Am I the only one watching Parenthood for the biracial story line? I enjoy watching the entire show, but I look forward to seeing how the new NBC drama deals with race. Here’s the rundown:
Jasmine, who is black, introduces Crosby, who is white, to his 5-year-old son, Jabbar. Uh, what son? Um, the one you haven’t known about for five years. Oh.
Crosby and Jabbar get to know each other over breakfast. Jasmine says she has returned to town and thinks Jabbar should develop a relationship with his father.
Is it me, or is Crosby a little too eager to accept this fatherhood thing.
Crosby continues to fumble. Jabbar eats a candy bar and gets sick. Dude, why didn’t you tell me you were lactose intolerant?
Crosby and Jabbar can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Jabbar gets his thumb stuck in a soda can. Crosby panics and takes Jabbar to the ER, but they don’t know Jabbar’s birthday or address. Foul! A 5- year-old would know his birthday. I will give him a pass on the address, since he just moved to town.
Julia suggests Crosby get a paternity test. Crosby tells Jasmine, and she doesn’t take it well. She cancels Crosby’s date with Jabbar and slams the door. Um, yeah, you just called her a liar. But, yeah, you need to get the swab.
With the help of a toothbrush that has Jabbar’s DNA, Crosby decides to take the test. Crosby receives the results and opens the envelope in front of Julia. He is Jabbar’s father. Wonder how Mommy and Daddy are going to react when they find out their youngest has fathered a child with a black woman?
Crosby decides to take his parents out for something to eat. His Mom, of course, is cool when she hears the news. Dad wants to know what kind of name is Jabbar? As in Kareem Abdul. Ever met any white boys named Jabbar? Didn’t think so.
When Crosby takes Jabbar to meet his parents, they are clearly surprised.
So, what will happen tonight? It doesn’t look good for Crosby. Check it out Tuesdays at 8/9.