucked at construction. He shows up earnest, but immediately asks for his job back and Joel turns him away. Amber, being the awesome ex-girlfriend that she is, tells Ryan how to bribe Joel. When he shows up the second time, he nails it. Joel offers him a job and they head off to learn how to do manly things with pipes, saws, and hard hats.

Parenthood's Max

The second best revelation of the night: Max finally gets his vending machine back!

You may remember that Max ran for and won class president. His entire platform was that he'd bring back the vending machine that disappeared over the summer. However, some PTA b****es weren't having it.

Kristina got involved and they were super snooty with her, which only made me hate them even more than I did when I first learned they were the ones trying to ruin Max's life. Krissy used to work in politics, though, so Mama knows her way around an argument. In the end, Max got his vending machine back as Skittles rained down atop the rejoicing kid.

One thing: Kristina promised healthy snacks. Where did those Skittles come from and what will happen when poor Max figures out they aren't in the vending machine he worked so hard to acquire?

Finally, here are a few other things that happened on Parenthood:

Jasmine's mother is the most annoying person on the face of the planet. She's living with Cros (Dax Shepard) and Jas for free. She should shut up and be grateful. Instead, she judges absolutely every decision they make and interjects her opinions... oftentimes overruling their decisions entirely. When Crosby and Jasmine decide to sit down and tell her to back off, Jasmine switches sides halfway through and takes up with her mother. That girl seriously needs to grow a spine.

Parenthood's Mark Cyr (Jason Ritter)

The second most annoying person on the planet is Mark Cyr. Seriously. (Nothin' personal, Jason Ritter.) This week, he asked to have coffee with Sarah (Lauren Graham). A few hours later, he was loping around outside Hank's (Ray Romano) place of business.

Mark told Hank he still loved Sarah and he was going to fight for her. Gag me. I hope he doesn't win. Who's with me?

Finally, after spending the entire episode debating it, Joel and Julia have decided they are going to officially adopt Victor. Julia and Victor really butt heads and it's been awful for Julia.

For a while she was second-guessing about adopting Victor and, honestly, I couldn't really blame her. Bat throwing is never OK.

A pep talk from Crosby (really) set her straight, though, and the next morning she delivered the news to Victor. Was he OK with that? His response, "Sure." I suppose that could have gone a lot worse.

Apparently, next week is the season finale. Does anyone else feel like this has been the shortest season ever? How on earth are they ever going to wrap everything up tidily in just one measly hour? I am not prepared!

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Comments on "Parenthood recap: Ryan is back!"

Ellie January 19, 2013 | 7:41 AM

I love Ray Romano, and I think he is perfect in this role (Hank). I expected to be rooting for him, as I thought the younger guy could just not have enough depth to be interesting. Instead, despite my expectations, the young Mark keeps hitting all the marks. It has mostly felt to me that the show is leaning toward Hank winning Sarah's affections, but I must say I think Jason Ritter and the writers have made the younger man seem the most compelling. And I want to see Mark and Sarah together. Really, the question for me is Sarah good enough/right for Mark. -- (But I also don't really like Amber with Ryan, so what can I say.) Loved Kristina fighting to get Max that vending machine! Cheers

Deirdre January 16, 2013 | 6:41 PM

Mama C. - Hmm. You're right about Ryan. I think I was just so crushed about the fact that it seemed like Matt Lauria was leaving the show that the details went foggy! Sorry about that. Ladies - Mr. Cyr is a very nice guy, this is true. But I think Sarah likes a little bit of drama in her life and she'll never get that with Mark. He comes across as a pushover (at least up until this last episode). Also, did you guys watch Gilmore Girls? I love Lauren Graham, but has anyone else noticed that Sarah is a LOT like Lorelai?

Mama C January 16, 2013 | 6:17 PM

No, Ryan didn't leave, Amber did the right thing and tried to keep from becoming her mother and broke things up with him! She saw he needed to fix himself and ended it. Also, I love Mark with Sarah! He is the best thing to happen to her and she is being Sarah and nearly ruined it. I hope she smartens up and makes the choice to go back to him!

Katie January 16, 2013 | 9:28 AM

I'm just getting into the show. It took a few episodes but so far I'm really liking it.

Denise January 16, 2013 | 8:29 AM

No, I am not with you about Mark. I love Mark! Hank is the most annoying person alive! A grumpy old man is not the person for Sarah. I do agree about Jasmine's mother. She is the most annoying person alive and Jasmine needs to stand up to her.

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